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As an East Texan, if you didn't prepare early enough last year you might not have had enough liquor on hand to make that margarita to go with those tamales during Christmas dinner because Texas liquor stores were closed for a total of 61 hours during the Christmas holiday.  You don't want that happening to you again this year.

Longer than normal closing hours are happening again at East Texas liquor stores.

While the in-laws might have forgotten the cranberry sauce, let's hope you don't get caught without your favorite mixer and alcohol to make that mixed drink or cocktail after your family dinner or anytime afterward because Texas liquor stores will be closed for 48 consecutive hours this Christmas and it'll happen again a week later.

So if you require some Kahlua for your coffee, tequila for that margarita, some whisky to accompany that Coke, some gin for that martini, or some other liquor, you'll want to make a run to the county line liquor store to pick up your favorite spirits by closing time Saturday night and then the following Saturday.

Why Will Texas Liquor Stores Be Closed For 48 Consecutive Hours?

While you can buy beer and wine any day of the week during certain hours, liquor sales are more restricted in Texas. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) does not allow the sale of liquor on Sundays and the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Now with Christmas and New Year's falling on Monday, liquor stores are going to be closed. So if you were planning on having a cocktail sometime Sunday during the game or on Christmas Day, you'll want to make sure you're stocked up by Saturday evening.

48 Hours Is A Long Time To Be Closed

Here's how it breaks down:

  • Liquor stores will be closed all day on Sunday
  • Liquor stores will be closed all day Monday - Christmas Day
  • Liquor stores will re-open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 26th (normal opening time)

Plan ahead and have a great time celebrating but don't overdo it. Drink responsibly this holiday season. Know when you've had enough though. If you see that a family member has had enough, please make arrangements to get them home safely.

Don't drink and drive.

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