Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Celebrations

We look forward to holidays to spend time with family and friends. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, holiday celebrations are different this year. Consider fun alternatives to higher risk activities, celebrate safely and explore our resources below.

Social media toolkits for each holiday are available for download and use. Find them below or in the COVID-19 Toolkits resources.

Thanksgiving COVID-19 Guidance

(November 26)

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday COVID-19 Guidance

Black Friday / Cyber Monday
(November 26 - 30)

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(December 10 - 18)

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(December 25)

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(December 26 - January 1)

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New Year's Eve / New Year's Day
(December 31 - January 1)

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Fall / Winter Holidays

Thanksgiving, Black Friday (Cyber Monday), Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, News Year's Eve, etc.

The upcoming holidays are a time when families and friends gather to share in traditions like cooking meals, giving gifts, hanging decorations, and more. Because of the pandemic, these holidays will look much different than they have in years past. Discover suggestions below for how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19.

If you may have COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, it is recommended to not participate in in-person festivities.

Guidance for Upcoming Holidays

Stay Safe During Fall / Winter Holidays
Black Friday and COVID-19
Thanksgiving Travel-Safe Checklist
Kwanzaa Celebrations and COVID
Christmas and COVID-19
New Years Celebrations and COVID-19
Stay Safe - College Students Home For The Holidays
Hanukkah During COVID-19
Testing and Thanksgiving


Many holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas often involve traveling long distances to visit family and friends and celebrate with one another. Because travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, it is recommended to stay home to protect yourself and others. While staying home, there are many ways you and your loved ones can celebrate the holiday that are low risk and fun! Find examples of these lower risk activities below. 

If you are planning to travel for an upcoming holiday, see HCPH's information about keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19.

Holiday Travel During COVID-19
Thanksgiving Travel-Safe Checklist

Tips for Celebrating

Ideas for Lower Risk Activities

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household or social bubble
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that does not involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person for events like Black Friday (Cyber Monday) or gift shopping for holidays like Christmas
  • Watching sports events, parades, religious services, and movies from home

Find more suggestions and guidance with HCPH's Holiday Guidance documents.

Moderate Risk Activities

Below are suggestions for activities that are moderate risk with emphasis on maintaining social distance:

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
  • Visiting outdoor locations like pumpkin patches, orchards, and tree farms where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and everyone are able to maintain social distancing
  • Attending small outdoor events with safety precautions in place

Find more suggestions and guidance with HCPH's Holiday Guidance documents.

Avoid Higher Risk Activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Going shopping in crowded stores, especially during times like Black Friday when it may be more difficult to social distance
  • Participating in or being a spectator at a crowded race
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household or social bubble

For more information about activities that are moderate or high risk for potential exposure to COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.

Tips for Parents: Staying Safe During the Holidays

Video: COVID-19 Safety During the Holidays for Parents

Download Social Media Toolkits

In an effort to share awareness of COVID-19 within our community, social media toolkits for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and more are available for download and can be shared on your own social media platforms. Find them here.