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What’s open and closed Christmas and Boxing Day; some events too

CityNews | posted Thursday, Dec 24th, 2015

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It’s crunch time, one and all. Last-minute shopping, gift wrapping, writing cards, baking sweets, cooking the family meal, and buying the much-needed wine are some of things on your to-do list for Christmas Day.

And when it’s all said and done, there’s Boxing Day to look forward to. Some shopping enthusiasts even head straight from the family gathering to line up at their favourite store to be the first to snag some good deals.

So, as you run around doing all these things, we have compiled a handy list of what’s open and closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Presents under a Christmas tree. GETTY IMAGES/UIG.
Presents under a Christmas tree. GETTY IMAGES/UIG.

While Christmas Day festivities and Boxing Day shopping are at the top of mind, there are a couple of hockey events taking place this weekend, including the World Junior championship. And someone could get a magical Christmas present from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) this weekend.

If you are looking for something to do with your children over the holidays, check out the Magical Toyland at Casa Loma.

Merry Christmas, from everyone at 680 NEWS and CityNews!

Transit

TTC
Dec. 24: Regular weekday service
Dec. 25: Sunday service schedule (most routes start at 9 a.m.)
Dec. 26: Holiday service schedule (most routes start at 6 a.m.)

The TTC will have reduced rides over the holidays but free service on New Year’s Eve.

File photo of the 504 King streetcar.
File photo of the 504 King streetcar.

GO Transit
Dec. 24: Early homebound service (Check the GO website for schedule details)
Dec. 25: Sunday service schedule
Dec. 26: Saturday service schedule

Shopping

Bramalea City Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Eaton Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Dufferin Mall
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Erin Mills Town Centre
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

People shopping at the Eaton Centre on the day before Christmas Eve in Toronto on Dec. 23, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin.
People shopping at the Eaton Centre on the day before Christmas Eve in Toronto on Dec. 23, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin.

Fairview Mall
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Pacific Mall
Open 365 days a year

Scarborough Town Centre
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sherway Gardens
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Shops at Don Mills
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Square One
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Promenade
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Toronto Premium Outlets
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Grocery/drug stores

Sobeys
Dec. 24: Most stores will be open from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here to check the hours at your local store.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Most stores are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Loblaws
Dec. 24: Most stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here to check the hours at your local store.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Longo’s
Dec. 24: Most stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here to check the hours at your local store.
Dec. 24: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Select stores will be open on Christmas Day, and store hours over the holidays vary by location. Click here to check the hours at your local store.

Note: Call your local grocery or drug store for their holiday hours before heading out.

LCBO/Beer Stores

LCBO
Dec. 24: All stores will open at regular hours and close at 6 p.m. Click here to check hours at your local LCBO.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed. Some LCBO agency stores may choose to open on Boxing Day.

An LCBO store is pictured in Toronto April 20, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon.
An LCBO store is pictured in Toronto April 20, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon.

The Beer Store
Dec. 24: All stores will open at regular hours and close at 6 p.m. Click here to check hours at your local store.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed

Tourist attractions

Toronto Zoo
Dec. 24: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Toronto Zoo's twin pandas are seen on Nov. 12, 2015. Screen grab via Twitter/@TheTorontoZoo.
The Toronto Zoo’s twin pandas are seen on Nov. 12, 2015. Screen grab via Twitter/@TheTorontoZoo.

Four rare white lion cubs hanging out in the maternity ward. Photo via Twitter/@TorontoZoo.
Four rare white lion cubs hanging out in the maternity ward. Photo via Twitter/@TorontoZoo.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 26:  9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Royal Ontario Museum
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Casa Loma
Dec. 24: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ontario Science Centre
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

AGO
Dec. 24: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Government offices

Dec. 24: Most banks and other government offices open until the early afternoon
Dec. 25: Closed (no mail delivery)
Dec. 26: Closed (no mail delivery)

Toronto Public Library

Dec. 24: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed

Toronto garbage collection

Dec. 25: No collection (All collections pushed forward one day. Click here for more information.)

A blue bin and a black bin are seen in High Park on Oct. 14, 2015. Image courtesy CityNews viewer Astrida Liepins.
A blue bin and a black bin are seen in High Park on Oct. 14, 2015. Image courtesy CityNews viewer Astrida Liepins.

City of Toronto recreation centres

Dec. 24: Community recreation centres will close at 4 p.m., except those with scheduled permits.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed

Click here for list of activities to do in the city over the holidays.

Events

Christmas Day jackpot 
Now this would be the ultimate Christmas present! The OLG says the Dec. 25 Lotto Max jackpot is $60 million with 35 additional $1 million prizes.

Janine Lubey, centre, promotes the Lotto-Max lottery at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marta Iwanek.
Janine Lubey, centre, promotes the Lotto-Max lottery at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marta Iwanek.

Hockey galore
A Boxing Day tradition starts on Saturday. Canada’s World Junior Hockey team starts its defence of its 2015 title in Helsinki, Finland.

Canadian players celebrate Canada's 5-4 win over Russia during the gold medal game hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Jan. 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canadian players celebrate Canada’s 5-4 win over Russia during the gold medal game hockey action at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Jan. 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Toronto Marlies play the annual Boxing Day classic at Ricoh Coliseum against the St. John’s Icecaps. Game time is at 3 p.m. and tickets are available here.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action on Sunday. They’ll be in Brooklyn to face the New York Islanders.

Rogers Hometown Hockey in Oshawa
Rogers Hometown Hockey comes to the GTA this weekend. The festivities take over the area around Oshawa City Hall starting at noon Boxing Day and continue the next day, leading up to the televised Leafs game.

Magical Toyland at Casa Loma
If you’re looking for something to do post-Christmas with the children, Casa Loma is keeping the holiday magic alive.

It’s called Magical Toyland and features magic shows and Santa hosting children in his workshop and leading them in a scavenger hunt and other arts and crafts. Click here for ticket information.

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