Here’s our guide to store opening times to ensure you don’t miss out.
What are M&S opening hours in the run up to Christmas Day?
Opening hours will vary from store to store so customers are advised to use check your local shop’s opening times over the Christmas period.
Also, it's worth noting that the below information refers to M&S-owned stores and not franchises like BP garages or outlets in travel locations.
- Sunday, December 23 – Larger stores will operate Sunday trading hours (e.g. 9-3, 10-4, 11-5 or 12-6) and some stores open for 15 or 30 minutes browsing prior to their trading hours. Stores in the City (e.g. Finsbury Pavement) do not open on a Sunday.
- Christmas Eve (Dec 24) – The majority of stores will be open from 7am, with some opening at 6am. Many stores will close early (from 5pm).
- Christmas Day (Dec 25) – All stores will be CLOSED.
- Boxing Day (Dec 26) – Some stores will be open including all of those in shopping centres that are open on this day
What are M&S opening hours in the run up to New Year?
Here are the key dates for the majority of UK stores as we get set to welcome 2019 – as always, please check online for specific stores.
And remember – this information is only for M&S-owned stores and not franchises.
- Thursday December 27 until Saturday December 29 – All stores will be open, some with reduced hours
- Sunday Dec 30 – Larger stores will be operating Sunday trading hours
- New Year’s Eve (Dec 31) – All stores will be open, some with reduced hours
- New Year’s Day (Jan 1) – Some stores will be open including all of those in shopping centres that are open today
Stores will then return to their normal opening hours from January 2, 2019.
Festive facts for Christmas and New Year 2018/19
- It's commonly believed that eating mine pies is illegal on Christmas Day. It really was in the 1600s thanks to Oliver Cromwell, but King Charles II rewound this crazy law.
- Boxing Day has several origin stories which range from Victorian Church boxes and gift boxes for servants to take home, however, none are definitive – the Sun investigated why December 26 is called Boxing Day.
- Mistletoe's mystical properties stem back to the Celts and Norse people who believed there was something mystical about the plant as the sprigs stayed green in winter even when the tree has lost its leaves. The concept of kissing under mistletoe, however, comes from an ancient Norse tale.
- Hogmanay is the Scottish word for the last day of the year and has become synonymous with New Year’s celebrations. It is usually celebrated from New Year's Eve all the way into January 2.
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