Add Holidays to your Office 365 Exchange Online or Outlook.com mailbox

I’ve been looking for an option to add a Holiday Calendar to my Exchange mailbox in a similar way to the Birthday Calendar, which displays as a separate folder in Outlook. I haven’t found out how to do it though.

Is there a way to add a separate Holiday Calendar to my Outlook Calendar as well?

Holiday Calendar buttonWhen you have your account configured in Outlook, you can import Holidays into your main Calendar folder. The downside of this method is that it isn’t updated automatically and only shows a limited time into the future.

To add a separate, always up-to-date, Holiday Calendar to your Exchange Online or Outlook.com mailbox, you’ll have to use Outlook on the Web (OWA). Once you’ve added the Holiday Calendar, it will automatically sync with Outlook as well.

Adding a Holiday Calendar via Outlook on the Web

Outlook on the Web buttonLog on to your mailbox via the website of your Office 365 Exchange Online or Outlook.com account. After logging in, select your Calendar.

Once you are in your Calendar, press the “Add calendar” button at the top and choose: Holiday calendar.

Note: When you are using the “Outlook beta” interface, then you’ll see a “Discover calendars” link in the Calendar Navigation Pane. Click on this to open a dialog from which you can select “Holidays”.

Adding a Holiday Calendar to Outlook.com or Outlook on the Web (OWA).

A “Holiday calendars” pane will open on the right from which you can select the country to add the holidays of. You can select multiple countries if you want. Make sure you click on the Save button at the top after selecting your country or countries.

Outlook on the Web - Holiday Calendar Pane

After you added the Holiday Calendar in Outlook on the Web, it will automatically get added to Outlook on the desktop as well after a few minutes or once you restart Outlook.

My Calendars - Personal Calendar, Birthdays Calendar and Holiday Calendars
Holiday Calendars in Outlook.

Extra Tip!

Calendar Overlay buttonYou can select multiple Calendars like your regular Calendar, the Birthday Calendar and the Holidays Calendar and they will conveniently show as a single Calendar thanks to Overlay Mode.

The Birthdays and Holidays will show up color-coded based on the chosen color for that specific Calendar folder.

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