What’s open and closed on Christmas and Boxing Day weekend in Windsor-Essex?

'Sorry, we're closed' sign. June 2020. (Photo by Alan Levine from Pxhere)

The holiday season is upon us, and that means many closed businesses and institutions in Windsor-Essex this Christmas and Boxing Day weekend.

For those wanting to hit the stores on Boxing Day looking for post-Christmas bargains, bear in mind that the Ontario government has reduced capacity in most public places to 50 per cent, to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Contact your favourite store’s location directly to confirm hours.

All federal, provincial, and municipal offices will be closed at some point during the weekend. Please contact your municipality for more information, as closure dates vary between communities.

There will be no mail delivery on Monday or Tuesday. All Service Ontario branches are closed Monday and Tuesday, though some transactions can be performed online.

Select Beer Store locations will be open on Boxing Day Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, and all outlets resume normal hours Monday. Selected LCBO locations are also open Sunday.  Check with your favourite location for hours and COVID-19 policies.

Devonshire Mall is open on Boxing Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tecumseh Mall is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Windsor Crossing outlet mall in LaSalle is open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All branches of the Windsor Public Library are closed Sunday, but open regular hours on Monday through Thursday this week.

Essex County Library branches will be closed Sunday and Monday, then open regular hours Tuesday through Thursday.

In the city of Windsor, residential and commercial garbage collection will take place as usual. Christmas tree pickup has been scheduled for the week of January 10, 2022.

The city’s public drop-off and hazmat disposal depots are closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, but open regular hours Tuesday through Friday.

The 311 Call Centre is closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The 211 call centre will operate 24/7 as usual.

All Windsor community centres and customer care branches are closed until further notice due to reduced COVID-19 service protocols, except for previously scheduled holiday programming and scheduled rentals. The city’s Homelessness and Housing Help Hub (H-4) at Windsor Water World will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The WFCU Centre’s community rinks and bowl, and the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex arena will be closed on Sunday, but open regular hours the rest of the week for ice rentals, public skates and drop-in skates.

Adventure Bay Family Water Park remains closed indefinitely.

There is no parking enforcement in Windsor on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Street parking will be free. Garages and service lots will charge for parking as usual. The parking enforcement payment office will be closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Transit Windsor will run on modified schedules. Check the website for specific information. The tunnel bus to Detroit is suspended until further notice.

The Francois Baby House is closed through Tuesday, but open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. The Chimczuk Museum is open Boxing Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday, then open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.