Orthodox Christmas Day for the year 2026 is celebrated/ observed on Wednesday, January 7th.
According to the Julian calendar (used prior to Gregorian calendar) the day falls on December 25th each year. The day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Around the World
Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Georgia, Jerusalem and Russia all use the older Julian calendar to determine when to celebrate the day, which is on January 7th currently 13 days after the Gregorian calendar.
Orthodox Church in America, Albania, Antioch, Cyprus, Constantinople, Finland, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria all switched over to the “Revised Julian Calendar” in the early 20th century which is the same as the Gregorian calendar. So they celebrate Orthodox Christmas day on December 25th.
Days to Orthodox Christmas Day 2026
Wednesday, January 7th is day number 7 of the 2026 calendar year with 3 years, 1 month, 11 days until Orthodox Christmas Day 2026.
|Orthodox Christmas Day|
|Name(s):||Orthodox Christmas Day|
|Type:||Observance, Orthodox Christian|
|When:||January 7th until year 2101 then January 8th (Gregorian calendar), December 25th (Julian calendar)|
Dates for Orthodox Christmas Day
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Orthodox Christmas Day 2021||Thursday, January 07, 2021||-689|
|Orthodox Christmas Day 2022||Friday, January 07, 2022||-324|
|Orthodox Christmas Day 2023||Saturday, January 07, 2023||41|
|Orthodox Christmas Day 2024||Sunday, January 07, 2024||406|
|Orthodox Christmas Day 2025||Tuesday, January 07, 2025||772|
|Orthodox Christmas Day 2026||Wednesday, January 07, 2026||1137|