The Complete List of December Holidays and Special Days

by Ellen Ambrose in General / 12.09.08

Recently I was interested in learning about the different types of holidays and special days that fall in December and I was overwhelmed with how may celebrations that occur in December. My biggest accomplishment that came from studying the different holidays and special days in December was the realization that there is a lot more going on than I initially thought.

Without further ado, here is the LIST.

Entire Month of December:

- Hi Neighbor Month

- National Stress Free Family Holiday Month

- Read a New Book Month

- Safe Toy & Gift Month

- Universal Human Rights Month

- Safe Toy & Gift Month

December 1

- Eat a red apple day

- National Pie Day

- Rosa Park’s Day

- World AIDS Day

December 2

- National Fritters Day

December 3

- International Day of the Disabled Person

- National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

December 4

- National Cookie Day

- Wear Brown Shoes Day

December 5

- Walter Elias (Walt) Disney’s Birthday

December 6

- Mitten Tree Day

- St. Nicholas Day

December 7

- National Cotton Candy Day

- Pearl Harbor Day

December 8

- National Brownie Day

December 9

- First Christmas Seals Issued

December 10

- Emily Dickinson’s Birthday

- Human Rights Day

- Nobel Peace Prize Awarded

December 11

- UNICEF Anniversary

December 12

- Poinsettia Day

December 13

- National Cocoa Day

December 14

- South Pole Discovered

December 16

- Boston Tea Party Anniversary

- Las Posadas

- Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Birthday

- National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17

- National Maple Syrup Day

- Underdog Day

- Wright Brother’s Day

December 18

- Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day

December 19

- Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20

- Games Day

December 21

- First Day of Winter

- Hannukkah Begins at Sunset

- Humbug Day

- Look at the Bright Side Day

- National Flashlight Day

December 23

- Roots Day

December 24

- National Egg Nog Day

December 25

- Christmas

- National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26

- Boxing Day

- Kwanzaa Begins

- National Wineries Day

December 27

- Visit the Zoo Day

December 28

- Card Playing Day

- National Chocolate Day

December 31

- New Year’s Eve

If I have left anything off of this list, please do tell so I can correct for the record. Perhaps this list might make an impression on you as well. If you do have any new thoughts about the month of December, please leave them in comments. We would love to hear what you have to say. Thanks, over and out.

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  1. Anastasia, December 19, 2008:

    Just some additional information for you. Yule (it’s a pagan/wiccan holiday) is celebrated on December 21 and the celebration usually goes until January 1. I have also looked up when Hannukah/Chanukah starts and I have found conflicting information. One site said it began December 4th at sundown while another said December 8th at sundown. However, I did find more sites that said December 21 is the actual start day. Just wanted to let you know. I’m certain you are correct but felt I should tell you this, just in case.

    Great article! Some of the days are interesting! Thanks!

  2. FSDFVAAF, December 19, 2008:


  3. Heather, December 21, 2008:

    I know Yule is a celebration of the first day of winter, but I think it’d be nice to put up Yule on December 21st as it is a holiday for many Germanic people, Wiccans, and many forms of Pagans.

  4. Ebella, December 25, 2008:

    Intersting article. Although I don’t celebrate any traditional holidays. Days/moments attached to sentiment are more important. Birthdays are one example! Since Chanukkah is based on the Jewish calendar, the commencement dates vary each year on the Gregorian calendar. This is just a factual FYI.

  5. Drea!!!! =D, September 9, 2010:

    Wow!!! LOT’S of food!!! Definately lovin it!!! Thanks a TON!!

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