This weekend is Christmas and Christmas Eve and the federal holiday is being observed on Monday. Here's what you need to know to get around this weekend.
If you are traveling on this weekend, check out the Washington State Department of Transportation web pages to plan your route. Be sure to check traffic and weather conditions along Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass, US 2 at Stevens Pass, Interstate 5 near the U.S./Canadian border and I-5 between Olympia and Tacoma.
There are still family activities over the weekend. The Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden is open on both days as well. You can purchase the $5 tickets online.
Here is a list of what’s open and what's closed:
is closed Monday. It will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 27.
is on winter break. The quarter starts Jan. 3.
: is on winter break and will return Jan. 3.
King County government: Closed Monday
US Postal Service: Closed Monday.
King County Library System is closed Saturday and Sunday.
King County Metro transit: Sunday service on Sunday and Monday, and will have reduced weekday service through Dec. 30. Routes to the University of Washington are closed during winter break.
Sound Transit: Trains and buses will operate on regular weekend schedule on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25, except for Tacoma Link, which will run on a Sunday schedule both days. Sounder will run special event service to the 1:15 p.m. Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers game on Christmas Eve, and will not operate Christmas Day. For a schedule of Sounder game day service, please go to www.soundtransit.org/seahawks.
On Monday, Dec. 26, Link light rail, Tacoma Link and ST Express buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Sounder service the day after Christmas, and Sound Transit offices will be closed.
State of Washington: Closed.
State liquor stores: All state-run liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. State liquor stores will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Monday, Dec. 26 is a state holiday. Most state liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., including the Downtown Bellevue and Bellevue Eastgate state liquor stores, for your spirits needs. The Bellevue location is at . The Eastgate liquor store is in the same shopping center as the at 15100 S.E. 38th St.
Washington State Ferries: Routes will operate on a weekend schedule.
Federal government: Closed Monday.
Banks: Many, if not most, will be closed. Check your local branch.
Garbage and Recycling: Garbage and recycling will be on its regular schedule in Bellevue.
Shopping Centers: Many stores and restaurants keep different holiday hours from the main shopping centers, so check with an individual store for exact hours. is open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, and will be closed on Christmas Day. is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas and reopen from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Different restaurants and shops at The Bravern may have different hours, so check out the website for more details. Bellevue Square is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas, and open 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday.
Grocery Stores: QFC will close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, the (downtown) will be open Christmas Day, according to the QFC website) and all stores will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. closes at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, all stores will be closed on Christmas Day.