December 24 @ 5:00 pm - 11:59 pm
An event every year that begins at 5:00 pm on day 24 of December, repeating indefinitely
Christmas Eve is observed in the evening of December 24, but officially it is the whole day before Christmas Day. In some states, it is a public holiday. Schools are normally closed. However, for the majority it is not a holiday, so most people have to work.
As it is the day before the holidays, many workplaces hold Christmas parties or allow their employees to leave work early. Stores are usually open, however, opening times may be affected. Grocery stores, in particular, may close early