Only a single Apple store will be open on Christmas Day this year, but the majority of stores in the United States will be open early on the 26th to accommodate really late shoppers or new Apple product owners seeking set-up assistance. Meanwhile, stores outside the U.S. will have varied schedules for the holiday, some observing two days off, others with hours similar to the U.S. stores. According to the holiday hours just posted on the individual stores’ Web pages, the Fifth Avenue (NYC) store will again be open 24-7, including Christmas Day. But most other U.S. stores will close no later than 6 p.m., and will then open at 8 a.m. on the day after Christmas. A few stores will close at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., and then open at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. on the 26th. Stores in Japan and China do not have any holiday hours listed.
The Forum Shops (Las Vegas) and Royal Hawaiian (Hi.) stores display no special hours for the holiday, only their regular hours. It’s not clear if that indicates the stores will be open on Christmas Day. Both stores are tourist-oriented locations, and in the past have been open longer to accommodate visitors away from home.
A few stores will close later than 6 p.m. on Christmas eve. The King of Prussia (Penn.), San Francisco, Stoneridge (N. Calif.) and Lincoln Road (Fla.) stores will be open until 7 p.m. on Christmas eve. The Florida Mall (Orlando) closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas eve, but is out-done by the La Cañada (Spain) store, which closes at 10 p.m. Christmas eve.
Not every store that’s open on the 26th will be open early. The Carrefour Laval (Quebec) and Sainte-Catherine (Montreal) stores won’t open until 1 p.m.
Virtually every store in Germany will close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and all will remain closed for Christmas Day and the 26th. The stores in Italy will stay open later on Christmas eve, but will also be closed for two days.
Australia stores will close at about 6 p.m. on Christmas eve, and many will be closed two days. However, several stores in Australia are open on Boxing Day (the 26th), considered a holiday. Two of the three Sweden stores will be closed for two days, while Spain stores are split—some closed one day, some two days.E-mail this story