Easter Weekend in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland: What’s Open and Closed

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Published March 29, 2024 at 5:51 am

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Easter Weekend 2024 in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland and Niagara Region consists of Good Friday (March 29), Easter Sunday (March 31) and Easter Monday (April 1).

Almost everything that is closed on Friday is also closed Sunday.

The reason Easter Weekend changes every year, swinging back and forth between March and April, is that the dates are based on the moon and not on religion-specific dates

According to a fourth-century ruling, the date of Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. March 22 is the earliest Easter can occur in any given year, and April 25 is the latest. If the first spring full Moon happens to fall on a Sunday, Easter Sunday will be observed on the following Sunday.

Many malls in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake remain open because both cities are designated as tourist areas, whereas the balance of the region is not.

While some businesses are posting hours, others add “hours may differ” because it’s a holiday. The best bet? Call ahead.

Open Good Friday and Easter Sunday:
(For every business below, phone ahead as most are posting “hours may differ”)
  • Canada One in Niagara Falls
  • SmartCentres in Niagara Falls
  • Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Some smaller grocery stores, such as Rabba grocery stores
  • There are more than 60 Niagara-region wineries/vineyards and most will be open. Phone your favourite for their hours.
  • Silversmith Brewing, 1523 Niagara Stone Rd
  • Counterpart Brewing, 3659 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls
  • Bench Brewing, 3991 King St, Beamsville
  • Lock Street Brewing, 15 Lock St, St. Catharines
  • Niagara Oast House Brewing, 2017 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The Exchange Brewery, 7 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Cold Break Brewing, 193 St Paul St W, St. Catharines
  • Niagara Brewing, 4915-A Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
  • Blackburn Brew House, 8001 Blackburn Pkwy, Niagara Falls
  • Gretzky Estate Beer/Wine, 1219 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Most bars and restaurants but call ahead to be sure
  • Shoppers Drug Marts
  • Movie theatres
  • All Niagara Falls family-oriented tourist attractions but call ahead
  • Most restaurants are open, but call ahead to be sure

Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday:

  • All City and Town Halls
  • Federal, provincial and regional government offices
  • All municipal offices
  • Most grocery stores are closed but call ahead to be sure
  • The Pen Centre in St Catharines
  • Fairview Mall in St Catharines
  • Briarfield Shopping Centre in St Catharines
  • Pendale Plaza in St Catharines
  • Seaway Mall in Welland
  • SmartCentres in Welland and St Catharine
  • Community centres and libraries
  • Banks
  • Canada Post (no mail pick up or delivery)
  • Community Recycling Centres
  • All LCBOs
  • All Beer Stores

Transit

  • GO Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule on Friday
  • Transit services in St Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls will operate on holiday hours

Garbage:

  • There will be garbage pick-up on Mon., April 10
  • Community Recycling Centres will be closed Monday

What’s OPEN and CLOSED on Easter Monday (April 10)

Closed:

  • No mail collection or delivery
  • Municipal facilities (libraries, museums, City Hall, rec centres etc.)
  • Other government offices
  • Schools

Open:

  • Banks
  • The Beer Store
  • LCBO
  • Grocery stores
  • Malls
  • Most restaurants
  • Transit services will run as usual, but check ahead
  • Garbage pickup will run as normal
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