Metro-North's Christmas — New Year's Holiday Service (December 24 - January 1)
What's the best way to get around during the holidays? Is it:
a) Riding a bicycle
b) On cross-country skis
c) Taking Metro-North's Special Holiday Service
Of course, the answer is c). (Riding a bicycle can be pretty tough, and skiing requires way too much snow.)
And to make your yuletide travels even easier, we have a special Christmas/New Year's Holiday Timetable with schedules for Christmas Day (Wednesday December 25), New Year's Eve (Tuesday, December 31), and New Year's Day (Wednesday, January 1).
We start things off with our Early Christmas Getaway Service Tuesday, December 24. It features extra trains departing Grand Central beginning at 1 PM. Some evening trains will be cancelled or combined because of reduced ridership later in the day. (Hopefully, you don't work for a Scrooge and they let you go home early!)
On Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25, we will operate a special holiday schedule with hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on all branch lines.
For the week between Christmas and New Year's (Thursday-Friday, December 26-27, and on Monday December 30), 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.
So if you are taking family and friends to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, stroll by the holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue, or take in the show at Radio City Christmas Spectacular or at The Illusionists, (click here to see all of our discounted New York City Metro-North packages), we will be able to get you there.
When you purchase your tickets, we recommend you use MTA eTixⓇ, the mobile ticketing app that enables you to purchase those ten-trip, one way, round trip, weekly and monthly passes on your smartphone or mobile device.
On New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31, we will operate a reduced weekday schedule in the morning and evening rush hours.
Whether you are putting on your top hat, tails, or evening gown for a sophisticated evening out, or just throwing on some sweat pants and a parka and heading to Times Square to watch the ball drop, our New Year's Eve Service is for you!
It includes extra inbound late afternoon and early evening service to get you to your party. And there is "overnight" New Year's morning service that will get you safely home when that party is finally over!Please remember that drinking alcohol on Metro-North trains and at our stations is banned from noon New Year's Eve until noon New Year's Day. (Because there comes a time when the party really is over.)
Your first resolution for the New Year should be to buy your tickets in advance: Those of you taking our early morning New Year service will have your tickets collected prior to boarding trains at Grand Central. The best way to do that is with MTA eTixⓇ.
Finally, on New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020, we will operate hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on branch lines.