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Evening Standard
Tania Leslau and Tamara Davison

Supermarket opening hours during New Year’s 2023/24: Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and more

We’ll do just about anything to avoid a last-minute dash to the shops on New Year's Eve.

While the initial Christmas panic might be over, nothing is less appealing than clawing your way through panic-stricken crowds in Waitrose to pick up one more bottle of champers before the countdown.

And while some of us are still finishing off Christmas leftovers, others might have already booked a delivery slot with their favourite supermarket to get their New Year's treats delivered.

But for those who actually do need to take a last minuite trip to the supermarket, remember that the countdown to New Year's has already begun.

The thing is supermarkets have atypical opening hours around New Year's, so you need to be in the know.

The worst-case scenario would be to find yourself standing outside a supermarket, ready to brave the rush, only to find the store isn’t open yet. Absolute nightmare.

If you think you'll be nursing a sore head the morning after, it's equally important that your fridge is stacked with feel-good food and drink. It looks like most stores are closed on New Year's Day so remember to have your New Year's Day food in.

Being clued up when your local supermarket is the key to a successful New Year's shop.

After all, Tesco’s opening hours may differ from Sainsbury’s, so it is best to know what’s what to avoid being left out in the cold.

In order to breeze through the aisles armed with nothing but a shopping list, trolley and a credit card (à la Cameron Diaz in The Holiday), read on to discover the opening times of supermarkets over New Year's.

Waitrose New Year Opening Times

Waitrose has announced its plans for New Year's, confirming that the majority of stores will be closed on New Year’s Day. A small number of stores are expected to remain open.

Check your local store opening times here.

Aldi New Year Opening Times

Aldi is very much open on New Year’s Eve, operating from 9:30am to 4pm.

Stores will be closed on New Year's Day.

Check your local store opening times here.


Opening times are set to vary across shops and locations, so the brand has advised customers to check opening times across the festive period via the Lidl online store finder.

Stores will be closed on New Year's Day.

Check your local store opening times here.


Iceland stores are scheduled to be open from 8am-5pm on December 31. Some shops will open under Sunday hours of 10am-4pm on New Year's Day.

Check your local store opening times here.


M&S' New Year’s Day opening times will differ depending on location. The brand directs customers to consult the opening store finder, which you can find here

Buy now, M&S

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