Christmas in 2018

My thanks to everyone who has expressed appreciation for my work at this news source – it does help to keep me going.  Most of you are subscribers to my emails – that list is now about 960 – and some of you have heard about this service from the Northumberland Hub.  A group of journalists led by John Miller and Rob Washburn are trying to educate people in Northumberland about all the sites (like this one) who provide news. (More at Northumberland Hub – link below). A lot has happened locally in 2018 and there will be more interesting stuff happening in 2019 but in between we have Christmas which is a season where everyone (hopefully) chills out and stops worrying about anything.

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

Below is some information on what stores are closed in Cobourg and although there’s not much (if any) commercial entertainment on Christmas Day, both Cinemas (The Loft and Rainbow) will be operating most other days.

Cobourg Christmas Information – 2018.

  • The Mall will be open Sunday Dec. 23 from 10 until 5:00 pm and early Monday Dec. 24 @ 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The Mall is closed December 25 and January 1.
  • Rainbow Cinema closes after the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve film and re-opens Boxing Day.  It is open New Year’s Eve but closes after the movie around 7:00 pm. It’s open New Year’s Day. Full schedule here.
  • The Loft Cinema will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Closes New Year’s Eve at 6 pm, opens New Year’s day at 7:00 pm.  Full Schedule here.
  • Victoria Hall will have regular hours until Friday Dec 21, then will be closed Saturday Dec. 22 through Wednesday Dec 26. It will also close Dec 31 (New Year’s Eve) and January 1st. But be sure to go to the Mayor’s Levee on January 1st at 2:00 pm in Victoria Hall.  Meet and greet the whole Council and hear the Mayor talk about past achievements and future plans.
  • The Beer store will be open 10 till 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas day but open Boxing day from 10:00 till 6:00.  It will close at 6:00 pm New Year’s Eve and will be closed New Year’s Day.
  • The LCBO will close Christmas Eve at 6:00 pm (both locations).  They will be closed Christmas day and Boxing day.
  • Most other businesses (including Banks) will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and will close early Christmas Eve. 
  • But some stores will be open Boxing Day – here are the specifics for Supermarkets.
Supermarkets Dec 24 Dec 25 Dec 26 Dec 31 Jan 1
No-Frills 8:00 – 6:00 Closed 10:00 –  5:00 N/A Closed
Metro N/A Closed 9:00 – 6:00 7:00 – 6:00 Closed
Foodland (normally open 24 hours) To 6:00 Closed 8:00 – 5:00 To 6:00 Closed
Walmart 7:00 – 6:00 Closed 6:00 – 10:00 7:00 – 6:00 Closed

Note: N/A = Not available, that is, unknown.

For Transit schedules, go here.  Look under “Days without Service”.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year – there’s an old cliché that says something like “May your Christmas and New Year be the best you’ve ever had” – but as you learn to mellow (or chill) out and stop worrying, this can actually happen.


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Walter L. Luedtke
24 December 2018 9:55 am

Merry Christmas John from a steadfast fan.
Love all the work you put into giving us links to the documents which support your posts.
Truly the extra being walked here,

Ryan Francis
24 December 2018 7:52 am

Newer to the blog, but it’s quite valuable. Thanks for doing it.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

23 December 2018 10:20 pm

Thank you, John! Yours is a great blog…informative and entertaining and always well done. 2019…here we come! Merry Christmas.

Old Sailor
23 December 2018 6:00 pm

John, your Blog and a cup of coffee in the morning is a great way for Cobourg bloggers to start their day. Don’t know how you cover so many subjects and so much ground every week. Looking forward to your picks for 2019.

23 December 2018 2:35 pm

My neighbour told me about your Blog John, a few ears ago. I’m so glad he did, as I look forward to your posts.
Merry Christmas to you & your family. Have a Happy New Year & many more.

Pamela Mary Jackson
23 December 2018 2:12 pm

John, since we moved west some 12 years ago you have helped us retain our very strong link and feelings for this specisl community.
From Sidney, BC to John a heartfelt Thank you for bringing Cobourg to us on a daily basis.

Catherine & Ivan Gissing
23 December 2018 1:55 pm

When my husband and I were new residents of Cobourg, your were our guide to the community happenings and helped smooth our integration into this wonderful community. Thank you for all that you do!

23 December 2018 1:36 pm

Many thanks for providing us a place to voice our thoughts and opinions. I believe Wally & Walter owe you a big “Thank You” as well. Merry Christmas and lets hope 2019 is a good one for all.

Walter L. Luedtke
Reply to  cornbread
24 December 2018 10:00 am


Merry Mary
23 December 2018 12:16 pm

We cannot thank you enough for all of your exemplary reporting! We wish you and yours every happiness at Christmas and always!

manfred s
23 December 2018 12:16 pm

John, this ‘vocation’ is a challenge most would shy away from so kudos and greatest appreciation for your persistence and dedication. The pace is daunting and unyielding in its demands. It takes far more energy than most would think, I’m sure. Perhaps you’ve already mused about how this much needed and appreciated resource can continue in some form as you think about its future and I certainly hope you can find an equally dedicated soul to carry on when the time comes to pass the torch. The Merriest of Yuletides and all the Best to you and Alma as the New Year dawns. Thank you.

Marie-Lynn Hammond
23 December 2018 12:13 pm

I too want to express my gratitude for your hard work and dedication in putting this blog together. I consider it indispensable!

23 December 2018 11:45 am

Thank you John for what you do & how well you do it.
You are an all-year Xmas gift to Cobourg & surrounding areas.
Best wishes for 2019 health & well-being to you & yours.

23 December 2018 9:58 am

Thank you, John, for your dedication to this blog. For me it is a must read with my morning coffee. Merry Christmas to you and your family and the best for 2019.

Doug McCann
23 December 2018 9:44 am

Thank you for doing this every day. Both my wife and I are subscribers and we appreciate what you do.

23 December 2018 9:42 am

You make the experience of living here better.
Thanks so much for that. Wishing you a richly rewarding and healthy 2019.

A reader
23 December 2018 8:39 am

Don’t Give up plse John!! We need your blogs.. Your efforts are much appreciated. This blog for instance ismuch appreciated

23 December 2018 8:24 am

John , thanks for reporting the news not explaining it and putting spin on it, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year , keep up the excellent reporting

22 December 2018 5:14 pm

John, a very Merry Xmas and a Happy new year to you
Thanks for a great news blog.

Bob Robertson
Reply to  Pierre
23 December 2018 1:34 pm

What more can I say? I agree with all the previous comments. Thanks, John.