December Holidays and Special Days

December. Undeniably the most festive time of the year. The kids are out of school, twinkly lights fill the sky and there may even be some snowfall. But December is so much more than presents, mince pies and jolly Santas! It is loaded with month-long observances that encourage self-improvement and raise awareness. On a week-by-week basis, you'll find a list of observances that celebrate mundane habits and healthful mindfulness. Don't forget those one-off holidays! In addition to days celebrating food, there are opportunities to get crafty and to practice positivity. There's so much more than naughty elves and carol singing in December! 


December Month-Long Celebrations


These celebrations last for the entire month of December. It doesn't matter when you mention them in your marketing, but if there is one or two relevant to your products or services, be sure to make a big deal about them! 

  • Write a Friend Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month: The American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages safe toys that will not harm children's eyes.
  • Stress-Free Family Holidays Month
  • Read a New Book Month
  • Learn a Foreign Language Month
  • Sign Up for Summer Camp Month
  • Art and Architecture Month
  • AIDS Awareness Month
  • National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

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December Week-Long Observances

There's plenty to observe, celebrate and raise awareness of each week in December! Highlighting week-long celebrations on your Insta or in your newsletter are great ways for joining a current conversation! Look for hashtags related to the observance to ensure your reach goes a bit further! And don't forget to spend some time checking out other posts, too. This is a great way to join the conversation and naturally build brand awareness. Remember that some of these observances may not be big in your country yet, but there's no reason you can't join in on the fun, especially if you ship your product or deliver your service globally! 

  • National Handwashing Awareness Week (first week)
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week: 3-9 December
  • Christmas Tree Week (first full week)
  • Tolerance Week (first full work week)
  • Hanukkah (changes yearly and lasts for 8 days)
  • Human Rights Week (second work week)
  • Thank a Soldier Week (the week before or including Christmas)
  • Kwanzaa 26 December - 1 January 

December Special Days and Observances

It's the one-off days and holidays that can really drive sales and brand awareness! And you might be surprised to learn just how many opportunities for jumping on the bandwagon you'll have in December! 

  • 1 December: Rosa Parks Day
  • 1 December: World AIDS Day
  • 1 December: First Day of Advent
  • 2 December: Special Education Day
  • 3 December: Make a Gift Day
  • 4 December: Santa's List Day
  • 4 December: Cookie Day
  • 6 December: Give a Secret Gift Day
  • 7 December: Pearl Harbour Day
  • 7 December: Letter Writing Day
  • 8 December: Winter Flowers Day
  • 8 December: Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
  • 9 December: Homemade Gift Day
  • 10 December: Human Rights Day
  • 10 December: Nobel Prize Day
  • 10 December: Day of the Horse (second Saturday)
  • 11 December: World Choral Day (second Sunday)
  • 13 December: Violin Day
  • 13 December: Christmas Jumper Day
  • 14 December: Deck the Halls Day
  • 15 December: Bill of Rights Day
  • 16 December: Boston Tea Party Day
  • 17 December: Wright Brothers' First Flight Anniversary
  • 19 December: Build a Snowman Day
  • 20 December: Go Caroling Day
  • 20 December: Games Day
  • 21 December: Forefathers Day
  • 21 December: Look on the Bright Side Day
  • 22 December: Winter Solstice
  • 23 December: Festivus
  • 23 December: First Day of Hanukkah
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve
  • 25 December: Christmas
  • 26 December: Boxing Day
  • 26 December: National Whiners Day
  • 30 December: Take a Walk Day
  • 30 December: Last Day of Hanukkah
  • 31 December: New Year's Eve

Other Holidays and Observances

January Holidays and Observances
February Holidays and Observances
March Holidays and Observances