Walmart is one of the world’s largest retailers that offers countless items at discounted prices. Because Walmart is such a big store, this may lead many customers to wonder if Walmart modifies its hours for the holidays or is open 24/7. The answer is: Walmart does have some holiday hours. Therefore, if you intend on doing any last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve or even Christmas day, you should reconsider as Walmart’s hours are somewhat limited during the holiday season. Below is a complete guide to Walmart’s holiday hours so you can prepare appropriately for the busy holiday season.
What Holidays Does Walmart Have Different Hours?
There are only 3 holidays when Walmart has different hours.
They include Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
For the most part, Walmart holds its regular hours throughout most of the year, besides the three holidays above.
Here are the hours for the holidays when Walmart does have different hours:
- Thanksgiving: Closed
- Christmas Eve: Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Christmas Day: Closed
However, all other big holidays like New Year’s Eve, Labor Day, Independence Day, etc. all have the same regular hours.
What Are Walmart’s Regular Hours?
Most Walmart locations are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the year, even on some holidays like New Year’s Eve, Independence Day, etc.
Therefore, Walmart has extremely flexible store hours giving customers the freedom to shop morning, noon, and night with ease.
What Holidays Are They Closed Completely?
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
All Walmart locations are closed for the full day on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
However, on most other holidays you would expect Walmart to be potentially closed or at least have modified hours (i.e. Easter Sunday, New Year’s Day, Labor Day, etc.) remain open during their regular hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
When and Why Did Walmart Decide to Close on Thanksgiving?
In 2020 Walmart decided to close on Thanksgiving.
Until 2020, Walmart had been open on Thanksgiving, primarily because of Black Friday shopping and deals.
However, with COVID-19 which started in 2020, Walmart made the decision to be closed on Thanksgiving to give their staff a much-needed break while working during the pandemic.
Do They Have a Extended Holiday Return Period?
Walmart does offer an extended holiday return period.
Most Walmart items purchased in-store or online from October 1st to December 31st are allowed to be returned until January 31st.
If you want to make a return outside that time frame, Walmart does have a standard 90-day return period for qualifying items.
And, as always remember to bring valid proof of purchase (your receipt) when making a return at Walmart.
Does the Walmart Website Ever Close Down for Maintenance?
There is always a potential for the Walmart website to be closed down for maintenance to repair any unexpected crashes/ issues with the website.
However, these occasions are extremely rare and oftentimes unscheduled if they do occur.
In other words, don’t expect the Walmart website to be down unless there is some unpredictable crash to their website that would prompt immediate attention.
And, if the Walmart website is down for maintenance issues, the company will likely try and send out emails and other notifications to customers to inform them that their website will be down for a certain time.
Do the Stores Inside a Walmart Close on Thanksgiving and Christmas?
All the stores inside a Walmart (i.e. Subway, Domino’s, nail salons, hair salons, etc.) are also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day too.
Therefore, be sure to do all your holiday shopping, beauty services, etc. before Thanksgiving and Christmas as Walmart won’t be open.
Ask the Reader: Do you think Walmart should be open on Thanksgiving or Christmas? Let me know in the comments.
By Kyle James