Publicans can apply to open their premises for an extra hour over the festive period.
The extended opening until typically 1 a.m. has been approved by Falkirk Council Licensing Board .
A spokeswoman said: “Licensees can apply by way of an extended hours’ application. Provided there are no police objections they will be routinely granted without the need for a hearing before the board.”
At its last meeting pubs, social clubs and hotels, who asked to extend their opening times by up to four hours on December 31 were told they will have to close at 1.30 a.m. however.
Falkirk’s position contrasts starkly with Stirling’s approach. As well as the extra hour in all premises to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1 a.m. the rest of the week it has also agreed 4 a.m. closing on Christmas Eve and Hogmanay.
The convener of Falkirk’s board, Councillor Malcolm Nicol said: “Every board has its own decisions to make on the merits of any application. It’s all about getting a balance between helping the trade at a busy time of the year with the needs of local residents. I won’t comment on decisions taken by other boards, but in Falkirk it’s all about getting that balance right. If Falkirk Licenced Trade Association wants to discuss the possibility of additional opening hours with the board for next Christmas Eve and Hogmanay that might be something we can consider.”