Christmas Eve 2016

When is Christmas Eve 2016?

Christmas Eve 2016 is on Saturday, December 24, 2016 (in 59 days).

What is Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve, a 190405 watercolor painting by Carl LarssonChristmas Eve, a 190405 watercolor painting by Carl Larsson
Christmas Eve refers to the evening or entire day preceding Christmas Day, the main day of Christmas, a widely celebrated festival commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth that takes place on December 25. It is a culturally significant celebration for most of the Western world and is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas Day.

One reason celebrations occur on Christmas Eve is because the traditional Christian liturgical day starts at sunset, an inheritance from Jewish tradition. This liturgical day is followed for all days in the Eastern rite[8] and the custom of beginning Christmas celebration (as well as Sunday and the other major festivals) in the preceding evening is preserved in western Churches that have altered the liturgical day to start at midnight, for example the Roman Catholic Church. Many churches still ring their church bells and hold prayers in the evening before holidays.

Since Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born at night, Midnight Mass is celebrated on Christmas Eve, traditionally at midnight, in commemoration of his birth. The idea of Jesus being born at night is reflected in the fact that Christmas Eve is referred to as "Heilige Nacht" ("Holy Night") in German, "Nochebuena" ("the Good Night") in Spanish and similarly in other expressions of Christmas spirituality, such as the song "Silent Night, Holy Night".

When is Christmas Eve 2017?

Christmas Eve 2017 is on Sunday, December 24, 2017 (in 424 days).

Dates for Christmas Eve from 2010 to 2020

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When is ...? Date      Day of the week      Days away     
Christmas Eve 2010      December 24, 2010      Friday      2132 days ago
Christmas Eve 2011      December 24, 2011      Saturday      1767 days ago
Christmas Eve 2012      December 24, 2012      Monday      1401 days ago
Christmas Eve 2013      December 24, 2013      Tuesday      1036 days ago
Christmas Eve 2014      December 24, 2014      Wednesday      671 days ago
Christmas Eve 2015      December 24, 2015      Thursday      306 days ago
Christmas Eve 2016      December 24, 2016      Saturday      in 59 days
Christmas Eve 2017      December 24, 2017      Sunday      in 424 days
Christmas Eve 2018      December 24, 2018      Monday      in 789 days
Christmas Eve 2019      December 24, 2019      Tuesday      in 1154 days
Christmas Eve 2020      December 24, 2020      Thursday      in 1520 days
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