December Holidays

Get out your December calendar (all hail the month of the advent calendar!) and mark down some of these celebratory national days. At National Today, we love celebrating 64 December holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Dec. 1

National Christmas Lights DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Dec. 1

World AIDS DayHealthWorld

Dec. 2

ChanukahReligiousWorld

Dec. 2

National Mutt DayAnimalsU.S.

Dec. 3

National Disability DayCauseU.S.

Dec. 4

National Cookie DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 5

International Ninja DaySpecial InterestWorld

Dec. 5

National Repeal DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 6

National Gazpacho DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 6

National Miners DayCareerU.S.

Dec. 7

International Civil Aviation DaySpecial InterestWorld

Dec. 7

National Cotton Candy DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 7

National Letter Writing DayRelationshipsU.S.

Dec. 7

National Pearl Harbor Day of RemembranceGovernmentU.S.

Dec. 8

National Bartender DayCareerU.S.

Dec. 8

National Brownie DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 9

National Llama DayAnimalsU.S.

Dec. 9

National Pastry DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 10

National Lager DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 11

International Mountain DayCauseWorld

Dec. 12

​National Ding-A-Ling DayFunU.S.

Dec. 12

National Gingerbread House DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Dec. 12

National Poinsettia DayFunMexico, U.S.

Dec. 13

National Horse DayAnimalsU.S.

Dec. 13

National Ice Cream DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 13

National Violin DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Dec. 13

U.S. National Guard BirthdayFederalU.S.

Dec. 14

National Bouillabaisse DayFood & BeverageWorld

Dec. 14

National Free Shipping DayFunU.S.

Dec. 14

National Monkey DayCauseU.S.

Dec. 14

National Salesperson DayCareerU.S.

Dec. 15

National Cat Herders DayFunU.S.

Dec. 15

National Cupcake DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 15

National Wreaths Across America Day CauseU.S.

Dec. 16

National Chocolate Covered Anything DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 17

National Maple Syrup DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 18

Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Dec. 18

Arabic Language DayCulturalWorld

Dec. 19

National Emo DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Dec. 19

National Hard Candy DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 20

National Sangria DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 21

National Coquito DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 21

National Crossword Puzzle DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Dec. 21

National Short Girl Appreciation DayRelationshipsU.S.

Dec. 21

Winter SolsticeSeasonalWorld

Dec. 22

​National Short Person DayFunU.S.

Dec. 22

National Cookie Exchange DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 23

FestivusReligiousU.S.

Dec. 24

Christmas EveReligiousWorld

Dec. 25

ChristmasReligiousWorld

Dec. 26

Boxing DayCauseWorld

Dec. 26

National Candy Cane DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 26

National Thank You Note DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Dec. 27

National Fruitcake DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 28

National Call a Friend DayRelationshipsU.S.

Dec. 28

National Chocolate Candy DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 29

Still Need To Do DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Dec. 30

National Bacon DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Dec. 31

HogmanayCulturalU.K.

Dec. 31

New Year's EveGovernmentWorld

December

National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention MonthHealthU.S.

December

Safe Toys and Gifts MonthCauseU.S.

December

Universal Human Rights MonthCauseWorld

December

National Handwashing Awareness WeekHealthU.S.

What is the significance of December holidays?

December is significant for the holidays! Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and a Happy New Year! These are only some of the greetings we exchange on the festive holidays in December. Other fun holidays we celebrate include the Winter Solstice, National Bacon Day, and even National Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day!

What are some memorable December holiday moments?

Our December calendar is all about desserts. This month, we celebrate a sweet that's been around since the 1800s on National Brownie Day (December 8). If cakes are more your speed, try National Cupcake Day (December 15). And if both of those don't quite hit the spot, National Cookie Day (December 4) might be just what the doctor ordered.

We let the dogs out for a very special holiday—National Mutt Day (December 2)! It's time to show those mixed breed puppers in the world some love.

There are national days in December for both the wine and beer lovers in our lives. We celebrate Sangria Day on December 20. Hundreds of years ago, it used to be substituted for water (which wasn't safe to drink) because of its antibacterial qualities! We also enjoy National Lager Day (December 10).

Have you ever climbed a mountain? International Mountain Day (December 11) is just the time to try. If you're more of a homebody, why not do a crossword on National Crossword Day (December 21)?

Are we missing your favorite December holiday?

If you don't see a holiday you love to celebrate here, head to our holiday submission page and let us know! Make sure you've compiled a bit of information about your holiday before you submit. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? Let us know about any December holidays we should add!

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