Glacier Cinemas in the Mendenhall Valley will be one of the few businesses to be open on Christmas Day. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Glacier Cinemas in the Mendenhall Valley will be one of the few businesses to be open on Christmas Day. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau’s almost entirely closed on Christmas

Restaurants and stores shut down for the holiday

Aside from presents, not much will be opened on Christmas Day in Juneau.

Capital city residents can forget “A Christmas Story”-inspired plans for Asian-American food. Most businesses, including restaurants, will be closed.

None of the 11 Thai, Chinese, Korean or Japanese restaurants the Empire called said they would be open on Christmas. That’s one fewer than reported being open last year.

There are some exceptions to the notable widespread closures.

Both movie theaters owned by Gross Alaska will be open on Christmas day. The 20th Century Theatre and Glacier Cinemas will offer multiple showings of multiple movies in the late afternoon and evening.

Downtown at the 20th Century Theatre, the selection is more narrow. The choices are: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” at 3 p.m. and “Knives Out” at 3:15 and 6:50 p.m.

Glacier Cinemas in the Mendenhall Valley will show: “Spies in Disguise” at 4:10 and 6:50 p.m., “Little Women” at 4 and 6:55 p.m.; “Cats” at 4:05 and 7:05 p.m.; “Jumanji: The Next Level” at 4:15 and 7 p.m. and “Richard Jewell” at 4:20 and 7:10 p.m.

Those looking for more active recreation will mostly be out of luck. Treadwell Arena is closed on Christmas, and so will Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Juneauites will want to do their grocery shopping and pick up batteries for gadgets ahead of time, too. Fred Meyer, Safeway and Costco are all closed on Christmas Day. Both Foodland IGA and Superbear IGA will be closed, too.

Two of the three Breeze In locations will, however, be open. The Lemon Creek Breeze In will be closed for Christmas. The valley Breeze In will maintain its usual 24/7 business hours, and the Douglas Breeze In will be open 8 a.m.-midnight.


• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt


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