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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's

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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 Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, and New Year's on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2016.  

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 Stockbridge 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 Monday or Tuesday. School reopens on Monday, Jan. 5.

Tired of cooking? The Berkshire Visitors Bureau has a list of restaurants that are serving on the holidays.

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
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

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

Open
Cinemas
Ski areas
Convenience stores

Adams

  • Town Hall is closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25. Reopens Monday, Dec. 28.

North Adams

  • City Hall closes at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed Friday, Dec. 25. City Hall will be open on New Year's eve regular hours, and closed for business on Friday, Jan. 1. City Hall will be open at 11 a.m. on Jan. 1 for the inauguration of the mayor and City Council.
  • The transfer station will be open Thursday, Dec. 24, from 7 to 11 a.m., closed Christmas and reopens regular hours on Saturday, Dec. 26, from 7 to 3.

Pittsfield

  • City Hall will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Jan. 1.
  • Berkshire Museum closes at 2 on Christmas & New Year's eves; closed on both holidays.

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