Christmas Eve in USA in 2024

Christmas Eve in USA in 2024
  How long until Christmas Eve?
Christmas Eve
  Dates of Christmas Eve in USA
2025 North Carolina Fri, Dec 26 Government Holiday
2024 Dec 24
North CarolinaTue, Dec 24Regional Holiday
OklahomaTue, Dec 24Regional Holiday
2023 Arkansas Tue, Dec 26 Government Holiday (in lieu)
2022 Dec 23, Dec 24
KansasSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
KentuckySat, Dec 24Government Holiday
OklahomaSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
South CarolinaSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
TexasSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
VirginiaSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
WisconsinSat, Dec 24Government Holiday
ArkansasFri, Dec 23Government Holiday (in lieu)
MarylandFri, Dec 23Government Holiday (in lieu)
MichiganFri, Dec 23Government Holiday (in lieu)
North CarolinaFri, Dec 23Government Holiday
West VirginiaFri, Dec 23Government Holiday
2020 Dec 24
USAThu, Dec 24Government Holiday
ArkansasThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
KansasThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
KentuckyThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
MichiganThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
North CarolinaThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
OklahomaThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
South CarolinaThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
TennesseeThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
TexasThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
VirginiaThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
WisconsinThu, Dec 24Regional Holiday
  Summary

Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve.

  Christmas Eve in other countries
Christmas Eve internationally
  Which regions observe Christmas Eve in 2024?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
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When is Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve is celebrated on December 24th. 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. For instance in Portugal, while Christmas Eve is not a national holiday, most companies give their employees the day or afternoon off to prepare and to be with their families, and many businesses will close earlier than normal.

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 definitely 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

Gifts

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!

In Latvia, the custom is that you can open the presents under the Christmas Tree after the Christmas Eve dinner, with a slight twist - before you take your gift, you'll have to recite a small poem.

Candles

A unique tradition of Christmas decoration in Ireland is a large white candle which is placed at the entrance of the house or in a window.  This candle is lit by the youngest child on Christmas Eve. This is a symbol to welcome the Holy Family and the candle can only be extinguished by a girl or a woman named Mary.

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    Did you know?

    Three facts about Christmas Eve

    The Christmas Eve meal is not served in Hungary until a twinkling star is seen in the sky.

    Streets are closed on Christmas Eve in Caracas, Venezuela so people can roller skate to church.

    Legend has it, if you sit under a pine tree on Christmas Eve, you can hear angels singing.

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