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December 2023

Find activity ideas for occasions and events in December.

Find inspiration for occasions and events to plan into your programme in December. You can view the PDF version of our December calendar or find even more ideas on this page. 

Illustrated calendar for December 2023 in grid format
  • National Tree Week (Saturday 25 November to Sunday 3 December)
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Sunday 3 December)
  • World Soil Day (Tuesday 5 December)
  • International Volunteer Day (Tuesday 5 December)
  • Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day (Friday 8 December)
  • Human Rights Day (Sunday 10 December)
  • Hanukkah (Monday 18 to Tuesday 26 December)
  • Winter Solstice (Friday 22 December)
  • Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December)
  • Christmas Day (Monday 25 December)
  • Boxing Day (Tuesday 26 December)
  • New Year's Eve (Sunday 31 December)
  • Hogmanay (Sunday 31 December)

UN Climate Change Conference (30 Nov - 12 Dec)

The largest annual gathering on climate change. This year's event, is known as COP 28.

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National Tree Week (25 Nov - 3 Dec)

The UK's biggest annual tree celebration, National Tree Week, marking the start of the winter tree planting season. 

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 Dec)

This event focuses on the rights and well-being of disabled people around the world. 

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World Soil Day (5 Dec)

Did you know that soil is essential to our survival? World Soil Day celebrates the importance of healthy soil and sustainability. 

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International Volunteer Day (5 Dec)

A time to say thank our amazing volunteers, and see how you can volunteer to make a difference in your local community. 

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Hanukkah (sunset 7 - nightfall 15 Dec)

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival, which lasts for eight nights. It's sometimes known as the Jewish Festival of Lights. 

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Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day (8 Dec)

Use your imagination and think about where you'd go if you could time travel? 

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Human Rights Day (10 Dec)

Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's the most translated document in the world and sets out the rights that everyone is entitled to. 

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Winter Solstice (22 Dec)

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, when the Earth's axis is tilted the farthest away from the sun. It's an important time for many cultures around the world. 

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Christmas Eve (24 Dec)

Christmas Eve is celebrated around the world on the 24 December. Some countries mostly celebrate Christmas on this day, rather than 25 December.

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Christmas Day (25 Dec)

Christmas Day is celebrated around the world on the 25 December, with lots of people having a visit from Santa Claus!

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Boxing Day (26 Dec)

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated after Christmas Day. 

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Hogmanay (31 Dec)

Hogmanay is celebrated on New Year's Eve. Did you know Hogmanay is the word for the last day of the old year?

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