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Key dates

Picture of Father Christmas meeting a child

RBS Six Nations Rugby – home games Principality Stadium, Cardiff:
Wales v Scotland, 13 February 2016
Wales v France, 26 February 2016

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice takes place on 21 December 2016

Public Holidays 

There are three public holidays during the winter months: Christmas Day, Boxing Day (25, 26 December) and New Year’s day (1 January). If any of these dates fall during a weekend, a day in lieu is given. So in 2016 Tuesday is a public holiday (Christmas Day substitute day).

School dates

Schools break up for holidays a few days before Christmas. Pupils return to school in early January for the beginning of the spring term.

The spring half term takes place around about the second week of February.

University dates

The deadline for applying for the majority of undergraduate courses is 15 January 2017. 

Universities usually break up for Christmas slightly before schools, around 17 December. In early January many Universities have examinations, with the new spring semester starting in late January. See individual Universities for details.

National Assembly Recesses

​Christmas recess ​Monday 19 December 2016 - Sunday 8 January 2017

​Spring recess ​Monday 20 February 2017 - Sunday 26 February 2017

For a full calendar of dates, see the National Assembly for Wales website.