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Virginia ABC Announces Store Holiday Hours; Locations Open for First Time on New Year’s Day

December 19, 2016

News Release Contact:

Jennifer Guild - (804) 325-8468
Email: jennifer.guild@abc.virginia.gov

Virginia ABC Announces Store Holiday Hours

The upcoming holidays in December and January will affect operating hours at Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores.

On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, stores will close at 6 p.m. More than 50 percent of Virginia ABC stores will open an hour earlier that day to ensure customers have plenty of time to shop for distilled spirits, Virginia-made wines and mixers for holiday gatherings. Customers may contact their local store for specific hours.

On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, all stores will be closed. On the day after Christmas, Monday, Dec. 26, stores will close at 6 p.m.

On New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, stores will be open normal operating hours. Those hours vary per location.

On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, stores will be open from noon to 6 p.m., which are normal operating hours on Sundays. This marks the first time Virginia ABC stores will be open the first day of the year. The change to store hours came from legislation effective July 1, stating that Virginia ABC retail locations may open an hour earlier on Sundays (noon) and may also be open on New Year’s Day.

A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 364 stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s newly updated website at www.abc.virginia.gov.

Virginia ABC encourages customers to celebrate all the year-end holidays responsibly and never drink and drive.


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.9 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 364 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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