Tuesday sees updates on UK public finances and the CBI's industrial trends survey, with the Bank of Japan's policy statement for early risers and company updates from Easyjet, SSP and retailers N Brown and Pets at Home.
Friday is scheduled to be a quiet day for company reporting, though shopkeepers that have not yet given their festive updates could be buffeted by official retail sales data.
Associated British Foods, Experian, Halfords, Royal Mail and Whitbread are among the big names reporting on what looks a busy Thursday for corporate news.
A trading update from Burberry could provide an early highlight on Wednesday before the Bank of Canada grabs the spotlight on what is expected to be a quieter day for financial news.
Tuesday will determine whether inflation has exceeded Bank of England of England governor Mark Carney's target for the second month in a row, while January's deluge of retail updates continues on Tuesday with Dunelm, Greggs and JD Sports.
Friday's corporate cupboard is expected to be almost bare, though retailer B&M and housebuilder Bovis should provide investors something to chew on.
Thursday is going to be the busiest day of the new year corporate rush, with post-Christmas updates from retailers including Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Boohoo, plus housebuilder Barratt and recruiter Hays.
Wednesday sees UK industrial production, construction output and trade data, plus company updates from retailers Sainsbury's and SuperGroup/SuperDry, builder Taylor Wimpey and Tullow Oil.
January is a big month for retail investors and Tuesday sees this start to become apparent with trading updates from Morrisons and four others, plus industry sales data from the British Retail Consortium and Kantar.
Friday is US non-farm payrolls day, with the numbers coming hot on the heels of news of a split in the Federal Reserve over the pace of interest rate rises this year.
Thursday is not expected to be very busy on the UK or European company news front, but it's set up to be a fairly busy day of macroeconomic news, including UK reports on the services sector and housing market, plus the ADP jobs report in the US will offer a preview of the following day's official non-farm payrolls.
Wednesday will see a post-Christmas update from Next as the first trickle of news from the retail sector before the floodgate opens in coming weeks.
The Friday after Christmas is expected to remain quiet in London, with little left on the corporate and economic calendar that might rouse traders from their festive stupor.
The focus of Thursday's session will be on a barrage of economic data due out Stateside ahead of the long holiday weekend, amid an otherwise largely barren calendar.
Friday's session on the London Stock Exchange will end at 1230 GMT, though there's little let-off elsewhere, with UK national accounts, European and US stock markets trading normal hours and elections in Catalonia to provide a seasonal dollop of risk.
Spain will be back under the spotlight on Thursday as regional elections take place in Catalonia following October's push for independence, while in the UK there will be data on consumer confidence and public borrowing amid a festive dearth of company news.
Amid a holiday-thinned corporate announcement calendar, focus during the Wednesday trading session would be on the result of the previous night's tax cut vote in the US House of Representatives, with another vote scheduled in the Senate later in the day.
Votes over the fate over the London Stock Exchange Group's chairman and President Donald Trump's tax plans are two expected events to be followed on Tuesday, with a UK Cabinet meeting perhaps throwing some news into the mixer.
The conclusion of the EU Council summit will be the main focus for markets on Friday, with no FTSE 350 companies expected to report results.
Thursday is a big day for the Brexit process as the European Council begins its two-day meeting in Brussels, while the Bank of England's and European Central Bank's rate setters are also convening and results are expected from the likes of Bunzl, Cussons, Ocado and Sports Direct.