What's open and closed over Christmas & New Year's
Published Friday, December 30, 2011 6:15PM EST
The following is a partial list of what will be open and closed over the Christmas holiday.
Most city offices will be closed from Friday Dec. 24 until Tuesday, January 4, including all borough and Accès Montréal offices. The same is true in both Laval and Longueuil. Residents can call 3-1-1 or consult their city website for more information on what services are available.
Parking meters and no parking signs remain in effect throughout the holiday period, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
All household garbage, recycling and bulky item pickups will take place according to regular schedules, except for the pickup of bulky items scheduled for January 2 in the LaSalle and Saint-Laurent boroughs, which will take place on January 9.
All ecocentres will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and 31, as well as January 1 and 2. However, they will be open on December 27, 28, 29 and 30.
Canada Post won't be open or delivering mail Monday and Tuesday.
Arenas, swimming pools, sports centres, libraries and cultural centres will follow different schedules depending on the borough. Residents are asked to contact those facilities.
Public markets will be open, except on December 25 and 26, and January 1 and 2. The schedule is as follows:
- December 24 and 31 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- December 27, 28, and January 3 and 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- December 29 and 30 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except for Atwater Market which will close at 7 p.m. on December 29.)
The Bonsecours Market will be closed on December 25 and January 1. The schedule is as follows:
- December 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- December 26 and January 2 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Other days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Montreal's sports facilities will operate on schedules dictated by the boroughs, so you need to check with the individual facilities to see when they are closed over the holidays. The Claude Robillard Centre is closed Friday to Tuesday and from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3.
The Société des Alcools du Québec stores are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. They open at 1 p.m. on Boxing Day.
Banks are closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Most grocery and retail stores will be closed on Sunday but will reopen on Boxing Day at 1 p.m. By law, retail stores will be forced to close at 5 p.m. on Boxing Day and grocery stores by 8 p.m.
The Christmas and New Year's holidays will bring slight changes to Société de transport de Montréal transit services.
Unless otherwise specified in Planibus timetables or on Infobus panels, regular weekday service will be provided on most bus routes, except on Monday, December 26, when the majority of buses will follow the Saturday timetable for Boxing Day, while a few others follow the Sunday timetable, as well as on Monday, January 2, when Sunday service levels will prevail on most bus routes.
The Agence métropolitaine de transport will follow a Sunday schedule on its train lines for Christmas and New Year's Day.
Sociéte de transport de Laval buses are free of charge on New Year's Eve, though riders are asked to make a donation to provide breakfast for Laval students. The network is running on a Saturday schedule for New Year's Eve, and on a reduced Sunday schedule for Christmas and New Year's Day.
Réseau de transport de Longueuil buses will also offer free service on New Year's Eve, but bus lines are running on a special schedule, while some are not running at all. Check the website for specific route information. Buses are running on a Sunday schedule on Christmas and Boxing Day, as well as New Year's Day.