Stock market holidays may differ depending on each region, country and individual stock exchange. For example, stock market opening times over Christmas will only apply to regions in which the festivity is celebrated, most notably Europe, North America and Australia. In the same way, select public holidays such as Canada Day, Chinese New Year, Australia Day and Thanksgiving in the US will affect trading hours for all affected countries. Islamic New Year is a festivity celebrated across many Middle Eastern countries and will most likely affect the stock market trading hours for Israel, Kuwait and the UAE, among others.
Stock market bank holidays also apply to the London Stock Exchange. The markets periodically close on bank holidays including Good Friday, Spring Bank Holiday and Boxing Day, as well as having reduced trading hours on Christmas Eve to accommodate the morning only.
So, when does the stock market close for Christmas? In the United Kingdom, if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the markets will automatically close on the Friday before, or in rare cases, the following Monday, for a certain period of time depending on the stock exchange.