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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 evetns and conferences.
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.
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.
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.
15th Dec 2023
A day to celebrate that most British of Christmas theatrical traditions - Pantomime! The theme for 2023 will be announced soon.
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.
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.
21st Dec 2023
The winter solstice represents the beginning of the astronomical winter and is the shortest day - the day with the least daylight.
22nd Dec 2023
This day is the first day of astronomical summer in the souther hemisphere. Also known as midsummer.
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!
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.
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.
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.
31st Dec 2023
It is the last day of the year, so let's look forward to 2024 and celebrate the coming year.
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