There is no shortage of closings and service reductions around Halifax on Christmas and Boxing Day.
Many of the regular businesses close their doors early on Christmas Eve and some remain closed all weekend, reopening on Monday.
As a reminder, all retail businesses are operating at 50 percent capacity with physical distance, as part of the province’s most recent COVID-19 restrictions.
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Here is a list of what to expect while on vacation.
Food and drink
Sobeys: Closed on Christmas and San Esteban’s day.
Atlantic Superstore: Closed on Christmas Day and December 26.
NSLC: Closed on Christmas Day and December 26.
Halifax Seaport Farmers Market – Closed on Christmas Day and December 26.
Halifax Mall: Closed December 25, 26, and January 1, 2022, reopening December 27 (St. Stephen’s Day sale) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mic Mac Mall: Closed on Christmas Day and December 26, reopening December 27 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunnyside Mall: Closed on Christmas Day and December 26, will reopen December 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. M.
Halifax Transit ferry and bus services
Halifax Transit buses will operate holiday (Sunday) service hours on December 25, December 26 and January 1. Detailed holiday service schedules for conventional buses can be found online.
The Alderney and Woodside ferries will not operate on December 25 or January 1. Ferries will be operating during holiday service hours (Sunday) on December 26. Check the holiday service hours for ferries online.
In support of the MADD Halifax Regional Chapter, Halifax Transit will offer free extended bus service and Alderney Ferry on New Years Eve, Friday, December 31, starting at 6 p.m.
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More details on the free and extended New Year’s Eve bus and Alderney ferry services are available online.
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According to the City of Halifax, residents are reminded that based on current staff availability, Halifax Transit expects conventional bus and ferry services to be impacted for approximately the next two weeks.
Monday through Friday, the Alderney Ferry will only have a 15-minute service between 7 am and 2 pm, and a 30-minute service between 2 pm and 11:30 pm. You can find a full list of canceled trips online. Access-A-Bus service is expected to continue as usual.
Street parking will be free on December 27, December 28, and January 3, however, HRM says motorists must adhere to other posted signs, such as accessible parking, fire hydrants, and no-stops.
Parking is free on weekdays after 6 pm and on weekends and holidays. For more information on parking, visit the city’s website.
Solid waste collection
Solid Waste Collection and Facility Hours: Trash, organic and recyclable collection services will not be affected by the holidays. Residents are reminded that collection services can begin at 7 a.m.
Household Special Waste Deposit (HSW): closed on Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1, reopening on Saturday, January 8 from 9 am to 4 pm
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The Otter Lake Waste Facility, Municipal Recycling Facility, and Composting Facility will be closed December 25, December 26, January 1, and January 2, but will be open December 24 and December 31. December during normal business hours. .
Many recreational facilities will operate irregular hours between December 24 and January 3. Individuals are encouraged to call their local facilities in advance to confirm the full hours of operation during the holidays.
The Emera Oval: Holiday skates will tentatively take place on December 24, December 26, December 31, and January 1.
Halifax Public Gardens Holiday Lights: The gardens will have a festive trail of holiday lights and music display, as part of the Nova Scotia Evergreen Festival. This free experience will be open from 6 pm to 9 pm every night until January 1, 2022.
Municipal New Year’s Eve celebrations will be held virtually this year to allow residents to ring in the new year safely. HRM says more details will be available in the coming days.
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