Seasonal and Sunday trading

When can shops open on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day in Northern Ireland?


Large shops of more than 280 square metres (3,014 square feet) must not open on:

  • Easter Sunday
  • Christmas Day

Small shops are free to open when they choose on these days.

There are significant fines for failing to comply with these requirements.

Remember that your employees may have special employment rights if they're required to work in your shop on Sundays. Read more about Sunday working and night working.

    There are restrictions on selling alcohol on Christmas Day. See selling alcohol