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Christmas and New Year opening times

22 December 2023

Residents of Cambridgeshire are being reminded that Cambridgeshire County Council will operate special opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.

Customer Services will be closed from 5pm on Friday the 22 December to 9am on Tuesday 2 January for all services, with the exception of adult social care, children's social care, and some registration services. These services will all be open 9am to 5pm on the 27, 28 and 29 December. Our normal opening hours will resume on Tuesday 2 January.

Call Centre numbers for the various services can be found on our contact us page. You can also find our out-of-hours emergency numbers.

The following key council services will continue to operate on revised dates and times:

Household Recycling Centres

All Household Recycling Centres will be closed from 1pm on Christmas Eve (gates close at 12.50pm) and closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Opening times for the sites vary and can be found on our household recycling centres page.


All Cambridgeshire libraries – except Cambridge Central, Histon, March, Rock Road, Soham and St Ives – will be closed from 24 December until Tuesday 2 January, when normal opening hours will resume.

Cambridge Central Library will be open 9.30am–5pm from December 27-29. It will be open from 10am-5pm on December 30 and from 12-4pm on December 31.

Histon, March, Rock Road, Soham and St Ives libraries will be open 10am-4pm from December 27-30 and closed on December 31.

For more information visit our libraries.

Registration Offices

All Registration Offices will be closed on the three Bank Holidays. After that:

  • Huntingdon and Cambridge offices will be open for their usual hours
  • The Ely office will only be open on Friday 29 December for its usual hours
  • The March office will be open Wednesday 27 December and Friday 29 December for its usual hours
  • The Wisbech office will be closed during the Christmas and New Year period.

All Registration Offices will return to their normal opening hours from Tuesday 2nd January. Details for the individual offices and their opening times can be found on our registration offices page.

Refuse and Recycling collections

Refuse and recycling collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period. Residents should contact their City or District Council – who are responsible for collecting refuse and recycling – for details.

For more information including full contact details for Council services visit Contact us - Cambridgeshire County Council

In addition, the Council’s Be Winter Wise campaign continues to provide residents with information and advice throughout the winter. It draws together a range of services, activities and offers, keeping communities informed and prepared to stay safe and healthy during the winter months, and supports partners by signposting to the services they offer. The campaign can be followed on social media at #BeWinterWise.