Christmas opening times and bin collections

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

  1. Bin collections and recycling
  2. Customer First and benefits
  3. Arts and culture
  4. Sport and leisure
  5. Registration service

Customer First and benefits opening times

Customer First Christmas opening times
DatesTimes
Friday 21 December 9.00am-5.00pm
Saturday 22 December - Tuesday 1 January Closed
Wednesday 2 January 9.00am -5.00pm (Counter from 10.00am)

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 20 December payments will be released as follows:

  • Cheques - Posted out Friday 14 December 2018
  • Bacs Payments - Released Wednesday 19 December crediting bank accounts as normal on Thursday 20 December 2017

If your normal payment is due on Thursday 27 December payments will be released as follows:

  • Cheques - Posted out Monday 17 December 2018
  • Bacs Payments - Released Monday 24 December crediting bank accounts as normal on Thursday 27 December 2017

If your normal payment is due on Thursday 3 January 2019 payments will be released as follows:

  • Cheques - Posted out Friday 21 December 2018
  • Bacs Payments - Released Wednesday 2 January crediting bank accounts as normal on Thursday 3 January 2019

Art and culture

Opening dates
VenueCloseReopen
All libraries All libraries will close as normal  22 December Normal hours from 2 January Excluding Central, Moor Park and Palatine
Central, Moor Park and Palatine Libraries As above 27, 29 and 31 December 9.30am to 4.00pm
Grundy Art Gallery 4.00pm on 22 December 10.00am on 2 January 

Sports and leisure

Sport and leisure
 Venue Close Reopen
Blackpool Sports Centre 24 December 4.00pm As normal 2 January
Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre 24 December 4.00pm Restricted hours on 27 to 31 December. See website for further details.
Reopen as normal 2 January
Palatine Leisure Centre 24 December 4.00pm Restricted hours on 27 to 31 December. See website for further details.
Reopen as normal 2 January

Bin collections and recycling

Changes to regular collections
Normal collection dayChanged to

Monday 24 December

Saturday 22 December

Tuesday 25 December

Monday 24 December

Wednesday 26 December

Thursday 27 December

Thursday 27 December

Friday 28 December

Friday 28 December

Saturday 29 December

Tuesday 1 January

Wednesday 2 January

Tuesday 2 January

Wednesday 3 January

Wednesday 2 January

Thursday 3 January

Thursday 3 January

Friday 4 January

Friday 4 January

Saturday 5 January

Collections will return to normal on Monday 7 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 21 December and collections will start from Wednesday2 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 again 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 12 and 13 January* from the  FY1, FY2, FY3, FY4, FY5 and FY8 areas.
Visit www.trinityhospice.co.uk/tree-collection  to arrange your collection.
*Limited collection spots available, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Registration service


Blackpool registration service will be closed on 25 and 26 December 2018 and 1 January 2019

For registering deaths, the Registrar is open at Victoria Hospital, 9.15am to 4pm by appointment only on 24, 27, 28, 31 December and 2, 3 and 4 January.

The Registrars are open at the Town Hall, Talbot Square from 9am to 4.30pm by appointment only on the same dates.

Appointments can be booked online to register a death at the Town Hall  and online to register births.  

All certificate services will be suspended from 21 December and will resume on 2 January.

Christmas in Blackpool 

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 2018 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: