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What's Open & Closed In Montreal For The Holidays

In addition to regular Christmas closures, a new lockdown is set to begin.
Associate Editor

As we prepare to enter a new lockdown period in Quebec that will see non-essential businesses close from December 25 to January 11 (inclusive), we also prepare for a Christmas like no other. 

This means that in addition to the usual Christmas closures — which can be hard enough to keep track of — there are additional shutdowns due to COVID-19.  

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Check out our list to find out what's open and closed over the holidays. But make sure to check local listings and websites for the most up-to-date information. We also recommend calling to verify any information you find online.


Most banks are closed on December 25, December 28, January 1 and January 4. Many banks will also close on December 26 and January 2. Check your local branch for details. 


Most malls and retail stores are open on Christmas Eve, though some have reduced hours. Beginning on Christmas Day, non-essential businesses including malls and retail stores are closed until January 11.

Many grocery stores are open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day with reduced hours, but some locations are closed on December 25 so check the website and then call ahead to your local store. Grocery stores are essential businesses and will be open throughout the lockdown period.   

Most major pharmacies, such as Pharmaprix and Jean Coutu locations, will be open on December 25. Use the store locator online to double-check whether hours have changed at your nearest store. Pharmacies are essential businesses that will remain open throughout the lockdown period. 

Most of the city's public markets are open during the lockdown period but closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as well as on January 1 and 2. Note that some businesses at the markets may differ in schedule, so contact your favourite merchants directly. 

Alcohol & Cannabis

The SAQ will remain open from December 26 to January 10 inclusive, according to Facebook. Locations will be closed on December 25 and January 1.

The SQDC will also remain open throughout the holidays and lockdown. However, SQDC stores will be closed on December 25 and January 1, and have reduced hours on December 24, 26, 31 and January 2.

Recreation & Culture

Due to COVID-19, cultural facilities are closed until further notice. The schedules of sports facilities that are still open during the pandemic vary depending on the borough. Check the schedule of the specific facility before heading out.

Libraries are solely open for contactless lending, according to a holiday schedule

Espace pour la vie museums remain closed until further notice, except for the Montreal Botanical Garden, which is now open. 


The STM is running with modified hours on the following legal holidays: December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2. "Please consult the legend that appears below your bus schedule or your Planibus," says the STM website

City Services

Accès Montréal offices, as well as city permit counters and écocentres, are closed from December 24 to January 4 inclusively. 

The collection schedule for garbage, bulky items, recyclables and composting will change during the holiday season. You can search your postal code to find out more. 

Natural Christmas trees will be collected throughout the month of January. Select your borough to find out the specifics. 

The activities of the municipal court will be modified during the holiday season. You'll find details on the City of Montreal website or by calling 514-872-2964. 

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Some locations are open with modified hours on December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2. However, other locations are closed. Check Santé Montréal's testing webpage to find out where and when you can get tested. 

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