New Year’s Day Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax and Clarington: What’s open and closed


Published December 30, 2023 at 7:10 am

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Another year gone and another year further away from the pandemic as we welcome 2024 this Sunday at midnight. years. Is it time to celebrate? That’s up to you but here’s what’s open and closed in Durham Region on Jan. 1, 2024.

New years day falls on a Monday in 2024 and there will be a few places open but not many more than on Christmas Day.


  • Most convenience stores
  • Some Shopper’s Drug Mart (best to call ahead to be sure)
  • Select Starbucks coffee houses (with reduced hours). Most Tim Horton’s stores will be open, but call ahead for opening hours
  • Some restaurants will be open. Chinese food restaurants, in particular, are traditionally open on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays
  • Most breweries will be closed on Jan. 1
  • Some cannabis stores will be open. Call ahead to be sure
  • Some ski resorts will be open, including Ski Lakeridge and Dagmar
  • Movie theatres will be open
  • Most tourist attractions will be open on New Year’s Day


  • Malls, though restaurants with street-facing entrances might be open (call ahead to be sure)
  • Most major grocery stores
  • Banks
  • Government offices and buildings, including town and city halls
  • Community centres
  • Libraries
  • Canada Post (no mail pick-up or delivery)
  • LCBOs
  • Beer Stores
  • Many COVID-19 clinics, doctors offices, walk-in clinics and pharmacies will be closed or operate on reduced holiday hours. For a detailed look into holiday hours of COVID-19 assessment clinics, medical clinics, pharmacies and other health-care resources in your local area, check the interactive map on


DRT Pulse buses will be running on a holiday schedule
GO Transit will run on a Sunday schedule


As New Year’s Day fall on a Monday, garbage, blue box and recycling schedules will will be pushed ahead one day

Transfer stations will be closed. The stations, used for large drop-offs, will be closed for most of the holidays, including December 24-28 and January 1.


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