Photo cred - Paul Ei

Spending time with your family is what the holidays are all about, which is a pretty easy feat given how many things are closed on Christmas and New Year's in Montreal. But while you may think everyone is forced to be with their fam (for better or worse) during the year's most major holidays, certain venues will remain open. So you're in the know, here's a curated list of what will be open/closed on Christmas & New Year's in Montreal:

What's Closed

  • Garbage collection will be canceled or postponed, but is dependent on the borough. See here for specific details.
  • All ecocentres, from December 24th to January 5th 2015
  • The Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, from December 24th to 26th 2014 + December 31st to January 2nd 2015
  • Montreal's Olympic Park (Christmas Eve & Day only)
  • The Pointe-à-Callière Museum
  • Espace pour la vie's Biodome, Insectarium, and Botanical Garden (Christmas Eve & Christmas Day only)
  • The Montreal Municipal Court, from December 24th to January 2nd
  • Public markets (Jean-Talon, Atwater, Bonsecours) with reduced hours on Christmas & New Year's eve
  • Grocery stores over 4, 000 square feet will be closed (as enforced by the Retail Council of Canada)
  • Post offices, banks, and most government offices
  • Most borough Accès and Montréal offices will be closed
  • The SAQ, with reduced hours on Christmas & New Year's Eve. Check out the SAQ's holiday schedule to plan your drankin'

What's Open

  • Grocery stores under 4, 000 square feet can operate at normal hours, if they so choose
  • Banks, post offices and government offices will be closed
  • The Old Port Skating Rink (see hours here)
  • Gas stations and pharmacies
  • Bus & metro, but operating on holiday hours
  • The Eaton Centre and other shopping malls will be closed
  • Blvd 44, Damas, and these Montreal restaurants, among others

Photo cred – Karel Chladek

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