What’s Open and Closed in Ottawa this Holiday

With much of the province going under another lockdown starting Dec 26th on midnight, here our guide to what’s open and closed in Ottawa this year.  



Although most malls are open on Christmas Eve with reduced hours, starting Boxing Day, malls will be closed to in-person shopping. However, curbside pickup will still be allowed. People will also be allowed to enter malls to access business and services that are allowed to stay open under the lockdown guidelines.  

Tanger Outlet will be closed on Christmas Day, but will reopen at 7 AM on Boxing Day.  



All Grocery stores across the city will close the evening of Christmas Eve and reopen on Boxing Day with limited capacity of 50%.  


Museums, Recreation and Culture 

The lockdown means that most recreation complexes, community centers, arenas, theaters, galleries and museums will be closed as of Boxing Day.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is closed for the holiday season and will remain closed throughout the lockdown.

Some outdoor recreational activities like parks, playgrounds, ice rinks and skating trails will be allowed to remain open. However, ski hills be closed starting Dec 26th. The Rideau Hall skating rink will also be closed.


City Services and Transit 

OC Transpo will operate on a reduced schedule from Dec 21 to Christmas Day. The full schedule info can be found online on the OC Transpo website. Buses will run on a Saturday schedule on Boxing Day. The OC Transpo service center at Rideau Centre will be temporarily closed starting Boxing Day.

If your regular garbage pickup day falls on Christmas Day, it will be moved to Boxing Day.

The city’s service centers will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The Ottawa Public Library’s branches will be closed Christmas Day and through the weekend. However, they will offer curbside returns and pick-ups at select branches for the duration of the lockdown.


COVID Testing

The Moodie Drive clinic will be closed from Christmas Day to Dec 27.

The Heron Road Clinic will be closed from Dec 23 to Dec 27.

The Ray Friel care clinic will be closed on Christmas Day.

The Brewer Arena and CHEO testing centers will also be closed on Christmas Day and will operate on shorter hours on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Dec 27 and Dec 31. The Brewer center will be open on Dec 28 to 31 with shortened hours.

The drive-thru testing at the National Arts Centre will be closed on Christmas Day and will be open on shortened hours on Christmas Eve.


LCBO and The Beer Store

Most LCBO stores will be open during regular hours on Christmas Eve, but will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. They will also be operating at 25% capacity and limited to curbside pickup or delivery only.

The Beer Store locations across the province will close at 6 PM on Christmas Eve and will remain closed on Christmas Day.

Some locations will be open on Boxing Day, however, for limited hours including – 1860 Bank St., 1984 Baseline Rd., 548 Montreal Rd., and 515 Somerset St. W., from 11 AM to 5 PM.


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