What’s open and closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Ottawa


For Ottawans trying to navigate during the holidays and the impending lockdown that begins after midnight Saturday, here’s what’s open and closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day:

Grocery stores and shopping centers

If you need a last minute giveaway, be sure to get to the mall by 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve as they close on Christmas Day.

Beginning on Boxing Day, nearby malls for in-person shopping, although curbside pickup and pickup inside the mall – at a designated location by appointment – are allowed. People can also enter a mall to access businesses and services that are allowed to be kept open and locked.

Grocery stores in the city close on Christmas Eve and reopen Boxing Day with a capacity limited to 50%.

Museums and other fun things

Indoor and outdoor museums, galleries, theaters, cultural facilities, and sports and fitness facilities must close on Boxing Day.

Some museums in the city are open on Christmas Eve, but hours may be limited, so it’s best to check hours with each institution.

Tours of the Senate of Canada Building are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

From Boxing Day, the city’s arenas and swimming pools will close.

Some outdoor recreational activities such as parks, playgrounds, rinks and skating rinks may be open, weather permitting, with physical distance protocols in place. However, the ski slopes must close from December 26.

Free ice skating is available on refrigerated ice at Town Hall on the Sens Rink of Dreams rink, daily.

The Rideau Hall skating rink is temporarily closed Tuesday until further notice.

City services

OC Transpo will operate on a reduced schedule from December 21 to Christmas Day. The timetables are available online. The OC Transpo service center at the Rideau Center will be temporarily closed starting December 26.

If Christmas Day is your usual garbage day, it will be moved to Boxing Day. Christmas trees will be picked up on ordinary garbage day.

The city’s service centers will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The open branches of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Christmas Day and on weekends. Throughout the lockdown, it will offer curbside returns and pickup holds at open branches and bookmobile stops.

COVID-19 test centers

The Moodie Drive clinic will be closed from Christmas Day to December 27. The Heron Road clinic will be closed from December 23 to 27.

The Ray Friel care clinic closes on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, the Brewer Arena and CHEO exam centers are closed on Christmas Day and will operate at shorter hours on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, December 27 and 31.

The drive-through tests at the National Arts Center will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open at shortened hours on Christmas Eve.

The McNabb Community Center trial site is closed from Christmas Day to December 27. It will be open at reduced hours on Christmas Eve and December 31.

LCBO and the beer store

Liquor stores are limited to 25% capacity as of Boxing Day, and cannabis stores are limited to curbside collection or delivery only.

For a last-minute bottle of wine before Christmas dinner or a few bottles of champagne for a decadent brunch, the LCBO is open Christmas Eve until 6 p.m., but all stores are closed on Christmas Day and The day after Christmas.

Beer stores across the province also close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day.

Some locations will be open Boxing Day for limited hours, including 1860 Bank Street, 1984 Baseline Road, 548 Montreal Road and 515 Somerset Street West, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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