10 Special Holidays and Events in December

By Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie November 30, 2019

December is known for Christmas, of course. But there are a lot of other holidays happening this month too — some you may have heard of and some are likely new to you.

We've rounded up some special (and some just silly) holidays and events that your family will want to celebrate this month.

1. Rosa Parks Day: December 1

Recognized by only a few states, this holiday is marked by the day Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. That single act of defiance became a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement.

2. Cookie Day: December 4

This might be a made-up American holiday (it was originally funded in 1987 by a guy who worked at a cookie company) but that doesn't mean it's not worth celebrating.

Check out these easy cookie recipes from our archives!

3. Human Rights Day: December 10

Human Rights Day commemorates the date in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global effort at recognizing human rights.

The United Nations Association of the USA gives students 10 ways to mark the occasion.

4. Chocolate-Covered Anything Day: December 16

Get creative with your family today by finding different foods to try dipped in chocolate. I mean, everyone has had chocolate-covered strawberries. But chocolate-covered bacon? Sure, I'll try it once!

Your kids are sure to love these Chocolate-Covered Pretzels.

5. Winter Solstice: December 21

Need to explain the winter solstice to your kids? This is the day when the Northern Hemisphere has tilted as far away from the sun as it will go. In 2019, the winter solstice falls at exactly 9:19 PM MST. From then on, each day will get a little bit longer until the summer solstice.

6. Hanukkah: December 22-30

The eight-day celebration, also called the Festival of Lights, is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts.

7. Festivus: December 23

This "holiday" became popular after a 1997 episode of Seinfeld. It is marked with a Festivus pole and the "Airing of Grievances," during which you tell everyone how they've disappointed you. Hold your own Festivus — but only if your family has a good sense of humor!

8. Christmas Day: December 25

It's the Big Day. What else is there to say?

9. Kwanzaa: December 26-January 1

This annual celebration was started as a way to honor African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa has seven core principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

10. New Year's Eve: December 31

Happy New Year! Have littles who won't be able to stay up until midnight? Celebrate with your own Noon Year's Eve celebration — they don't need to know it's a few hours early!