Walmart extends Christmas Eve hours — will be closed on Christmas Day

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NEW YORK — Last-minute holiday shoppers needn’t worry — Walmart has your backs.

The retail giant said in a news release Thursday that its stores will be open until 8 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve.

For those who want to do their Christmas shopping online, Walmart said they can order up to Dec. 20 for standard delivery and as late as Dec. 22 for rush deliveries. Customers can also order for store pick-ups as late as 6 p.m. local time Dec. 23.

The late shipping may come as welcomed news to those shipping during the holidays. UPS customers have until Dec. 18 to send an item via UPS 3 Day Select package to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.

Meanwhile, Dec. 15 was the final day to send something via standard mail for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas. FedEx Home Delivery’s cut off was Dec. 16.

Walmart said it is also dropping its free shipping minimum-purchase threshold on Friday. That amount is typically $50.