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What's open and what's closed over the holidays

Nova Scotians can expect most business and stores to be shut down on December 25th, 26th and January 1st
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Nova Scotians can expect most business and stores to be shut down on December 25th, 26th and January 1st.

Many will be closing the doors at 5 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, including grocery stores, NSLCs, Mic Mac Mall and the Halifax Shopping Centre.

Several pharmacies will be open on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

All branches and departments of Halifax Public Libraries will be closed on December 24th, 25th, 26, 31st and January 1st.

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on holiday service schedules on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, with no Alderney or Woodside Ferry service. Buses and ferries will also operate on holiday service on Boxing Day.

Free, extended bus and Alderney Ferry service will be offered on New Year's Eve from 6 p.m. onward.

Halifax Harbour Bridges says they will not be charged tolls in Christmas Day.

Many recreation facilities with the exception of the Emera Oval, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

Public skates will be held at the Emera Oval throughout the holidays, you can check the schedule and list of events online.

There will be no garbage, organics or recyclables collection services on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Collection will take place Saturday, Dec. 23 and Saturday, Dec. 30.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25, Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1, but will be open for regular operating hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The Halifax Recycling Plant and municipal composting facilities will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day, but will be open during regular operating hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23 and Saturday Dec. 30, but will be open for regular operating hours on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The 311 Contact Centre will be closed for general inquires on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Customers may still call 311 for urgent requests concerning transportation, municipal operations, facilities, animal services and illegally parked vehicles.

The five Customer Service Centres that provide in-person access to municipal services and payments Monday to Friday, will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, reopening Tuesday, Jan. 2.




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