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What’s open and closed in Kingston for the 2021 Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Photo by Tim Mossholder.

The holiday season will again have restrictions, making it feel similar to this time last year. Creating this list feels like saying goodbye, yet again, to a long and emotionally draining year.

Having said that, there’s no reason residents in Kingston and the area can’t find some holiday joy this season — a relaxing evening of great food and drink with those in your household, a nice drive to take in some of the spectacular decorations in the area, or setting aside time for a virtual meal or happy hour with friends or family who we won’t be able to see are just some of the simple ways to make your spirits bright, despite the pandemic.

Some area restaurants are not open for in-person dining and businesses are not operating at full capacity, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to support them. Deliveries and curbside pick-up is still a way to do business now and into the new year, so please continue to have patience, and stay home when you can.

A reminder from Kingston Fire and Rescue: Never burn wrapping paper or Christmas trees in your fireplace. They burn too hot and create creosote, which can cause chimney fires.

No matter what you observe or how you 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. 27 and 28 and again Jan. 3.
  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Customer service and administration offices will be closed Dec. 24 – 28 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 3. 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. Enbridge customers can call 1-877-969-0999. Reminder for customers on time-of-use pricing: for electricity used on weekends and holidays, prices are off-peak. Customers on Time-of-Use electricity pricing will be charged off-peak prices for the electricity commodity portion of the bill on Christmas Day, Boxing Day (observed on Dec. 28) and New Year’s Day. Update: Electricity rate relief will begin Jan. 1.
  • Garbage and recycling: There are no collection day changes because of seasonal holidays. Please place your garbage, recycling and green bin out on your normal collection days.
  • Two-Untagged Bag Reminder: Your household can put out two untagged bags or cans of garbage for your first collection day after New Year’s Day (the two-bag collection days are Jan. 3- 7).
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC): The recycling depot and yard waste site is Closed Dec. 25 to 27, Jan. 1 and Jan 3. Reduced recycling depot hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be in place until at least Jan. 4. The administration office will be closed December 17 to Jan 3rd. Real Christmas trees (ornaments and tinsel removed) can be dropped off 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 weekday service. 
    • Christmas Day, Dec. 25 – No service. 
    • Boxing Day, Dec. 26 – Sunday service. 
    • New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 – Regular service. 
    • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 – No service. 
  • Kingston Access Bus will have the following schedule changes:
    • Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 – Regular on-road service and hours. Office closes at 6 p.m. 
    • 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 opens 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
    • New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 – Regular on-road service and hours. Office closes at 6 p.m. 
    • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 – No on-road service. Office closed.  

Arts and recreation

  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library branches: Closed Dec. 24 to 27 and Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.
  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Closed from Dec. 24 to 26 inclusive and also closed Jan. 1. Building closes at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 31
  • INVISTA Centre: Closed from Dec. 24 to 26 inclusive and also closed Jan. 1. Fitness Centre closes at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 31
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library: Closed as of Dec. 18. The Rideau Heights Library Branch will be open for curbside pick-up.
  • Cataraqui Community Centre (Kinsmen and Cataraqui rinks): Closed until further notice.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Box Office closes Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. until Jan. 4. Tickets and gift certificates are always available online at www.kingstongrand.ca. Inquiries related to future rentals should be directed to Dianne Zemba, Manager, Grand Theatre, at [email protected] or at 613-546-4291, ext. 1139.
  • Tett Centre: closed to the public Dec. 24. (Check the Tett website for updates.)

Shopping

Many stores and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here is what we know for certain regarding closures:

  • The Cataraqui Centre is open Christmas Eve Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mall is then closed on Christmas Day. New Years Eve hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the mall will be closed on New Years Day.
  • Walmart is open Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. before closing for Christmas Day. It reopens on Boxing Day with extended hours from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 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 6 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.
  • The Frontenac Mall will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Both Staples locations will be open on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then closed on Christmas Day. Both locations will be 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.
  • The No Frills locations on both Division Street and Coverdale Drive will be open on Christmas Eve – Coverdale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Division Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Both locations will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
  • All Metro locations will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Boxing Day hours at all locations are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All Food Basics locations will be close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, be closed on Christmas Day and open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Boxing Day, except the Barrack Street location which will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Boxing Day. All locations will close at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and closed on New Year’s Day.
  • Farm Boy will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed for both Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On New Year’s Eve, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 pm., and then 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.
  • The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and then closed on Christmas Day. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Boxing day. On New Year’s Eve, it will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 9 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 where they are open Boxing Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All Beer Store locations will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and be closed for Christmas Day. On Boxing Day, the Midland Avenue location will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, all Beer Store locations close at 6 p.m., and all stores are closed on New Year’s Day.
  • Most Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open regular hours throughout the holiday season, but some may vary. 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 office locations

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.

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