NOTE: 2013 AND 2014 DATES UPDATED BELOW
Montreal Restaurants Open Christmas Day
The restaurant situation in Montreal on Christmas day can be a drag. Foodies across the city concur choices are limited to dining in Chinatown and hotels. So I did a bit of digging and found out there's actually quite a few Montreal restaurants open Christmas day.
Montreal Restaurants Open New Year's Day
Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's eve? Not a problem. Finding Montreal restaurants open New Year's day? That's another story. Nonetheless, I found some real restaurant gems open for business on New Year's day, including some of Montreal's best known culinary landmarks.
Some Montreal movie theatres are open Christmas Day and New Year's Day, including Dollar Cinema and downtown's AMC Pepsi-Forum (including the second floor arcade). Call other theatres for scheduling details.
Montreal's quintessential corner stores, at least the 24-hour chains, generally remain open.
Grocery stores/supermarkets larger than 375 square meters (4,037 feet) in size are legally obliged to close December 25 and January 1. Comparably smaller food markets can remain open at their discretion.
Some may remain open, especially the chains. Call your local pharmacy if in doubt.
Société des alcools du Québec
All SAQ liquor stores are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day, with varying schedules throughout the holiday season. Consult this document for SAQ schedule specifics (in French).
All of Montreal's public markets, including the Atwater Market, Marché Jean-Talon and Marché Maisonneuve, close December 25, December 26, January 1 and January 2 with reduced hours on December 24 and December 31, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bonsecours Market closes only December 25 and January 1.
As a general rule, banks and financial institutions in Quebec close December 25, Boxing Day, January 1.
Montreal shopping malls are generally closed on December 25 and January 1. Call your mall of choice to find out exactly what time they open on Boxing Day, December 26.
What Else is Open and Closed in Montreal on Christmas and New Year's Day
- Government & Services Holiday Schedule: Offices, Public Transit, Parking Meters
- Commercial Holiday Schedule: Markets, Malls, Banks, Restaurants, Etc.
- Sports & Leisure Schedule: Major Attractions, Parks, Museums, Libraries
- Garbage Collection & Recycling Schedule During the Holidays