Hamilton Christmas Day: What’s open and closed

Published December 24, 2022 at 10:05 am

It’s Christmas time in Hamilton!

Because Christmas Day is on a Sunday, some closures in the city will extend into the start of the following week.

Here’s what’s open and closed in Hamilton on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022:


  • All critical services, including Fire and Emergency Services, Traffic Services, By-Law Enforcement, Road Operations, and Security Services, will continue to operate on Christmas Day
  • Hamilton trails
  • Most convenience stores
  • Skating rinks: Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre – Serafini Family Ice Pad, Dundas Driving Park, Freelton Community Park, Waterdown Memorial Park
  • Some restaurants
  • Some drug stores, such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall
  • Splitsville Entertainment
  • Movie theatres

What’s open and closed on Christmas Day in:
Halton – Oakville, Milton, Burlington
Niagara – St Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland 
Durham – Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering


  • Banks (Dec. 25 to 27)
  • Beer Stores
  • Canada Post (Dec. 25 to 27)
  • Government offices (Dec. 25 to 27)
  • Grocery stores
  • Hamilton Farmers’ Market
  • Independent movie cinemas
  • LCBO
  • Libraries and museums (Dec. 25 to 27)
  • Malls
  • Recreation Centres (Dec. 25 to 27)

Waste and Recycling:

  • Waste and recycling collection will resume on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022.


  • HSR buses will operate a special holiday schedule with limited service from 6 am to 9 p.m.
  • GO Transit will run on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 25 and a Saturday schedule on Dec. 26 and 27
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