Would you like to eat, shop or access services on Christmas Day?
On Canada’s most festive holidays, most shops and other public facilities will be closed, but some have limited hours for those in need.
Here are some of the locations open for services on Dec 25th.
Take and go
Coffee lovers can enjoy their morning coffee at two Starbucks locations – 320 Cook St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 2972 Jacklin Rd. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – while the other stores in the chain are closed. Loyal Tim Hortons customers won’t be able to refuel as the chain’s locations in the Greater Victoria area appear to be closed all day on December 25th.
If you’d prefer to have Christmas dinner in a restaurant rather than preparing it yourself, options are sparse. Most businesses will take a well-deserved break on Christmas Day, but some plan to keep their dining rooms open.
Fast food chains like A&W and Subway are closing. White Spot is also closed but is currently taking orders for its annual “Heat & Serve” turkey dinner if you don’t mind picking it up the day before.
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West Shore residents have several options for dining. The Masters Lounge at Westin Bear Mountain on Country Club Way is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. while the House of Boateng at 2854 Peatt Rd. Is still taking dinner reservations on December 25th.
In Victoria, the Fairmont Empress’ Q Restaurant is also open, although it warns guests that reservations will be almost full on December 25th. Nearby, the Steamship Grill & Bar at 470 Belleville St. is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sushi Jiro at 240 Cook St. is open for lunch and dinner.
In Sydney, Royal Aroma is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., while on the Malahat, meals are served from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alpina Restaurant in the Villa Eyrie Resort
Don’t see your favorite restaurant on the list? Don’t be shy – give them a quick call to check their vacation times.
Last minute shoppers should cross their Christmas lists by December 24th as malls across the area – including Uptown, Bay Center, Hillside Mall and Westshore Town Center – will be closed on Christmas Day.
Shopper’s Drug Mart and London Drugs locations in the Greater Victoria area will also be closed.
Whole Foods at 3587 Blanshard St. will be closed, as will all Thrifty Foods and Save-On-Foods locations.
Recreation centers throughout Greater Victoria, as well as YMCA / YWCA facilities and City Center Park in Langford, will be closed on Christmas Day, with some centers having limited hours on December 26th.
Thankfully, Greater Victoria has a wonderful network of trails, beaches, and walks if you want to be active and outdoors on December 25th.
If you’d rather grab a bag of popcorn and see a new release, two cinemas are open in Victoria. Capitol 6 shows The Matrix Resurrections at 12:30 PM, 3:40 PM, 7:20 PM and 10:20 PM. The Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas will show Sing 2 (4:45 pm, 7:30 pm and 10:20 pm) and Spider-Mann: No way home (3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 am, 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm ). The Cineplex Odeon Westshore Cinemas will also be open, but the schedule is not yet available.
Butchart Gardens as well as the Royal BC Museum and the Maritime Museum of BC are closed on December 25th.
A short drive north is the Malahat Skywalk, which is open year round, including Christmas Day.
BC Transit will operate buses on a Sunday schedule, which means that there will be regular but slightly restricted connections throughout Victoria’s regional transit system.
Service BC on Vernon Ave. 403-771 will be closed on December 25th, as will all ICBC locations in the Greater Victoria area.
Emergency services – police, fire brigade and ambulance – will all be on duty around the clock, as they do every day.
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