As we all walk it over the finish line for 2018, here’s your guide to what’s open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year.
As we all walk it over the finish line for 2018, here’s your guide to what’s open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year.

Here’s what’s open over Christmas

HERE'S your guide to what's open over Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year.

The laws vary by state and territory but in most cases Christmas Day is a restricted trading day, meaning large retailers including supermarkets, shopping centres, department stores and car yards have to be closed.

Small retailers such as chemists, hairdressers, booksellers, service providers, convenience stores, newsagents, video rentals, petrol stations, takeaway shops, restaurants and cafes are generally exempted.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day are both restricted trading days in NSW, but all retailers have been granted a "conditional exemption" to trade on Boxing Day if they choose on the condition employees are not forced to work.

In Victoria, only Christmas Day is a restricted trading day. In Queensland trading hours over the holiday period vary depending on which part of the state you're in, with different rules for tourist areas and seaside resorts.

This year Western Australia has extended trading hours, with most shops able to open from 8am to 6pm including on the Boxing Day and New Year's Day public holidays. Cinema operators will also be able to open from 12pm to midnight on Christmas Day.

In South Australia there will be extended trading hours over the holidays, while in Tasmania it will be largely business as usual with large retailers closed on Christmas Day. The ACT and the Northern Territory do not regulate shop trading hours.

HOTELS, BARS AND PUBS

Trading hours for hotels, bars, pubs and clubs vary wildly by state and territory, not to mention individual venue and license type.

Chances are you will be able to get a drink somewhere on Christmas Day, although takeaway alcohol sales are banned in Queensland but permitted until 10pm in NSW. The rules are also sometimes bizarrely specific.

In Queensland, for example, liquor can be sold between 10am and midnight on Christmas Day only "in conjunction with a meal in a part of the premises that is ordinarily set aside for dining, if the meal is also prepared, served and intended to be eaten on the premises".

A meal is "defined as food eaten by a person at a fixed structure used as a table, with cutlery provided for the purpose of eating the food, and is of a sufficient substance to be ordinarily accepted as a meal".

Patrons can "buy alcohol for one hour before eating their meal, while they are eating their meal, and for one hour after finishing their meal".

For New Year's Eve, most states and territories naturally have extended trading hours, generally until 2am.

SUPERMARKETS

All Woolworths stores across the country will be closed on Christmas Day.

In NSW, all stores will be open until Christmas Eve except 333 George Street and Sydney Metcentre, which will be closed over the weekend. All stores will be open on Boxing Day except for Leichhardt Marketplace, Sydney Metcentre and 333 George Street.

In Victoria, all stores will be open until Christmas Eve except Bourke Street and Collins Square, which will be closed from Saturday December 22 and reopen on Wednesday January 2. Melbourne Central will be closed on Boxing Day.

In Queensland, all stores will close at 6pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on Boxing Day, except for Weipa, Mission Beach, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Ayr, Bowen, Charters Towers, Proserpine, Blackwater, Childers, Pittsworth, Chinchilla, Kingaroy and Roma.

In Western Australia, Perth metro stores will be open until 9pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Boxing Day, except Esperance and Katanning.

In South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and Northern Territory, most or all stores will be open on Christmas Eve and reopen on Boxing Day.

All Coles stores across the country will also be closed on Christmas Day.

In NSW, all stores will be open on Boxing Day except Smithfield, Cooma and Glen Innes. All stores will be open New Year's Day except Smithfield.

In Victoria, all stores will be open on Boxing Day except Coburg. All stores will be open on New Year's Day except Croydon North, Surrey Hills, Knox and Coburg.

In Queensland, all stores will be open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day except regional stores in Mt Isa, Goondiwindi and Ayr.

In Western Australia, all CBD and metropolitan stores will be open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, except Narrogin. Select regional stores will be open on the public holidays.

In South Australia, opening times vary for the Proclamation Day public holiday, which also falls on Boxing Day. On New Year's Day, CBD stores will be open from 11am to 5pm, metropolitan stores will be closed and select regional stores will be open.

In Tasmania, ACT and Northern Territory, all stores will be open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

LIQUOR

All Coles Liquor stores including Vintage Cellars, Liquorland, First Choice and Liquor Market will be closed on Christmas Day. They will be open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day in every state and territory except South Australia, where some metro stores will be closed.

Most Woolworths Liquor stores including BWS and Dan Murphy's will be closed on Christmas Day with the exception of Dan Murphy's locations in Norwood in South Australia, Burvale and Rowville in Victoria, which will open from 10am to 3pm. All stores will be open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

DEPARTMENT STORES

Most Myer stores will be open until 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Charlestown in NSW and Werribee in Victoria along with all stores in Western Australia and South Australia close at 5.30pm, with the exception of Colonnades, which shuts at 5pm. Dubbo in NSW, Belconnen in the ACT, Eastland and Highpoint in Victoria also close at 5pm.

All Myer stores will be open on Boxing Day, with Melbourne City, Sydney City and Chadstone in Victoria the first to open at 5am, trading until 11pm. There will be reduced trading hours for New Year's Day, with select stores open from 10am to 4pm.

All David Jones stores will be open until 6pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on Boxing Day, except for Barangaroo in NSW and James Street in Queensland.

CINEMAS

Movies opening over Christmas and New Year include Bumblebee, Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, Once Upon A Deadpool, Aquaman, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Holmes & Watson, VICE, The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

All Event Cinemas will be open as normal over the holiday period, with select cinemas open on Christmas Day for late afternoon and evening sessions.

They include George Street, Kotara, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Hurstville, Macquarie, Liverpool and Top Ryde in NSW, Chermside, Pacific Fair and Garden City in Queensland, Innaloo in Western Australia and Marion in South Australia.

All Hoyts locations will also be open as normal with a smaller number of cinemas open for reduced session times on Christmas Day, generally starting midafternoon.

They include Blacktown, Broadway, Penrith, Wetherill Park, Bankstown, Eastgardens, Warrawong, Charlestown, Chatswood Westfield, Erina and Warringah Mall in NSW, Melbourne Central, Northland, Highpoint, Broadmeadows, Forest Hill, Eastland, Chadstone and Greensborough in Victoria, Sunnybank, Tweed, Redcliffe and Stafford in Queensland, Carousel in Western Australia, Norwood and Tea Tree Plaza in South Australia and Woden in ACT.


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