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What's open, closed on Christmas and New Year's

Find out which agencies are adjusting their hours, plus a list of holiday activities

Here is a list of local and regional service closures and changes for the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, plus some options for holiday activities.

Some organizations will be open special hours and others are closed during the holiday period.

City services

• Palo Alto libraries: All branches are closing early at 5 p.m. for Christmas Eve on Sunday, Dec. 24, and are closed for Christmas on Monday, Dec. 25. All branches are closing early at 6 p.m. for New Year's Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31, and closed for New Year's Day, Monday, Jan. 1.

• City of Palo Alto: All administrative offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and News Year's Day, Jan. 1.

• Garbage pickup: There are no collections on Christmas or New Year's Day. Collection day will be moved to the next day for both holidays. The Household Hazardous Waste Station will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 30. For the four weeks following Christmas Day, holiday trees will be collected curbside. For more information, go to cityofpaloalto.org.

• Street sweeping: If your regular street-sweeping day falls on Dec. 25, it will take place either the Friday before or the Tuesday after Christmas.

• Police, fire: Active patrols and response teams are operational; records and administrative services are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

Transportation

• Caltrain: Caltrain will operate a regular Sunday schedule on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and New Year's Day, Jan. 1.

On New Year's Eve, Caltrain will be free after 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. New Year's Day. New Year's Eve will run on a Sunday schedule, with extra capacity on trains before the San Francisco fireworks show and more trains after the show. For more information, go to caltrain.com.

• Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: VTA buses and light rail will operate on Sunday/holiday schedule on Christmas, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Jan. 1. Additional hours for two light-rail lines and Express bus 180/181 hours will be offered on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31. The system will provide free rides beginning 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, through the following day. For more information, go to vta.org.

• SamTrans: SamTrans will run Sunday schedules on Christmas, Dec. 25 and New Year's Day, Jan. 1.

On New Year's Eve, SamTrans will offer free services from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on New Year's Day. For more information, go to samtrans.com.

Federal, state offices

• U.S. Postal Service: Post Office locations nationwide will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25. Priority Mail Express but not regular mail will still be delivered on Dec. 25. All locations will be open and regular mail delivery will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Post Office locations nationwide will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 31 and Monday, Jan. 1. Mail will not be delivered on Jan. 1 except for Priority Mail Express. All Post Office locations will be open and regular mail delivery will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017. For more information, go to usps.com.

Things to do

• Christmas Tree Lane: Palo Alto's famed Christmas Tree Lane on Fulton Street between Embarcadero Road and Seale Avenue will be illuminated from 5-11 p.m. through Dec. 31. For safety reasons, parking is not allowed on Fulton Street while Christmas Tree Lane is open.

• Palo Alto Art Center: The Art Center is closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 26-29 and closed Dec. 30 to Jan. 1. Regular hours will resume Jan. 2.

• Cantor Arts Center: Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center is open Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed on Dec. 25; and open on Jan. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Junior Museum & Zoo: Palo Alto's Junior Museum & Zoo will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. For more, go to cityofpaloalto.org.

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