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December 2023 Events Celebrations & Special Days

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Events, celebrations, awareness events, saint's days, annual campaigns, major sporting events - UK and global festivities happening in December 2023.

It's the final month of the year, and in December we look forward to Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa as well as looking ahead to 2024 on New Year's Eve.

Whether you are a parent, a carer, a teacher or just want to know what is going on this month, here are the key dates and events happening this December in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as around the world.

December 2023 Events Celebrations & Special Days

National Tree Week

26th Nov to 3rd Dec 2023

The UK's largest annual tree celebration, where the UK's conservation sector, volunteer groups and tree-lovers come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the tree planting season.


Tree Wordsearch

Advent Begins

1st Dec 2023

Advent is the 24 days leading up to Christmas, when Christians prepare for Christmas. It is often celebrated by lighting Advent Candles and opening the doors of Advent calendars.

Best Toy-Filled Advent Calendars for Kids

International Day of People with Disabilities

3rd Dec 2023

A day to recognize and value the diversity of our global community, and to cherish the role we all play, regardless of our abilities. The aim of the day is to break down barriers to inclusion and advocate for the rights of people with disability.


International Cheetah Day

4th Dec 2023

The world's fastest land animal is racing against extinction. This day is about raising awarness of the cheetah's imminant extinction.


St. Nicholas Day

5th Dec to 6th Dec 2023

Celebrated across mainland Europe, St. Nicholas has reputation as a bringer of gifts. Children will often receive a small gift, such as their shoes will be filled with sweets.

Elf Day

6th Dec 2023

Elf Day is a festive fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society designed to get you in the Christmas spirit whilst raising money to help beat dementia. Unleash your inner elf by dressing up - as much or as little as you like.


Christmas Jumper Day

7th Dec 2023

Christmas Jumper Day is organised by Save The Children to raise money to help children around the world. You can join in by wearing a Christmas Jumper and making a donation.



7th Dec to 15th Dec 2023

The Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

Hanukkah Colouring Pages

Hannukah Wordsearch

Free Printable Letter From Santa

Bodhi Day

8th Dec 2023

Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that Gautama Buddha (Shakyamuni) is said to have attained enlightenment. It is celebrated by meditation, carrying out kind acts and eating a traditional meal of cake, tea and readings.

Human Rights Day

10th Dec 2023

The anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. It is usually marked by high level political events and conferences.


International Mountain Day

11th Dec 2023

This UN designated day is to raise awareness about the importance of mountains to life and bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.


Saint Lucia Day

13th Dec 2023

St. Lucy's Day, which is celebrated on many european countries, but mainly in Scandanavia. It is a festival of light celebrated with a ceremony where a girl is chosen to represent the saint wearing a white dress and a crown of candles.

How To Celebrate St. Lucia Day

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Wear A Christmas Hat Day

15th Dec 2023

In aid of Brain Tumour Research. Dust off your Christmas hats and spread some cheer with festive fundraising events at home, school, work or in your community.


Panto Day

15th Dec 2023

A day to celebrate that most British of Christmas theatrical traditions - Pantomime! The theme for 2023 will be announced soon.


Find A Panto Near You At Big Panto Guide

Pantomime Wordsearch

Jane Austen Day

16th Dec 2023

Jane Austen's birthday, and a day dedicated to celebrating her life and achievements, and to telling as many people as possible about her amazing works.

Jane Austen Wordsearch

National Robin Day

21st Dec 2023

An annual nationwide event raising awareness of small birds and other wildlife in winter and how you can help them through this tough time of year.


Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)

21st Dec 2023

The winter solstice represents the beginning of the astronomical winter and is the shortest day - the day with the least daylight.

More About The Winter Solstice

Winter Wordsearch

Summer Solstice (Southern Hemisphere)

22nd Dec 2023

This day is the first day of astronomical summer in the souther hemisphere. Also known as midsummer.

More About The Summer Solstice

Summer Colouring Pages

Summer Survival Guide

Christmas Eve

24th Dec 2023

On the day before Christmas, it is your last chance to buy presents and get them wrapped, or just sit back, relax and anticipate the big day!

What Do I Put In A Christmas Eve Box?

Christmas Day

25th Dec 2023

The Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, which is celebrated around the world in a more secular way to bring some festive cheer to the cold winter months and dark nights.

Everything Christmas - From Gift Guides To Crafts, Movies and Books

Create Your Free Printable Father Christmas Letter Now!

Boxing Day

26th Dec 2023

The day after Christmas, where traditionally servants were given a 'Christmas box', usually a gift or money for good service throughout the year.

Best Christmas Skating Rinks in the UK


26th Dec to 1st Jan 2023

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African heritage. It was created in 1966 to give people of colour an alternative to Christmas where they could celebrate their heritage and culture.

Kwanzaa Colouring Pictures

Kwanzaa Wordsearch

New Year's Eve

31st Dec 2023

It is the last day of the year, so let's look forward to 2024 and celebrate the coming year.

Free Printable 2024 Calendar

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