Newcastle Christmas 2022: are petrol stations open over Christmas? Shell, Esso, BP, Tesco & Asda opening times

As last minute preparations for Christmas journeys are almost completed, motorists hitting the road in 2022 might want to check that tank of gas ahead of Christmas Day.

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The days in Newcastle are about to start running into single figures as the run up to Christmas Day 2022 inches ever closer and closer, now is the time for those last minute preparations ahead of travelling to family and friends during the season. But with rail strikes dominating travel plans, many may turn to their humble car to take another stress out of Christmas.

But what in the event that, for some reason, you’re caught short on how much is left in the tank, or those smaller trips to family members in and around your Christmas lodgings? Surely, if the weather is set to be a cold, icy one across the next two weeks, a drop of petrol in the motor can’t do any harm?

But are petrol stations, much like supermarkets, closed over Christmas and New Year? With retailers closing on Boxing Day now rather than Christmas Day alone, will petrol stations follow suit? Are petrol forecourts that belong to supermarkets running different opening times compared to their stand-alone petrol station counterparts?

And what about those last minute gift ideas? A road map, a box of chocolates or some form of novelty gift picked up in a petrol station shop because you honestly didn’t realise that you had a second cousin who is coming for Christmas dinner - and you certainly don’t want to be that person who hasn’t gotten them anything. Not even an in-car air freshener…

Newcastleworld is here to bring you all the information you’ll need if your Christmas holiday journey requires that half tank of gas to get you through the festive period. Forecourt flowers for our efforts remain optional.

Opening times for petrol stations in Newcastle over the Christmas period

The following information is correct as of the time of publication regarding the opening times of petrol stations in Newcastle. For more localised information, please visit the store locator page at the individual station’s website - which we have provided below each company.


Shell has advised that most of their petrol stations will remain open over the Christmas holidays, however some may limit what parts of the station will be open (car wash facilities, customer toilets) and run a reduced shift in smaller areas of the UK.

Shell has also stated that any motorists that aren’t looking to fill up ahead of their Christmas journeys should check the station’s store locator page on the Shell website for up-to-the-minute information on Shell stations they may pass during their travels.


Esso has confirmed that a number of their petrol stations will remain open over the Christmas period, however some of their in-store facilities (customer toilets, food and drink) will be affected by individual opening times in some locations. They have advised to visit their store locator page in advance of any long trips to take place over the Christmas holidays.


Upon contacting BP, their representative confirmed that “most are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. So, if customers realise they’ve forgotten something crucial on a public holiday, BP’s service stations offer essential supplies for those last-minute purchases.”

Tesco Petrol Stations

Tesco confirmed varyingTesco petrol stations will be running different schedules during the Christmas period, and that any customer wishing information on their local petrol station’s opening hours should visit the Tesco Store locator page on their website.

Asda Petrol Stations

Asda has stated that due to the majority of their forecourts being “pay at the pump” operations that the closing of Asda stores during the Christmas period will not have any effect on motorists requiring to fill up during this period.

Morrisons has confirmed that all petrol station forecourts will remain open except for Christmas Day in Newcastle.