The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is informing licensees of changes to the Extended Holiday Hours program and of eligible holidays in the 2016 calendar year.
As part of a new law that went into effect this year (DC Law 20-270), licensees are no longer required to register for the Extended Holiday Hours program each calendar year to participate. As a result, licensees that are already registered in the program in 2015 will be automatically eligible to participate in extended holiday hours in 2016. In early December, ABRA will send letters to enrolled licensees confirming registration in the Extended Holiday Hours program for 2016.
The program will continue to allow registered on-premises establishments to sell and serve alcoholic beverages until 4 am and operate 24 hours a day on District and Federal holidays and certain holiday weekends.
Next year's eligible holidays are listed online in the 2016 Extended Holiday Hours Calendar.
On-premises licensees that are not already registered in the program but want to participate would need to register to do so. Complete details are available on ABRA's website.
Licensees that have questions can contact ABRA's Licensing Division by email or (202) 442-4423.