Holiday closures and events: Here’s what to look out for next week

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Published: Dec. 20, 2019 at 3:04 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - We’re in the midst of the busiest time of year here in southern Arizona and you might be wondering what events will be taking place and what will be closing in observance of the holidays.

Here’s a list of closures and events coming up this next week:

The Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays will be observed on Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1 by trash & recycling. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Wednesday of the holiday weeks. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with regular Wednesday through Friday collection will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day during both weeks. The Los Reales Landfill will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Holiday collection schedules are available online at or if you have a smartphone, download the free Recycle Coach™ App to receive notifications of all collections.

City offices will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; however, customers may leave a message for Customer Service at 791-3171 or submit a service request at and they will be contacted no later than the next business day. Customer Service will be available on Saturday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free event is taking place at the AMTRAK Historic Depot at 400 N. Toole.

  • Stop to talk with Santa and Photo with Santa in front of Locomotive 1673 (the star of the movie “Oklahoma”)
  • Join in Singing Holiday Music
  • Write a letter to Santa at the North Pole: With the Tucson Postal History Museum Elves’ help
  • Look at the museum’s bilingual exhibits, new live action displays With operating model trains
  • Listen to a reading of the Polar Express
  • Climb into the cab of steam Locomotive 1673
  • Shop in the gift store
  • See the Railroad art exhibits and train layout in the Amtrak Lobby
  • Arts and Crafts Show

Ice skaters can board any one of the 23 Sun Link stops and ride to the ice rink. The following Sun Link stops serve the downtown area, closest to the ice rink:

  • Congress Street/6 th Avenue (westbound)
  • Broadway Boulevard/6th Avenue (eastbound)
  • Plaza Centro (eastbound)

Sun Link runs frequent service until 10 p.m. on weekdays, 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 8 p.m. on Sundays. Please note if riding Sun Link, service may end prior to the rink’s closing; call the Customer Service Center or visit for schedule information.

On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, transit service will be as follows:  Sun Tran Routes 1 through 99 and the Sun Link streetcar will run on a Sunday schedule.  Sun Express Routes 101X-204X will not be in operation.  Sun Shuttle fixed-route service and the Sahuarita/Green Valley Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride will not be in operation. - Sun Shuttle ADA Dial-a-Ride service provided by Total Ride and Oro Valley Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride will offer service, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for Americans with Disabilities Actqualified passengers only.  Sun Van service and hours of operation will mirror the service provided by Sun Tran. Sun Van’s Reservation Center will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas. Closed:  The Customer Service Center will be closed Christmas Day, and will return to regular weekday hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 26. - The Ronstadt and Laos transit center information booths will not be staffed.  Special Services Office, located at 35 W. Alameda, will be closed on Christmas Day, and will reopen to regular hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 26.  Sun Tran’s Administrative Office, located at 3920 N. Sun Tran Blvd., will be closed on Christmas, and will reopen for business on Thursday, December 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, December 26th, all transit services resume regular service. - more - Salvation Army Christmas Dinner Free Shuttle Sun Tran will also provide free shuttle service to the Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Dinner, held at the Tucson Convention Center on Wednesday, December 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For additional details, call (520) 795-9671 or visit Sun Tran’s free shuttle to the Salvation Army Christmas Dinner will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will circulate between:  South Tucson City Hall, 1601 S. 6th Avenue  Ronstadt Transit Center, 215 E. Congress Street (on 6th Ave/North of Congress St.)  Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Avenue (South of Congress St.) For specific route times and bus information, passengers are advised to consult Sun Tran’s Route Booklets, visit, or call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments, call TDD: 520-628-1565).

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