What’s Closed, Open or Has Different Times During the Long Christmas Weekend

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Is it open? Is it closed? Are the hours different? Here’s where to find out if it’s around Darien: We’ve got local pharmacies and some stores listed here, along with government offices and places like the YMCA and library:

— Metro-North schedule changes

Friday, Dec 21

Darien schools let out early

Darien Library closes early, at 5 p.m. (It’s open regular hours on Saturday and Sunday, closed on Monday and Tuesday and reopens on Wednesday).

Metro-North schedule changes — “Early Christmas Getaway Service on Friday, Dec. 21. It features extra trains departing Grand Central beginning at 1 p.m. Some evening trains will be cancelled or combined because of reduced ridership later in the day.”

GROCERY STORES

Palmer’s Market is open until 8 p.m.

Stop & Shop — open until 10 p.m.

Trader Joe’s hours  — 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whole Foods Market hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PHARMACIES

CVS regular hoursstore: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; pharmacy, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Grieb’s regular hours — 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the website

Walgreens: store extended hours — 7 a.m. to 12 midnight; pharmacy open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Costco — the pharmacy closes at 7 p.m.; the store remains open until 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 22

OPEN

Department of Motor Vehicles — normal hours: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

GROCERIES

Palmer’s Market hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Stop & Shop hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Trader Joe’s hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whole Foods Market hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PHARMACIES

CVS regular hours —

Grieb’s regular Saturday hours — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the website

Walgreens store extended hours — 8 a.m. to 12 midnight; pharmacy open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Costco in Norwalk — 9:30 to 6 p.m., both pharmacy and store.

Sunday, Dec 23

CLOSED

The Dump is always closed on Sundays.

GROCERIES

Palmer’s Market hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Trader Joe’s hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Stop & Shop hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Whole Foods Market hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PHARMACIES

CVS regular hours — store: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; pharmacy open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Grieb’s regular Sunday hours — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the website

Walgreens extended hours — 8 a.m. to 12 midnight; pharmacy open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Costco pharmacy is always closed on Sundays. (The rest of the store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Christmas Eve—Monday, Dec 24

TRANSPORTATION

Metro-North — expanded Saturday schedule

CT Transit — regular weekday schedule, except for reduced service for Bus 351 — the Stamford Downtown Loop

Norwalk Transit District — regular service

CLOSED ALL DAY

Darien Public Schools are on winter break. Classes resume Jan. 2, 2019.

Darien town government offices

Darien Library

Darien Nature Center

Darien YMCA

Department of Motor Vehicles offices are always closed on Mondays.

OPEN

The Dump (also known as the transfer station and recycling center): 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (normal hours)

GROCERY STORE HOURS

Palmer’s Market hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Stop & Shop hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Trader Joe’s will CLOSE at 6 p.m.

Whole Foods Market hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

PHARMACY HOURS

CVS — store: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (we called); pharmacy: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grieb’s regular hours — 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the website

Walgreens extended hours — 7 a.m. to 12 midnight; pharmacy open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Costco — the entire store closes early at 5 p.m.

Christmas—Tuesday, Dec 25

OPEN:

TRANSPORTATION

Metro-North — a special holiday schedule with hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on all branch lines.

CT Transit buses will follow a Sunday schedule.

Norwalk Transit District: “There will be NO Local Norwalk Route Service […] The Coastal Link will be running on a Sunday Schedule for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with corresponding ADA service along the Coastal Link Route.”

GROCERY STORES

Palmer’s Market — CLOSED

Stop & Shop — CLOSED

Trader Joe’s — CLOSED

Whole Foods — CLOSED

PHARMACIES

CVS is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the pharmacy, however, will be CLOSED.

Grieb’s Pharmacy — this is the one day of the year they are CLOSED.

Walgreens — store OPEN 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., pharmacy CLOSED holiday hours, according to the website

CLOSED: PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE

Including (in alphabetical order): Connecticut government, Costco, Darien government, Darien Library, Darien Nature Center, Darien YMCA, the Dump, Palmer’s Market, Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s, U.S. government, U.S. Post Offices, YMCA, Whole Foods Market

Day After Christmas—Wednesday, Dec 26

Department of Motor Vehicles opens as normal at 7:45 a.m. (closes at 4 p.m.)

Darien Nature Center is closed.

Metro-North — “For the week between Christmas and New Year’s (Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 26 to 27), we will operate a weekday schedule with reduced AM Peak service and additional inbound service operating in the late morning. PM Peak service will operate normally.”

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