Christmas Day closings in the Washington area

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Closed everywhere

Federal government offices and local government.

Traffic guide for last-minute shoppers

Traffic guide for last-minute shoppers

The morning rush was Christmasy light, but drivers still will find traffic around the malls.

Chilly but tranquil to close December; early January to turn cold, maybe snowy

We have fairly high confidence in a cold pattern to start January, which may set the stage for our next real chance of snow.


Most banks.

Post offices (no mail delivery except for Express Mail.)

Courts (except for adult arraignments and new juvenile referrals in the District).

Traffic and parking

In the District, city parking is not enforced.

In Maryland, parking is not enforced in Montgomery County.

In Virginia, HOV restrictions lifted on I-66 and I-395. Meters not enforced in Arlington County.

Trash and recycling

In the District, no pickups. Collections slide one day to the end of the week. Transfer station closed.

In Maryland, no county pickups. Collections slide one day to the end of the week in Howard and Montgomery counties. Prince George’s County pickups will be the next regularly scheduled day. Landfills and Montgomery transfer station closed.

In Virginia, no county and municipal pickups. Collections slide one day in Fairfax County, Fairfax city and Alexandria. Landfills closed.


Closed in the District, Maryland and Virginia.


Closed in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Liquor stores

In the District, open at owner’s discretion.

In Maryland, Montgomery ABC stores will be closed; open elsewhere at owner’s discretion.

In Virginia, closed.

Transportation services

Metrorail is on a Sunday schedule from 7 a.m. to midnight. Metrobus is on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess has regular service but subscription calls are canceled.

Ride On and Fairfax Connector run on a Sunday schedule.

ART will run Routes 41 and 51 only on a Sunday schedule.

CUE, DASH, PRTC OmniRide, Loudoun Bus, The Bus and MTA Commuter Bus are not running.

MARC and VRE are not running.

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