HAPPY NEW YEAR - What's Open/What's Closed? - Blog - 89.9 The Wave
December 31, 2019 | by: Jamie Paterson

HAPPY NEW YEAR – What’s Open/What’s Closed?

Here’s a look at what will be open and closed on and around New Year’s.



New Year’s Day is a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia, which means you can expect almost everything to be shut down… so you better stock up today!

If that’s the case, keep in mind most grocery stores and NSLCs plan to close at 6:00 tonight (Dec. 31).

Mic Mac Mall, Halifax Shopping Centre and Sunnyside Mall will be shutting their doors at 5 p.m.

Several other businesses will close early on New Year’s Eve and stay closed through Jan. 1, it’s best to call ahead.

Many pharmacies will be open on New Year’s Day, however expect most to have reduced hours of operation.



Halifax Transit will offer free, extended bus and Alderney Ferry service on New Year’s Eve starting at 6 p.m.  Volunteers will be at the ferry terminals accepting donations in support of M.A.D.D. Halifax Region.

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on a holiday service schedule on New Year’s Day and there will be no Alderney or Woodside ferry service. More holiday transit info HERE



The Emera Oval will be open for public skates, but as they are weather dependent, you may want to check HERE before strapping on the blades.

New Year’s Eve celebrations are scheduled to be held at the Emera Oval and Grand Parade.

Many municipal recreation facilities will be closed on New Year’s Day (call ahead).



There will be no Canada Post delivery on New Year’s Day.



Halifax Public Library branches will close at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (with the exception of J.D. Shatford Memorial Public Library, which will be closed all day on the 31st).

All branches will be closed on Jan 1st.



If Wednesday is your regular garbage, organics or recyclables collection day, curbside collection will take place on Saturday, Jan. 4.

The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, but it will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 4.

The Halifax Recycling Plant and municipal composting facilities will be closed New Year’s Day, but will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 4.

The Household Special Waste Depot in Bayers Lake will be closed Saturday, Jan. 4, but will be open for regular operating hours on  Saturday, Jan. 11.



The 311 Contact Centre will be closed for general inquires on New Year’s Day, but you can 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 New Year’s Day.