Public and school holidays: when to take your leave?

School vacations Luxembourg

Whether it's a new calendar year or a new school year, it's time to get back to work and back to good habits after the vacations. But what better way to keep up the pace than to start thinking about the next vacations? Are you an expatriate in Luxembourg? Now's the time to plan your next return to see your families. 

So to help you plan your vacations and plan your next weekend or vacation destination, we tell you all about public holidays and school vacations in Luxembourg. 

Vacations 2024

In Luxembourg, an employee is entitled to 26 days of statutory vacation, plus any public holidays that fall on weekends. This applies in particular to:

  • sunday, june 23, 2024.

And this year, Ascension Day on Thursday May 9 coincides with Europe Day, which is also a public holiday.

In concrete terms, this means that this double public holiday will exceptionally give rise to a compensatory rest day for employees. They will, however, be obliged to take this day off within the following 3 months, i.e. from May 10 to August 10 maximum.

In 2024, you will therefore be entitled to 28 days' leave, excluding collective agreements and special agreements.

When is the best time to take leave in 2024?

In May, you'll have the choice of taking 2 days off on May 2 and 3, 2024, 3 days off on May 6, 7 and 8, then "bridging" May 10 to take advantage of the May 9 vacation. In total, you will be able to take 11 days off in a row by taking only 6 days off.

Remember to take August 16, 2024 off to enjoy the August 15 bridge and 4 days off.

In December, the 25th and 26th, both public holidays in Luxembourg, fall on a Wednesday and Thursday. So you can take Monday the 23rd, Tuesday the 24th and Friday the 27th off to enjoy a long vacation week with your children, as they'll be on Christmas vacation.

If you have children, please also check the school vacations below.

Working vacations and public holidays

Luxembourg is a country that knows how to keep its traditions alive. Public holidays are often rooted in the country's Catholic religious tradition.

Vacations in Luxembourg

With traditions still very much alive in Luxembourg, certain local festivals or customary holidays are still celebrated.
However, employers are under no obligation to grant these days off to their staff. The employer is free to decide whether or not employees are exempt from work on the days in question.

  • March 4: Carnival Monday
  • March 29, 2024: Good Friday
  • September 2: Fair Monday
  • November 2: Day of the Dead

Luxembourg's popular events live on. These traditional festivities are widely followed by the local resident population. In most cases, they give rise to public holidays. These festivities create a link between the different communities present in the Grand Duchy.

Vacations in the Luxembourg school calendar 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026

Are your children attending school in Luxembourg? Would you like to plan your next vacation or organize your children's extracurricular activities? Here are the official vacation dates for children enrolled in the Luxembourg system for the 2023-2024, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 school years.

Does your child attend an international or private school in Luxembourg? Please refer to the calendar provided by your school.

School vacations for the year 2023 - 2024

Pupils in the Luxembourg school system start school on Friday, September 15, 2023 and finish on Sunday, September 15, 2024.

  • All Saints' Day begins on Saturday, October 28, 2023 and ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Basic school classes also have no school on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, St. Nicholas Day.
  • Christmas vacations begin on Saturday, December 23, 2023 and end on Sunday, January 7, 2024
  • Carnival vacation begins on Saturday, February 10 and ends on Sunday, February 18, 2024
  • Easter vacation begins on Saturday, March 30 and ends on Sunday, April 14, 2024
  • the Pentecost vacation begins on Saturday May 25 and ends on Sunday June 2, 2024
  • Summer vacation begins on Tuesday, July 16 and ends on Sunday, September 15, 2024.

2024 - 2025 school year: vacations

The Luxembourg school begins on Monday, September 16, 2024 and ends on Tuesday, July 15, 2025.

  • The All Saints' vacation begins on Saturday October 26 and ends on Sunday November 3, 2024. St. Nicholas Day is also a day off for the children of the fundamental on Friday, December 6, 2024.
  • Christmas vacations begin on Saturday, December 21, 2024 and end on Sunday, January 5, 2025
  • Carnival vacations begin on Saturday, February 15 and end on Sunday, February 23, 2025
  • Easter vacation begins on Saturday, April 5 and ends on Sunday, April 20, 2025
  • the Pentecost vacation begins on Saturday, May 24 and ends on Sunday, June 1, 2025
  • Summer vacation begins on Wednesday, July 16 and ends on Sunday, September 14, 2025.

Days off for the 2025-2026 school year

For Luxembourg schools and lycées, the 2025-2026 school year will run from Monday September 15, 2025 to Wednesday July 15, 2026.

  • The All Saints' vacation begins on Saturday, November 1 and ends on Sunday, November 9, 2025.
  • No classes on December 6, St Nicholas's Day, for children in the basic school system.
  • Christmas vacations will begin on Saturday, December 20, 2025 and end on Sunday, January 4, 2026.
  • The winter or Carnival vacations will begin on Saturday, February 14 and end on Sunday, February 22, 2026.
  • Spring or Easter vacations start on Saturday, March 28, 2026. It will last until Sunday April 12.
  • The Pentecost vacation will begin on Saturday, May 23, 2026 and end on Sunday, May 31.
  • The children will be on summer vacation on Thursday, July 16, 2026. They will return to school on Monday, September 14, 2026.

Not sure what to do with your children during the school vacations? Here are a few ideas.

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