First Sunday of Advent in the United Kingdom
The first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday closest to St Andrew’s Day. This date marks the start of the liturgical or church year. It marks the start of the Christmas season for many people in the United Kingdom.
What Do People Do?
Some Christians attend special church services on the first Sunday in Advent. Some churches also hold a Christingle service for children and families. During a Christingle service, each child is presented with or carries a Christingle. Parishioners collect money for the Children's Society to help support children facing violence, neglect or poverty in their daily lives.
Many people put up Christmas decorations in their homes, schools and offices on or just after the first Sunday in Advent. Some people write or post Christmas cards to family members and friends. Others bake a Christmas cake or cook a Christmas pudding on this date.
The Christmas lights in town centers and shopping centers and lights on large Christmas trees in public places are also turned on in ceremonies in this week. The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London is an annual present from the Norwegians to express their gratitude for the UK’s support for their country during World War II.
The first Sunday of Advent is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Churches and shopping centers may be busier than usual as people prepare for the Christmas season.
Advent and particularly the four Sundays before Christmas Day have been a period of preparation for Christmas for many centuries. More information on the background to these celebrations and observances are given in our general article on the first Sunday in Advent.
Advent wreaths are groups of four candles with leaves and twigs from evergreen trees and plants. People light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second Sunday, three on the third Sunday and all four on the fourth Sunday. Some people then continue to light all four candles during the Christmas period.
About First Sunday of Advent in other countriesRead more about First Sunday of Advent.
First Sunday of Advent Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Sun||Nov 28||2010||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Nov 27||2011||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 2||2012||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 1||2013||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Nov 30||2014||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Nov 29||2015||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Nov 27||2016||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 3||2017||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 2||2018||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 1||2019||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Sun||Nov 29||2020||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
Quick FactsThe first Sunday in Advent is the start of the liturgical or church year for many Christians as well as the Christmas season for people in the United Kingdom (UK).
First Sunday of Advent 2017Sunday, December 3, 2017
First Sunday of Advent 2018Sunday, December 2, 2018
Name in other languages
|First Sunday of Advent||English|
|Første søndag i advent||Norwegian|
Alternative nameAdvent Sunday
- St Andrew's Day – Thursday, November 30, 2017
Other holidays in December 2017 in the United Kingdom
- Prophet's Birthday – Friday, December 1, 2017
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Friday, December 8, 2017
- First Day of Hanukkah – Wednesday, December 13, 2017
- Last day of Hanukkah – Wednesday, December 20, 2017
- Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2017
- Christmas Day – Monday, December 25, 2017
- Boxing Day – Tuesday, December 26, 2017
- New Year's Eve – Sunday, December 31, 2017