What's open and closed on Christmas Day in Montreal

Dec 24 2021, 3:07 pm

Most of Montreal is already shut down on Christmas Day, but the city’s recent uptick in COVID-19 cases means even more spots across the island will remain closed on December 25.

If you need some last-minute supplies before Christmas Day, there are a few lingering options leading up to the big day.

Keep in mind that while most Ville de Montreal offices will be closed, the 311 Information Line will be open throughout the holiday season. Residents and tourists can receive information about municipal services (including Christmas Day) by calling 311 or (514) 872-0311.

Also, note that Christmas hours are a bit of a gamble, and we recommend calling businesses and restaurants before for their holiday hours.

Here is what’s open and closed on Christmas Day in Montreal.

What’s closed:

  • All banks will be closed
  • All federal and provincial government offices will be closed from December 24 to 26
  • Garbage disposal and recycling are postponed to December 26
  • All post offices will be closed (delivery resumes December 27 and closes again on January 1)
  • Most restaurants will be closed, with exceptions being some in Chinatown and hotels
  • Montreal museums such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the McCord Museum, and Pointe-A-Calliere will be closed
  • Outdoor markets, including Atwater Market, Jean-Talon Market, and Maisonneuve Market, will be closed 
  • SAQ liquor stores will be closed (but open until 5 pm on December 24)
  • SQDC cannabis stores will be closed (but open until 5 pm on December 24)
  • Most grocery stores (larger than 375 square meters) will be closed
  • Most retail stores and malls will be closed (including all malls in downtown Montreal)
  • The Biodome, the Botanical Gardens, and the Science Centre will be closed
  • Parks (outdoor skating rinks and cross-country trails) will be closed, meaning equipment rentals and cleanup will not occur

What’s open:

  • Some depanneurs will remain open
  • Some pharmacies will remain open, especially larger chains like Pharmaprix
  • Most movie theatres will remain open, including Dollar Cinema, CinĂ©ma Banque Scotia, and Cineplex Forum
  • Public transit will remain in operation, though it will be operating on a Sunday schedule (visit the STM website for specifics)
  • Parking meters follow their regular schedule throughout the holiday season with no exceptions
  • St. Joseph’s Oratory and the Notre-Dame Basilica will remain open
  • Atrium le 1000s Skating Rink will remain open
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