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Consumer Protection Reminds the Public: No Alcohol Sales on Christmas or New Year’s Day

December 19, 2022 – The Department of Consumer Protection’s (DCP) Liquor Control Division is reminding Connecticut residents that hours for some liquor permittees change on holidays.

“If you choose to consume alcohol this holiday season, remember to do so responsibly,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. “Know your limit, arrange designated drivers and be respectful of the establishments and communities where you celebrate.”

Changes are only in effect on the day of the actual holidays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, which both fall on a Sunday this year.

Off-premise consumption:

  • Package stores must remain closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • Grocery stores cannot sell beer on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day
  • Manufacturer permits cannot sell alcoholic liquor to go on Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day

On-premise consumption:

  • Normal hours remain the same, except premises may stay open an extra hour New Years Eve evening until 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day morning

Local zoning rules may create stricter limits for both off- and on-premise sales.

Anyone with concerns or complaints about a liquor permittee in the State of Connecticut is encouraged to contact DCP’s Liquor Control Division via email at, or at (860) 713-6210.

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