What's Open and Closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day?

Holiday Schedules for Montreal City Services, Public Transit and More

City Hall, Place Jacques Cartier, Old Montreal at Christmas, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
••• Old Montreal at Christmas. JA. Kraulis / Getty Images

What's open and closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day for the 2017-2018 holiday season? The city pretty much shuts itself down on those two days, but there are exceptions to the rule. The list below sums up what to expect but it isn't exhaustive enough to cover every mom & pop shop, restaurant and retail store and government branch in town. If in doubt, call the commerce, business or agency you wish to frequent directly for detailed scheduling information.

 

Municipal Government Offices

Most city of Montreal offices will be closed from December 23, 2016 to January 3, 2017, including Accès-Montréal offices and borough offices. Some exceptions apply. Call 311 or (514) 872-0311 to confirm if your neighborhood borough office is closed throughout this entire period.

 

311 Information Line

Residents and tourists will be able to inquire about municipal services throughout the holiday season, including on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, by calling 311 or (514) 872-0311.

 

Canada's Federal Government Offices

Federal offices, which include employment offices, are closed December 25, Boxing Day and January 1.

 

Quebec's Provincial Government Offices and Services

Quebec's provincial office schedules vary by department. Quebec's general information line (1-877 644-4545) always closes December 24, December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2. Quebec residents are advised to call the office or department they require services from for precise scheduling details.

 

Garbage Disposal, Recycling, Bulky Items Removal

Details here.

 

Ecocentres

Details here.

 

Postal Service

Postal service deliveries and mail collections are postponed and Canada Post post offices are closed December 25, December 26 and January 1 every year, with the exception of independent postal offices operating in the private sector, which can remain open at their discretion.

In 2016, since December 25 falls on Saturday, that means service is also shut down on the next open business day, which is December 27, 2016. January 1, 2017 also falls on a Saturday so Canada Post is also closed on January 2, 2017.

 

Public Transit

Montreal's public transit system is operational throughout the holiday season, with the vast majority of bus routes running on a regular schedule. However, December 25 and January 1st run on Sunday schedules, and metro train intervals are set at 10 minutes. Expect service slowdowns also on December 26 and January 2.

As for commuter trains, the Agence métropolitaine de transport`s commuter train lines adhere to a Sunday schedule on December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2. Since no weekend service is offered on the Mont St. Hilaire, Mascouche and Candiac lines in the first place, no train service will be offered for those same holiday dates.

Call (514) 287-TRAM (8726) or visit the AMT website for train scheduling details (info line closed on December 25 and January 1).

 

Municipal Court Offices 

The Montreal Municipal Court at 775 Gosford is closed from December 23, 2016 to January 3, 2017 inclusively. Municipal Court points of service close December 23 through December 27, 2016 and December 30, 2016 to January 3, 2017 but open December 28 and December 29, 2016. Call (514) 872-2964 for details.

 

Parking Meters

All Montreal parking meters follow their regular schedule throughout the holiday season. No exceptions.

 

What Else is Open and Closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day?

What's open and closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day for the 2017-2018 holiday season? The city pretty much shuts itself down on those two days, but there are exceptions to the rule. The list below sums up what to expect but it isn't exhaustive enough to cover every mom & pop shop, restaurant and retail store and government branch in town. If in doubt, call the commerce, business or agency you wish to frequent directly for detailed scheduling information.

Below looks at what's open in the realm of Montreal restaurants, movie theatres, markets, banks and shopping malls.

 

Montreal Restaurants Open Christmas Day

The restaurant situation in Montreal on Christmas day can be a drag. Foodies across the city concur choices are limited to dining in Chinatown and hotels. So I did a bit of digging, a lot of calling and found out there are actually quite a few Montreal restaurants open Christmas day.

 

Montreal Restaurants Open New Year's Day

Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's eve? Not a problem. Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's day? That's another story. Nonetheless, I made a few phone calls and found some real restaurant gems open for business on New Year's day, including some of Montreal's best known culinary landmarks.

 

Movie Theatres

Montreal movie theatres are generally open Christmas Day and New Year's Day, including Dollar Cinema and downtown's Cinéma Banque Scotia and Cineplex Forum.

 

Dépanneurs

Montreal's quintessential corner stores, at least the 24-hour chains, generally remain open. But many don't. It's a bit of a crapshoot. See Also: Talk Like a True Quebecer

 

Supermarkets

Grocery stores/supermarkets larger than 375 square meters (4,037 feet) in size are legally obliged to close December 25 and January 1.

However, smaller food markets can remain open at their discretion. But it doesn't mean they will. Always call your smaller local grocer to make sure they're open before heading out.

 

Pharmacies

Some may remain open, especially the chains. Call your local pharmacy if in doubt.

 

Société des alcools du Québec

All SAQ liquor stores are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day, with varying schedules throughout the holiday season. And all SAQs open at 1 p.m. on December 26 and as of noon on January 2. And don't sleep on those boozy purchases on December 24 nor December 31 as most SAQs close early at 5 p.m. with the exception of SAQ Express stores which close at 7 p.m.

 

Public Markets

All of Montreal's public markets, including the Atwater Market, Marché Jean-Talon and Marché Maisonneuve, close December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2 with reduced hours on December 24 and December 31, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bonsecours Market closes December 25 and January 1.

 

Banks

As a general rule, banks and financial institutions in Quebec close December 25, Boxing Day, January 1 and January 2. Usually an extra day is taken off for every holiday day that falls on a weekend. Clients are nonetheless advised to contact their local branch in case of isolated exceptions.

 

Shopping Malls

Montreal shopping malls are generally closed on December 25 and January 1. Usually they reopen at 1 p.m. on Boxing Day but to be safe, call your mall of choice to confirm.

 

What Else is Open and Closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day?

What's open and closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day for the 2017-2018 holiday season? The city pretty much shuts itself down on those two days, but there are exceptions to the rule. The list below sums up what to expect but it isn't exhaustive enough to cover every mom & pop shop, restaurant and retail store and government branch in town. If in doubt, call the commerce, business or agency you wish to frequent directly for detailed scheduling information.

When it comes to recreational activities, there are a few activity possibilities on Christmas and New Year's Day.

 

Major Attractions

You can always count on the Montreal Casino being open on both Christmas and New Year's Day. Same goes for St. Joseph's Oratory, the Bonsecours Basin's outdoor skating rink, Atrium le 1000's indoor skating rink as well as Notre-Dame Basilica and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. As for Bota Bota's floating Nordic spa in the Old Port, it's closed Christmas Day BUT open New Year's Day. And the Olympic Village's Village Mammouth is open on both Christmas and New Year's Day. 

 

Ski Resorts

Quebec ski resorts outside Montreal tend to stay open for the holidays. 

 

Major Churches and Basilicas

Montreal has got some of the most beautiful churches in North America. Naturally, my top picks for Christmas Mass are also open Christmas Day.

 

Museums

The Montreal Biodome and Montreal Planetarium both close December 24 and December 25, 2016 but are open on January 1, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Montreal Botanical Garden and Insectarium both close December 24 and December 25, 2016 but are open on January 1 and January 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pointe-à-Callière Museum closes December 25 and December 26, 2016 as well as January 1 and January 2, 2017.

Last but not least and with perhaps the most kid appeal is the Montreal Science Centre, open both on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Montreal museums not listed above generally close on both December 25 and January 1 but it never hurts to call your favorite museum in case of an isolated exception.

 

 

Parks

As a general rule, Montreal parks close December 25 and January 1st. "Closed" means that any ice skates, ski or snow shoe rentals are unavailable and that parks will not clear/clean up skating rinks and cross country ski trails on those days. Basic services like bathroom access can not be guaranteed either. Some exceptions exist: Bonsecours Basin's Old Port skating rink operates Christmas Day as well as New Year's Day. See Also: Montreal's Best Winter Activities

 

Arenas, Swimming Pools, Sports Centres, Libraries and Maisons de la Culture

Residents are encouraged to call these facilities directly since their schedules vary though they tend to close the same dates as the Complexe Sportif Claude Robillard, which shuts down from December 24 to December 26, 2016 and then from December 31, 2016 through January 2, 2017.

 

What Else is Open and Closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day?