Stores are closed for Christmas 2023. Where will you last shop?

Christmas Eve this year is particularly unfortunate. What does this mean for consumers?

Christmas 2023. Will stores be open on Christmas Eve?

Until recently, regulations stipulated that there must be two trading days before Christmas Eve on December 24. However, on Christmas Eve, the trade ban was only in effect from 2pm, and this year the situation is completely different because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday.

On Monday, December 4, the president signed an amendment to the law, which assumes that every Christmas Eve that falls on a Sunday will be a day subject to a trade ban. In such a case, the Sunday before the holiday will be commercial.

That's why this year you can shop on Sundays, December 10th and 17th. Consumers should remember that this year they will not be able to make purchases on December 24.

Will stores be open on Christmas Day?

December 25 and 26 are official holidays. This means we will not be shopping, neither on Monday nor Tuesday. Shopping centers and stores of the most popular retail chains, such as Lidl, Biedronka and Kaufland, will be closed.

Christmas is the only opportunity to shop Small local shops and franchise outlets, such as Shabaka or Carrefour Express. These are the places covered by art. 6 Section 1 Point 27 which restricts trade on Sundays and holidays. These places are allowed to operate if the owner or a close family member is behind the counter. This means that we will be able to use the services of these stores even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, it is worth checking the opening hours in advance – due to holidays, they may work at different times.

Christmas 2023. What stores can be open on Sundays and holidays?

Where will we shop on Christmas Eve?/Arkadiusz Ziolek/East News

It is worth noting that there are exceptions to the law prohibiting trading on Sundays and holidays. Thanks to this the following can be opened:

  • Postal facilities if the revenues from this activity constitute at least 40 percent. Revenues from sales of a particular facility,
  • sweets and cafes,
  • flower shops,
  • Liquid fuel stations.

Breaking the trade ban means imposing a fine on the owner ranging from PLN 100 to PLN 100,000. Penalties. Repeated violations of the footnotes may lead to restrictions on freedom.

Paulina Henning Kloska in the film “Gravity” about the freeze in energy prices /Polsat News/Polsat News

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