Walgreens is Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for Last-Minute Shopping and Urgent Health Care Needs

Walgreens drugstores will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day serving 11th-hour shoppers and taking care of thousands of people with urgent medical needs. In addition, more than 1,600 Walgreens stores and pharmacies continue to be open 24 hours throughout the holidays.

Non-24-hour Walgreens stores will be open until midnight through Dec. 23, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day. Pharmacies in non-24-hour stores will serve patients from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day, except at select locations. To find the nearest Walgreens location and store hours, call 1-800-Walgreens or go to Walgreens.com.

Take Care Health Clinics located in select Walgreens pharmacies will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants can treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses such as flu, strep throat, ear and sinus infections, pink eye and poison ivy. Most insurance plans are accepted and any needed prescriptions may be filled at the patient’s pharmacy of choice. Go to www.takecarehealth.com for more details.

Last-minute shoppers can choose from a large selection of gifts at Walgreens — many under $20, including animated toys, games, fragrance gift sets, candles, “As Seen On TV” products, fashion jewelry and watches, DVDs, books and boxed chocolates. Shoppers can also find great deals on hot gift items like DVD players, digital cameras, iPod accessories, small household appliances, electric shavers, massaging seat cushions and much more.

Walgreens carries gift cards for more than 100 popular destinations including Starbucks, Build-A-Bear, The Gap, Spa Finder, Darden Restaurants, iTunes, AMC Theaters, Game Stop, Toys ‘R’ Us, Bass Pro Shops, plus American Express and Visa gift cards available in amounts from $10 to $100. Pre-paid phone cards, cellular phones and cellular phone cards including Virgin, Tracfone, T-Mobile and AT&T are also available in amounts from $10 to $50.

Hosts will be relieved to know their neighborhood Walgreens is open if the milk, bread, eggs, ice, soda, chips, nuts or desserts run low. There’s no easier place to stock up on gift wrap, bags, boxes and tags, tape and batteries for new toys. Families should also make sure to have digital memory cards, camcorder discs, film or single-use cameras on hand to capture treasured memories.

Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2007 sales of $53.8 billion. The company operates 6,139 stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico, including 77 Happy Harry’s stores in Delaware and surrounding states. Walgreens is expanding its patient-first health care services beyond traditional pharmacy through Walgreens Health Services, its managed care division, and Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary that manages convenient care clinics at drugstores. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager) Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc. and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC.

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