Ahhh the holiday season — a time for gifts, fun and family (but also eggnog, holiday parties galore, and less-than-desired secret Santa gifts). For those who want to maximize their time off, there’s a series of restaurants, public skates and other fun activities that are still open December 25th! So what are you waiting for? Mark these down in your calendar!
Check out what’s open in Toronto on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day below and let us know where you’re headed this year!
|Business||Dec. 24||Dec. 25|
|TTC & GO Transit||X||X|
|Scarborough Town Centre||X|
|Nathan Phillips Square||X||X|
|Art Gallery of Ontario||X|
|Royal Ontario Museum||X|
|BATA Shoe Museum||X|
|Beer and Wine|
Check out below for more information about what’s closed and hours of operation over holidays.
TTC & Go Transit
It’s business as usual for transit options around the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto Transit Commission subway, bus, and streetcar routes will run regular Saturday service. Same goes for GO Transit, so plan your Christmas Eve parties accordingly. Regular Sunday hours in effect for Christmas day.
Good news if you’re waiting until the last minute to finish all your holiday shopping…Toronto’s malls will be open. Check before you make your way to any of Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Vaughan Mills, Markville Mall, Dufferin Mall, Sherway Gardens, Pacific Mall, Promenade Mall, Square One, or Scarborough Town Centre but most shopping centres will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Outdoor skating rinks
Public skating at Nathan Phillips Square and Harbourfront Centre is a go, with rinks open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. The ice sheets will operate on the same schedule Christmas day.
Expect a crowd, but Ripley’s Aquarium will be open 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It’s also open Christmas Day.
Most of Toronto’s museums will offer reduced hours on Christmas Eve, with the Art Gallery of Ontario closing at >3:00 p.m., the Royal Ontario Museum shutting its doors for 5:30 p.m., and the BATA Shoe Museum open until 5 p.m.
Hours vary for Toronto’s post offices on Christmas Eve, so you best pick up those parcels ahead of Saturday.
Toronto’s movie theatres will be open Christmas Day, so use the time to catch up on blockbusters like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Arrival, or take in one of many films opening on December 25. For something different, check out TIFF Bell Lightbox‘s schedule featuring Howl’s Moving Castle, Vertigo, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Julieta, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
Rabba Fine Foods
If you forget a key component of that Christmas dinner or need to restock your ice supply for the day’s festivities, just locate your local Rabba.
The party never stops at Pacific Mall. It’s open Christmas Day.
While many restaurants will close for Christmas day, several notable locales like The Lakeview, Caplansky’s, Fran’s, and Manic Coffee will be open. The Drake Hotel is open at 9 a.m. for Festivus as well.
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