Christmas opening times and bin collections

There will be some changes to council services over the Christmas period.

Customer First and benefits opening times

Customer First Christmas opening times
DatesTimes
Friday 22 December 9.00am-5.00pm
Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January Closed
Tuesday 2 January 9.00am -5.00pm

Out of hours emergencies only

For emergencies only you can telephone 01253 477600. 

Christmas benefit payment changes

If your normal payment is due on Thursday 21 December payments will be released as follows:

  • Cheques - Posted out Friday 15 December 2017
  • Bacs Payments - Released Wednesday 20 December crediting bank accounts as normal on Thursday 21 December 2017

If your normal payment is due on Thursday 28 December payments will be released as follows:

  • Cheques - Posted out Monday 18 December 2017
  • Bacs Payments - Released Wednesday 27 December crediting bank accounts as normal on Thursday 28 December 2017

If your normal payment is due on Thursday 4 January 2018 payments will be released as follows:

  • Cheques - Posted out Thursday 21 December 2017
  • Bacs Payments - Released Wednesday 3 January crediting bank accounts as normal on Thursday 4 January 2018

Art and culture

Opening dates
VenueCloseRe-open
All libraries All libraries - 4.00pm 22 December Normal hours from 2 January. 
Grundy Art Gallery 4.00pm on 23 December 10.00am on 2 January 

Sports and leisure

Sports and leisure centre opening time
DateBlackpool Sports CentrePalatine Leisure CentreMoor Park Health and Leisure Centre

Saturday 23 December

8.00am-4.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

Sunday 24 December

8.00am-4.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

Monday 25 December

Closed

Closed

Closed

Tuesday 26 December

Closed

Closed

Closed

Wednesday 27 December

Closed

8.00am-4.00pm

12 noon-8.00pm

Thursday 28 December

Closed

12 noon - 8.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

Friday 29 December

Closed

12 noon - 8.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

Saturday 30 December

Closed

8.00am-4.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

Sunday 31 December

Closed

8.00am-4.00pm

8.00am-4.00pm

Monday 1 January

Closed

Closed

Closed

Tuesday 2 January

Open as normal

Open as normal

Open as normal

Bin collections and recycling

Changes to regular collections
Normal collection dayChanged to

Monday 25 December

Saturday 23 December

Tuesday 26 December

Wednesday 27 December

Wednesday 27 December

Thursday 28 December

Thursday 28 December

Friday 29 December

Friday 29 December

Saturday 30 December

Monday 1 January

Tuesday 2 January

Tuesday 2 January

Wednesday 3 January

Wednesday 3 January

Thursday 4 January

Thursday 4 January

Friday 5 January

Friday 5 January

Saturday 6 January

Collections will return to normal on Monday 8 January

Details of your regular bin collection can be found by using the Where's my nearest search on the website homepage

Bispham tip

Bristol Avenue Household Waste Recycling Centre is open Friday to Wednesday 10.00am to 3.45pm apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Rover - Mobile recycling unit

The Rover mobile recycling unit will not operate over the Christmas period. The last collection will be Friday 22 December and collections will start from Tuesday 2 January.

Bulky Matters

If you’ve treated yourself to a new bit of furniture or a brand new TV over the festive period and are worried about being left with the old one, Bulky Matters can help. 

Bulky Matters is a service run in partnership with Blackpool Council and can help remove and recycle all of your old bulky waste, for just a small fee. You can book a bulky collection online

Christmas tree collection

When the festivities are over, you can carry on spreading kindness, joy and cheer by recycling your Christmas tree. This year we are partnering with Trinity Hospice and in exchange for a donation they will come and collect your tree.
They will be collecting trees on Saturday and Sunday 13 and 14 January* from the FY2, FY3, FY4 and FY5 areas.
Visit www.trinityhospice.co.uk/tree-collection  or telephone 01253 359362 to arrange your collection.
*Limited collection spots available, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Registration service


Blackpool registration service will close on Friday 22 December at 4.30pm and re-open on Wednesday 27 December at 9.30am.

It will close again on Friday 29 December at 4.00pm and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 9.00am.

Christmas opening times
DateOpening times
Saturday 23 December Closed
Sunday 24 December Closed
Monday 25 December Closed
Tuesday 26 December Closed
Wednesday 27 December 9.30am to 4.00pm
Thursday 28 December 9.30am to 4.00pm
Friday 29 December 9.30am to 4.00pm
Saturday 30 December Closed
Sunday 31 December Closed
Monday 1 January Closed
Tuesday 2 January 9.00am to 4.30pm

Christmas events and activities

For full information on what there is to see and do in Blackpool over the Christmas period, please visit Visit Blackpool's Christmas in Blackpool 2017 pages.

Public transport

Keep yourself up to date with all the changes to bus and tram services across the festive period on the bus companies own websites: