Christmas and New Year trading

Licensed premises in the Northern Territory (NT) must follow liquor licence conditions for public holiday trading.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Clubs

You can trade on Christmas Eve until 2am on Christmas morning.

If you want to extend your trading hours beyond 2am on Christmas morning, you must apply for a temporary liquor licence variation.

Hotels and taverns

Hotels and taverns with a licence condition that restricts Christmas Day trading may open on Christmas Day between:

  • 12pm and 4pm for lunch
  • 6pm and 10pm for dinner.

Alcohol may only be sold with a meal.

If you want to extend your trading hours beyond lunch and dinner on Christmas Day must apply for a temporary liquor licence variation.

New Year's Eve

Clubs, hotels and taverns can apply to extend their New Year's Eve trading hours. Applications will be judged on individual circumstances.

It is likely an extension of two hours will be granted for premises closing after midnight and beyond.

Extensions for premises closing at midnight

Premises that normally close at midnight may be able to trade until 2am.

No special conditions apply.

Extensions for premises closing at 2am

Premises that normally close at 2am may be permitted to trade until 4am, subject to late trading special conditions.

These conditions may include:

  • adequate security
  • free tap water
  • entertainment.

Extensions for premises closing at 4am

Premises that normally close at 4am may be permitted to trade until 6am, subject to late trading special conditions.

These conditions may include:

  • adequate security
  • free tap water
  • entertainment.

Gaming machine trading hours

You can also request to extend your gaming machine hours in line with the liquor licence extension. Contact Licensing NT for more information.

Last updated: 13 October 2017