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Old 11-25-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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We will be traveling on Christmas Day and I'm wondering if gas stations will be open on the interstates. We're going from Orlando to Charlotte, along I-4, I-95, I-26 and I-77. We'll probably only need to stop once for gas, but it would be nice to know if gas stations will be open if we need to stop for snacks or bathrooms. Does anyone know what's typically open on Christmas?
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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I don't think you will have problems with finding open gas stations on the interstates. However if you want to get a dinner in a real restaurant- real meaning even a TGI-Friday clone- that is often a problem.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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wondering if gas stations will be open on the interstates.
Does anyone know what's typically open on Christmas?
Gas and such will be no problem.

For a real meal though... think Chinese.

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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My husband and I have traveled on Christmas day for probably the last 10 years or so and have never had any problem finding gas or restrooms open. Finding restaurants that are open is a little harder but still quite a few to choose from.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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We will be traveling on Christmas Day and I'm wondering if gas stations will be open on the interstates. We're going from Orlando to Charlotte, along I-4, I-95, I-26 and I-77. We'll probably only need to stop once for gas, but it would be nice to know if gas stations will be open if we need to stop for snacks or bathrooms. Does anyone know what's typically open on Christmas?
Agree with the others.

Finding gas is not a problem.

Finding open restaurants, especially in the Southern states, is a real challenge. Some hints - Waffle House, Denny's, most Chinese places, etc. - remain open. MOST fast food places are closed. If you want a good meal on Christmas Eve or Day, make sure that you find it earlier. A lot of restaurants will close at 7 pm.

Places that serve the trucking industry do stay open.

I really HATE road trips on the holidays.

The one thing that is worse than restaurants is finding a repair shop if you encounter problems with your vehicle.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I have had to travel on Christmas day many times. More often than not my Christmas dinner consisted of a 7-11 microwave cheeseburger.

You might want to consider packing a small picnic cooler with sandwich makings, some kind of salad (potato, macaroni or whatever), and refreshments. If the weather is nice find a place to stop and have a picnic.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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We've traveled the Holiday route at times and found on the interstate that gas stations never close and most all the chain restaurants are open too. Then you have the rest stops all along the interstates that are open most all year around. Don't forget the truck stops too are always open for gas, food and potty break.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I may be traveling home on Christmas day from the Mid-atlantic region back to the south and the only worry I have is will the traffic be a nightmare...I kind of think it would be worse on Christmas Eve and on the 26th when everyone else is going back home.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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Pretty much ALL of the major travel center truck stops are open 24/7/365. Travel Centers of America, Petro, Pilot, Flying J are always open and most, if not all of the mom & pop truck stops. Many of the mom & pops have better food than the chains. Have good trip!
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I may be traveling home on Christmas day from the Mid-atlantic region back to the south and the only worry I have is will the traffic be a nightmare...I kind of think it would be worse on Christmas Eve and on the 26th when everyone else is going back home.
Traffic on Christmas Day will most likely be very light and shouldn't be a problem.
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