Aldi, John Lewis, Sainsbury's and more will close stores on Boxing Day but some still plan sales - here's the full info
Aldi, John Lewis and Sainsbury's are among the major retailers bucking trends by closing stores this Boxing Day. However, shoppers hoping to grab a bargain in the traditional Boxing Day sales can still do so with some shops starting in-store sales from 27 December and others launching online sales from 24 December instead.
Most of the retailers say they're shutting stores on Boxing Day (Sunday 26 December) to reward staff for their hard work during the pandemic. The closures follow a campaign by trade union the 'Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW)', which pushed for companies to allow their retail staff a longer break over the festive period.
Retailers including Aldi and John Lewis will be closed this Boxing Day
Below is a breakdown of some of the major retailers that have told MoneySavingExpert.com they'll be closed on Boxing Day, plus when they plan to start their online and in-store 'Boxing Day' sales (if they plan to do so).
For more tips and tricks on saving money when shopping, see our Deals, Vouchers & Shopping guides.
Stores closed Boxing Day (26 Dec)
Online Boxing Day sales start date
In-store Boxing Day sales start date
|Aldi||24 Dec||27 Dec|
|Holland & Barrett||24 Dec||24 Dec|
|Home Bargains||No sale planned||No sale planned|
|John Lewis||24 Dec||27 Dec|
|Marks & Spencer||24 Dec (excluding food)||27 Dec (excluding food halls)|
|Morrisons||27 Dec||27 Dec|
|Pets at Home||25 Dec||27 December|
|The Entertainer||24 Dec||27 Dec|
|Waitrose||No sale planned||No sale planned|
|Wilko||No sale planned||No sale planned|
Some retailers plan to open on Boxing Day - and they've already begun sales
Not all retailers will close on Boxing Day though. H&M and IKEA, for example, told us they plan to open on 26 December, although both stores have already begun their Boxing Day sales.
H&M is offering shoppers up to 50% off selected items online - we've asked if there is currently an in store sale too, and if so, what the discount is, and we will update this story when we know more. Meanwhile, IKEA has up to 50% off both online and in-store. Online-only retailer ASOS also has an up to 70% off Boxing Day sale live on its website.
See our Boxing Day Sales 2021 round-up for a full list of retailers with sales currently on. You can also check our Christmas Deals Predictor tool for when we expect major sales to start. Plus, our Cheap Online Shopping guide includes more than 40 tips to slash the cost of buying online.
But as we say every year, only ever buy what you need and can afford. If you can’t afford it, DON’T buy it. Plus, just because something is in the sale doesn't mean it's good value - always compare prices first.