Metro-North's Christmas – New Year’s Holiday Service (December 22 – January 1)
What's the best way to get around during the holidays? Is it :
a) Riding Flying Reindeer
b) Hitching a Ride On Santa's Sleigh
c) Taking Metro-North’s Special Holiday Service
Of course the answer is c). (Flying reindeer don’t really exist, and Santa’s sleigh only travels one night, makes local stops and is too full to provide a seat for you!)
And to make your yuletide travels even easier, we have a special Christmas/New Year’s Holiday Timetable with schedules for Christmas Day (Monday, December 25), New Year’s Eve (Sunday, December 31), and New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1).
We start things off with our Early Christmas Getaway Service on Friday, December 22. 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. See a regular (effective October 8) timetable or our Train Time App for details. (Hopefully, you don’t work for a Scrooge and they let you go home early!)
Christmas Eve falls on Sunday, December 24, and we will operate a regular Sunday schedule, with additional Shoppers Specials. (Tip for a Merry Christmas: We recommend you do all your shopping before then...)
On Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, we will operate a special holiday schedule with hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on all branch lines.
See a Christmas/New Year’s Holiday Timetable or our Train Time app for details.
For the week between Christmas and New Year's (Tuesday-Thursday, December 26-28), 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, planning to stroll by the holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue, or just re-gifting that knitted bearded beanie Mom got you (yes, it really exists) we will be able to get you there.
We suggest purchasing an off-peak ten-trip ticket. In addition to the discounted price, it is transferable, so everyone riding with you can use it. (It is like the gift that keeps on giving!)
And 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 Friday, December 29, we will operate reduced weekday AM Peak service with additional inbound trains in the late morning.
Whether you are putting on your top hat, tails, or evening gown (or all three) 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 on Sunday, December 31, 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!
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.
Again, start the New Year off right and resolve to use MTA eTix®.
Finally, on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018, we will operate hourly service on most line segments, and regular weekend service on branch lines.