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


Published December 22, 2023 at 7:34 am

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Christmas Day falls on Monday, Dec. 25, 2023. 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 returned and our collective festive spirit can breathe again.

Most places are closed this Christmas Day as per usual, but here are a few places open, 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
  • 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



  • 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 will run on a Saturday schedule
DRT Pulse buses will be running on a holiday schedule


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

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.

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