Here's a rundown of what's open in Boston on Christmas, December 25, 2016, 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 and Christmas Day 2016 Around Boston.
Convenience stores: Some will be open. Check for special hours.
Supermarkets: Closed due to "Massachusetts "Blue Laws" on Christmas 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 Christmas Day.
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.
Trash Collection & Recycling
Boston Trash Collection for Christmas: The city has changed the way it publishes the schedule for holidays so that you now must go to the city site and look up your specific address in order to get information.
MBTA Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Schedule Changes:
Update 12/15/16: The MBTA has published this Holiday Schedule Information.
Again this year, the T has included New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, so you can do all your MBTA travel planning at this link! (Please note that the content on this page will change throughout the year.)
We've created a pdf of the MBTA Events page for this period: Download 2016 MBTA Christmas & New Years Schedule.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
MBTA Christmas Eve Schedule is a regular Saturday schedule.
Sunday, December 25, 2016 and Monday, December 26, 2016 – MBTA Christmas Schedule (Quick Look)
• Blue, Orange, Green, Red, Silver Lines will operate on a Sunday schedule.
• Buses will run on a Sunday schedule, (which means some routes will not operate). See those details here.
• Commuter rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule (which means some lines will not operate).
• Hingham, Hull, and Charlestown 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 MBTA Customer Support at (617) 222-3200 or 1-800-392-6100 (TTY 617-222-5146)," or visit the MBTA website.
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