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December 21, 2011
City of Toronto holiday hours
  
City of Toronto offices will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27 and also on Monday, January 2, 2012. All City emergency services and 24-hour operations will be provided during the holiday season.

Residents can call 311, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for more information about City services.

A list of which City services will be open and closed during the holidays follows.

Toronto Transit Commission
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) system will operate on a holiday
schedule on the following dates:
• Saturday, December 24 - Saturday service. Subway and most routes will start at 6 a.m.
• Sunday, December 25 - Sunday service. Subway and most routes will start at 9 a.m.
• Monday, December 26 - Holiday service. Subway and most routes will start at 6 a.m.
• Tuesday, December 27 - Saturday service. Subway and most routes will start at 6 a.m.
• Wednesday, December 28 to Friday, December 30 - Reduced peak period service.
• Saturday, December 31 - Saturday service. Subway and most routes will start at 6 a.m. with reduced peak service from noon to 5 p.m. Service will run until 4 a.m. after New Year's Eve and will be free to all riders after midnight.
• Sunday, January 1 - Sunday service. Subway and most routes will start at 9 a.m.
• Monday, January 2 - Holiday service. Subway and most routes will start at 6 a.m.
• Tuesday, January 3 to Friday January 6 - Reduced peak period service.

For holiday service details, call the customer information line in advance of the holiday at 416-393-4636 or visit
http://www3.ttc.ca/Routes/General_Information/Holiday_service_and_scheduled_changes.jsp

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation will follow holiday-hour scheduling for outdoor rinks and indoor skating, as well as for ski and swim programs from December 24 to January 6.

Skating: Skating programs at indoor arenas and outdoor artificial ice rinks are free for all ages and offer a variety of programs including leisure skate and shinny hockey. Schedules vary by location throughout the holidays. Throughout the holiday season, all outdoor ice rinks are open for skating daily from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Rink buildings will be open on a reduced schedule on December 24 to 26, and January 1 and 2.

Skiing: The City's two ski and snowboard centres, located at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park, are currently closed due to seasonally mild conditions and will open once weather conditions allow. Programs between December 27 to 30 have been cancelled. For updated information visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks.

Swimming: A variety of leisure swim programs are available at pools throughout the city. Schedules vary by location.

Community centres operating hours:
Operating schedules during the holiday period vary by location. Facility staff at each location can provide operating schedules or information is available by calling 311. General operating hours are as follows:
• December 24 and 31- Community centres close at 4 p.m., except for those with previously scheduled permits.
• December 25, 26, and 27, and January 1 and 2 - Community centres are closed, with the exception of those offering registered holiday camps or special holiday drop-in programs.

For more information about your local arena, rink, pool, ski hill, or community centre, including program schedules, visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks or call 311.

Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library branches are closed on the following days:
• December 24 and 31- branches will close at 1 p.m.
• December 25, 26 and 27 - closed
• January 1 and 2 - closed

For more information about the holiday hours for Toronto Public Library branches, visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/holiday-hours/index.jsp.

City Child Care Centres
City child care centres will follow normal operating hours during the holidays.

Solid Waste Management
The City's residential garbage, recycling, organics, bulky items and electronics collection will proceed as usual during the holidays. All Transfer Stations and Household Hazardous Waste drop-off depots will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2. They will re-open to the public on Tuesday December 27, and Tuesday January 3, respectively. The regular operating schedule for the transfer stations and the public drop-off hours can be found online at http://www.toronto.ca/garbage/depots.htm.

Collection for natural Christmas trees, which happens on residents' scheduled garbage pick-up day, will start on Tuesday, January 3 until Friday January 27. Residents should check their regular collection calendar to see when their trees can be picked up. Tinsel, ornaments, nails, tree skirts, stands, etc., must be removed before placing the tree at the curb. The City will not collect Christmas trees set out in plastic bags or tree bags. Trees should be clear of snow and ice and easily accessible.

The 100,000 Christmas trees collected annually are ground and mixed with leaf and yardwaste to make compost. Christmas trees diverted from landfill each year help toward achieving Toronto's goal of 70 per cent diversion.

Toronto Water
Toronto Water's customer service counters located at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., 2nd floor, and 275 Merton Street will be closing at 4:30 p.m. on December 23 and December 30. These locations will also be closed on December 26 and 27, and January 2.

There will be no water meter readings by City staff on December 26 and 27, and January 2. Customers may still submit water meter readings to the City's website at http://www.toronto.ca/utilitybill by clicking on "Enter your water meter reading online" or by using the automated telephone service at 416-397-READ (7323).

Toronto Animal Services
Holiday hours for City's Animal Services shelters:
• December 24 and 31 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (adoptions until 4 p.m.)
• December 25 and 26 - closed
• December 27 to 30 - 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• January 1 - closed

Residents who require pet licences or need to pay renewals should note that the Toronto Animal Services office at 35 Spadina Rd. will be closed on December 26 and 27, and January 2.

Long-Term Care Homes and Services
The Adult Day Programs at Bendale Acres, Cummer Lodge, Kipling Acres and Wesburn Manor will be closed on December 26 and 27, and January 2.

City of Toronto Museums
The City of Toronto's historic museums are open during the holiday period and offer a mixture of special programming for all ages to enjoy. Holiday opening hours may differ from the museum's regular hours that are available on the City's website. Details follow.

Colborne Lodge (Colborne Lodge Drive, High Park)
Until January 8, Colborne Lodge presents "Christmas in the park," tours that highlight the holiday traditions of the Victorian era. Colborne Lodge holiday hours: open December 24 and 31 from noon to 3 p.m.; December 27 to 30, from noon to 4 p.m.; closed December 25 and 26, January 1 and 2. Admission fee: adults: $5.71, seniors/youths: $3.81, children: $3.33 plus tax.

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
To celebrate the holiday season, Fort York will be holding the following special tour and activity:
• "An 1812 winter" tour will take visitors on a journey back to 1812 and demonstrate how troops coped with the Canadian winter during that time. Tours are held daily until December 31.
• "Gingerbread make and bake" invites children aged four years and up to learn how to make gingerbread cookies the old-fashioned way from December 27 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., daily. The baking workshops are included with admission. Parents should pre-register their children at the museum store.

Fort York holiday hours: open December 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; December 27 to 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed December 25 and 26, and January 1. Admission fee: adults: $7.62, seniors/youth: $3.81, children (6-12 years): $2.86 plus tax. Children five years and under are free.

Gibson House (5172 Yonge St.)
To celebrate the holiday season, Gibson House will be holding the following special events and day camps for children:
• Special holiday season-themed tours of Gibson House will be held until January 8.
• Winter day camp January 3 to 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, for children between 7 and 11 years of age. Camp activities include 1850's games, crafts and cooking. Registration costs $200 for four days. Extended care is available for an additional fee.

Gibson House holiday hours: open December 27 to 31 from noon to 5 p.m.; closed December 24, 25, 26, and January 1 and 2. Admission fee: adults: $5.48, seniors/youth: $3.10, children (2-12 years.): $2.62 plus tax.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
Mackenzie House will be holding the following special events and activities over the holidays:
• Make your own Victorian-style seasonal greeting card. Saturday, December 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.
• Take a "Victorian Toronto Christmas" tour until January 8 in the festively decorated house.
• Kids' Crafts, where children of all ages can make arts and crafts, will be held from December 27 to January 8, noon to 4 p.m.
• Print a copy of "Auld Lang Syne" on the 1845 printing press and hear about Scottish New Year's traditions on Saturday, December 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mackenzie House holiday hours: open December 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; December 27 to 30 from noon to 4 p.m.; closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1 and 2. Admission fee: adults: $5.71, seniors /youth: $3.81, children: $3.33 plus tax.

Montgomery's Inn (4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue)
Over the holidays enjoy a tour of the 1840s-era Inn. Montgomery's Inn holiday hours: open December 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 1 to 5 p.m.; closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1 and 2. Admission fee: adults: $5.71, seniors/youth: $2.86, children (12 years and under): $1.90 plus tax.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
To celebrate the holidays, Scarborough Museum will be holding a number of day camps for children:
• Day camps for children aged 5 to 12 years of age will be held from December 28 until December 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camp activities include games, crafts and cooking, with a different theme:
Holiday Happenings, December 28 (course code:1884375); Winter Magic, December 29 (course code: 1885228); and Frosty Fun, December 30 (course code: 1885229). Pre-register online at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN (4386). Camp registration is $31.35 per day. Extended care is available for an additional fee. For more information call the museum at 416-338-8807.
• "Pioneer adventure holiday camps" for ages 5 to 12 years will be held from January 3 to January 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Camp activities include games, crafts and cooking. It is recommended that participants wear outdoor clothing. Pre-register online at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN (4386). The course code for this camp is 1884376. Camp registration is $126. Extended care is available for an additional fee. For more information, call the museum at 416-338-8807.

Scarborough Museum holiday hours: open December 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; December 27 to 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on December 25, 26 and 27 and January 1 and 2.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens (285 Spadina Rd.)
Spadina Museum is holding a special tour for the holidays:
• Take "A Roaring 1920s Christmas" tour and discover what the holiday season was like during this time. Visitors will enjoy activities and treats from the period based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren who lived at Spadina House during the 1920s. Tours run until January 8.

Spadina Museum holiday hours: open December 24 and 31 from noon to 3 p.m.; December 27 to 30; January 2 from noon to 4 p.m.; closed on December 25 and 26, and January 1. Admission fee: adults $7.62, seniors/ youths: $5.42, children: $4.48 plus tax.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is holding a special tour for the holidays:
• Take the "A Regency Christmas" tour and discover what the festive season was like in the early 19th century.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site holiday hours: open December 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 27 to 30 from 12 to 4 p.m., closed December 25 and 26, and January 1. Admission fee: adults: $5.24; children: $2; youth/seniors: $3 plus tax

More information about the City's museums and historic sites is available at http://www.toronto.ca/holidays or call 311.

Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace)
Casa Loma will be presenting two special shows over the holiday period:
• "Professor Wick's Magical Castle" magic show until January 8. Show times are 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Admission for the show is $1 plus HST.
• The School of Wizardry performed by Professor Pepper. Show times: 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Casa Loma is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last admission is 4 p.m.). Casa Loma closes at 1 p.m. on December 24 and is closed on December 25.

More information about Casa Loma is available at http://www.casaloma.org.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Leisa Odlum
Strategic Communications
416-338-5637
lodlum@toronto.ca

 

 

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