Christmas News

20 December 2010

There's just four days to go until the big day when the vast majority of us spend time with family or friends, eating more than our fill.

CitiOps staff get festive

CitiOps staff get festive

At the Council, our Contact Centre operates every day of the year, but on the whole we're closing over the long Christmas weekend (Saturday
25 December - Tuesday 28 December) and also the long weekend that surrounds New Year celebrations (Saturday 1 January - Tuesday 4 January).

Aside from Christmas Day, almost all of our swimming pools remain open. Hours vary during this time, so please check our website before heading out for a swim. The one exception is Freyberg Pool. It's closed at the moment for maintenance and won't reopen until Monday 24 January.

If you plan to spend your holiday time reading, then head along to our libraries before closing hours on Christmas Eve - the libraries close over the long Christmas weekend and also 1 - 4 January.

But you'll be glad to know that this year, there'll be no changes to rubbish and recycling collections as Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on a Saturday. All collections will go on as normal.

Opening hours for our recreation centres, community centres, museums, galleries, zoo, Botanic Garden and Council offices vary, so go to our website or pick up a brochure from your local library, pool or recreation centre for details.

There'll be skeleton staff in most of our departments between Christmas and New Year processing consents or keeping our services running, and we're working hard to bring you lots of quality entertainment over the next few months for our Summer City festival.

And our Contact Centre remains open at all times, so if you find Santa's got stuck in the chimney, give us a call on (04) 499 4444 - we might be able to help.

If you're staying in Wellington over Christmas and taking part in all the festivities and merriment, please stay safe in the city by sticking with your friends. Equally, if you're leaving town for the holidays, remember to make your home look occupied.

For home safety tips, check out the Police website:

New Zealand Police website