Opening times for banks during the Christmas bank holiday period | The Sun

BANKS traditionally close their doors on bank holidays – and the Christmas Bank Holiday period is no exception.

More shops, retailers, restaurants and businesses are closing their doors for longer to give their staff some much-needed time off this festive season.

Banks and the London Stock Exchange will close in England and Wales over the Christmas period.

Since it's a bank holiday, you shouldn't expect your local bank to be open either.

This will mean that you'll have to go without using branch services on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the substituted Christmas Day Bank Holiday on Tuesday, December 27.

Cash machines will remain unaffected so you'll still be able to get cash out during the period of branch closures.


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We've listed which banks have confirmed that they'll be closing their doors later this week below.


Barclays branches will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and on December 27.

Opening times for the remainder of next week will return to normal.

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You can check what time your nearest bank branch is open using the branch locator tool on the Barclays website.

You can usually bank online on any day or hour even if branches are closed.

If you need to get in touch with the bank when they are closed, you can use the online “chat” function on your app or call the bank on 0345 734 5345.

Be aware though that customer services may be operating reduced hours over the long weekend.

Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland

Lloyds Banking Group, which includes Bank of Scotland, Halifax and Lloyds Bank, will be closing their branches between December 25 and 27.

To see your nearest branch opening hours, use the branch locator on your bank's website which will give you all the information you need.

You can still bank online with any of the banks even when a branch is closed.

But there may be less availability with customer support if you need to speak to someone.

Nationwide Building Society

Nationwide is closing all of its branches on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and on December 27.

You can find out what time your nearest branch will open by using the Nationwide branch locator tool.

If you have an urgent inquiry when branches are closed, you can contact Nationwide Building Society by calling 0345 730 2011.

You can also message the bank on its website. 


Santander is closing all branches between December 25 and 27.

Use the branch locator tool on the government's website to check when your nearest branch will be back open.

Santander has a call centre which you can reach on 08009123123.

The call centre is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm, but this may change over the Christmas Bank Holiday period.

You can also contact the bank through their online chat function. 


HSBC will not be opening any of its branches on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

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You can find your local bank branch by using the branch finder tool on the HSBC website.

Contact centres are usually open 8am to 8pm every day and customers can find the telephone number on the back of their card.

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