Three major grocery stores will open Christmas Day for people needing a missing ingredient or to grab a pie on the way to Christmas dinner.
The decision by the Albertsons store in Bellingham and the Safeway locations in Lynden and Sunset Square marks the first time in years that a major grocer in Whatcom County will be open on the holiday itself.
A few other places also will be open Friday, Dec. 25, including a handful of restaurants, but most businesses and services will be shut down all day. Of note, The Green Frog says on its Facebook page that its annual Christmas show has been canceled this year because host James Hardesty is having surgery just before the holiday. The venue will be closed for Christmas for the first time in 10 years.
For people traveling, most gas stations with automated pumps will be open, but those requiring a clerk likely will be closed. Whatcom Transportation Authority buses do not run on Christmas.
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Here are businesses that responded to a solicit for places open at least part of Dec. 25. All are in Bellingham unless otherwise noted. Restaurants requiring advance reservations are not listed. For places not listed, call ahead to check status.
GROCERY, FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Albertsons, 1650 Birchwood Ave., open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denny's, 161 Telegraph Road in Bellingham and 5720 Barrett Road in Ferndale, open 24 hours.
Greene's Corner, 5305 Northwest Drive, open and in full operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crossroads Grocery, corner of Silver Lake Road and Mount Baker Highway in Maple Falls, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
IHOP, 420 W. Bakerview Road, open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
India Grill, 1215 Cornwall Ave., will open at 11 a.m. for lunch, closed midafternoon, reopens at 4 p.m. for dinner.
Safeway, Sunset Square and Lynden locations, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shots to Go Espresso, 119 E. Smith Road, open 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way near Ferndale, will be open for gaming all day and night. The Spa, The Buffet, Red River and The Steak House have normal hours on Christmas. The Cantina and Panasia open 5 to 10 p.m.
Supreme Coffee and Deli, 3601 Consolidation Ave, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., open 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Waterfront Seafood & Bar, 521 W. Holly St., open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Full menu and drink specials.
Limelight Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave., open. For movie details and times, go to pickfordfilmcenter.org.
Mt. Baker Ski Area opens at 9 a.m. for holiday skiing. Details: mtbaker.us.
Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., open. For movie details and times, go to pickfordfilmcenter.org.
Regal Barkley Village, 3005 Cinema Place, open. For movie details and times, go to fandango.com.
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way near Ferndale, gaming open 24 hours.
2020 Solutions recreational marijuana store at 2018 Iron St. open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Its Guide Meridian store will be closed Christmas Day.
Rite Aid, only two Whatcom County stores will be open. Both the Sehome Village location at 220 36th St. and the Blaine store at 1195 Boblett St. open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with pharmacy hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walgreens stores open, but only the Sunset store will have the pharmacy open. Sunset and Meridian Street stores open 24 hours; Samish Way store open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Ferndale location open 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Cascade Ambulance Service open 24 hours. Call dispatch at 360-312-0911 or 800-244-8642.
Sanitary Service Co. and Nooksack Valley Disposal will do regular trash pickup on Christmas, but trucks might be earlier than normal.
Recycling & Disposal Services, 4916 LaBounty Drive, Ferndale, open 7:30 a.m. to early afternoon. Check rdsdisposal.com for what it accepts.