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Christmas

Christmas 2021, 2022 and 2023

Christmas on the Isle of Man is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.

YearDateDayHoliday
202125 DecSatChristmas Day
27 DecMonChristmas Holiday
202225 DecSunChristmas Day
202325 DecMonChristmas Day
202425 DecWedChristmas Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

On the Isle of Man there are a few unique traditions that take place on the day before and the day after Christmas that bring many tourists to the island each year.

On Christmas Eve, there is a choir of Christmas songs sung in the local Manx Gaelic. Long songs called “carvals” are sung, which may have as many as 40 verses each. In days gone by, carvals were sung by carollers and singers would get pelted by dried peas when listeners’ patience with the extra-long carols finally ran out.

On the day after Christmas, Boxing Day, a game of “cammag” is played. Cammag is a traditional Manx game that has very few rules. It involves knocking balls towards a goal with a “cammag stick”, and some players end up in the hospital most years due to the rough nature of the sport.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202025 DecFriChristmas Day
201925 DecWedChristmas Day
201825 DecTueChristmas Day
201725 DecMonChristmas Day