Full List of December Holidays and Observances in 2022

December is known as the month that really rings in the holiday season. While you may have already planned out where you’ll spend Christmas this year and the fun holiday traditions that you’ll take part in with your family, what may not have crossed your mind is all the other various special holidays that fill the month.

December’s observances and holidays include several days of remembrance like Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance and National Wreaths Across America Day, which fall on December 7 and December 17 respectively. Other lesser known days such as National Cocoa Day and Roast Chestnuts Day are perfect to encourage you to keep cool winter activities at the forefront of your mind.

The celebration of Kwanzaa also falls in December and is observed from the 26th of the month through January 1. It’s typically linked to passing down African cultural heritage through feasts, storytelling, crafts and more.

In 2022, Hanukkah falls in December as well, so you can celebrate the Festival of Lights with delicious foods and wonderful gifts.

With all of this talk of special days that are observed in December, you may be curious as to just how many are happening this month. Well we have your answer right here.

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December 1

  • National Christmas Lights Day
  • World AIDS Day
  • Romania Independence Day
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • Peppermint Bark Day

December 2

  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • National Bartender Day
  • World Pollution Prevention Day
  • World Computer Literacy Day

December 3

  • National Green Bean Casserole Day
  • Ghana Farmer’s Day

December 4

  • International Cheetah Day
  • International Day of Banks
  • National Cookie Day
  • Santa’s List Day
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day

December 5

  • International Ninja Day
  • International Volunteer Day
  • National Blue Jeans Day
  • Thailand Father’s Day

December 6

  • National Gazpacho Day
  • National Miners Day
  • Walt Disney Day

December 7

  • National Cotton Candy Day
  • National Illinois Day
  • National Joy Day
  • Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance
  • National Letter Writing Day

December 8

  • Immaculate Conception Day
  • National Blue Collar Day
  • National Brownie Day
  • Panama Mother’s Day
  • Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
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Oliver Strewe

December 9

  • Christmas Card Day
  • Lost and Found Day
  • Genocide Prevention Day
  • National Llama Day
  • National Pastry Day
  • Techno Day
  • Tanzania Independence Day

December 10

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

December 11

  • National App Day
  • Burkina Faso Republic Day
  • UNICEF Day for Change

December 12

  • Gingerbread Decorating Day
  • National Ambrosia Day
  • National Poinsettia Day
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Day
  • Thailand Constitution Day
  • Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
  • Universal Health Coverage Day

December 13

  • National Cocoa Day
  • National Day of Saint Lucia
  • National Violin Day
  • National Cream Cheese Frosting Day
  • National Horse Day
  • National Ice Cream Day

December 14

  • More Good Today Day
  • National Energy Conservation Day
  • Roast Chestnuts Day
  • National Free Shipping Day

December 15

  • National Cat Herders Day
  • National Re-Gifting Day
  • International Tea Day
  • Bill of Rights Day
  • National Cupcake Day

December 16

  • Day of Reconciliation
  • National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • Stupid Toy Day
  • Underdog Day

December 17

  • Canadian Maple Syrup Day
  • National Ugly Sweater Day
  • Wright Brother’s Day
  • National Wreaths Across America Day
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Sean Justice

December 18

  • Bake Cookies Day
  • Hanukkah (lasts through December 26)
  • Flake Appreciation Day
  • National Twin Day
  • Qatar National Day
  • International Migrants Day
  • Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day

December 19

  • National Hard Candy Day
  • National Heroes and Heroines Day
  • Look for an Evergreen Day
  • National Emo Day

December 20

  • Go Caroling Day
  • National Sangria Day
  • Sacagawea Day
  • Games Day

December 21

  • December Solstice
  • Blue Christmas
  • Humbug Day
  • National Coquito Day
  • Look On The Bright Side Day
  • National Crossword Puzzle Day
  • National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
  • National Maine Day
  • World Snowboard Day
  • National Short Girl Appreciation Day

December 22

  • Mathematics Day
  • National Cookie Exchange Day
  • Zimbabwe Unity Day
  • Forefathers’ Day

December 23

  • Festivus
  • National Christmas Movie Marathon Day
  • National Pfeffernusse Day
  • National Roots Day
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December 24

  • Christmas Eve
  • National Eggnog Day
  • Libya Independence Day
  • Last-Minute Shopper’s Day

December 25

  • Christmas Day
  • National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26

  • Kwanzaa (lasts through January 1)
  • National Boxing Day
  • National Homeowners Day
  • Day of Goodwill
  • National Candy Cane Day
  • National Whiners Day
  • Slovenia Independence and Unity Day

December 27

  • National Fruitcake Day
  • Visit the Zoo Day
  • Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
  • International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

December 28

  • Holy Innocents Day
  • National Download Day
  • National Call A Friend Day
  • Card Playing Day

December 29

  • Mongolia Independence Day
  • National Pepper Pot Day
  • Tick Tock Day
  • International Cello Day

December 30

  • National Bacon Day
  • National Resolution Planning Day
  • Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

December 31

  • National Champagne Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • World Peace Meditation Day

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