Whether you’re planning to ring in 2013 at home with friends and family, or going all out at one of the many celebrations around the city, here is a list of what’s open and closed in the GTA on New Year’s Day.


  • Tourist attractions: The CN Tower, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the zoo and outdoor skating rinks
  • Malls: The Eaton Centre, Pacific Mall and Square One


  • Government offices
  • Banks and post offices
  • Community centres and libraries
  • Most grocery stores and pharmacies


Transit systems across the GTA will be offering free service to their passengers on New Year’s Eve and into Jan. 1.

Passengers will be able to access free service from the GO Transit and the TTC. GO transit’s free service begins at 8 p.m. and the TTC will be free for riders starting at 10 p.m. Both systems will run until 4 a.m.

On New Year’s Day, the TTC and GO Transit will be operating on their Sunday schedule.

TTC passengers should be aware that a five-cent fare increase takes effect on Tuesday, boosting token prices to $2.65. The price of monthly and weekly passes will also increase on Tuesday.

York Region, Brampton and Mississauga transit systems are offering free service starting at 7 p.m.