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St. Stephen's Day in Italy

St Stephen’s feast Day (Il giorno di Santo Stefano) is celebrated as a public holiday across Italy on December 26. It is the day after Christmas Day (Natale).

Image of the stoning of St Stephen
St Stephen was an early Christian martyr who is remembered on December 26.

What Do People Do?

In some places, St Stephen’s feast day is traditionally a day for many Italians to visit the Nativity scenes at the churches. Other events on St Stephen’s Day in different parts of Italy include markets, carnivals and festivals.

Public Life

St Stephen’s Day is a national public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

  • Government offices.
  • Post offices.
  • Banks.
  • Schools and other educational institutions.

Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check routes and timetables with the local transport authorities.


St Stephen is believed to be the first Christian martyr. He was stoned to death sometime around the year 33 CE. St  Stephen’s feast day was made a public holiday in Italy in 1947.


The presepe (Nativity scene) is often seen outdoors, particularly at churches. The Nativity scene is popular custom that has spread across to many countries.

St. Stephen's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunDec 262010St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
MonDec 262011St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
WedDec 262012St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262013St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
FriDec 262014St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SatDec 262015St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
MonDec 262016St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
TueDec 262017St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
WedDec 262018St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262019St. Stephen's DayNational holiday
SatDec 262020St. Stephen's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

St Stephen’s Day is a public holiday in Italy on December 26.

St. Stephen's Day 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

St. Stephen's Day 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Name in other languages

Santo StefanoItalian
St. Stephen's DayEnglish

Alternative name

2nd day of Christmas

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in December 2017 in Italy

Fun Holiday on December 26, 2017

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