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The Key Dates You Should Be Scheduling Events In For (2023 Edition)

January 5 2023

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When to celebrate? What to celebrate? How to celebrate?

Some of us need an excuse to party… a solid reason to go to the boss and argue why you should spend an hour singing, dancing, quizzing or simply drinking! If you need extra help getting your boss on side, we’ve created a helpful guide to the key 2023 dates you probably should schedule an event in to celebrate.

We see companies participate in events for a whole range of reasons, the obvious are of course Christmas Parties, End of Quarter Parties and Summer Parties. However, there are a lot of other celebrations that are just as popular such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Valentines Day and Independence Day. Not all events have to be a whole company celebration either, we often see smaller groups (like departments or management teams) book activities for Leaving Parties, Baby Showers and Birthdays.

So to make things super simple for all the office event planners out there, we’ve created a detailed list of all the key dates to celebrate. Check it out:


  • New Year’s Day (1st January)
  • Blue Monday (16th January) – trust us, everyone will need cheering up!
  • Lunar New Year (22nd January)


  • Valentine’s Day (14th February)
  • Shrove Tuesday (21st February)
  • Lent begins (22nd February)


  • International Women’s Day (8th March)
  • Commonwealth Day (13th March)
  • St Patrick’s Day (17th March)
  • Red Nose Day (17th March)
  • Ramadan begins (22nd March)


  • Lent ends (6th April)
  • Easter Sunday (9th April)
  • Ramadan ends (21st April)


  • Ramadan ends (1st May)
  • The Kings coronation (6th May)
  • Eurovision Song Contest (13th May)


  • Pride Month (throughout June) – pick your own date to celebrate or even have a range of activities going on throughout the month of June.


  • Independence Day (4th July)
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup starts (20th July)


  • Yorkshire Day (1st August)
  • Summer Bank Holiday (28th August) – this is the last bank holiday in England and Wales before Christmas!


  • Labor Day USA (4th September)
  • Rugby World Cup starts (8th September)
  • 188th Oktoberfest begins (16th September)


  • Rugby World Cup Final (28th October)
  • Halloween (31st October)


  • Bonfire Night (5th November)
  • Thanksgiving USA (23rd November)


  • Hanukkah begins (7th December)
  • Christmas Day (25th December) – maybe don’t celebrate this one on the day… we doubt anyone would turn up!
  • New Year’s Eve (31st December)


The above list is packed full of key British dates that we think companies, no matter their size, should celebrate. Of course the list may differ slightly between companies, especially large multi-nationals. We’ve included some of the more well-known International holidays in our list (Indepedence Day/Lunar New Year), however if a company has a significant number of employees from that location, they should definitely research some key dates/holidays and mark the occasion too!

You may even have more company-specific dates that need to be added (date you were founded, anniversarys, employee celebrations, etc).

And if your boss still isn’t keen after all of that, send them our way and we’ll do the persuading for you! You can reach us at [email protected] or by calling 01235 634744.