Stores an open and shut case
May the foresight to call ahead be with you this holiday season.
All LCBO stores will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. However, some agency stores such as those in Craigleigh, Craighurst, Lefroy, Beeton, Mansfield, Hawkestone and Thornton, may choose to open on Boxing Day.
Thornton LCBO Agency store owner Peter Kook said he will open his store on Boxing Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"Any holiday that we're open when the rest are closed, we tend to be very busy," Kook laughed. "A lot of people will have that unexpected guest and need an extra bottle of wine and they're thrilled we're open."
While Barrie City Hall will be closed Dec. 27 and 28, open from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31 and closed again until Jan. 4, there's no change to garbage collection, organics recycling or yard waste collection during the Christmas and New Year's holidays in Barrie.
The landfill site will be closed on both days.
Christmas trees will be collected beginning the week of Dec. 27 and continue through the month of January. The city's waste reduction department asks that trees be completely ornament-free and not placed in plastic bags.
"We compost all the trees," said Christina O'Neill, a department spokesperson. "So we ask residents to look them over to see if they've missed something at the back of the tree."
The city also stipulates that all waste, including Christmas trees, shouldn't be left on snow banks larger than two feet high.
Of special note this year, the 24-hour Shoppers Drug Mart on Wellington Street will be closed from midnight on Dec. 24 to midnight on Christmas Day for the first time in many years in compliance with the provincial retail sales act that states only pharmacies under 7,500 square feet may remain open.
The Allandale Market Place Shoppers Drug Mart will be open on Christmas Day.
As usual, local banks will be closed this weekend, as well as Monday, Dec. 27, and Tuesday, Dec. 28. They will re-open for the remainder of the week, but close again on Monday, Jan. 3 to reopen on the fourth.
GO Train Service will follow the usual Saturday schedule during the holidays said GO Transit spokesperson Malon Edwards.
"There'll be no train service on both the 27th and 28th (of December), but we'll all be back to a regular schedule on Jan. 3," Edwards said.