Last-minute shoppers will get a treat: deep discounts

If you're looking forward to Christmas but don't want to cook, we have some other options for you.

All LCBO stores will open as usual and close at 6 Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24. The Park and Ride service will not operate during any of the bank holidays, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Retailers reaped $79.2 billion in online sales from November 1 to December 20, a 10.72% leap over that period a year ago, according to Adobe Digital Insights.

All stores have to close on Christmas day but some are opening their doors on New Year's Day. Some Panda Express locations will also be open, however, it is up to the individual store owner whether your local Panda Express will be open on Sunday.

However, major pharmacy chains Walgreen's and CVS will be open, along with many gas station convenience stores.

Hamilton City Centre Mall will be open December 24 from 9:30 to 4 p.m., and closed Christmas Day.

McDonald's: Christmas Eve, open 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.

Saturday, Dec. 24 - 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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We all know that frustration of forgetting a key ingredient for your Christmas Eve supper or Christmas Day meal.

"December 23rd has also become our biggest Christmas shopping day with over 300,000 visiting Westfield in 2015 and we expect similar numbers again this year".

Certain retailers seem to be making a particularly concerted effort to court these procrastinators: Wal-Mart, for example, is pledging that customers who place online orders by 6 p.m. on December 23 will be able to retrieve their items by 6 p.m. on December 24.

New Year's Eve and noon to 5 p.m. on New Year's Day.

Friday, Dec. 23 - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Many locations will be offering a holiday feast on Sunday but hours will vary from location-to-location so be sure to call ahead.

If you stores have closed by the time you get around to doing your shopping, you don't have to show up at your relative's house empty-handed.

The findings will be especially troubling for retailers hoping for a bonanza Saturday after Christmas Eve previous year fell on a Thursday.

  • Megan Austin