This site is easier to read in landscape format on mobiles.

Changes to council services and opening times this Christmas

John Freeman
There will be a number of changes to the availability of Lancaster City Council services and facilities this Christmas.

Closure of public buildings

Lancaster and Morecambe town halls and the council's housing office on Cable Street, Lancaster will close for Christmas at 3pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 9.00am (until 5.00pm) on Monday 30th December. 

On New Year's Eve, these buildings will close to members of the public at 3.00pm and re-open at 9.00am on Thursday 2nd January.

Christmas refuse and recycling collections
There will be changes to refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

The changes will begin Saturday 21st December to Saturday 4th January 2014.
Normal collection day:           Will be collected on:

Monday December 23               Saturday 21 December
Tuesday December 24              Monday December 23
Wednesday December 25         Tuesday December 24
Thursday December 26             Friday December 27
Friday December 27                 Saturday December 28
Monday December 30               Monday December 30
Tuesday December 31              Tuesday December 31
Wednesday January 01             Thursday January 02
Thursday January 02                 Friday January 03
Friday January 03                     Saturday January 04

Recycle as much as possible this festive season. Most of the additional waste generated at Christmas can be recycled including glass, cans, plastic bottles, cardboard, Christmas cards and wrapping paper, and not forgetting your food waste.

Lancaster City Council will always collect extra recyclables put out for collection.  Additional paper, card, cans and plastic bottles can be put out in separate, clearly labelled carrier bags, but please ensure all glass is inside a recycling box.

If you have misplaced your collection calendar please visit 

Real Christmas trees can be recycled by cutting them down to fit into your green wheelie bin or by taking them to Keer Bridge or Salt Ayre Household Waste Recycling Centres.  Alternatively, St John’s Hospice will once again be collecting recycling Christmas trees during the weekend of January 11 and 12, in exchange for a minimum donation of £5 to the charity.  Collections must be booked in advance.  For more information visit or telephone 01524 382538.

Extra Charter Markets

There will be slight changes to the opening times of Lancaster's Charter Market during the festive period.

As the market's normal Wednesday opening days will fall on Christmas and New Year's Day when the market will be closed, extra markets have been arranged.

These will take place on Christmas Eve (Tuesday, 24th December) and there will be a small market on Thursday 2nd January from 9.00am - 4.00pm.

• For information on the opening times of the council's markets, sport and leisure facilities including Williamson Park visit