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Arlington County Holiday Closures

by Katie Pyzyk December 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm 3,687 34 Comments

arlington-va-logoMost Arlington County government offices will be closed for a number of days to observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.

The closures will be in effect on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, for Arlington County offices, libraries and human services offices. Courts are also closed those days; Arlington Circuit Court will be open from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on December 26, and Arlington General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts will be open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on December 26.

The ART Information Center and all Commuter Stores will be closed on the previously mentioned four days. On December 24 and 31, ART 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87 will run on a Saturday schedule. On December 25 and January 1, ART 41 and 51 will run on a Sunday schedule. The STAR Call Center will be closed all four days and all standing order rides will be cancelled.

Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center will be open from 6:00 a.m.-noon on December 24 and December 31; all other community centers will be closed. On December 25 and January 1, all community centers, including Barcroft, will be closed.

Arlington Public Schools will be closed from December 24-January 2.

Trash and recycling schedules are as follows:

Dec 24 & 31

  • Trash & recycling: normal operations
  • Special collection: brush, metal, electronics – normal operations
  • No cart repair or mulch delivery service
  • Leaf bag collection – normal operations

Dec 25 & Jan 1

  • Trash & recycling: regular services not provided. Services available for Tuesday customers on Wed 12/26 and Jan 2
  • Special collection: scheduled services not provided
  • Leaf bag, brush, metal, electronics, cart repair services available for Tuesday customers on Wed Dec 26 and Jan 2
  • Call Center: closed

Dec 26 – 28

  • Trash & recycling: normal operations – all services completed by COB 12/29
  • Special collection: normal operations – all services completed by COB 12/19
  • Call center: normal operations

Jan 2-4

  • Trash & recycling: normal operations – all services completed by COB 1/5
  • Special collection: normal operations – all services competed by COB 1/5
  • Call center: normal operations

Metrorail will run on a regular weekday schedule on December 24. It will be open from 7:00 a.m.-midnight on December 25 and January 1, and will run on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess subscription trips are cancelled for those two days. On December 31, Metrorail will run on a normal weekdays schedule, but will remain open until 2:00 a.m. to accommodate those celebrating New Year’s Eve.

  • Captain_Obvious

    how dare they waste our tax dollars by taking off federal holidays too !!!

    • Pollywog

      The 24th and 31st are not federal holidays 🙁

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    Whoa! Is the county hiring?

  • G Clifford Prout

    Why bother?

  • novasteve

    one of the holidays is named, the Jan 1 being New Years Day. What’s the name of the other holiday on Dec 25th?

    • Captain_Obvious

      Xmas, but you knew that, right ?

      • novasteve

        No, i didn’t, that’s why i had to ask. I get confused why people say something about a holiday without naming said holiday. Funny how people dont’ say happy holiday on the 4th of July. It’s called the 4th of July or Independence Day, not “Holiday”.

        • Captain_Obvious

          Its still considered a holiday. Every holiday has a name…4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day…
          What are you getting at ?

          • novasteve

            Why does the Dec 25 Holiday always go unnamed?

            Do you say Happy Holiday on Veterans day? Do you say Happy Holiday on Labor Day?

          • Captain_Obvious

            it doesn’t. People say “Merry Xmas” all the time.

        • Happy Holidays!!!

          The name of the holiday on Dec. 25 is the Birthdate of Our Supreme Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, sent by God to Reign over all, Jew and Gentile alike.

          Happy now, steve?

          • Libby

            I am. Thanks.

        • Read before you rant

          at least read the first sentence Steve: Most Arlington County government offices will be closed for a number of days to observe the CHRISTMAS and New Year’s Day holidays.

          • novasteve

            That still doesn’t explain why people say “happy holidays”.

            If it instead were Veterans day and New years in the same week would you say “happy holidays” instead of happy veterans day?

            i’m confused. Please clarify this for me.

          • Captain_Obvious

            because there are 3 major holidays that are basically within a 30 or so day time-frame…Thanksgiving, Xmas, and New Year’s. Got it now ?

            You’re not really confused, you’re just being a hater

          • Alex

            Don’t feed the trolls. 🙂

          • novasteve

            On Jan 1, nobody says “Happy holidays” they say “happy new years”. So why on Dec 25 do people say “Happy holidays”? If it’s some holiday called christmas, then say happy christmas or whatever is said like on any other holiday.

            not everyone observes Jan 1 as new years. There are other religions that have different calendars and you don’t worry about offending them on new years.

          • drax

            They say it because they are trying not to presume that everyone is Christian, which is polite. What’s wrong with that? It’s not that people are ashamed of Christmas, just that they acknowledge that there are Jews and others out there too, and they don’t always know who is who. Why on earth would you have a problem with that?

          • drax

            As for saying Happy New Year – by then, there’s only one holiday left, so saying “Happy Holidays” is pointless.

            There’s no “war on Christmas” steve, it’s just you hallucinating again.

          • well duh

            Because by New Year’s all the other holdays are past and there’s only the one left? are you really this dumb?

          • novasteve

            @ Drax: But the same would apply to jews on new years. Religious, devout jews don’t really recognize the gregorian calendar or whatever it’s called. It’s the year 5774 or whatever, and their new years is on Rosh Hashanah. So why aren’t people afraid of saying happy new years too?

          • drax

            Because most people don’t know about the Jewish calendar, and most Jews don’t care. But if you complain enough, maybe they’ll stop. And complaining is what you do best.

      • DCBuff

        Actually, it is called Christmas. I am not sure what “Xmas” is.

        • drax

          “Xmas” is Christmas. It’s an early, and perfectly acceptable, abbreviation used by Christian scholars, using the Greek letter chi (X) as shorthand for the Greek word for Christ.

          Merry Xmas.

          • DCBuff

            Ah, I see, you are a “Christian scholar” among your many talents. Then you must know that Christains do not simply use the chi alone, but with the letter rho. Merry Christmas.

          • drax

            Nope. Most people don’t use it at all today except as an abbreviation whose origin they don’t know. Not many Christian scholars out there writing things by hand, in Greek or English. Those who did often used Xmas alone, without the rho.

        • Josh S

          We’ve actually had two interesting explanations here just in the last couple of weeks.

          First, someone put forth that it was retailers who started using the “X” to get around “Christ” which reminds people of the religious origins of the holiday and may somehow dampen enthusiasm to turn it into a commercialized consumption frenzy.

          Second, someone said that X is the Greek letter for Chi, which is the first letter in Christ’s name when you spell it in Greek. Or something like that. So it’s really just short for Christmas.

          I tend to believe the first explanation more.

          Either way – yeah, calling it Xmas is annoying.

          • drax

            But the second explanation has actual historical proof, Josh. And it’s not annoying at all if you know that explanation.

          • drax



            ‘Xmas’ is a modern, disrespectful abbreviation of the word ‘Christmas.’

            Status: FALSE

          • drax



            X·mas (krsms, ksms)
            [From X, the Greek letter chi, first letter of Greek Khrstos, Christ; see Christ.]
            Usage Note: Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of , “Christ.” In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, “Christian.” But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening pronounced (ksms). Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.

          • janedough
        • Captain_Obvious

          its short for CHRISTMAS, but you knew that…you’re a smart person, right ?

    • bottom

      Festivus. Get yer poles ready


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