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Christmas: Which stores, services will be open or closed?

Harrisburg, PA – Many places will be closed for Christmas, and some will have limited hours or will be closed for Christmas Eve. Although private stores and businesses can stay open if they want, government buildings must be closed to observe Christmas.

CLICK HERE Good Housekeeping has a list of nationwide chains and whether they will or will not be open on Christmas. Be aware that some store hours may vary by location, so please call your local store if you need to check.

Most gas stations, rest stops, airports, and other travel hubs will remain open.

CLICK HERE to see our local take-out and delivery guide. This includes hours and phone numbers. Many restaurants will be closed on Christmas, but some are choosing to remain open for take-out.

The U.S. Postal Service won’t deliver mail on Christmas, and all government buildings, including driver’s license centers and liquor stores will be closed.

All schools in our area are closed for the winter holiday. most will be returning on Monday, Jan. 4.

There will be no trash pickup, so check with your particular trash company to see when your pickup has been rescheduled.

However, other people don’t get to take Christmas off to spend with their families. Police officers, firefighters, military members, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and other public servants will still be hard at work, protecting us and keeping us safe. If you see one of these people during your holiday, please thank them for the good work they do year-round.

 

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Friday, December 25, 2020, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Additionally, the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, which is only open for motor vehicle transactions, will close at 12:30 PM on Thursday, December 24. Driver license and photo center locations will close at 12:15 PM on Thursday, December 24.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2020 is available online.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot/.