Here is the full list of major supermarkets’ Christmas opening times over Christmas so you can plan when to pick up your turkey and goodies.
The opening times of the supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas and at the turn of the year differ greatly from their normal opening and closing times.
Of course, people want to shop a little more so that the shops can stay open a little longer. But employees also deserve a decent break over the Christmas holidays, and rightly so!
You don’t want to show up at a store and see it’s closed and you can plan a lot better knowing when and where to go. To help you out, here we are sharing the Christmas opening times of all major supermarkets.
When you are unable to get to a supermarket, the Christmas delivery windows are open, but they go fast (some are already gone)! There are still tons of click-and-collect options for the three days leading up to Christmas Eve; You need to book them quickly.
Asda opening times
It is likely that Asda will make the same decision on store opening hours as they did last year.
They haven’t confirmed their festive times for 2021 yet, but we’ll update here soon.
In 2020 Asda made the decision to close all of its stores on both Boxing Day and Boxing Day. Good news for branch staff: anyone who should work on the 26th will still be paid.
All 631 stores closed at 7 p.m. on December 24th and reopened on December 27th.
The opening times of individual stores may vary, so it is best to check with your store for their opening hours.
Lidl Christmas opening times
The Christmas dates for 2021 are not yet known, but will likely follow the same pattern as last year:
Lidl has changed its opening and closing hours in England, Wales and Scotland from December 19th to January 1st, 2021.
In England, shops open from 7 a.m. on Saturday 19 December to 23 December and close at 11 p.m. (except on Sunday 20 December when shops are open during normal opening hours).
On December 24th, Lidl will close earlier at 6pm in Scotland, Wales and most of England.
All shops will be closed on Boxing Day and Boxing Day.
The only exception are the shops within the M25, which are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 26th.
From December 27th to 30th, the shops will open as usual before closing earlier at the turn of the year.
Sainsbury’s seasonal opening times
Sainsbury’s is extending its seasonal opening times over part of December. Hopefully this will reduce the number of people in the store at the same time.
Most stores are open from 6 a.m. to midnight on December 21, 22 and 23.
Sainsbury’s opening hours on Christmas Eve are normally reduced from 6am to 7pm. Sainsbury’s Locals are open longer until 9pm on December 24th.
All shops (including convenience stores, petrol stations and supermarkets) are closed on Boxing Day and Boxing Day 2021 and will reopen the next day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This also applies to the Argos and Habitat outlets.
Morrisons opening hours at Christmas
Morrisons will close on Boxing Day and Boxing Day and will reopen on December 27, 2021.
You will find out the opening times in most stores in advance by 25.
It is best to inquire about the opening times of the individual shops.
Aldi Christmas opening times
Aldi is usually extending its festive opening times so that everyone can get the carrots they need.
The supermarket is expected to be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., although it is expected to close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 24th.
As in previous years, all shops are expected to be closed on Boxing Day and Boxing Day.
Times can vary in Wales and Scotland.
Tesco opening times at Christmas
In the run-up to Christmas, hundreds of stores are expected to expand their opening hours from December 14th to December 24th (excluding Sundays) to 24 hours.
Tesco Express opening times will be different.
Although not yet fully confirmed, we expect shops to be closed on Boxing Day and Boxing Day.
M&S food hall
M&S extends the opening of its grocery stores until midnight in the days leading up to Christmas. From December 20-23, 400 M&S stores will follow the longer opening hours. Shops close at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Usually M&S open their stores on December 26th (a great time to buy food with yellow stickers!) But they have decided to close both days again this year.
Christmas opening times in Iceland
Iceland hasn’t announced its festive opening times yet, but we’ll add the details here when we know.
In previous years, they close early on Christmas Eve, are closed on Christmas Day and will reopen later on Boxing Day.
Waitrose opening times
Most Waitrose stores are open until 11:00 PM in the days leading up to Christmas, but opening times may vary from store to store, so it’s best to double-check.
On December 24th, the shops are expected to be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will remain closed on Boxing Day and Boxing Day.
Shops are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day. There are some shops that are open between 7am and 10pm.
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