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December: Awareness Months & Holidays for Causes (2024)

Illustrated calendar for December awareness celebrations

Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

For those working to bring attention to important topics, it can be challenging to keep track of the next relevant awareness event. We’re here to help.

At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve privately curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays that we’ve used for creating content on our good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, our Goodnewspaper, and on this very website.

We’ve organized this list of observances and events by month — and are making them public for the first time. Our hope is that this list of December awareness days and months will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

We should note that December is among the most sparse months for awareness days and months — likely because traditional winter holidays tend to overshadow any awareness holidays.

Regardless, where applicable, we’ve included resources (usually good news around particular topics, action steps on how to make a difference, or relevant quotes) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

The main days and months you should know about for December are:

DecemberHolidays

Date

Dressember

December 1

World AIDS Day

December 1

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3

Wildlife Conservation Day

December 4

Human Rights Day

December 10

Bill of Rights Day

December 15

December is the twelfth month of the year and has 31 days. It includes the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice, and marks the beginning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. December is filled with diverse cultural and religious celebrations worldwide, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Explore our comprehensive list of national and international months, weeks, days, and birthdays for the month of December:

December Celebrations:

Awareness Months

There are several awareness months celebrated in December — though the five that often get the most attention include HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, Universal Human Rights Month, Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month, Learn a Foreign Language Month, and Dressember.

Dressember

Learn more about how Dressember is using dresses to make a difference

Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

National Car Donation Month

HIV/AIDS Awareness Month

Universal Human Rights Month

Learn a Foreign Language Month

International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month

Learn a Foreign Language Month

World Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness Month

Awareness Weeks

There are no specific awareness weeks celebrated in December — though many holidays are celebrated throughout the month.

Awareness Days

Rosa Parks Bus Seat Refusal Anniversary - December 1 

Read and share the best quotes from Rosa Parks — including quotes about refusing to give up her bus seat

World AIDS Day - December 1

Celebrate World AIDS Day by reading good news about the fight against HIV/AIDS and shop products from (RED)

Giving Tuesday - 1st Tuesday after Thanksgiving

(Takes place in December in 2024, 2025, and 2026)

Read and share our article on ideas for how to celebrate Giving Tuesday

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3

Wildlife Conservation Day - December 4

Meet these famous wildlife conservationists you may not know yet

International Cheetah Day - December 4

International Volunteer Day - December 5

Read this article about the secret to consistent volunteering and explore our guide to how to make a difference in your community

World Soil Day - December 5 

Pansexual/Panromantic Pride Day - December 8

Meet these celebrities who have come out as pansexual

National Llama Day - December 9

Human Rights Day - December 10

Explore all of Good Good Good’s good news stories about human rights

Nobel Prize Day - December 10

International Animal Rights Day - December 10

Explore all of Good Good Good’s good news stories about animals

International Mountain Day - December 11

Monkey Day - December 14

Bill of Rights Day - December 15

Read the ultimate guide to the Bill of Rights and other constitutional amendments

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers - December 17

International Migrants Day - December 18

International Day of Epidemic Preparedness - December 27

Visit the Zoo Day - December 27

Trans Youth Day - December 28

Read our article about how to protect LGBTQ+ youth

New Year’s Eve - December 31

Explore our guide to New Year’s resolutions that make a difference

Notable Birthdays

Birthdays of leading activists, nonprofit leaders, and other world-changers:

Janelle Monae’s Birthday - December 1

Terence Lester’s Birthday - December 4

Listen to our podcast conversation with Terence Lester

Ella Baker’s Birthday - December 13 

Pope Francis’s Birthday - December 17

Leah Thomas’s Birthday - December 17

Learn about Leah Thomas and read about the movement she started around intersectional environmentalism

Ronan Farrow’s Birthday - December 19 

Alyssa Milano’s Birthday - December 19 

Jane Fonda’s Birthday - December 21

LeBron James’ Birthday - December 30

You might also like: The Best December Quotes

Explore More Events:

Main Awareness Calendars: All Awareness Holidays | Heritage Months | International Days

More Awareness Calendars:  Animals | Pets | Environment & Sustainability | LGBTQ+ | Black & African American | Mental Health | Disability | Cancer | HIV/AIDS

Awareness Days & Months: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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