Here's a rundown of what's open in Boston on Christmas, December 25, 2013, plus information on: trash collection, parking, MBTA schedule changes, 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 Where to Dine on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 2013 in Boston.
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. When we have official hours for the Tow Lot over the holiday we'll update this section. Call before going on Christmas eve or Chistmas day.
Boston Trash Collection: The city says the following about trash collection Christmas week:
"Christmas Day Collection
Wednesday, December 25 – Saturday, December 28, 2013
Trash and Recycling collection will be cancelled in all sections of the City on Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25).
Regular collection schedule Back Bay, Bay Village, Fenway, South End, Mission Hill, Leather District, and Roxbury for the rest of the week;
North End, Beacon Hill, Bay Village, Chinatown - regular collection schedule Monday, Friday (Wednesday cancelled);
Charlestown, delayed a day;
Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, South Boston *Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Hyde Park, delayed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
*If you live in Jamaica Plain and your trash and recycling is collected 2 times per week, no 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.
The MBTA Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedule changes. Closer to the holiday you can do all your MBTA travel planning at this link! (Please note that the content on this page will change throughout the year.)
Until they post information for this year, here's what happened last year to give you some idea. 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.
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