Most BP, Ampol and 7-Eleven service stations will be open on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Sydney Fish Market will end its 36-hour seafood marathon at 5pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.

TRANSPORT

Public transport will alternate between weekday and Saturday timetables. Commuters are advised to plan ahead to avoid delays.

Trains: On Christmas and Boxing Day, trains will run according to the weekend timetable. The same will apply on December 27 but there will be some additional peak-hour services.

For Sydney trains, services will operate as per the weekend timetable from December 28 to December 30.

For Intercity trains, services on December 28 will operate as per the weekend timetable. The weekday timetable will apply on December 29 and 30.

Weekend timetables will run from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day but there will be additional services on most lines on New Year’s Eve.

This year's New Year's Eve fireworks will be scaled back because of the pandemic.

This year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks will be scaled back because of the pandemic.Credit:Wolter Peeters

Metro: On Christmas and Boxing Day, the Saturday timetable will apply. The same will apply on the Boxing Day holiday on Monday, December 28. On New Year’s Eve, services will run every 10 minutes. On New Year’s Day, the Saturday timetable will apply.

Buses: Most buses will run on the Sunday timetable from Christmas Day to December 28. On New Year’s Eve, most buses will run on the weekday timetable with reduced services in the morning and additional services in the evening. Buses in the Sydney CBD will use alternative stops and routes from 5pm to 4am due to road closures for New Year’s Eve. Buses in North Sydney will also be affected from 7pm. On New Year’s Day, most buses will run on the Sunday timetable with additional services in the early morning.

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Light rail: Sunday timetables will be in operation on Christmas and Boxing Day. Regular services will run from December 27 to December 29. On December 30, the Sunday timetable will apply. There will be increased services on New Year’s Eve. There will be special New Year’s Day services.

Ferries: Christmas Day services will vary between routes. The F1 Manly, F4 Pyrmont, F8 Cockatoo Island and F9 Watson Bay service will run on a reduced timetable. There will be no services for the F3 Parramatta River or F7 Double Bay route and public holiday timetables will apply for all other services.

On Boxing Day, the F1 Manly service will run a summer holiday timetable and the F7 Double Bay route will run a Saturday timetable. The Garden Island Wharf will be closed. All other Sydney Ferries services will run public holiday timetables.

The F1 Manly route will run as per summer holiday timetable from December 27 to December 30, with additional services. All other Sydney Ferries services will alternate between weekend and weekday timetables on these days.

On New Year’s Eve, F2 to F9 ferry services will operate on a weekday timetable. The F1 Manly ferry service will run on the New Year’s Eve timetable. Most ferry services will cease from 4pm as the harbour will close in preparation for the New Year’s celebrations. Services will resume from about midnight on New Year’s Day, on a public holiday timetable. There will be extra services on the F8 Cockatoo Island route in the morning only.

Roads: Double demerits will start on Thursday, December 24, and will be in place until Sunday, January 3.

CHURCHES

St Mary’s Cathedral will have a range of services on Christmas Day, including Mass at 6am, 7am, 8am and 6pm. Bookings are essential as only 300 worshippers are permitted at any time in the cathedral as per NSW Health recommendations. A live stream of the Masses will be available online. More information at stmaryscathedral.org.au

The Lights of Christmas event held at St Mary’s Cathedral Square, which was scheduled to run from Thursday, December 10, to Christmas Day, has been cancelled until further notice.

Worshippers keep their distance at St Mary's Cathederal on Wednesday.

Worshippers keep their distance at St Mary’s Cathederal on Wednesday.Credit:Ben Rushton

St Andrew’s Cathedral will be streaming their services only online this year. There will be a service on Christmas Eve at 7pm and 10am on Christmas Day. More information at sydneycathedral.com.

St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta will hold services, but bookings are essential. On Christmas Eve, there will be services at 10am, 8pm and 11pm, and on Christmas Day there will be services at 8am and 10am. Registrations close at 6pm on Thursday. See stjohnscathedral.org.au.

MEDICAL

Hospitals will remain open during the holiday period. Call 000 in case of an emergency.

Some COVID-19 testing clinics will be open on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Each clinic has different operating hours so check the NSW government website for times. Alternatively, you can attend your nearest public hospital to get tested if you are feeling unwell.

Beyond Blue’s trained counsellors will be providing 24/7 support on the phone on Christmas and New Year’s Day on 1300 224 636. Support via online chat (1pm to 12am) and email (response with 24 hours) will also be provided.

Emergency Dentist Sydney on Elizabeth Street in Sydney’s CBD and 24 Hour Emergency Dentist Sydney at Pennant Hills are open on public holidays.

Centrelink, Medicare and child support payments: Services Australia will be closed on Christmas Day, December 28, December 29 and New Year’s Day. Centrelink payments may be paid earlier than usual, and income can still be reported on public holidays using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Veterinary: Most veterinary hospitals across Sydney are open throughout the year on public holidays but public holiday surcharges may apply.

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