Christmas is - scarily - not that far away, so if you’re planning on spending some time with the family over the festive season, it's time to start thinking about which days off you need to book.

Christmas Day itself falls on a Monday this year, so there aren't any confusing substitute bank holidays. Here's everything you need to know.

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Because Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, do I get an extra day off?

Sadly not - Christmas Eve isn't normally a bank holiday in the UK, so there will be no additional days off in Christmas week.

So how many working days will I need to take off between Christmas and New Year?

With Christmas Day and Boxing Day both being bank holidays, you’ll only need to take off three days – December 27, 28 and 29 – to enjoy a full week off over Christmas.

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What about New Year’s Day? When do we go back to work?

New Year's Day, January 1, is a bank holiday as it also falls on a Monday. The bad news is that you may have to get back to the workplace on Tuesday January 2.  Still, if you do take those three days off in Christmas week, you'll still have a healthy 10 days of celebration once you leave on Friday December 22. Merry Christmas!

Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays 2017/18

Sunday December 24 Christmas Eve
Monday December 25 Christmas Day
Tuesday December 26 Boxing Day bank holiday
Wednesday December 27 Working day
Thursday December 28 Working day
Friday December 29 Working day
Saturday December 30 Weekend day
Sunday December 31 New Year’s Eve
Monday January 1 New Year’s Day
Tuesday January 2 Working day