Christmas is almost upon us, and even though it will be different this year, you’ll want to stock up on essentials.

Due to the change in restrictions around the country, millions of Brits have had to change their Christmas plans, and as a result may have to do some extra food shopping.

But before you set out, it’s important to plan ahead, and check the supermarket opening times.

Whether you want to shop at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi, M&S or Waitrose, the store opening times will be different over the Christmas period.

Some stores are closed both Christmas Day and Boxing Day, while others are open on the latter.

Here is everything you need to know.

Tesco

Tesco Superstores, Tesco Metro and Tesco Express tend to have different opening hours, but you can use the following as a guide.

December 24, Christmas Eve: Most stores will close at 7pm, with Express stores shutting before 10pm

December 25, Christmas Day: Closed

December 26, Boxing Day: Most stores open from 9am to 6pm, apart from Express stores, which will be open from 8am to 10pm

Use Tesco’s store locator to check more specific hours, as it may vary from store to store.

Asda

December 24, Christmas Eve: Most stores close at 7pm

December 25, Christmas Day: Closed

December 26, Boxing Day: Closed

December 27: Normal hours

You can find your local store on the Asda website to double-check local opening times.

Sainsbury’s

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December 21 to 23: Most stores extending opening hours from 6am to midnight

December 24, Christmas: 6am to 7pm

December 25, Christmas Day: Closed

December 26, Boxing Day: Open, most reports suggest opening times between 10am and 5pm

However, the safest option is to check the Sainsbury’s store locator tool.

Morrisons

Morrisons hasn’t confirmed its general opening times for 2020.

However, in 2019 it had the following opening hours:

December 24, Christmas Eve: 6am to 6pm

December 25, Christmas Day: Closed

December 26, Boxing Day: Open at 9am

Use Morrisons’ store finder to check more specific opening times, as some local stores may vary.

Lidl

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Christmas Eve, December 24: Inside M25 7am to 7pm, outside M25 7am to 6pm

Christmas Day, December 25: Closed

Boxing Day, December 26: Inside M25 10am to 7pm, outside M25 closed

December 27: Open as normal

These are the opening times for England. If you live in Wales or Scotland the opening times will differ.

Selected stores vary, so Lidl recommends using their store finder to find specific opening times.

Aldi

Christmas Eve, December 24: 8am to 6pm

Christmas Day, December 25: Closed

Boxing Day, December 26: Closed

December 27: 10am to 4pm

However, you might want to double-check to make sure these hours are correct for your local store.

You can do this with the Aldi store locator tool.

Waitrose

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December 24, Christmas Eve: 7am to 6pm

December 25, Christmas Day: Closed

December 26, Boxing Day: Closed

Before heading out, make sure to use Waitrose’s Find a branch tool to check your local store.

Marks & Spencer

December 21-23: 400 stores will be open until midnight

December 24, Christmas Eve: Most stores close at 6pm

Christmas Day, December 25: Closed

Boxing Day, December 26: Closed

December 27: Stores open but with reduced hours

Use M&S’ store finder to check your local branch opening times.

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