New Years Day in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland and what’s open and closed


Published January 1, 2022 at 2:53 am

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New Years Day in St. Catharines, Welland, Lincoln and Niagara Region falls on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

With it falling on the weekend, it makes things a little trickier as Monday, January 2, 2023 will also be a lieu holiday for many since New Years falls on the weekend.
With that lieu days falling on Monday, it will likely affect most of Niagara’s municipalities when it comes to garbage and recycling collection.

FUN FACT: Who initially decided that January 1 was the first day of the year? That would be Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced a revised calendar in 1582. In addition to solving the issue with leap years by adding a day every fourth year, the Gregorian calendar restored January 1 as the start of the New Year.

So here’s what’s open and closed on both January 1, 2023.


  • Some smaller grocery stores, such as Rabba
  • Most convenience stores and gas stations, including those with convenience stores attached
  • Some Shoppers Drug Marts (call ahead)
  • Most restaurants will be open, especially in Niagara Falls but call ahead to be sure. Many will have delayed hours, choosing to open mid-afternoon
  • Movie theatres will be open throughout Niagara Region
  • Most Niagara Falls family-oriented tourist attractions though call ahead
    Niagara Falls OPG Winter Festival of Lights


  • All LCBOs and Beer Stores
  • All major grocery stores, such as Fortino’s, Longo’s, Walmart, Great Canadian Superstores, Metro and Zehrs
  • All 60-plus wineries and 20 craft breweries
  • Government offices
  • All City and Town Halls
  • All St Catharines and Welland malls but because Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake are tourist designated, some of their malls may be open – best to call ahead
  • Banks
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Community Recycling Centres
  • Arenas


  • Transit in St Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland will be running on holiday hours. There will be eight GO Train runs between Toronto (Union) and Niagara Falls on Christmas – half express, half involving a transfer. See HERE for times



  • Banks
  • Canada Post (no mail pick up or delivery)
  • Community Recycling Centres
    Municipal offices such as City and Town Halls


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


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