I'm just looking forward to the holidays which is coming soon.

I'm looking forward to the coming soon holidays.

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(Native speaker.)

Both sentences have multiple errors, unfortunately.

In both sentences, since "holidays" is plural, "is" should be replaced with "are". A single holiday is coming soon, but holidays are coming soon.

The second sentence is simpler to correct, so let's do that one first:

I'm looking forward to the coming soon holidays.

This sentences uses "coming soon" as an adjective to describe "holidays", which is incorrect. Replace "coming soon" with "upcoming", which is an adjective that means the same thing

I'm just looking forward to the holidays which is coming soon.

I'm not sure why the word "just" is here. It doesn't add anything to the sentence. Without additional context, I think it should be removed.

With this construction, there are two additional related issues. First, should there be a comma after "holidays"; second, should the sentence use "which" or "that".

Let's look at the second issue first. "Which" is the beginning of a clause that is optional for understanding the meaning of the sentence. Using "that" means that the clause is required for understanding the meaning.

I'm going to borrow an example from the Grammarly blog post about this:

My bike that has a broken seat is in the garage.

My bike, which has a broken seat, is in the garage.

The first sentence, using "that", implies that the speaker has more than one bike. The speaker is indicating that the specific bike -- the one with a broken seat -- is the one that is in the garage. The information about the broken seat is required to know which bike the speaker is talking about.

In the second sentence, the speaker does not imply they have more than one bike. The broken seat is just a way to describe the bike, and that description could be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.

So, in the sentence about holidays, is the speaker identifying the holidays, or describing them? If the speaker is identifying the holidays, then "that" is appropriate.

Because the sentences use "which", it sounds like the speaker is describing the holidays. That's totally valid usage. But if that is the case, then there should be a comma before "which". Optional clauses have commas at the beginning and end -- though the end comma doesn't apply here, since the end of the clause is also the end of the sentence.

I'm looking forward to the holidays, which are coming soon.

A comma is not required if the sentence uses "that":

I'm looking forward to the holidays that are coming soon.

Using "that" implies that the speaker is only looking forward to the holidays that are coming soon. Maybe they are not looking forward to the holidays that are coming further in the future.

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