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.
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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