As with every holiday there are certain things you need to know about what will be open and what will be closed. With that in mind here is a list of some of the things that will be open and closed in the various regions.
Firstly you can expect the following to be closed all over;
- The Beer Store and LCBO will be closed New Year’s Day and it’s recommended to call ahead for special hours New Year’s Eve.
- Major bank branches will be closed January 1st.
- Canada Post will not deliver mail on January 1st.
- Local Government offices will be closed New Year’s Day.
- Library Branches are expected to be closed January 1st.
- All curbside pickup for garbage and recycling will be pushed back one day for New Year’s Day and happen January 2nd.
- Fairview Park Mall, Conestoga Mall, Lynden Park Mall, Jackson Square, and Lime Ridge Mall; will all be closed New Year’s Day.
And looking a little more locally you can expect the following to be affected;
- Indoor arenas, pools, and community centres are closed January 1st.
- Most grocery stores and pharmacies close early on New Year’s Eve and if they will be open, it’s with modified hours on New Year’s Day.
- Grand River Transit runs on a modified schedule until January 7th with details available here.
In Brantford and Brant County
- Brantford Transit and Brantford Lift both stop at 8pm New Year’s Eve, with Brantford Transit having no service New Year’s Day while Brantford Lift will run from 8am until 8pm
- The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre will be closed on January 1st.
- Many grocery stores will have modified hours December 31st and will be closed January 1st.
In Hamilton/Burlington/Oakville region
- All recreation centres, senior centres, and arenas will be closed January 1st.
- HSR will offer free rides starting at 6pm December 31st with select routes having late-night hours and HSR buses will operate on a holiday schedule New Year’s Day.
- Go Transit will offer a late-night service and free rides after 7pm on New Year’s Eve.
- All civic museums are closed on January 1st.
Outside of these lists you should expect most locations to have impacted hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and it is best to call ahead before you head out to ensure it’s not a wasted trip.