Government closures, hours for Christmas Day

Palo Alto garbage collection moves to following day

Here is a list of local and regional service closures and changes for Christmas Day. Some will have special hours and be closed during the holiday period.

City services

• City of Palo Alto offices — closed

• Development Services Center — closed

• Garbage pickup — All collection services will move to the following day, Saturday, Dec. 26. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Station will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 26.

• Library — All branches will be open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24. However, all branches will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25.

• Police, fire — Active patrols and response teams are operational; records and administrative services are closed.

• Utilities — Office is closed; call for emergency services.


• Caltrain — Service will operate on the Sunday schedule. The schedule will include Weekend Baby Bullet trains in the morning and early evening. Go to for more information.

• SamTrans — Service will operate on the Sunday schedule. Go to for more information.

• VTA — Buses operate on the Sunday schedule. Go to for more information.

Federal, state offices

• All offices are closed

• U.S. Postal Service — Retail service at post offices will be open for business Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24; however, many will shorten their hours and close at noon. All Palo Alto offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25. Visit for more information.


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