Marks and Spencer has announced it's reversing its decision to open on Boxing Day.
It means the 200 stores that were planning to remain open on December 26 will now be closed to the public.
The change has been made so colleagues can spend more time with loved ones following the Government's plans to temporarily relax restrictions over Christmas, M&S confirmed.
CEO at M&S, Steve Rowe, said; "Throughout the pandemic, our colleagues have gone above and beyond to deliver for our customers and as we enter the busy festive season they are doubling down on their efforts once again to help our customers deliver the Christmas magic for their families and friends.
"2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for everyone and this Christmas, the celebrations we have, will be more precious than ever.
"That's why in the run up to Christmas we are opening longer hours and have accelerated the launch of new digital services such as Sparks Book & Shop to help our customers prepare, but it's also why we have taken the decision to close our operations on Boxing Day, so that our colleagues can enjoy more special time with their loved ones.
"This is a big decision, but it is absolutely the right one given the incredible effort everyone has made in the most challenging of circumstances."
This Boxing Day M&S will now close all of its owned stores in the UK, as well as its Customer Contact centre and its Distribution Centre in Castle Donington, so that as many colleagues as possible can spend time with family and friends across both December 25 and 26.
In the run up to the festive season, however, M&S will still extend trading hours to help shoppers get ready for Christmas.
This year will mark the longest ever opening hours for the store, with around 400 of its owned stores open until midnight in the days prior to Christmas, from December 21 to 23.
M&S hopes this will help manage capacity and give customers and colleagues the space they need in the current pandemic.
M&S has put in place a number of new initiatives to help its customers shop with confidence too, including its new Sparks Book & Shop service allowing customers to reserve a shopping slot at time that suits them, and the accelerated rollout of its checkout-free Mobile Pay Go technology to all UK stores.
To check Christmas opening hours at your local M&S head to the store finder tool which will be updated imminently to reflect the changes to trading hours.