Christmas Eve in Australia in 2019

Christmas Eve in Australia in 2019
  How long until Christmas Eve?
This holiday next takes place in 41 days.
  Dates of Christmas Eve in Australia
2021 Dec 24
Northern TerritoryFri, Dec 24Regional Holiday
QueenslandFri, Dec 24Regional Holiday
South AustraliaFri, Dec 24Regional Holiday
2020 Dec 24
Northern TerritoryThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
QueenslandThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
South AustraliaThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
2019 Dec 24
Northern TerritoryTue, Dec 24Regional Holiday
QueenslandTue, Dec 24Regional Holiday
South AustraliaTue, Dec 24Regional Holiday
2018 Dec 24
Northern TerritoryMon, Dec 24Regional Holiday
South AustraliaMon, Dec 24Regional Holiday
A public holiday in Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia, only in the evening.
  Christmas Eve in other countries
Christmas Eve internationally
  Which regions observe Christmas Eve in 2019?
Northern Territory  Northern TerritoryDec 24Regional Holiday
Queensland  QueenslandDec 24Regional Holiday
South Australia  South AustraliaDec 24Regional Holiday
Related holidays

When is Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve is celebrated on 24th December. If Christmas Day falls on a weekend, then this holiday may be observed on a different day.

Countries and regions which officially have Christmas Eve as a public holiday are shown on the right.

Even if it is not a public holiday, be aware that many businesses in Europe will give employees the afternoon or the whole day as a holiday.

As Christmas is traditionally a time to spend with families, a lot of people may leave work early to travel home or visit relatives, so this is not a good day to arrange business meetings.

History of Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve. Many churches will mark the end of Advent with midnight church services.

In Latin America, Christmas Eve marks the end of a nine day period before Christmas, called 'Las Posandas' which represents the none months of labour for the Virgin Mary before she gave birth to Jesus.

Christmas Eve Traditions


On the night of Christmas Eve, children around the world will leave food and drink for whoever will come to their house and bring them presents. Who this is, depends on what part of the world you live. It might be Santa Claus or Father Christmas; but in Switzerland it will be the Christchild who delivers the presents. In Denmark, it's the Christmas elf; in Sweden, it'll be a small man and in Finland, it'll be the Christmas goat!

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