Christmas and New Year

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Christmas Eve – Friday 24th December

  • Christmas Eve is the last day for many people to shop and prepare for the Christmas celebrations and festive meals. Shops, particularly those selling food and gifts, are usually busy.
  • New Year’s Eve is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Christmas Day – Saturday 25th December

  • Christmas Day traditionally celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth. However, Christmas is a time for many people of many religions to spend time with friends and family members, with whom they exchange gifts and cards. Many children wake up to find a sock or stocking filled with small gifts on their bed or somewhere else in the house.
  • Christmas Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Boxing Day – Sunday 26th December

  • For many people Boxing Day is a time to recover from the excesses of Christmas Day and an opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and neighbours.
  • Boxing Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Bank Holiday – Monday 27th December

  • A bank holiday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Bank Holiday – Tuesday 28th December

  • A bank holiday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

New Years Eve – Friday 31st January

  • In the evening, New Year’s Eve parties usually go on for many hours, well beyond midnight. Some, particularly young people, may choose to spend the evening in pubs, clubs or nightclubs. Just before midnight, people turn on a radio or television to see the countdown of the last few minutes of the old year and the display of fireworks just after midnight.
  • New Year’s Eve is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

New Years Day – Saturday 1st January

  • Many people tend to spend a quiet day with family and friends after attending New Year Eve parties.
  • New Years Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Bank Holiday – Monday 3rd January

  • A bank holiday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.