Christmas is almost upon us so it would be a really bad time to realise that, actually, you did forget to pick up batteries for the kids toys or you’re missing an ingredient for the festive dinner.

You might equally be concerned that you need to post something last-minute, or that you may need to pop into the bank to sort something out over the next few days.

If the big day might be ruined without some last-minute essentials, are there any shops open on Christmas Day itself?

And what about other services, such as Post Offices or banks?

Read on to find out…

Which shops are open on Christmas?

Most shops will be closed on Christmas Day.

By law, under the Christmas Day (Trading) Act 2004, practically all stores across different sectors of retail must close their doors on the big day.

Any corner shops or local stores that are open will be discretionary and you’ll have to check any notices to see their opening hours.

Major supermarkets, including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s will be open again over the holidays from Boxing Day – although others such as Aldi and Iceland will remain shut.

Because Tuesday December 27 is a bank holiday, some shops and services could also be closed on this date or amend their hours – although all the main supermarket chains will be open.

Smaller shops are likely to remain open in motorway service stations.

Are petrol stations open on Christmas Day?

All motorway service stations must remain open for fuel, parking and toilets 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

However, petrol stations attached to supermarkets will likely be closed, as will petrol stations on most A-roads.

Are post offices open on Christmas Day?

All post offices will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Some branches will reopen on Tuesday December 27 but there will be no collections or deliveries.

Mail delivery has already been disrupted over the festive season by strike action which impacted post on December 23 and 24.

The walkouts, combined with the Christmas break, mean the earliest you will not receive any mail you may be expecting is Wednesday December 28.

Are banks open on Christmas Day?

Banks will be closed on Christmas Day.

If you need to withdraw cash, you can still use a cash machine.

Similarly, you’ll be able to pay using online banking, but payments and deposits might take longer to process.

The vast majority of banks will be closed on Boxing Day, as well as on Tuesday December 27 which is a bank holiday this year due to Christmas Day being on a Sunday.

The exception to this is Metro Bank, which will be open on Boxing Day and December 27 with reduced hours – according to their website their branches will be open between 11am and 5pm.

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