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December 24th - any shops open?

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December 24th - any shops open?

Time for someone to help me! Shops are usually open Christmas eve morning, but this year it's a Sunday, so is it the usual Sunday or will some places be open?

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1. Re: December 24th - any shops open?

Good question!

In the past shops were - with a few exceptions - closed when the 24th December was a Sunday. Not sure how it is handled now with the law changes regarding the opening hours.

Basically the shops in Berlin are allowed to open their shops between 1 and 8pm on the 4 Advent Sunday before Christmas. At least that's the information I've found so far. The changes are pretty new. This year the 4th Advent Sunday falls together with Christmas Eve on the 24th.

I've searched the net a bit but I couldn't find anything regarding the allowed opening hours for the 24th December. Just assuming that hasn't changed than theoretically the shops would be allowed to open up at 1pm (as it is an Advent Sunday) but would have to close again at 2pm (as it is Christmas Eve).

Personally I would be prepared that the shops will be closed. The changes regarding the opening hours are pretty new so I think especially the smaller shops wont have the manpower to offer much longer opening hours than they do now.

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