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Key dates

Picture of Father Christmas meeting a child

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice takes place on 21 December 2017.

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

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

​​Monday 18 December 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018

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