What’s open and closed in Kingston for Christmas and New Year’s 2023

Photo by Tim Mossholder.

If you’ve been out shopping anywhere in Kingston over the past few days, you know just how busy everyone seems to be at this time of year.

From grocery stores to boutique shops, and after-hours clinics to pharmacies, it seems everyone is trying to get things done ahead of the holidays, when regular schedules are edited to allow employees to spend some time with their families and friends for the holidays, too.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled all of the information we think might come in handy over the coming week, particularly if you need to rush out for last minute stocking stuffers, or even if you just ran out of tape while wrapping presents.

Please note that some stores were unable to provide hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at time of press (Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023). We will continue to update this article accordingly.

And don’t forget: This year’s K-Town Countdown celebrations will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 at the INVISTA Centre, located at 1350 Gardiners Road.

No matter what you observe or celebrate, best wishes from all of us at Kingstonist for a safe and happy winter holiday season!

City of Kingston offices and services

  • All administrative offices, including housing and social services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences: Closed Dec. 22, 25, and 26, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Customer service will be closed Dec. 22, 25 and 26. Administration offices will be closed beginning at noon on Dec. 22 and all day Dec. 25 and 26. On Dec. 29 the office will close at noon and remain closed on New Year’s Day. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. Hydro One electricity customers in the west and east ends can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999. Remember: for electricity used on weekends and holidays, electricity prices are off-peak.
  • Garbage and recycling: There is no collection on Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26 or Monday, Jan. 1. Put your collectibles out two days after your normal pick-up day Dec. 27 to 31, and one day after your usual pick-up day for the week of Jan 1, 2024. Sign up to receive collection reminders by phone, push notification, or email.  
    Two-Untagged Bag Reminder: Households can put out two untagged bags or cans of garbage for the first collection day after New Year’s Day (the two-bag collection days are Jan. 2 to 6, 2024). 
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC): Closed Dec. 25 and 26. The recycling depot and yard waste site is Closed Jan. 1, 2024. Real Christmas trees can be dropped off — ornament and tinsel free — free of charge at KARC, 196 Lappan’s Lane.

Public Transportation

Kingston Transit will have the following schedule changes. Plan your bus trip here.

  • Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 – Regular service. 
  • Christmas Day, Dec. 25 – No service. 
  • Boxing Day, Dec. 26 – Sunday service except Route 18 which will operate on its regular weekday schedule.
  • New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 – Regular Sunday service with FREE transit services all day 
  • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 – No service.
  • Queen’s University routes will not run during the holiday break. Route 20 service will be paused Dec. 21 – Jan. 8 and Route 17 service will be paused Dec. 22 – Jan. 8.  

Kingston Access Bus will have the following schedule changes:

  • Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 – Limited service and hours. Note: Monday dialysis has been moved to Sunday. Transportation will be scheduled for impacted passengers. 
  • Christmas Day, Dec. 25 – No on-road service. Office closed. 
  • Boxing Day, Dec. 26 – Limited on-road service, 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Office open 8 to 11 a.m. 
  • New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 – Regular on-road service and hours. Office closes at 4 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 – No on-road service. Office closed..  

Arts and recreation

  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: Closed Dec. 24 to 27, and Dec. 31, 2023, to Jan. 2, 2024.
  • Recreation Facilities: Closed Dec. 24 to 26, and Jan.1, 2024.
  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre:  Open Dec. 24 until 2 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and 26, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024. Front desk closes at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2024.
  • INVISTA Centre: Open Dec. 24 until 2 p.m. Closed Dec. 25, 26, 2023. Fitness Centre closed for renovations Dec. 20 to 22. On Dec. 31, the facility closes at 2 p.m. and re-opens at 5 p.m. for NYE activities. Closed Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library: Closed Dec. 24 to 26, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Kingston East Community Centre: Closed Dec. 24 to 26, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024. (Library closed until January 2.)
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: The Box Office will close at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2023, and remain closed through Dec. 26. The Box Office will close again for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets and gift certificates are always available online at www.kingstongrand.ca
  • Cataraqui Community Centre: Closed Dec. 31, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Centre 70: Closed Dec. 31, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Kingston Memorial Centre: Closed Dec. 31, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Tett Centre: Closed to the public Dec. 23, 2023, to Jan. 3, 2024.
  • PumpHouse Museum: PumpHouse will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2 and reopening Jan. 3, 2024.
  • Market Wing Cultural Space: The Market Wing Cultural Space inside City Hall will be closed Dec. 18 to Jan. 2 and reopens on Jan. 3, 2024. 

Shopping

Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours over the Christmas and New Year’s weekends. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here is what we know regarding closures:

  • The Cataraqui Centre is open Christmas Eve Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mall will be closed on Christmas Day, and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Boxing Day. The mall then resumes regular daily hours until New Year’s Eve when it will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then closed for New Year’s Day.
  • Walmart is open Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. before closing for Christmas Day. It reopens on Boxing Day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be closed on New Year’s Day.
  • Costco is open Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. It reopens on Boxing Day from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The store will be open on New Year’s Eve from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on New Year’s Day.
  • Both Loblaws locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and then closed on Christmas Day. They will be open on Boxing Day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. On the day of New Year’s Eve, both locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then closed on Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Both No Frills locations will be open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then closed on Christmas Day. Their Boxing Day hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store will be open on the day of New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then closed on January 1, 2024.
  • The three Metro locations will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day, and open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Boxing Day. All three locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, then closed on Jan. 1, and open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.
  • All Food Basics locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. On Boxing Day, all locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except the Barrack Street store, which is will be closed. All locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day.
  • Farm Boy will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. Boxing Day hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then closed on New Year’s Day.
  • The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and then closed on Christmas Day. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Boxing day, and returning to regular hours until New Year’s Eve, when the store will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on New Year’s Day.
  • FreshCo will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. It reopens on Boxing Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Dec. 31, the store will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then closed on Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Van Wart’s Your Independent Grocer will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. Boxing Day hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, the store will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
  • All LCBO locations will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, except the Midland Ave. store, which will be open Boxing Day from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. All LCBO locations will be open on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., then closed on Jan. 1, 2024.
  • The Beer Stores on Dalton Ave., Concession St., Princess St. and Bath Rd. will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. The Midland store will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed for Christmas Day. On Boxing Day, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, all Beer Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then closed on New Year’s Day.
  • Most Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open throughout the holidays and some may have modified hours. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.
  • Many downtown Kingston businesses do open on holidays, but all keep their own hours. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open. 

Banks and post offices

A majority of banks and post offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.

News

As always, Kingstonist will be open. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the goings-on in the city, as they happen. We will also be happy to hear from you if there is something you think we should know about. Please reach out to us on TwitterFacebook or via our contact page any time.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, and updated on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, to include further information on changes to operating hours and/or closures for New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day.

One thought on “What’s open and closed in Kingston for Christmas and New Year’s 2023

  • Walmart times on New Year’s Eve were incorrect. I made the trip hoping to get a few items at 8pm and it was already closed.

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