Shopping & attractions
- Most stores are closed on Christmas Day but open Boxing Day. If you do need last minute groceries on Dec. 25, your best bet is the local convenience store, or Shoppers Drug Mart. Hours vary by store, but many are open on Christmas Day.
- Metro stores close 6:00pm on Dec. 24, remain closed all of Christmas Day. The Metro on Rideau Street re-opens at 8:00am on Dec 26, most of other others open at 9am.
- The small grocery store “Le Marché” @ 50 Rue Bégin, in Gatineau during holidays, 8 to 11 pm. “Ouvert tous les jours”
- Farm Boy stores close at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and stay closed on Dec. 25. Farm Boy Rideau Centre is open Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Most malls are open on Boxing Day (Westgate isn’t).
- LCBO stores and Beer Stores close at 6pm on Christmas Eve, and are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
- SAQ stores in Quebec are closed on Christmas Day but re-open at 1pm on Boxing Day.
- If you need beer on Boxing Day, try local brewpubs like Mill Street (near Lebreton Flats) or Big Rig. They sell beer by the bottle and in growlers.
- Bridgehead coffee shops are closed on Christmas Day but most will re-open on Boxing Day.
- Many Starbucks locations are open on Christmas day with reduced hours.
- Some Tim Hortons are open for Christmas Day, some are not. Hit & miss.
- Movie theatres are open.
- Ski hills are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
- Most banks are closing early on Dec. 24, and will be closed for Christmas and Boxing Day.
- No Canada Post mail service on Dec. 25 or 26.
- National museums are closed on Christmas Day but many are open for Boxing Day. City of Ottawa museums and cultural centers are closed.
- The Ottawa Bagelshop is closed Dec. 25, 26 and on New Year’s Day, the only days of the year they close. Best time to get your bagels is in the morning on Dec. 24, they advise.
Need a doctor or emergency care?
- You can find healthcare services open during holidays by checking iamsick.ca
- No garbage, recycling or composting on Christmas Day (because it’s a Monday). For the rest of the week, garbage pick-up is pushed back a day.
- Christmas trees are collected on garbage day, along with your green bin.
- OC Transpo is operating on a reduced schedule from December 24 to January 6. On Christmas Day, buses will run on a Sunday schedule. On Boxing Day, buses will run on a Saturday schedule. More info…
- 3-1-1 service is open for urgent requests.
- City Hall and Client Service Centres are closed.
- The Provincial Offences Court is closed.
- Recreation facilities will be operating on modified schedules during the holiday season. Most recreation facilities are closed and public swimming, public skating, aqua fitness and fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day. Check with your facility. (However, outdoor rinks like the Rink of Dreams and Lansdowne Park are open!)
- Most programming at arts centres, archives, galleries, museums and theatres will not be offered on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Check with your facility.
- Libraries are closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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