If you’re waiting until the last minute to get your shopping done, you may need to alter your schedule because many stores will close early Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Even some grocery stores will shut the doors early, and no major grocers in Whatcom County will be open on Christmas.
In addition, most Whatcom County government offices will be closed on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day.
A few coffee places, restaurants, mini marts, gas stations and pubs are among the few businesses open Dec. 25.
Following is the status of places on Christmas Eve and Christmas. For places not listed here, call ahead to check hours.
A list of businesses open on Christmas Day will be published in the Dec. 25 newspaper and online at BellinghamHerald.com.
OFFICES, SCHOOLS, SERVICES
All banks are closed Christmas Day, though many still offer online transactions. Hours vary on Christmas Eve with many closing earlier than normal.
Call ahead to check on hours of stores or restaurants. Many stores will close at 6 p.m. or earlier on Wednesday. A few big-box retailers will stay open a bit later. Some restaurants will close early Wednesday. Most are closed Thursday.