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Key dates

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice takes place on 21 December 2018.

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 2020 Christmas Eve will be give as a public holiday as Boxing Day falls on a Saturday.

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. It is also the closing dates to submit University applications in Wales so make sure you do not miss out! 

National Assembly Recesses

Autumn half term - ​Monday 29 October 2018 - Sunday 4 November 2018 (provisional dates)

Christmas recess - ​Monday 17 December 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

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