When is Christmas Jumper Day 2023? Everything you need to know about the annual fundraising event

Plus, our top picks of the best Christmas jumpers for this year...

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Find out when Christmas Jumper Day is this year, and how you can get involved with Save the Children's annual event.

The build-up to Christmas celebrations wouldn't be complete without getting a new Christmas jumper - it's a Christmas tradition, after all. But if you're wondering when is best to wear it, Save the Children has an annual Christmas Jumper Day every year in order to raise money for children who need it most - and the event has raised £35 million since it began!

If you're wondering exactly when Christmas Jumper Day is and how to take part, you've not got long left to get organised. Luckily, we've got all the information you need plus a selection of this year's best jumpers too...

When is Christmas Jumper Day 2023?

Christmas Jumper Day takes place on Thursday 7 December in 2023. This day is when the nation officially comes together to help raise vital funds by donating money to wear their Christmas jumper to school or work - or just for fun.

Whilst the tradition of wearing a Christmas jumper is nothing new, Save the Children decided to use it to raise awareness and donations for struggling children around the world. Every December, millions of people across the United Kingdom (and beyond!) put on a festive knit at their workplace, school or with friends and donate to help kids facing serious issues like war, hunger and poverty.

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In 2022, the event raised £5 million -  including £2 million of match funding from the UK government. Save the Children says that over two million schoolchildren and 24,000 workplaces took part in Christmas Jumper Day last year.

The charity is adamant it's not about spending money you might not have on new Christmas jumpers, instead you can decorate your own, go to one of their community shops to pick up a second-hand piece, or maybe swap one with friends. 

They add that while the official Christmas Jumper Day takes place on Thursday 7 December, you're free to hold your fundraiser on whatever day best suits you.

How to take part in Christmas Jumper Day

You can sign up to join Christmas Jumper Day via the form on Save the Children's website. You can then choose how you want to pay in your donation, and will receive a certificate in January to celebrate your hard work.

Save the Children's Coach Christmas is also on hand to help. Once you've signed up, he'll be in touch to give you everything you need to make your day awesome.

Save the Children's suggested donation amount is £2, but they stress that you can donate as much or as little as you want.

The charity is also keen to make it clear that they don't encourage participants to buy a brand new jumper for the event - unless it's second-hand - and suggest doing a clothes swap or upcycling a jumper you already have instead.

How did Christmas Jumper Day start?

Save the Children launched Christmas Jumper Day in 2012, and since then it has raised more than £35 million to help transform the lives of children around the world.

Save the Children’s aim for the day is to raise awareness and funds for children whose lives are disadvantaged. The charity has helped 45 million children across the world get the medicine, good food and education they need and they believe in a world where every child has a chance of the future they deserve. 

Our pick of the best Christmas jumpers in 2023

Christmas Jumper Day might be tomorrow,  but it's not too late to order a jumper for next day delivery or click and collect at some supermarkets. Here are our top picks for this year...

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)