Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve fall on Sundays, so get your alcohol early

Planning a spirited holiday? Be aware of places ' hours, such as Three Rivers Distilling Company, with its vodka, gin and rum seen here. Most liquor stores that sell alcohol will be closed on Monday, Christmas Day, and they can't sell alcohol on Sundays. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of

With Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on Sundays, those who plan to toast the holidays with alcohol will have to plan ahead.

Also, while retailers legally can sell alcohol on Christmas, most don’t plan to be open, so that means you’ll have to add any alcoholic products to your shopping list for Friday and Saturday this week for your Yuletide cheer Monday.

Marc Gernhardt, the marketing manager for Belmont Beverage, said their stores will be open New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Check with the store ahead of time in case hours are limited.

Want to choose alcohol for a present?

“The big gift items are any of our beer or wine clubs,” Gernhardt said. For $15 a month you can sign up someone to receive five 12-ounce regular beers and one 22-ounce craft or import beer handpicked by the company’s beer experts each month, he said. Different beers are selected each month.

The wine club starts at $20 a month for two reds, two whites or a mix and can go up to $120 monthly for three reds and three whites.

Some of Cap n’ Cork’s stores plan to be open later on the weekend, until 1 a.m. Sunday, said co-owner Joe Doust.

Buying alcohol for gifts is difficult unless you know the recipient’s preferences, he said.

However, “bourbons, you can’t go wrong,” he said.

Those looking for locally distilled bourbon and other hard liquors can find them at Three Rivers Distilling Co., 224 E. Wallace St.. Three Rivers isn’t open on weekends yet, said Aaron Pence, co-owner and vice president of sales and marketing, and it will be closed Monday and Tuesday too next week. However, those seeking its vodka, gin, bourbon and other products can get them 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday next week. Prices range from $21.99 for its 122 Corn Whiskey to $38.99 for its Early Bourbon and Franklin D. Rye. It also has Coffee Liqueur for $30.99.