The City of Greensboro announced its Christmas holiday schedule, and city employees get three days off – Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday, Dec. 27.

And for those who are wondering, the city officially calls it “Christmas/Winter Break.”

Three days at Christmas is a good example of the growing gap between government employees and private sector employees.

The average number of holidays in the private sector is 7.6 paid holidays a year.  City of Greensboro employees get 14 paid holidays a year.

The good news about the Christmas holiday schedule for residents of Greensboro is that while the folks in city hall won’t be working on Friday, Dec. 23, the Field Operations employees will be picking up trash and recycling on the regular schedule.

However, there will be no trash and recycling pickups on Monday, Dec. 26.  The regular Monday pickups will be made on Tuesday, Dec. 27.  The regular Tuesday collections will be made on Wednesday, Dec. 28.  The Thursday and Friday collection schedules will not change.

However, there will also be no collections on Monday, Jan. 2, and those collections will be made on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and Tuesday’s collections will be made on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  Once again, the Thursday and Friday collection schedule will not change.

Parks and Recreation offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 27 along with all the recreation centers, Smith and Trotter Active Adult Centers, Xperience @ Caldcleugh, Greensboro Sportsplex, Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion, Barber Park Events Center and Gateway Gardens. They are also closed on Monday, Jan. 2.

Lake Brandt, Townsend and Higgins will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24, Sunday Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 2.

Gillespie Golf Course will close at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 and be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25.

The Greensboro Public Library system and the Greensboro History Museum will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 27 and on Sunday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 2.