December Events

December 2021 Holiday Events

Also see the Recurring Events calendar for more December events. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to print it, email or share. 


December 1. National Christmas Lights Day. Giving Tuesday. National Mistletoe Day.


December 2.


December 3. Make a Gift Day.


December 4 Nat. Cookie Day. Nat. Ice Skating Day.

Cool Yule Tip: USPS Operation Santa toy donations begin today. Donate a toy or gift.


December 5 Nat. Candle Day. Intl. Volunteer Day


December 6. St. Nicholas Day


December 7


December 8  Brownie Day. Christmas Tree Day


December 9. Christmas Card Day.


December 10


December 11.


December 12. Poinsettia Day. Decorate a Gingerbread House Day

Cool Yule Tip: Learn how to select and care for a poinsettia.


December 13. Hot Cocoa Day.


December 14. Roast Chestnuts Day. Gingerbread Decorating Day.

Cool Yule Tip: Today is the USPS recommended deadline for mailing holiday packages by standard post.


December 15 Tea Day 


December 16


December 17


December 18. Bake Cookies Day.


December 19 


December 20.  Go Caroling Day – Rain

Cool Yule Tip: Today is the USPS recommended deadline for mailing holiday greeting cards.


December 21. Winter Solstice. Yule.

Cool Yule Tip: Today is the USPS recommended deadline for mailing Priority Mail packages.  


December 22. Nat. Christmas Cookie Exchange Day


December 23. Festivus. Nat. Pfferneusse Day

NORAD Santa Tracker goes live at midnight.

December 24. Christmas Eve. Nat. Egg Nog Day. Dr Fauci’s Birthday.


December 25. Merry Christmas! National Pumpkin Pie Day


December 26. Kwanzaa. Thank You Note Day. Candy Cane Day.


December 27. National Fruitcake Day. Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day.


December 28.  Nat. Call a Friend Day


December 30  Bacon Day.


December 31. New Year’s Eve. Champagne Day.


Pandemic Cancellations

  • All DMV metro-area parades, including The Scottish Christmas Walk, The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, the Manassas Christmas Parade and the Reston Town Center Christmas Parade
  • Zoo Lights
  • City of Fairfax Holiday Market
  • National Gallery of Art Rotunda concerts
  • The Wolf Trap (live) Sing-a-Long (will be live-streamed, instead)
  • Many Nutcracker Ballet performances (some will be live-streamed(
  • All of the Kennedy Center holiday performances
  • In-person services at Washington National Cathedral (will be live-streamed or recorded)