LUU Cultural Calendar

Welcome to our LUU Cultural Calendar for 2022, which includes key international and national events alongside LUU staff events and dates for your diaries.  We'll be adding new events regularly, so don't forget to check back.

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December 2023

Friday 1 December

World AIDS Day

It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Find out more here.

Monday 4 December

All Staff Network Social

On Monday 4 December, the Staff Networks are holding a Staff Networks Social!

Starting at 5pm, head on down to Old Bar for board games, a Network quiz, and a casual get together. Whether you’re part of the Networks, interested in knowing more about them, or an ally- everyone is invited!

Wednesday 6 December

Winter Festival: Tea Making

On Wednesday 6 December, from 1pm-3pm, come over to our cosy Winter Tent for a Festive Tea Making session.

Thursday 7 December - Friday 15 December


An eight day Jewish festival of lights, celebrated with the nightly lighting of the menorah. You can find out more about the festival here - Jewish Holidays Chanukah

The Menorah outside the Refectory will be lit on Thursday 7th December at 6pm. Come along if you would like. 

Friday 8 December

Bodhi Day

A Buddhist celebration commemorating the day that the historical Buddha, formerly Prince Siddhartha Gautama, experienced enlightenment.

Find out more at Learn Religions - Bodhi Day

Friday 8 December

Winter Festival: Festive Crafts

On Friday 8 December, from 1pm-3pm, wind down in our cosy Winter Tent with a festive craft drop-in session.

Saturday 16 December - Sunday 24 December

Las Posadas

Las Posadas, celebrated yearly from December 16-24, is a religious festival traditionally held in Mexico and parts of Latin America.

Watch: Las Posadas

Tuesday 19 December

Winter Staff Conference

We will be celebrating our Shining Star winners and sharing key strategic updates. The focus of the day will allow teams to come together to create their team plans for the year ahead. 

We will then finish up the afternoon with some fun activities created by our Social Team and then close the LUU building down at 5pm ready for our Staff Winter Party at the Brudenell Social club. 

Tuesday 19 December

Once Upon a Winter Social

From 5pm, there will be the Staff Winter Social at Brudenell Social Club. Arrival will be from 5pm-5:30pm, and you are invited to bring a plus one. 

The Social will include a classic Fruity Bingo (with prizes), and there will be a DJ and a Photo Booth. Spud Bro’s will be providing the food!

If you are coming along to the Social, please write your name and info on the sign-up sheet. 

Thursday 21 December - Monday 1 January


Yule is a Pagan celebration otherwise known as Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day of the year and the beginning of longer days ahead.

Click here to find out more about the history of Yule.

Monday 25 December

Christmas Day

A Christian celebration celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Visit to find out how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

Tuesday 26 December


Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually on the sixth day.