MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 24: Walmart will close earlier than usual on Christmas Eve. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Metro Atlanta Wal-Mart stores to close early Christmas Eve

Wal-Mart workers will be heading home a bit early on Christmas Eve this year.

Officials at the discount superstore announced Tuesday that its 11,462 stores across the world would close at 6 p.m. Saturday – two hours earlier than usual. 

“Our associates work hard all year to make this Holiday season special for our customers, and we truly appreciate what they do every day. We also know that getting home on Christmas Eve to spend time with families is important,” Judith McKenna, executive vice president and CEO, said in a statement. “That’s why this year we’ll be closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.”

Check here for Atlanta-area Wal-Mart stores’ holiday hours.

Wal-Mart stores will all be closed on Christmas Day. 

During the Black Friday shopping frenzy, Wal-Mart was one of the major retailers that continued its extensive Thanksgiving Day hours despite the trend among competitors, including Costco, Dillards and Barnes and Noble, to close their doors on the holiday.

According to a poll from, nearly 55 percent of Americans do not agree with stores opening on Thanksgiving Day.

If you haven’t completed your last-minute shopping, here are some of the local places you can shop on Christmas Eve:

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