PRINCETON, NJ — Last Christmas looked markedly different from years past as millions of Americans opted for smaller holiday celebrations amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
This year, however, as more and more Princeton residents roll up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine, traditional — and larger — Christmas gatherings are almost guaranteed to make a jolly return.
While Thanksgiving was good practice for our return to Christmas dinners for 20, that doesn’t mean you won’t forget an ingredient or two when whipping up your favorite holiday side dish.
Have no fear — there’s a large selection of grocery stores open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for those emergency and last-minute shopping trips in Princeton.
Here are the hours for grocery stores that will be open, along with a list of those that won’t:
Aldi: Stores will be open Christmas Eve, but hours will vary by location; closed on Christmas Day.
440 US Highway 130, East Windsor
BJ’s Wholesale Club: Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.
900 Marketplace Blvd, Hamilton Township
Costco: Some stores will be open for limited hours on Christmas Eve, and all stores will be closed Christmas Day. Call ahead to confirm hours with your local store.
4100 Quakerbridge Rd, Lawrence Township
CVS: Many locations, including those open 24 hours, will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; however, some pharmacies may have reduced hours or be closed for the holiday. Customers are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours at their preferred locations.
172 Nassau St, Princeton; 881 US-206, Princeton; 500 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton
Lidl: Stores will close at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and remain closed through Christmas Day.
2497 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township
ShopRite: Hours will vary by location. Call ahead to your local store to confirm hours.
3373 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville
Stop & Shop: Stores in New Jersey will close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. All stores will be closed on Christmas Day.
800 F, Denow Rd, Pennington
Target: Most stores will close at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. All stores are closed Christmas Day.
500 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton
Trader Joe’s: All stores will close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Stores are closed Christmas Day.
3528 Brunswick Pike, Princeton
Walgreens: Walgreens stores will be open during regular business hours on Christmas Eve. Pharmacy hours vary by location. On Christmas Day, most Walgreens stores will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Twenty-four-hour Walgreens locations and 24-hour pharmacies will remain open.
301 N Harrison St, Princeton; 3883 NJ-27, Princeton
Wawa: Most locations will be open 24 hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
152 Alexander St, Princeton
Wegmans: All Wegmans locations will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed through Christmas Day.
240 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton
Whole Foods: Stores will be open on Christmas Eve, but hours will vary by location. Call ahead to your preferred store to confirm hours. All stores are closed Christmas Day.
3495 US-1 S, Princeton