Share more moments: December 2023 Holidays and Observances

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Whichever holidays you celebrate, whatever your traditions and whoever you call family, December is a month full of moments to celebrate. 

It’s time to flip the calendar page, check out December holidays and observances, and start thinking about who we’re connecting with this month. We’ve got lots of ideas to help you make the most of the holiday season.

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Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Your Special Days in December  

Grab your calendar and a notepad. For your personal list of notes to write and cards to send, think about:


Time to stock up?


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The holiday spirit lasts all month long.

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National Cookie Day is December 4.

December Holidays and Observances  

December 1

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


December 4

National Cookie Day

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Hanukkah begins December 7.

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Christmas Card Day is December 9.


December 7

Hanukkah begins at sundown

National Letter Writing Day


December 9

Christmas Card Day


December 10

Human Rights Day/Week 

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Day is December 12.

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Winter begins December 21. 


December 12

Lady of Guadalupe Day/Dîa de la Virgen de Guadalupe

  • Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and other Latinx folks commemorate the appearance of the Virgin Mary in 1531 with prayer, singing, feasting and processions.


December 21

First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice 

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Nochebuena is December 24.

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Christmas is December 25.

December 24

Christmas Eve/Nochebuena


December 25


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Kwanzaa is December 26–January 1.

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New Year’s Eve is December 31.

December 26-January 1



December 30

National Bacon Day


December 31

New Year’s Eve

More Ideas for December  

A stack of creatively wrapped Christmas gifts in a variety of wrapping paper patterns and colors.

How to wrap Christmas presents like a pro

Get our tips for everything from the basics (like wrapping a box) to creating picture-perfect bows and more.

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Put together a personalized Christmas care package

Make a present extra meaningful by gathering lots of things your friend absolutely loves in one big box of holiday cheer.

Our free, printable, ultimate Christmas to-do list lying on a light pink surface, surrounded by silver tinsel and Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments.

Our ultimate Christmas checklist

Ideas, resources and a handy-dandy, free, printable checklist for all things Christmas!

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Support friends when holidays are hard

Find ways to share a bit of comfort and peace with friends dealing with grief and loss during the holidays.

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Christmas and Kwanzaa: Keeping family holiday traditions and finding your own

Whether you’re looking to bring cherished family holiday traditions to the next generation or create a new kind of celebration, we’ve got lots of ideas.

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How to choose and decorate a Christmas tree

Hallmark master writer Melvina Young is known as the queen of Christmas trees by many. Here are allllll of her tips on which trees are her faves, where to put them, and how to decorate them.

December Celebration Planner  

A printed celebration planner page for the month of December lays on a desk with a light wood surface, next to a keyboard, a mug of tea, and office supplies like a tape dispenser and pencil box.

Download this December Celebration Planner page to help you keep track of this month’s special moments. IT’S FREE!

Digital Wallpapers  

A laptop displays a desktop-sized digital wallpaper with an illustration of a bear and a fox standing on their hind legs like humans, dressed in Victorian-era holidaywear next to a street light; nearby is a smartphone displaying a mobile-sized digital wallpaper featuring a fox in a Victorian-era overcoat, holding a holiday wreath.

Get into Christmas mode with these sweet floral designs adorning your screens.