Here's a rundown of what's open in Boston on Christmas, December 25, 2012, plus information on: trash collection, parking, and whatever else we were able to gather to answer your Chrismas week questions.
Remember, many businesses close early on Christmas Eve. Call before you leave, if you plan to visit a business on the 24th.
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Restaurants, bars: Some will be open. Check for special hours and menus and take a look at our piece on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining in Boston 2012.
Convenience stores: Some will be open. Check for special hours.
Supermarkets: Closed due to Massachusetts "Blue Laws" on Chrismas Day, December 25th.
City, Town, State and Federal offices and facilities are closed: This includes Schools, Libraries, and the Postal Service. Only emergency services are available.
Boston Parking: You don't have to feed the meters. Other parking rules apply. The Tow Lot will be open Monday - Friday 7am-10:30 pm, Saturdays 9 am- noon, and it is closed on all city holidays. (We'd recommend calling before going on Christmas Eve.)
Boston Trash Collection: The city says the following about trash collection Christmas week.
|"Tuesday, December 25, 7am – Saturday, December 29, 2012, 5pm|
|City Calendar Event|
Monday December 24th regular trash and recycling for all sections of the City.
Tuesday December 25th, no trash or recycling collection in all sections of the City.
Back Bay [Tue-Fri], Fenway, Lower Roxbury, Mission Hill, South End, trash/recycling cancelled on Tuesday December 25th. Next schedule trash day is Friday December 28th.
Back Bay [M-Th], Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown, Leather District, North End, regular schedule, no delays.
Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain*, Mattapan, South Boston, West Roxbury, regular schedule on Monday, December 24th, and delayed, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, one day.
*If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash is picked up 2 times per week, do not delay.
Financial Services: As the British would say, this is a Bank Holiday with both banks and the stock markets in the United State closed. Some international markets are open.
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The MBTA Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedule changes. Bonus! This year they included New Years's Eve and NewYear's Day as well so you can do all your planning MBTA travel planning at this link! (Please note that the content on this page will change throughout the year.)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 – Christmas Day
• Blue, Orange, Green, and Red Line trains, buses, and trackless trolleys will operate on a Sunday schedule.
• Many buses will run on a Sunday schedule however there is a long list of buses that will not operate on Christmas day. See those details here.
• Commuter rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule except for the Fairmount, Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Needham lines, which will not operate.
• Hingham, Quincy, and Charlestown commuter boat service will not operate.
• THE RIDE will operate on a Sunday schedule.
For additional information on MBTA services, routes, schedules, and fares, please call the MBTA Customer Communications Department at (617) 222-3200 or 1-800-392-6100 (TTY 617-222-5146)," or visit the MBTA website.
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2012 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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