Lake County government offices to close for Christmas and New Year’s holidays


All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, as well as the Lake County Tax Collector, will be closed Dec. 25 for Christmas Day and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. Additionally, the Supervisor of Elections Office will be closed on Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. The Property Appraiser will be closed on Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Lake County Solid Waste’s residential curbside collection service, as well as the Lake County Landfill customer service and residential drop-off, will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Solid waste, yard waste and recycling collections that are normally collected on Fridays will shift to Saturdays for both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Excess garbage and recycling will be collected Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, through Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. To request collection of bulk items, such as furniture, appliances and other large household items, residents should notify their hauler directly or contact Solid Waste at 352-343-3776. No hazardous waste items will be collected. Haulers handle Christmas trees under the same criteria as yard waste, and trees should be free of ornaments and tinsel. Trees must be cut down to 4 feet or less and the trunks cannot be larger than 6 inches in diameter. For locations and hours of operation, visit

The Lake County Animal Shelter, located at 12280 County Road 448 in Tavares, will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 31. The shelter will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Lake County Connection, the County’s disadvantaged transportation service, and LakeXpress, the fixed-route bus system, will not operate on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, but will operate with regular services on all other days. For more information and schedules, visit

The Lake County Extension Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, will be closed both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For information about upcoming events hosted by the Extension, visit

All 16 Lake County Library System libraries will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For additional holiday hours and closures specific to each library, please visit

The Department of Health in Lake County, as well as the DOH-Lake testing locations at the Leesburg WIC and Cooper Memorial Library, will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2021 for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Testing will continue as normal on Monday, Dec. 28 and Monday, Jan. 4. The COVID-19 testing location administered by Adult Medicine of Lake County at the Lake Square Mall in Leesburg will close at noon on both Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and the site will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.