Merry Christmas in Spanish

How do you say Happy Christmas in Spanish?

Learn how to say ‘Merry Christmas in Spanish’. Study basic topics, memorize some important words and phrases in Spanish. Read more about the Spanish language with online lessons.

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Merry Christmas in Spanish Vocabulary:

Feliz Navidad — Merry/Happy Christmas

Felices Fiestas — Happy Holidays

Próspero Año Nuevo — It’s used to mean “Happy New Year,” but it literally means “prosperous New Year.”

Nochebuena — This term for “Christmas Eve” literally means “Good Night.” It usually consists of a large meal.

Misa del Gallo — This means “Midnight Mass” or literally “Rooster’s Mass.” Many Catholic families attend this mass at midnight on Christmas Eve as part of their annual celebrations.

Navidad — Christmas

Día de Navidad — Christmas Day

Día de los Santos Inocentes — This “Day of the Holy Innocents” is celebrated on December 28th. Though it has Biblical origins, it is now much like the American April Fool’s Day where people play small pranks on each other.

Nochevieja — This term for “New Year’s Eve” literally means “old night.”

Año Nuevo — New Year

Día de Año Nuevo — New Year’s Day

Noche de Reyes — This means “Night of Kings”

Día de Reyes — This “Day of Kings,” is also known as “Epiphany” or “Three Kings’ Day.”

Vacaciones de Navidad — “Christmas holidays” or “Christmas break.”

Niño Jesús — Baby Jesus

Virgen María y José — Virgin Mary and Joseph.

Reyes Magos — This literally means “Magi Kings.” It refers to the “Three Magi,” “Three Kings” or, as they’re most commonly known in English, the “Three Wise Men.”

Papá Noel/Viejo Pascuer – Santa Claus/Father Christmas

Árbol de Navidad — Christmas tree

Luces navideñas — Christmas lights

Hombre de nieve — Snowman

Corona de Navidad — Christmas wreath

Flor de Navidad/Flor de Nochebuena — These terms for “poinsettia” literally mean “Christmas flower” or “Christmas Eve flower” respectively.

Adornos — Decorations/ornaments

Espumillón — Tinsel

Muérdago — Mistletoe

Acebo — Holly

Comida del día de Navidad — This refers to “Christmas dinner,” though it literally means “food of Christmas Day.”

Tronco de Navidad — This literally means “Christmas trunk.”

Pastel de Navidad — This term means “Christmas cake.”

Polvorones — The word polvorones comes from the Spanish word polvo (dust/powder).

Mazapán — This means “marzipan,” which is a sweetened almond paste. It’s a particularly common holiday treat in Spain.

Turrón — This is a type of nougat. It can be flavored with any number of things including nuts, seeds, chocolate or spices. Seasonings vary regionally.

Mantecados — This is a type of shortbread with nuts. But vegetarians be warned: It traditionally contains lard.

Rosca/Roscón de Reyes — This term means “Ring of Kings.” It’s an oval pastry traditionally consumed on the Día de Reyes.

Pavo – Turkey

Tarjeta de Navidad — Christmas card

Regalo de Navidad — Christmas Present

Nacimiento — Nativity scene (depicting the birth of Jesus)

Villancico — Christmas carol

Espíritu navideño — Christmas spirit

Trineo — Sleigh

Cascabeles — This word means “bells,” though it’s often used to refer to “sleigh bells” in songs like “Jingle Bells.”

Calendario de adviento — Advent calendar

Suéter de Navidad – Christmas Jumper

Reno – Reindeer

Burro – Donkey

Nieve – Snow

El muñeco de nieve – Snowman

Estrella – Star

Acebo – Holly

Villancico – Christmas Carol

Muérdago – Mistletoe

Espumillón – Tinsel

Calendario de Adviento – Advent Calendar


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