When do schools open for Christmas? UK dates for winter 2022

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

Christmas is approaching and school children across the UK are counting down the days until school ends.

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 out the diaries, like Metro.co.uk has the most important dates.

When do schools open during the Christmas holidays?

Dates for England’s Christmas school holidays

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

Small children sit indoors at home at Christmas time and play.

School’s almost out, so it’s time to get festive (Image: Getty)

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

You can find the exact dates for your area by using The government’s postcode control.

School holiday dates in Scotland

Scottish schools close for Christmas a little later than England’s do, ending Christmas at 14.30 at Thursday 22 December.

They will return on Wednesday 4th January as Tuesday is a special Scottish public holiday.

Dates vary from municipality to municipality, so you should check the Scottish Government website in advance.

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Christmas school holiday dates in Wales

Half-time dates in Wales tend to mirror England. So most schools will break up on Friday the 16th. December.

The majority of pupils will then return to school on Tuesday 3 January.

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

Christmas holiday dates in Northern Ireland

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

The first day of term then starts early in the new year on Tuesday 3 January.

Boy buried in Christmas presents

Time to celebrate! Christmas means no school for two weeks (Image: Getty)

If you’re hoping to make the most of your child’s time off for a winter family vacation, here it is full list of public holidays in 2023 – and how to make the most of them.

And remember that the next semester is in February, usually a week.

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