Nova Scotia

What's open and closed on New Year's Day 2019 in Halifax

There will be skating at the Halifax oval on New Year's Day. Otherwise not much will be open for business.

Most stores and services are closed Jan. 1

Most stores and services are closed Jan. 1. (Shutterstock)

Here's a look at what's open and closed on New Year's Day in the Halifax area:

Food and drink

  • Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market: closed, reopening Jan. 2.
  • Gateway Meat Market: closed
  • Atlantic Superstore: closed 
  • Sobeys: closed
  • NSLC: closed
  • Moosehead Cold Beer Store on Windmill Road: open noon to 8 p.m. 
  • Meals on Wheels continues regular delivery on New Year's Day.


  • Halifax Shopping Centre, Park Lane Mall, Scotia Square, Mic Mac Mall and Dartmouth Crossing are closed New Year's Day.

Public services

  • The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility, the Halifax Recycling Plant and municipal composting facilities are closed on New Year's Day, but open regular hours Jan. 2.
  • The household special waste depot in Bayers Lake won't reopen for regular hours until Saturday, Jan. 5.
  • There will be no garbage, organics or recyclables collection on New Year's Day. 
  • All branches and departments of Halifax Public Libraries are closed New Year's Day.
  • The Halifax Regional Municipality's 311 contact centre is closed to general inquiries on New Year's Day but will still take urgent requests about transportation, municipal operations, facilities, animal services and illegally parked vehicles.

  • The five municipal customer service centres will be closed New Year's Day, reopening Jan. 2.


Recreation facilities

  • Some recreation facilities will be closed on New Year's Day and people ar advised to call ahead to their individual facility to confirm operating hours.
  • The Canada Games Centre is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., no drop-in fitness classes running.
  • The Halifax oval will be open for public skates on New Year's Day at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Canada Post

All post offices will be closed. There is no collection or delivery of mail.


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