This is a loaded question because nationwide the laws vary state by state and in some cases they even vary county by county. More than half of the U.S. states don’t allow stores to sell liquor on Christmas Day, but many of these states still allow sales of liquor at restaurants or bars.
Even if you live in a state that allows liquor stores to open on Christmas Day, many of the individual store owners may opt to stay closed for this family holiday. It is a good idea to call ahead to make sure the store you are headed for is open. Chances are if a liquor store does open today it won’t be until noon at the earliest for this big family day!
According to ABC Local News on December 24, Michigan stores and bars can start selling liquor at noon on Christmas Day if the individual store or restaurant opts to open. In Connecticut liquor store or “package store” sales are banned on Christmas Day, which is the same for neighboring Massachusetts. New York is another state that doesn’t allow off-premises liquor sales on December 25, so liquor stores are closed.
If you want to know if your state allows liquor stores to open on Christmas Day, check out this update list from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, from December 23, which lists the laws of liquor sales on Christmas Day state by state.
In recent years Washington State and Indiana lifted their Christmas Day ban of liquor sales at stores on December 25 and liquor stores are now allowed to open on Christmas Day. In all 27 states still hold on to their old blue laws when it comes to the sale of liquor, according to Competitive Enterprise Institute.
The liquor laws vary so greatly because some states are involved in liquor sales, like New Hampshire. They sell liquor at their state-run liquor stores. These will be closed for Christmas. Maryland has to have one of the most confusing sets of liquor laws of all states, as some counties sell liquor on Christmas Day and then there are those that don’t.
Competitive Enterprise Institute describes Maryland’s liquor sales laws: “Particularly confusing is the fact that while the state itself is not a “control state” meaning that the state doesn’t own or operate liquor stores, Montgomery County is a “control county” that shuts down its liquor stores on Christmas Day (according to the Chief Operator of the Montgomery Dept. of Liquor Control). Other counties in Maryland, such as Prince George’s, will have sales on Christmas—even when the holiday falls on a Sunday. “