HowTo: Configure Local Holiday Calendar on your Lumia (Video)

| January 21, 2013 | 14 Replies


Something that has been bugging myself, as well as many of you, seems to be the fact that Windows Phone automatically displays US Holidays with no obvious way to change it. Well I have found a way, and will split it up into the PC component and the Phone component.

Note: This will require a Microsoft Account and a Google Account. Only tested on a WP8 device.


First up. log into your Microsoft Account and get to the calendar. (If using Outlook UI, click drop down arrow next to Outlook, then calendar. If using Hotmail, click Hotmail then Calendar). Click the subscribe hyperlink and leave it there.


In a new tab or window, log in to your google account, and go into Calendar. Click settings gear, then Settings. Select the Calendar hyperlink below the search box, and there should be an auto-configured calendar for your country towards the bottom. Click the appropriate calendar and it will open a new page with some options to edit. There is a calendar graphic located in the centre, with three small rectangle boxes below. Right click ical, and copy the link.

We now move back to Hotmail/Outlook, and paste this into the Calendar URL box. You can name this whatever you want, but I kept it the same as Google Calendar name. Hit save. Go back to the calendar to confirm it worked. Now you can close the windows/tabs if all went according to plan.

Since a lot of people like Videos, I screen recorded without sound, what I outline above.


Nokia Lumia (or any Windows Phone )

Sync your mail for the account you just added the Calendar to. This will update the calendar entries in your phone. Now go to the Calendar app, press the … in the bottom right corner, then Settings. You should now see the new calendar in this list, and can enable it if you need to. This will allow you to have the correct holidays for your country/region appear on the lock screen.



Category: How to:, Lumia, Video, Windows Phone

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Hi! My name is Michael. Like the others, I'm also a Student, living here in Sydney. I have a real passion for the latest technology and I'm a real Nokia buff! My aim is to keep those of you, like myself, updated with the latest in what's going on in the Nokia World. Currently sporting N9 & Lumia 820, with other Nokia devices in my posession. Get in touch on Twitter via @MFaroTusino, Google Plus or even simply drop me an email at mike.mnb[at] or tips[at]
  • StefanH

    There’s also a “native” way without having to go through Google:

    Then again, there are no 2013 holidays in my 2013 calendar, but that appears to be a bug that Microsoft is already working on:

    • Michael Faro-Tusino

      I initially did that way, except it gave me no holidays (2012/13), I also tried doing UK and NZ and the same issue, hence I found another route to take.

      • StefanH

        Well, yes, that’s what I meant above – there’s are no 2013 holidays in these calendars yet and Microsoft seems to be working on that.

        BTW, I didn’t even know it was possible to add external calendars to your Live account, so thanks for the how-to anyways. ­čÖé

  • Mahmud

    Damn, i thought only microsoft, but google calendar is wrong for Malaysia

  • Mahmud

    @StefanH, that is not correct for many countries(including malaysia and UK). I did even raise it in microsoft forums long ago, still no answer though…

    • StefanH

      Really? I didn’t know that. What happens when you add the Microsoft Malaysian or UK holiday calendar on Do they show US holidays instead of the local holidays?

      • Mahmud

        Every calendar has its own color, it will show them with different colors. Now that lots of people started using hotmail calendar because of Lumia phones, would be better they had fixed it immediately.

        • StefanH

          At least on WP8 you can change these colours manually and you can also give the same colour to different calendars, so this shouldn’t really be a problem …

  • DesR85

    Did that and it works on my Lumia 800. I did one or two holidays missing from the Malaysian Google Calendar, though. Deepavali isn’t listed there, oddly enough, even though the East Malaysian states (Sabah and Sarawak) don’t celebrate it.

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  • Wayne

    Awesome! Been annoyed about that for ages. Thanks Michael.