All the Holidays and Observances in December

Christmas and Hanukkah aren't the only holidays in the month of December.

December is the month for holidays especially with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all happening within a few weeks of each other. But with these seasonal giants on the horizon, don't forget to make time for the lesser-known celebrations, too. Several yummy holidays are scattered through the month of December that make it extra sweet, like National Pie Day, National Cookie Day, and National Chocolate Candy Day.

December is also a big month for awareness including Handwashing Awareness Month, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and World AIDS Awareness Month. You can also celebrate Human Rights Day, Walt Disney Day, and many others. Here's a collection of all the holidays and observances happening this December.

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Lucy Ancheta

Monthly Observances in December

  • Art and Architecture Month
  • Egg Nog Month
  • Handwashing Awareness Month
  • Hi Neighbor Month
  • Learn a Foreign Language Month
  • Made in America Month
  • National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
  • National Fruit Cake Month
  • National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month
  • National Pear Month
  • Procrastination Awareness Month
  • Read a New Book Month
  • Root Vegetable Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • Stress Free Family Holidays Month
  • Tomato and Winter Squash Month
  • Tropical Fruits Month
  • Universal Human Rights Month
  • World AIDS Awareness Month
  • Write a Friend Month

Weekly Observances in December

  • Hanukkah (November 28 - December 6)
  • National Handwashing Awareness Week (December 6 - 12)
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 5 - 11)
  • Human Rights Week (December 6 - 10)
  • Kwanzaa (December 26 - 1)

Daily Observances in December

December 1

December 2

  • National Mutt Day
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • Special Education Day

December 3

  • Let's Hug Day
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Make a Gift Day
  • National Apple Pie Day
  • National Bartender Day
  • National Roof Over Your Head Day

December 4

  • Coats and Toys for Kids Day
  • National Cookie Day
  • Santa's List Day
  • Wildlife Conservation Day
  • World Pear Day

December 5

  • International Volunteer Day
  • National Communicate with Your Kids Day
  • Repeal Day

December 6

December 7

  • International Civil Aviation Day
  • Letter Writing Day
  • National Cotton Candy Day
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 8

December 9

December 10

  • Dewey Decimal System Day
  • Human Rights Day
  • Jane Addams Day
  • International Animal Rights Day
  • Nobel Prize Day
  • National Lager Day

December 11

  • International Children's Day
  • International Mountain Day
  • National App Day
  • World Choral Day

December 12

December 13

December 14

December 15

December 16

December 17

  • National Maple Syrup Day
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • National Underdog Day
  • Wright Brothers' First Flight Anniversary

December 18

December 19

  • Holly Day
  • Look for an Evergreen Day
  • National Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20

  • Go Caroling Day
  • Games Day
  • International Human Solidarity Day
  • National Sangria Day

December 21

  • Crossword Puzzle Day
  • Don't Make Your Bed Day
  • Forefather's Day
  • Humbug Day
  • Look on the Bright Side Day
  • National Flashlight Day
  • National Hamburger Day
  • National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day
  • National Short Story Day
  • Winter Solstice

December 22

  • National Date Nut Bread Day
  • National Short Person Day

December 23

  • Festivus
  • National Roots Day
  • National Pfeffernusse Day

December 24

December 25

December 26

December 27

December 28

  • National Call a Friend Day
  • National Card Playing Day
  • Pledge of Allegiance Day

December 29

  • Tick Tock Day

December 30

December 31

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