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
5 years ago

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
5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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

Old Sailor
5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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
5 years ago

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
5 years ago

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!

5 years ago

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
5 years ago


Merry Mary
5 years ago

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

manfred s
5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

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
5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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

A reader
5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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

Bob Robertson
Reply to  Pierre
5 years ago

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