School holidays 2023 & long weekends: Holiday planner, food festival & travel guide

Here is your school holidays planner for 2023.

It is a list of all the school holidays and public holidays, including the dates of the long weekends for every term. We have also included suggestions for the best holiday destinations for each of the 3 term breaks and the end-of-year break.

New Year’s long weekend Sat 31 Dec – Mon 2 Jan Term I – Tue 3 Jan to Fri 10 Mar
CNY long weekend Sat 21 Jan – Tue 24 Jan
Term 1 Break Sat 11 Mar – Sun 19 Mar

Best places to travel during Term 1 school holidays

Japan – for the cherry blossoms

Calendar - Japan Cherry Blossom
Credit – Government of Japan

Book now: Agoda

Windward Islands, Caribbean – for rain-free Caribbean island-hopping

Calendar - Grenada
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda

For the foodie: 12th Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), 11 to 21 March

Calendar - QIFF
Credit –

Book now: Agoda

Good Friday long weekend Fri 7 Apr – Sun 9 Apr Term II – Mon 20 Mar to Fri 26 May
Hari Raya Puasa long weekend Sat 22 Apr – Mon 24 Apr
Labour Day long weekend Sat 29 Apr – Mon 1 May
Vesak Day long weekend Fri 2 Jun – Sun 4 Jun
Term 2 Break Sat 27 May to Sun 25 Jun

Best places to travel during Term 2 school holidays

Peru – for cool and dry weather to see Machu Picchu

Calendar - Machu Pichu, Peru
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda

Croatia – for Europe on the cheap and not-freezing

Calendar - Croatia
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda

For the foodie: Pizzafest in Naples, Italy, all June

Calendar - Pizzafest live
Credit –

Book now: Agoda


Hari Raya Haji Thu 29 Jun Term III – Mon 26 Jun to Fri 1 Sep
National Day Wed 9 Aug
Deepavali long weekend Sat 11 Nov – Mon 13 Nov
Term 3 Break Sat 2 Sep to Sun 10 Sep


Best places to travel during Term 3 break school holidays

Santorini – the sky’s as blue as the roofs but thin crowds

Calendar - Santorini
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda

United Sates – for the Grand Canyon, Arizona without the crowds

Calendar - US Grand Canyon
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda

For the foodie: Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany, Sep 6 to Oct 3

Calendar - Germany Oktoberfest
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda


Term IV – Mon 11 Sep to Fri 17 Nov
End of year Break Sat 18 Nov to Sun 31 Dec
Christmas Day Sat 23 Dec – Mon 25 Dec


Best places to travel during end-of-year school holidays

Norway – for the magnificence of the Aurora Borealis

Calendar - Norway Aurora Borealis
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda

Switzerland – for perfect powder on the slopes

Calendar - Switzerland
Credit – Pexels

Book now: Agoda

For the foodie: Hong Kong Winter Food Festival, Dec 24 to Dec 28

Calendar - Hong Kong Winter Food Festival
Credit – The Limited Times

Book now: Agoda


Other articles you might like:

Luggage buying guide: The 5 bags that will cover you for every trip

What to buy in Japan Part 1: Hokkaido and Honshu