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It’s that time of year when teary-eyed shoppers wander the aisles of their local mall hoping to get a gift for every brother, mother, and uncle.

Yes, it is the holiday shopping season, where consumers ease a year of guilt for ignoring family members with cash and retailers do their best to boost poor winter incomes.

While Christmas business hours are traditionally a marathon that all retail workers mentally prepare for, this year seems relatively tight, no doubt due to COVID restrictions squeezing family budgets.

This is what we know so far:

Retail shoppers in Bondi Junction Westfield. (Edwina Pickles)

Christmas business hours 2020

Not all Westfields maintain the same Christmas business hours and, in fact, stores within certain centers may decide to close earlier.

It is best to contact your local center if you plan to burn the midnight oil to do all your shopping:

My December 21: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, December 22: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, December 23: 8:00 am – 11:59 pm

Thursday, December 24: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, December 26: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Some centers, like the huge Westfield Chermside in Queensland, will be open until midnight on the 21st.S t, 22North Dakota and 23rd.

Others, like Westfield Parramatta, will be open until 2 a.m. on Wednesday 23rd.

Weekend shoppers at Westfield Bondi Junction in Sydney. (Rachel Clun)

Woolworths, Coles and Aldi

The country’s supermarkets will operate normally, except for two public holidays: Friday, December 25 and Monday, December 28.

Aldi’s opening hours are highly dependent on the state you live in, however everything will be closed on Christmas Day. The vast majority will be open until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23 and until 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve (December 24).

Woolworths will be closed on Christmas Day. (Google Maps)
Aldi shop in front of Castle Hill
Aldi’s opening hours are highly dependent on the state you live in, however everything will be closed on Christmas Day. (Supplied / Jo Abi)

Your local Australia Post branch will be closed on Friday, December 25th (Christmas) and also Monday, December 28thas the Boxing Day holiday is postponed this year due to the weekend.

It is recommended that if you want Christmas gifts and items to be delivered to Australia before Christmas Day, you will now have to send them by express mail by Saturday 19 December.

It is recommended that if you want Christmas gifts and items to be delivered to Australia before Christmas Day, you will now have to send them by express mail by Saturday 19 December. (Supplied)
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