A new year full of possibilities is dawning as 2021 comes to a close.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fall on a Friday and Saturday this time around.
There are, as always, holiday closures and reduced hours, plus COVID-19 restrictions, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still opportunities to get out and enjoy Toronto.
Movie theatres are open throughout the city. Here’s what else is open and closed on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Hours are for both days unless otherwise noted. With New Year’s Day falling on a Saturday, keep in mind that some businesses and services may be closed on the following Monday, Jan. 3. Remember to check and follow all COVID-19 regulations when heading out, including wearing a mask and physical distancing.
• Skating rinks
Check the city’s skating web page for hours and information for outdoor rinks.
• Parks and trails
At the city’s Welcome TO web page, you can see which parks have winter-maintained pathways and find more ideas for outdoor winter fun in Toronto.
• Rouge National Urban Park
At Rouge National Urban Park, park trails are open for self-guided use. Most parking lots are open, opening between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m. A limited number of washroom facilities are open. All in-park visitor services and educational programs remain suspended.
• Ontario Place
The Ontario Place grounds are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Toronto Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Non-member tickets must be booked in advance.
• High Park Zoo
High Park Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Riverdale Farm
Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Toronto Botanical Garden
The Toronto Botanical Garden’s outdoor gardens are open daily, extreme weather conditions could impact access to paths. The Garden Shop and building are closed.
Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Aga Khan Museum
The Aga Khan Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. Booking tickets in advance is recommended to ensure admission and avoid wait times.
• Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets must be booked in advance.
• Bata Shoe Museum
The Bata Shoe Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 1. Tickets can be booked online in advance.
• Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland WinterFest is open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31, and closed on Jan. 1. Tickets must be booked in advance.
• Casa Loma
Casa Loma is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be booked in advance, with on-site tickets available subject to capacity.
• CN Tower
The CN Tower is open from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 1. Admission is limited to timed tickets that are subject to availability, book in advance to ensure admission and avoid wait times.
• Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book tickets in advance to ensure entry.
• Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 1. Tickets must be booked in advance.
• Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets must be booked in advance.
• Royal Ontario Museum
The ROM is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Book tickets online to reserve a time to visit.
• Eaton Centre
The Eaton Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 1.
• Fairview Mall
Fairview Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and closed on Jan. 1.
• Scarborough Town Centre
Scarborough Town Centre is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and closed on Jan. 1.
• Sherway Gardens
Sherway Gardens is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and closed on Jan. 1.
• Yorkdale Shopping Centre
Yorkdale Mall is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and closed on Jan. 1.
• Rabba Fine Foods
Rabba stores are open 24/7, 365 days a year.
• Pharmacies, clinics and doctor’s offices
Check our list of walk-in clinics and urgent care centres in Toronto to find a location near you, and check iamsick.ca for available holiday hours.
• Government offices and major banks are closed on Dec. 25 and 26, and may close early on Dec. 24.
• Canada Post offices are closed on Dec. 25 and 26; privately operated post offices within host businesses may be open depending on the host’s holiday hours.
• Toronto Public Library branches are closed on Dec. 25 and 26, and open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 24. Branches are also closed on Dec. 27.
• Most stores and malls are closed on Jan. 1 and close early on Dec. 31.
• The Beer Store locations are closed on Jan. 1 and close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.
• LCBO locations are closed on Jan. 1 and close early on Dec. 31.
• Black Creek Pioneer Village is closed.
• The TTC is running Sunday service on Jan. 1
• GO Transit is running Saturday service on Jan. 1 and 3.