How many days are there until Christmas and when do schools break up?

When will it be time to make an angel costume for the nativity?  (E1 Entertainment)
When will it be time to make an angel costume for the nativity? (E1 Entertainment)

December is here, which means it’s time to get into the festive spirit, with Christmas just weeks away.

At the time of writing, there are 13 days left until Christmas Day, and for some, this might mean it’s time to make plans for the holiday season.

But when are the Christmas holidays this year and when do schools break up? Here’s everything you need to know.

When are the Christmas holidays this year?

Christmas Day falls on Sunday, December 25, 2022.

When a bank holiday falls on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday.

In this year’s case, the substitute day is Tuesday, December 27.

Both Monday, December 26 (Boxing Day) and Tuesday, December 27 are bank holidays.

This means most people will have four consecutive days off, from Christmas Eve to December 28.

When do schools break up for Christmas?

The Christmas break starts around Monday, December 19, 2022, and ends on Monday, January 2, 2023.

All schools and academies set their own term dates so dates may vary from school to school. Please check the details with individual schools.

Christmas activities in London

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is back for 2022, from November 18, 2022, until January 3, 2023. It will be open daily, from 10 am to 10 pm, except on Christmas Day. Tickets are only available online.

If you fancy ice skating but can’t find an available slot at Winter Wonderland, check out the National History Museum or Ally Pally.

If theatre is more your thing, all of London’s great neighbourhood theatres will be putting on their usual pantomimes.

You can start your Christmas shopping early by attending the German-style chalet market on the South Bank.

Or you can settle down with a mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine and watch your favourite Christmas film at a pop-up festive cinema.