What’s open and closed on Christmas Day in Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington, Pickering and Ajax


Published December 23, 2022 at 7:34 am

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Christmas Day falls on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Here’s what’s open and closed in Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington, Pickering, Ajax and the rest of Durham Region.

COVID-19 has not completely gone away and we are in the midst of a tough flu season, but normalcy – or some semblance of it – has finally returned to Durham after two holiday seasons in some form of lockdown. Holiday parties may be a bit more low-key than the before years, but our collective festive spirit can breathe again.

Most places are closed this Christmas Day as per usual, lockdown or not. There are a few places open, however, just in case you forgot the eggnog or need a prescription filled.

Here’s what open and closed on Christmas Day this year:


  • Most convenience stores
  • Some Shopper’s Drug Mart locations (best to call ahead to be sure)
  • Select Starbucks coffee houses (with reduced hours)
  • A few restaurants will be open. Chinese food restaurants, in particular, are traditionally open on Christmas Day
  • Little Beasts Brewing in Whitby
  • Local parks, such as Lakeview Park in Oshawa, Heydenshore Park in Whitby and Waterfront Park in Ajax
  • Conservation areas, hiking and cycling trails all over Durham
  • Ski Lakeridge will be open 10-7 for skiing, snowboarding and tubing

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



  • Malls, such as Whitby Mall, Oshawa Centre and Pickering Town Centre
  • Most major grocery stores
  • Banks
  • Government offices and buildings
  • Community centres
  • Libraries
  • Canada Post (no mail pick-up or delivery)
  • LCBOs, Beer Stores and most cannabis stores


GO Trains and buses and DRT Pulse buses will be running on a holiday schedule


As Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Sundays, garbage, blue box and recycling schedules will not be affected

Transfer stations in Oshawa, Port Perry and Brock Township will be closed. The stations, used for large waste drop-offs, will be closed for most of the holidays, including Dec. 24-28 and Jan. 1-3

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