December Holiday Closures & Bus Schedule for Kingston

Published on: 2011/12/19 - in Releases

As Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on the weekend this year, December 27 and January 2 will be the municipal administrative holidays.

NOTE: Click Here for the December 2016 Holiday Schedules and Closures

City services and facilities will be affected by the holidays as follows:


There will be no Green Bin, garbage and recycling collection on Monday, Dec. 26 (Boxing Day) or Monday, January 2.  Collection will shift to the day after your regular pick-up day during these two weeks. Personalized collection calendars can be found at . (See also, holiday waste reduction messages below.)


Plan to get there by bus:
– December 24 – normal service
– December 25 – buses do not run
– December 26 – buses run on a modified/Sunday schedule – except for Route 18, which runs on a Saturday schedule to accommodate passengers at the train station.
– December 27 to December 31 – normal service
– January 1 – buses do not run
– January 2 – normal service


– Administrative Offices, including Community and Family Services and Housing on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences: Closed December 26, 27, and January 2.

– Utilities Kingston: Closes at noon on December 23 and 30. Closed December 26, 27, and January 2. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell or a water main break, call the Utilities Kingston 24-hour number at 613-546-1181.

– Oakwood Day Care: Closed December 26, 27 and January 2.

– Kingston Frontenac Public Libraries: Closed December 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31 and January 1 and 2.

– Artillery Park Aquatics and Fitness Centre: Open until 1:30 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. Closed December 25, 26 and January 1.

– Fitness & Wellness Centre at INVISTA Centre: Open until 1:30 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. Closed December 25, 26 and January 1.

– Portsmouth Olympic Harbour – Building: Closed December 25 to 27 and January 1. Marina Office: Closed December 26 to 30 and January 2.

– Arenas: Open until 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31. Closed December 25 to 27 and January 1.

– Grand Theatre Box Office: Open 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. December 24. Closed December 25 through January 2 reopening at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at

– Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC)/Norterra Organics:  Closed December 26, 27 and January 2. Christmas trees can be dropped off free-of-charge at KARC, 196 Lappan’s Lane or at Norterra Organics at 2069 Joyceville Rd. (See also holiday waste reduction messages below.)


– Give your gifts a good wrap.
Conventional wrapping paper cannot be recycled because it contains too much coloured ink and dye and is a fire hazard if burned (because it reaches too high a temperature too quickly). That means most wrapping paper is garbage and ends up in landfill.

– Prefer re-usable or recyclable gift wrap.
Use recyclable or reusable wrap, like re-usable fabric or paper gift bags; brown paper wrapping or newspaper; gift boxes; wrapping that is part of the gift (wrap a piece of jewellery inside a new pair of socks, hide a toy inside pyjamas, or roll a new kitchen gizmo in a table-cloth).

– Buy less packaging.
Less packaging means less garbage. When possible, choose gifts with little or no packaging. You can now recycle rigid plastic packaging – the blister packs often used for electronics, children’s toys and hardware – in your Blue Box along with all your plastic food and beverage containers.

– Compost your Christmas tree.
Christmas trees can be dropped off at:
–  Norterra Organics – the company that composts the City’s Green Bin contents – at 2069 Joyceville Rd., Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), 196 Lappan’s Lane, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please: Both these facilities are closed December 26, 27 and January 2. Make sure no tinsel or decorations remain on the tree.

Do not use Christmas trees for firewood. They create a lot of creosote when burned, making them a fire hazard. Locate your Christmas tree safely away from any heat source.

Green Bin your leftovers.
Once everyone has had their fill of holiday feasting, toss leftovers in the Green Bin, including: meat and bones, gravy, flour, fruits and vegetables, jams, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, nuts and shells, eggs, egg shells, bread, butter, cheese, and cake (if you really, truly, don’t want it). Soiled paper products like paper plates, towels, tissues and napkins can go in there, too.


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