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Christmas time in the city: What’s open and closed over the holidays

CityNews | posted Friday, Dec 22nd, 2017

While most of us would love to snuggle up with hot cocoa next to a fireplace during the festive season, not everyone will be granted this leisure time. There are groceries to buy for Christmas Day and other holiday meals, shopping for gifts and Boxing Day sales, places to take your family during the break, and getting ready to bring in the new year in style. And some of us actually have to work (hopefully it won’t be too busy).

So if you are heading out and about during the Christmas season, below is a list of what’s open and closed. Happy holidays and a merry new year!

Transit

TTC
Dec. 24: Sunday service (most routes start at 8 a.m.)
Dec. 25: Sunday service
Dec. 26: Holiday service (most routes start at 6 a.m.)
Dec. 27: Holiday service
Dec. 31: Sunday service, with free rides from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 7 a.m. on Jan. 1
Jan. 1: Sunday service

Click here to refer to the service schedule.

GO Transit
Dec. 22: Early homebound service
Dec. 24: Sunday schedule
Dec. 25: Sunday schedule
Dec. 26: Saturday schedule
Dec. 29: Early homebound service
Dec. 31: Sunday schedule, with late-night service and free rides after 7 p.m.
Jan. 1: Sunday schedule

Click here to refer to the service schedule.

Shopping

Bramalea City Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dufferin Mall
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Eaton Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Erin Mills Town Centre
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Fairview Mall
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Scarborough Town Centre
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Sherway Gardens
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Shops at Don Mills
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Square One
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Toronto Premium Outlets
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dec. 31: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed

Grocery/drug stores

Loblaws and related stores
Stores are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but most are open on Boxing Day. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

Longo’s
Stores are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but most are open on Boxing Day. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

Sobeys
Stores are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but most are open on Boxing Day. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

Shoppers Drug Mart
Most stores are closed on Christmas Day but select ones will be open. Click here to locate your store’s hours.

LCBO/Beer Stores

LCBO
Dec. 24: Open until 6 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed
Dec. 31: Most stores will have extended hours until 8 p.m., click here to locate your store’s hours
Jan. 1: Closed

The Beer Store
Dec. 24: Several stores will have extended hours, click here for details
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed
Dec. 31: Several stores will have extended hours, click here for details
Jan. 1: Closed

Tourist attractions

AGO: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Casa Loma: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
CN Tower: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Ontario Science Centre: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Open 365 days a year
Royal Ontario Museum: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days
Toronto Zoo: Closed on Dec. 25, but open on other days

Government offices and banks

Dec. 25: Closed (no mail delivery)
Dec. 26: Closed (no mail delivery)
Jan. 1: Closed (no mail delivery)

City of Toronto services

Garbage collection
Since garbage is not collected during the day on Monday, which happens to be Christmas Day, daytime curbside collection will not be impacted. The same applies to New Year’s Day, which also falls on a Monday.

Nighttime curbside collection will be cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but will be picked up the following day. Click here for more information.

Toronto Public Library
Dec. 24: Closed
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: Closed
Dec. 31: Closed
Jan. 1: Closed

Recreation centres and skating rinks
Recreation centres will be open until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. They will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Indoor arenas will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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

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