Michigan laws limit holiday alcohol sales

Posted at 4:18 PM, Dec 24, 2015

You can always count on some local businesses to stay open even on Christmas, but when it comes to alcohol sales, the state of Michigan has strict rules regarding holiday hours.

Normally, the state's bars are able to stay open until 2 a.m. On Christmas Eve, they must stop serving alcohol at 11:59 p.m.

In a note to the businesses holding the state's 17,000 liquor licenses, Michigan's Liquor Control Commission makes it clear: "The sale of alcoholic beverages must end on Christmas Eve, December 24, by midnight and may not begin again until noon on Christmas, December 25. Normal legal hours for alcohol sales resume on December 26."

The state's rules on holiday alcohol sales times govern bars, restaurants and stores that traditionally sell liquor, beer, wine and all other alcoholic beverages.

At noon on Christmas Day, thirsty Michigan residents can begin drinking alcohol at the state's bars and buying bottles of wine and liquor -- if those bars and stores are open.