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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's

05:19AM / Thursday, December 19, 2013
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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 Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, and New Year's on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.  

Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the Puritans outlawed the holiday in 1659.

Too much eating, drinking, wassailing and other festiveness for the colony's righteous rulers. Even after the ban was lifted, Christmas was treated as a regular day until its popularization during the Victorian era. Thank goodness. Can you imagine Norman Rockwell not painting Stockridge at Christmas?

The Puritans weren't big on New Year's either, preferring to eschew partying for quiet reflection. They did, however, like a good resolution, as Stockbridge's the Rev. Jonathan Edwards proved a prime example (70!).

Schools and public colleges are closed for Christmas vacation, with most local school systems closing after a full day on Friday. School reopens on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Berkshire Community College, including the Paterson Field House and South County Center, will be closed for the holidays from noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Wednesday, Jan 1.

North Adams will hold the swearing-in of the mayor and new City Council on New Year's Day in council chambers at 11 a.m.

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 not operating

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

Open
Cinemas
Ski areas

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

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

Open
Cinemas
Ski areas
 

North Adams

  • City Hall closes at noon on Dec. 24 & 31; new hours effective Jan. 6 will be from 8 to 4.
  • Friendship Center Food Pantry closed Christmas and New Year's. Open Fridays, Dec. 27 & Jan. 3 from 10 to 2 and 4 to 6.
  • Mass MoCA will be open from 11 to 5, except on Dec. 25, with art-making at KidSpace each day.

Pittsfield

  • City Hall will be closed Dec. 24 & 25
  • Berkshire Museum closes at 2 on Christmas & New Year's eves; closed on both holidays.

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