What's open and closed in Ottawa for New Year's

Some businesses and services are closed on New Year's Day and Monday, Jan. 2. (Roman Sigaev/Shutterstock - image credit)
Some businesses and services are closed on New Year's Day and Monday, Jan. 2. (Roman Sigaev/Shutterstock - image credit)

With the countdown to New Year's in full swing, don't wait too long to get the things you need to celebrate.

Most malls close at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve, so it's best to shop early in the day.

Liquor stores close at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve so make sure not to show up to a party empty handed.

City services

  • The client services centres at city hall, Ben Franklin Place, 580 Terry Fox Dr., 255 Centrum Blvd. and the provincial offences court will be closed on Jan. 2.

  • The city's 311 contact centre will be open for urgent matters.

  • Christmas trees will be picked up on your regular collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags or frozen into a snowbank will not be collected

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Jan. 1.

  • The Sexual Health Clinic and satellite clinics will be closed Jan. 2.

  • The Site program office and supervised consumption services at 179 Clarence St. will be closed Jan. 2.

  • The Ottawa Public Health information centre will be closed Jan. 2.

  • Dental clinics will be closed Jan. 2.

  • All municipal child-care centres will be closed on Jan. 2.

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Kate Porter/CBC

Recreation

  • Many arts centres, archives, galleries and theatres will be closed, but there will be some exceptions. The city suggests reaching out directly to find their schedules.

  • The Shenkman Arts Centre will be closed Jan. 1 to Jan. 3.

  • Archives Branch (James Bartleman Centre and the Rideau Archives) will be closed from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2.

Parking and transit 

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

  • Free parking will be available at city hall from Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. until Jan. 2 at 7 a.m.

  • The ByWard Market Garage at 70 Clarence St. and the Dalhousie Garage at 141 Clarence St. will offer free parking from Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. until Jan. 2 at 7 a.m.

  • OC Transpo holiday service will run from Dec. 25 to Jan. 6.

  • The OC Transpo customer service line will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 1.

  • OC Transpo's Rideau Centre customer service centre will be closed.

  • Para Transpo will operate during regular hours throughout the holidays except for Dec. 24, during which services will be extended to 3 a.m. (with the last trips booked for 2:30 a.m. for urban trips, 2 a.m. for rural trips).

Retail

  • The Rideau Centre, Bayshore Shopping Centre, St. Laurent Shopping Centre and Place d'Orléans will be closed.

  • Tanger Outlets will be closed.

Groceries

  • Most grocery stores in the city will be closed but it's always best to check ahead.

Alcohol

  • Beer stores will close at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve, and all stores will be closed Jan. 1.

  • LCBO stores are all closed Jan. 1.