City and Borough of Juneau offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 to observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.
Regular CBJ office hours will be in effect this week, as well as next Monday, next Wednesday through Friday, and Dec. 31, with some exceptions.
Capital Transit bus service will end early next Monday, which is Christmas Eve.
The last bus toward downtown from the Mendenhall Valley is at 7:22 p.m. The last from Douglas is at 7:30 p.m.
The last bus from downtown to the Valley is at 7:35 p.m., with the last bus to Douglas at 8:05 p.m.
Care-A-Van service will end at 9:00 p.m.
Buses and vans will not be operating next Tuesday in recognition of the Christmas Day holiday. Full service will resume next Wednesday.
Buses and vans will also not operate Jan. 1 in recognition of the New Year’s Day holiday, with full service resuming Jan. 2.
While the Juneau Police Department will remain active through the holidays, its front desk and records unit will be closed from 5:30 p.m. Monday evening until Wednesday at 7 a.m. The same is true of the period from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.
CBJ Docks and Harbors will be manned on all days, but its administrative offices will be closed for administration and payments on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Juneau International Airport will be open as usual for the traveling public. The management and badging offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Eaglecrest Ski Area will be closed Dec. 25 for Christmas as well.
All branches of the Juneau Public Libraries will be closed all day on both Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observation of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. The libraries will close early at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. All library branches will be open regular hours on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
Zach Gordon Youth Center will be closing at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 as well, and it will also be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Augustus Brown Pool closes at 3:45 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It will be closed all day on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Dimond Park Aquatic Center closes at 4 p.m. Monday. It will also be closed from Dec. 30 through Jan. 1 for cleaning of the filtration systems. Aqua Zumba is canceled from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2.
Mt. Jumbo Gym will close at noon on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and will be closed all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Some city agencies are holding special events over the holidays.
Treadwell Ice Arena will offer a Christmas Eve Open Skate on Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. before closing for the holiday. It will be closed on Christmas Day, and will reopen at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday for open skate.
Similarly, Treadwell will have a Ring in the New Year Disco Skate on Dec. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Docks and Harbors is teaming up with the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Juneau Yacht Club to sponsor a Christmas Boat Lighting Contest for the area harbors. Prizes will be awarded in both commercial and recreational vessel categories.
Judging will be by local business and civic leaders from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Judging criteria will be on the basis of creativity, detail, Christmas spirit, luminescence and imagination. There is nothing to sign up for and only requires vessel owners to add some “Christmas Cheer” for the holidays. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category on Monday.
On Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Auke Bay Fire Station will be hosting an open house with Santa Claus and Fire Chief Richard Etheridge, who will be reading children stories. Santa is also traveling on board the Auke Bay Fire Department Truck at 4:30 p.m. Santa’s route starts at Auke Bay Station, down Back Loop Road to Lake Shore Drive, Steelhead, Silver, Wren Drive, and on to Montana Creek Subdivisions. After greeting all the children, they will return on the Back Loop, stopping at the All Season Subdivision.
Eaglecrest is also inviting visitors to spend Christmas Eve at Eaglecrest next Monday. Activities start at 3:30 p.m. Families can make ornaments, listen to holiday music, enjoy Christmas treats, and watch the traditional Torchlight Parade down Hooter, followed by the Kid’s Torchlight Parade down the new Porcupine chairlift. Santa will also make an appearance to hand out presents to children at 6 p.m.
Parents interested in having their children receive a toy can download a Gift Registration Form online (http://www.juneau.org/ecrestftp/documents/GiftRegFormfy12.pdf), or pick one up at the lodge and return it along with $7 per child to the Eaglecrest Snow Sports School window. The form can also be faxed with credit card information to 586-4583. Registration by phone is available at 790-2000 x211. The deadline is 3 p.m. on Saturday.
After Christmas, from next Wednesday through next Friday, Augustus Brown Pool will hold special open swims from 2:05 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.
The pool also offers swimming lessons over Juneau schools’ winter break.
Swimming lessons will be offered from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4. The deadline for registration is Friday. Forms are available online (http://www.juneau.org/parksrec/pool/).
The second Annual Winter Day Camp will be held at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center over the break, with the first camp next week, skipping Christmas Day. The second camp will be the following week, skipping New Year’s Day. Forms for the camp can be found online (www.juneau.org/parksrec/DimondPark).
Zach Gordon Youth Center is offering special activities as well, including special arts and crafts and baking projects available for drop-in customers each day during the holiday break.