Is Speedway Open On Christmas Day? [Updated!]

The question is often asked: Is Speedway still open on Christmas Day? It depends on where you are. If you are in America, the answer is yes, most likely open already. If you are anywhere else in the world, the answer is no, most places are closed. Read on to find out more.

The Situation In North America

Last year on Christmas Day, I was in Atlanta, Georgia with my family. We were there for the New Year’s celebration of my sister’s graduation from university. We made our way to the stadium early in the morning to get a good spot. At least four hours passed before the first pitch was even thrown. The long wait was worth it though. Seeing the entirety of the Atlanta Braves team come out to greet the crowd upon the starting of the game was an unforgettable sight. The stadium erupted in cheers upon their arrival. During the game, my aunt Joleen, my mom, and I went to the bathroom together. We were locked out of our phones so we couldn’t post on social media about the event. One thing is for sure: We will never forget the sight of those nine players running out to begin their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was truly an incredible moment. Sadly, we had to leave early in the game because my dad had to be at work. But it still felt so good to be there. Even those few hours felt like a vacation. For some, it might’ve even been worth the long flight. Thankfully, we were able to catch the end of the game and some of the highlights online. It was a day I’ll never forget.

The Situation Elsewhere

In Europe, Canada, and some other parts of the world, there is still no holiday for the majority of the population. In some cases, it’s because Christmas Day is still considered a religious holiday. In others, it’s because the majority of the population doesn’t celebrate Christmas. So for those who work on Christmas Day, there is no day off. It’s the same with some of the other major holidays in some countries. In other cases, it’s because the work Christmas Day aligns with another major holiday. For example, in Italy, Christmas Day falls on Epiphany. So for those who work on Christmas Day, it’s like having two holidays. It’s a very common phenomenon for those who live in countries with a large Italian diaspora. There are even entire streets in some large cities where Christmas and Epiphany holidays have become one. It makes for some very colorful Christmas scenes, as most shops are closed on one side of the street and open on the other. Most businesses in Italy close from midnight to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day because many people travel abroad during the day and the trains and buses stop running early in the afternoon.

In some other countries, the winter holidays don’t exist at all. I’m from Argentina, a country where summer lasts the entire year. It gets very hot and humid here. We do have an Easter that follows the American school calendar, but we don’t really call it an “alternative” Christmas. It doesn’t feel like Christmas without snow. We don’t just “put up” with the cold. It stays cold for an entire winter. I’ve lived in other parts of the world where there was no snow at all during the winter. Of course, you adjust. You learn to love the snow, even if it isn’t “traditional.”)

The Answer

Now that you know the situation in some of the biggest countries, let’s take a look at the answer. Most places are open on Christmas Day. Some are even open on New Year’s Day. Yes, even in Italy. In some cases, it is because the church mandates that the stores are to remain open. In others, it’s because the businesses associate Christmas and New Year’s with good business. For example, in the US, Christmas Day is associated with a surge in consumerism. People want to have fun, but they also want to keep their jobs. So the businesses see the advantage in being open. In Italy, many stores don’t close on New Year’s Day because it is associated with a lot of joy. Families get together, eat, and then spend the rest of the day chatting and opening gifts. It’s almost like Christmas and New Year’s have become one holiday. It’s also the reason why so many businesses in Italy close on Christmas Day. It gives the owners the rest they need to be able to enjoy the holiday. In some places, Christmas Day is so important to the local businesses that they have adopted the holiday as their own. For example, Chinchilla, a town in central Australia, has taken to celebrating “Australia Day” instead of Christmas. Their official website states that they have done this to make the most of the country’s unique natural beauty and its wildlife. They have also taken to celebrating Australia Day on the same day as Christmas, which they call “Crescent Day.” They want to make the most of the white winter crescent moons that appear in the sky every year. So instead of Christmas decorations, the town puts up with crested lorikeets, which are known for their red crests. It’s an interesting reversal of typical decor. Maybe not everything will be the same, but at least they have made the most of it.

One of the interesting things about this answer is the fact that it is completely dependent upon where you are in the world. Even in the same country, the answer can vary. For example, in some parts of the country, you will find malls and boutiques that are open, while in others, you won’t find a single store that is open. So while there is no universal answer, it is still nice to know where you can go to find some shopping and maybe even a restaurant.

Shopping

So you want to find out where you can go shopping on Christmas Day? Believe it or not, in some places, it’s possible. In others, it really isn’t. This answer will vary from place to place. But for the most part, shopping centers and boutiques in America and Europe are usually open on Christmas Day. It’s also possible to find some stores that are open on New Year’s Day as well. In Australia and some other parts of the world, shopping really doesn’t exist on holidays. People go clubbing instead.

Restaurants

Now that you’re almost at the end of your research, let’s take a quick look at restaurants. The answer here is also not very straightforward. In America and Europe, it’s mostly the larger chains that are open on Christmas Day. For example, in America, most restaurants will be open, especially those in the major cities. It’s possible that some independent restaurants will be open as well. It will depend upon where you are and what day of the week it is. If it’s Monday night and you’re in America, you might end up at a restaurant that is open. But if you’re in France, you might have to wait until Friday or Saturday night to find an open restaurant.

So there you have it. Two very different answers, one for each quarter of the world. Now that you know the answer in some of the biggest countries, where will you be going for Christmas this year?

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