16/12/2019

Christmas Licensing Hours Published

While Christmas is undoubtedly one of the busiest times of the year for partying, the times during which alcohol can be sold on licensed premises in Northern Ireland varies over the holiday season.

Licensed premises include businesses such as bars, restaurants, hotels and theatres who hold a licence to sell alcohol or 'liquor licence'. Some premises have a 'late licence' that normally allows them to sell alcohol as late as 01:00, instead of the usual limit of 23:00.

The permitted hours that alcohol can be sold during the Christmas period this year are:
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• Christmas Eve, 24 December- Licensed premises may sell alcohol 11:30 - 23:00, those with a 'late licence' may sell alcohol until midnight. Off-licences may sell alcohol 08:00-23:00.

• Christmas day, 25 December- Licensed premises may sell alcohol 12:30 – 22:00, even if they hold a late licence. Off-licences are not allowed to sell alcohol at all.

• Boxing Day, 26 December– As usual. Licensed premises may sell alcohol 11:30 - 23:00, and those with a late licence may sell alcohol until 01:00. Off-licences may sell alcohol 08:00-23:00.

• New Year's Eve, 31 December- As usual. Licensed premises may sell alcohol 11:30 - 23:00, and those with a late licence may sell alcohol until 01:00. Off-licences may sell alcohol 08:00 - 23:00.




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