The weather outside has been a little frightful, and Metro Vancouver may be in store for a white Christmas, which, in case you didn't know, happens to fall on a Sunday this year. But that blistery winter wonderland certainly won't stop some people from leaving the house this weekend.

From holiday parties to family get togethers to last-minute present shopping, there's always something to do this time of year. So, for those who are brave enough to venture out into the cold, here's what you can expect to be open and closed in Vancouver on Christmas weekend, so that you're not stuck trudging through the snow to get a last-minute can of cranberry sauce just to find that the store is closed.

But with the Lower Mainland having gotten enough snow this week to severely impact flights at YVR, public transit, and of course the roads, be sure to stay safe out there, and check for transit service updates before venturing out.

What’s Closed in Vancouver on Christmas Weekend:

  • Government Buildings
  • Canada Post (December 25, 26, 27)
  • Banks (December 25, 26, 27)
  • ICBC (December 25, 27, but not December 26)
  • Public Libraries (Most branches: December 25, 26)
  • Malls (on Christmas Day, and reduced hours on Christmas Eve)
  • Most Grocery Stores (on Christmas Day, and reduced hours on Christmas Eve)
  • BC Liquor Stores (December 25)
  • Science World (December 25, 26)
  • Granville Island (December 25, 26)
  • Bloedel Conservatory (December 25)

What’s Open in Vancouver on Christmas Weekend:

  • Public Transit (on holiday schedules)
  • Cineplex Theatres
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Cypress Mountain
  • Mount Seymour
  • Some private liquor stores
  • Parks and beaches
  • Vancouver Aquarium