Find out What’s open and closed in Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo for the 2023 Christmas holiday season

2023 Christmas holiday season: What’s open and closed in Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo - Kitchener

“Your Guide to Holiday Openings and Closings in Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo

As the holidays swiftly approach, it’s important to be aware of what will be open and what will be closed in the Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo areas. From transportation services to recreational facilities, here’s a comprehensive rundown of what to expect over the festive season.

What’s Open and Closed Throughout Waterloo Region

The Region of Waterloo International Airport will remain open, providing essential services for travelers. However, regional administrative offices, including those in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, and the airport’s administrative offices, will be closed on Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1st.

Public transit, specifically Grand River Transit (GRT), will be operating on a special winter holiday service from December 25th to January 7th. Meanwhile, GRT Customer Service Centres will have adjusted hours, closing early on December 24th and remaining closed on December 25th, December 26th, and January 1st.

The region’s warming centers, located at 150 Main St. in Cambridge and 150 Frederick St. in Kitchener, are committed to remaining open seven days a week, including holidays, from 8 am to 6 pm to provide support for those in need.

Transportation services like Go Transit will maintain operation during the holidays, albeit on a modified schedule. Waste collection and recycling services will also be adjusted, with curbside waste collection postponed by one day following Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Holiday Hours for Local Facilities

Regional libraries, like the Region of Waterloo Library branches, will have modified hours over the holiday period, operating under regular hours on December 24, closing on December 25 and 26, and resuming regular hours from December 27 through December 31. All branches will be closed on January 1st.

When it comes to alcohol sales, all LCBO and Beer Store locations will have varying hours. LCBO stores will close at 6 pm on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Beer Stores will also close at 6 pm on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day. A select few stores will have limited hours on Boxing Day.

Understanding Local Restrictions in Each City

In Cambridge, most recreational facilities and centers will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. Libraries will be open until 4:30 pm on New Year’s Eve, and the farmers market will be closed on December 30th.

Moving onto the city of Kitchener, the public libraries and various museums, art galleries, and other cultural institutions will have shifts in hours or complete closures throughout the holidays. Likewise, in Waterloo, community centers, swimming pools, and city hall offices will all have altered hours over the festive period.

A Time for Unity and Reflection

The holiday season should be a time of joy and reflection, but it’s also crucial to be mindful of the practicalities involved. Knowing which local services and facilities are open or closed can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all.

With that in mind, let’s appreciate the efforts of the dedicated workers and support staff who continue to provide essential services during the festive season. Whether it’s ensuring transportation networks run smoothly or helping those in need at warming centers, we extend our gratitude to those who keep our communities running, no matter the time of year.

As we enjoy the holidays with our friends and family, let’s also lend a thought to those who are working to keep our city operational, showing appreciation for their unwavering dedication.

As we step into the new year, may these efforts remind us of the importance of coming together as a community, supporting one another, and spreading goodwill throughout the year.”



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