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What is open and closed in Toronto this holiday season?

Look what time it is? It's already the weekend before Christmas, and that means Toronto's stores and services are throwing out their normal hours for the next week and a half.

To help you navigate your holiday schedule, CBC Toronto has compiled a list of what's open and closed, when and where this season.

transit

A commuter wearing a mask rests on a TTC streetcar during a heavy snowfall on January 17, 2022.

A commuter wearing a mask rests on a TTC streetcar during a heavy snowfall on January 17, 2022.

A commuter wearing a mask rests on a TTC streetcar during a heavy snowfall on Jan. 17, 2022. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Public transport should not be too severely affected during the holiday season.

GO Transit operates regularly, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day, when trains operate on a Saturday schedule.

Meanwhile, the TTC will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Boxing Day, with service beginning at 8 a.m.

On New Year's Eve, public transport is free from 7pm until 8am the next morning. Late evening bus, tram and metro services continue until 3am, with night services then continuing on the Blue Night Network, which operates until 8am.

In other transit news, Union Station's roller rink will be closed December 24-26, but will remain open for the rest of the holidays.

Shopping centers

Of course, there are lots of people in the shopping centre before Christmas. But there are also lots of people in the shops on Boxing Day and in the days before New Year.Of course, there are lots of people in the shopping centre before Christmas. But there are also lots of people in the shops on Boxing Day and in the days before New Year.

Of course, there are lots of people in the shopping centre before Christmas. But there are also lots of people in the shops on Boxing Day and in the days before New Year.

Shoppers at the Eaton Centre this holiday season. (CBC)

Christmas cartoons tell us that this time of year shouldn't be about shopping, but sometimes you can't avoid last-minute gifts and Boxing Day deals.

Malls are closed on Christmas Day and most have reduced hours on Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Here are some major malls that follow this schedule:

Meanwhile, Square One Shopping Centre will be open during regular hours on Boxing Day and Toronto Premium Outlets will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

These locations are closed on New Year's Day:

Many pharmacies remain open on Christmas Day with reduced opening hours.

The Distillery District Christmas Market is closed on Christmas Day, while St. Lawrence Market is closed on Boxing Day and Boxing Day and has reduced opening hours on Christmas Eve.

Sightseeing features

Casa Loma recently shone brightly at Christmas.Casa Loma recently shone brightly at Christmas.

Casa Loma recently shone brightly at Christmas.

Casa Loma recently shone in all its glory at Christmas. (CBC)

During your holiday you can enjoy numerous activities:

  • Aga Khan Museum, closed on Christmas Day but open on other public holidays from 10am to 5.30pm.

  • Toronto History Museums will have all locations except the Market Gallery open during regular hours on December 24 and from December 27 to 31.

  • Ripley's Aquarium is open over the holidays. It closes at 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

  • The Ontario Science Centre is closed on Christmas Day, otherwise regular opening hours apply.

  • The AGO is closed on Christmas Day and has reduced opening hours on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

  • The Toronto Zoo has reduced opening hours on Christmas Day. Regular opening hours apply on all other days.

  • High Park Zoo is open throughout the holidays.

  • Casa Loma is closed on Christmas Day.

  • Canada's Wonderland Winterfest is closed on Christmas Day.

  • The Hockey Hall of Fame is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Government Services

Toronto city councillors concluded their final meeting of 2023 with some important decisions regarding the city's financial future and two major name changes.Toronto city councillors concluded their final meeting of 2023 with some important decisions regarding the city's financial future and two major name changes.

Toronto city councillors concluded their final meeting of 2023 with some important decisions regarding the city's financial future and two major name changes.

City Hall and other government offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. (Alex Lupul/CBC)

As you might expect, City Hall and most municipal offices are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Libraries and post offices are also closed on these days.

The emergency service and the 311 number remain available without interruption.

recreation

Toronto city councillors plan to meet this week to discuss the terms of the new financial agreement between the city and the province, but experts say there are still unanswered questions about the deal and uncertainty about the federal government's involvement.Toronto city councillors plan to meet this week to discuss the terms of the new financial agreement between the city and the province, but experts say there are still unanswered questions about the deal and uncertainty about the federal government's involvement.

Toronto city councillors plan to meet this week to discuss the terms of the new financial agreement between the city and the province, but experts say there are still unanswered questions about the deal and uncertainty about the federal government's involvement.

Toronto's ice rinks are open daily during the holidays. (Alex Lupul/CBC)

Toronto Community Recreation Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. They will close at 4:30 p.m. on December 24 and 31. You can contact your local centre here.

The city's more than 50 outdoor ice rinks remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., provided it stays cold enough outside.

Liquor stores

alcohol, beer, beverages, open, retail stores, signs, The Beer Store, November 21, 2013 (Katherine Holland/CBC)alcohol, beer, beverages, open, retail stores, signs, The Beer Store, November 21, 2013 (Katherine Holland/CBC)

alcohol, beer, beverages, open, retail stores, signs, The Beer Store, November 21, 2013 (Katherine Holland/CBC)

Beer stores and LCBOs will be open on most holidays. (Katherine Holland/CBC)

LCBOs have regular opening hours with the following exceptions:

  • December 24th, shops close at 6pm

  • December 25th: All shops are closed.

  • December 31st, shops close at 6pm

  • January 1st: All shops are closed.

The Beer Store is open as follows:

  • December 24: Most stores close at 6pm, but select stores close at 4pm and 5pm.
    December 25th: All shops are closed.
    December 26: 98 shops open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    December 31: Most stores close at 6pm, but select stores close at 5pm.
    January 1st: All shops are closed.

Selected Wine Rack locations will be open on Christmas Day. Find your local store here.

Super Market

Forgot to pick up a can of cranberry sauce? Here's what to expect at your local grocery store:

  • On December 24th, most locations will be open with reduced hours. Check with your local store.

  • December 25: Most locations are closed, but all Rabba Fine Foods locations remain open.

  • On December 26th, most locations will be open with reduced hours. Check with your local store.

Garbage collection

Shoppers struggle through icy conditions and snow flurries in the parking lot of a grocery store in east Toronto on December 23, 2022.Shoppers struggle through icy conditions and snow flurries in the parking lot of a grocery store in east Toronto on December 23, 2022.

Shoppers struggle through icy conditions and snow flurries in the parking lot of a grocery store in east Toronto on December 23, 2022.

If you haven't stocked up yet, Toronto's grocery stores will remain open during most holidays. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Daytime garbage collection will continue as planned over the holidays. However, there are some changes to nighttime curbside collection by households and businesses:

  • No pickup on Monday, December 25th.

  • Monday pickup will be postponed to Tuesday, December 26th.

  • Tuesday pickup will be rescheduled to Wednesday, December 27.

  • Wednesday pickup will be moved to Thursday, December 28th.

  • Thursday pickup will be rescheduled to Friday, December 29th.

The drop-off and transfer stations are closed on December 25th and January 1st. Christmas tree collection takes place on the regular garbage collection days in January. You can find more information here.