Businesses, schools, and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's.

Christmas falls on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, and New Year's Day on Friday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Christmas Day, Dec. 25
(Most stores close early on the Dec. 24, some restaurants and bars may be open later)

Closed
Liquor stores
Businesses
Most retail (convenience stores & gas station may have limited hours)

**** BRTA will not be operating the extended evening bus service on Thursday, Dec. 24, and no buses will run on Friday, Dec. 25. The administrative office closed Thursday, Dec. 24, & Christmas Day.

Local, state, and federal offices
Schools and public colleges are closed for Christmas vacation, with most local school systems being closed or having a half-day on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and reopening on Monday, Jan. 4.
Public libraries
Schools
Banks
Stock market
Museums

Open
Cinemas
Ski areas
Convenience stores

New Year's Day, Jan. 1
(Most stores close early on the Dec. 31, some restaurants and bars may be open later)

Closed
Retail businesses open but may have limited hours
Public libraries
BRTA not operating; no extended evening service on Thursday, Dec. 31.

Local, state and federal offices
Public libraries
Schools
Banks
Stock market
Museums

Open
Cinemas
Ski areas
Convenience stores

Travel will be higher than normal over the holidays and MassDOT strongly urges all drivers to minimize distractions by turning off or putting away cellphones (it is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving, it has to be hands-free), traveling the posted speed limit, driving sober and devoting full attention to what is ahead on the road. MassDOT encourages travelers to make an extra effort to be courteous on the roads and report to law enforcement any reckless driving.

If you are tired stop by for free coffee that will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25, through 5 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, and from 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, through 5 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2.

The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

If you know of any other closures and would like to add them to our list e-mail us at info@wupe.com

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