As you race to finalize your plans for the holiday season, keep in mind that not everything is open.
Despite winter storm closures, here are the businesses and services you can count on to be open — and which ones will be closed as 2023 approaches.
In Montreal, STM buses will run on a holiday schedule on December 25 and December 26 for Boxing Day. In the new year, buses will run on a holiday schedule on January 1 and 2. Plan your trip in advance.
In Laval, the STL offers free bus service on December 24 and 31. Instead of paying for a ticket, public transport users can make a donation. The money raised will go to the Volunteer Center and the Moisson Laval food bank. The transit agency will operate on a Saturday schedule on December 24, December 26, December 31 and January 2. For Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, buses will run on a reduced schedule on Sunday.
In Longueuil, RTL buses will run on a Saturday schedule on December 24, December 26, December 31 and January 2 and a Sunday schedule on December 25 and January 1. some exceptions on some bus lines.
Only two train lines, exo1 and exo2, will be in service for public holidays.
Exo 2 will run trains on a weekend schedule on December 24, December 25, December 26, December 31, January 1 and January 2.
Exo 1 will operate on a schedule on Saturday December 24 and 31 and a schedule on Sunday December 25, December 26, January 1 and 2
For more information on exo bus services, see the website.
Arenas, swimming pools, sports centers and libraries will operate according to the schedule of their respective borough. Call ahead.
The Space for Life sites including the Biodôme, the biosphere, the insectarium, the botanical gardens and the planetarium will be open throughout the holiday season except December 24 and 25. On January 1, the various locations will open later than usual at 1 p.m. The full program can be viewed online.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and the McCord Stewart Museum will be closed on Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2. The Montreal Science Center will be closed on the following dates: December 23, 24, 25, 31 and January 1, 10 and 11. The Science Center requires tickets to be purchased online between December 26 and January 8 due to limited space.
If you’re looking for something to do or a place to go, the City of Montreal has also compiled a list of indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy this winter.
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Most SAQ stores will close at 5 p.m. on December 24 and reopen at 1 p.m. on December 26. On New Year’s Eve, stores will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 1 p.m. on January 2, 2023.
Most malls, including Rockland Centre, Fairview Pointe-Claire, Eaton Center and Place Montreal Trust, will be closed on December 25 and New Year’s Day. Shops will be open from 1 p.m. for Boxing Day on December 26.
Most Ville de Montréal offices are closed for the holidays from December 23 to January 3, including borough and Accès-Montréal offices and various service points. They are expected to reopen on January 4.
All of the city’s digital services will remain accessible during the holiday season. Applications submitted during the holiday season will be accepted, but only processed from January 4, 2023.
Only the cases of detainees will be processed in court between December 23, 2022 and January 4, 2023 inclusively.
Customer service counters will operate on different schedules, with the main service office on Gosford Street being closed from December 23 to January 3.
For more information on the municipal judicial system, visit the Ville de Montréal website.
The schedules for the collection, recycling and composting of household waste will be unchanged for the holiday season. The only exception is in the borough of Lachine, which will only resume bulky waste collection on January 5.
The ecocentres are closed for the holidays, from December 24 to January 2 inclusively.
Collection of Christmas trees at the curb
Natural Christmas trees will be collected in January in the 19 boroughs and transformed into wood chips.
For more information on when and how to dispose of your tree, visit the city’s website.
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