January 30, 2023

Kids with Santa hats

Having the kids home is one of the best parts of Christmas (Picture: Getty)

Christmas is coming and schoolchildren across the UK are counting down the days until school is out.

They know Santa is coming to town, so they’re probably on their best behavior too – the perfect time to have them home for the holidays.

So when is school out for the season?

Get your diaries out like Metro.nl have the most important data.

When do schools break up for Christmas break?

The dates of the Christmas school holidays in England

Most schools in England will close for the holidays on Friday 16 December.

Small children playing indoors at home at Christmas.

School’s out soon, so it’s time to get festive (Picture: Getty)

They will then return in the first full week of January, most likely on Tuesday 3 as Monday 2 is the New Year’s holiday.

You can find the exact dates for your region by using the Government zip code checker.

The dates of the Christmas school holidays in Scotland

Scottish schools close slightly later for Christmas than those in England, closing at 2.30pm for Christmas Thursday December 22.

They go back on Wednesday 4th January as Tuesday is a special Scottish holiday.

Dates vary by local council so you should check the Scottish Government website in advance.

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Christmas holiday dates in Wales

Half-year dates in Wales often resemble England. Most schools therefore close on Friday 16 December.

On Tuesday 3 January, the majority of the students will go back to school.

As always, these dates may vary slightly depending on where you live, so find the exact dates for your child’s school using the Welsh Government postcode checker.

Christmas holiday dates in Northern Ireland

All schools in Northern Ireland will close for Christmas on Friday 23 December.

The first day of the school year will start early in the new year on Tuesday, January 3.

Boy buried in Christmas presents

Time to celebrate! Christmas means no school for two weeks (Picture: getty)

If you’re hoping to make the most of your kid’s free time for a family winter vacation, here’s the one full list of holidays for 2023 – and how to make the most of them.

And keep in mind that the next half is in February, which usually lasts a week.

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