What's open and closed in Montreal over the holidays

Want to know when you can access government services or what time your bus is going to show up? Look no further.

A trusty list to consult sporadically over the holiday period

Business and services operate on special schedules over the holidays. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

It's the holidays, and that means holiday operating hours for businesses and services across the city.

Here's a list of what is closed and when.

Shopping and eating

  • Malls are typically closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. By law, stores open on Boxing Day at 1 p.m.
  • SAQ outlets are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They open at 1 p.m. on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. 
  • Banks are closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1, 2.
  • A lot of restaurants are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. It's best to call ahead.


  • Movie theatres are open throughout the holiday season.
  • St. Joseph's Oratory and Notre-Dame Basilica are open.
  • The national library and archives is closed Dec. 23 to 26 and Dec. 30 to Jan. 2, inclusively.
  • Arena and pool schedules as well as library opening hours vary by borough. 
  • The TAZ skatepark is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Jan. 5, but closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, as well as Jan. 1.
  • Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard is closed from Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
  • The Pointe-à-Callière Archeological Museum is on a holiday schedule until Jan. 2. It's closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • The Botanical Garden is closed Dec. 23-25. The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium will be closed Dec. 24-25. 


  • Accès Montreal offices are closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. Call 311 for questions.
  • Federal offices are closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.
  • Canada Post offices are closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.
  • Montreal Municipal Court is closed from Dec. 24 until Jan. 2.
  • Ecocentres are closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2.


  • STM buses will run on a holiday schedule Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1, 2. 
  • The Metro will be open all night on New Year's Eve.
  • Commuter trains and buses operated by exo will operate on a special schedule Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1, 2. Visit the website for details.


  • Parking meters are running on normal schedules and parking restrictions are also still in effect.


  • Garbage, recycling and large item pickups vary according to borough schedules.
  • Christmas tree collection in Montreal takes place in January. People are asked to put them on the curb before 7 a.m. on the tree collection days, or bring them to an Ecocentre.