Christmas Vocabulary in Spanish

Christmas is just around the corner, and we hope you’re as excited as we are! Get into the Christmas spirit and learn some Spanish along the way with our essential Christmas vocabulary. Whether you want to know how to talk about your favourite Yuletide tradition in Spanish, or you want to impress your friends with your knowledge of Spanish festivities, […]

Christmas is just around the corner, and we hope you’re as excited as we are! Get into the Christmas spirit and learn some Spanish along the way with our essential Christmas vocabulary. Whether you want to know how to talk about your favourite Yuletide tradition in Spanish, or you want to impress your friends with your knowledge of Spanish festivities, we have all the vocabulary you’ll need to know!

From all of us at AIL Malaga:

¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

Spanish speakers celebrate Christmas in a slightly different way to most Anglophones. For example, have you ever celebrated the day of the Three Kings on the 6th January? Learn more about which dates and events are special to the Spanish and you’ll be sure to make it a Happy Christmas!

Nochebuena – Christmas Eve
La misa del gallo– Midnight Mass
La Navidad – Yuletide/Christmas
El Día de los Santos Inocentes – 28th December (similar to April Fool’s Day)
El Día de Año Nuevo – New Year’s Day
El Día de los Reyes Magos – 6th January, the day of the Three Kings – presents are traditionally given on this day in Spanish-speaking countries
La Noche de Reyes – Twelfth Night (the eve before El Día de los Reyes Magos)
La Cabalgata – Christmas parade on La Noche de Reyes, with the kings driving around on a float to shower people with sweets and presents.
Tomar las uvas – Spanish tradition to see in the New Year; eating a grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve to represent the months of the coming year.
El Gordo – Extremely popular Spanish Christmas lottery on 22nd December, known for the results being sung by children.

 

La Historia de Navidad – The Christmas Story

Most of us are familiar with Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus Christ – but do you know how to talk about the Christmas story in Spanish?

La estrella – Star
Un belén – A nativity scene (Belén = Bethlehem)
José y la Virgen María – Joseph and the Virgin Mary
El niño Jesús– Baby Jesus
Los Reyes Magos – The Three Wise Men/ Three Kings
Los pastores – The shepherds
Los ángeles – The angels
Oro, incienso y mirra – Gold, frankincense and myrrh
Un pesebre– Crib/manger
Un establo – Stable
Un burro – Donkey
Las ovejas – Sheep
Un buey – Ox
Un camello – Camel

 

Adornos y tradiciones de Navidad – Christmas decorations and traditions

You know Christmas is coming when everyone starts to decorate their houses and get into the Christmas spirit with advent calendars, Christmas carols, and more! Join in with the fun preparations with these festive favourites…

Un calcetín navideño – Christmas stocking
Un calendario de adviento– Advent calendar
Un villancico –  Christmas carol
Una tarjeta de Navidad– Christmas card
Las luces de Navidad– Christmas lights
Las campanas – Bells
Los cascanueces– Nutcracker
Una vela  – Candle
Los adornos – Decorations
El espumillón – Tinsel
Un árbol de Navidad – Christmas tree
El muérdago – Mistletoe
El acebo – Holly

 

La Comida de Navidad – Christmas Food

Mmm… Festive food varies from country to country, but Christmas always involves coming together around the table! Here we have a mixture of Spanish Christmas culinary delights as well as those favoured by anglophones at Yuletide. Do you know how to say your favourite in Spanish yet?

Un pastel de frutas – Fruitcake
Los mantecados  – Traditional Christmas sweet made with almonds and lard
Un bastón de caramelo  – Candy cane
Una casa de pan de jengibre– Gingerbread house
El turrón  Turron (nougat candy)
El mazapan – Marzipan
Un tronco de Navidad– Christmas yule log
Un roscón de Reyes – Large, round bun with candied fruits and hidden surprises inside
Una cesta de Navidad– Christmas hamper
Un banquete  Feast
El pavo– Turkey
Los langostinos – King prawns

 

Papá Noel y Nieve – Santa and Snow

Although Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, for many of us it also conjures up exciting images of Santa Claus dashing in the snow! Make sure you’re on Santa’s ‘nice’ list and learn this last lot of Christmassy words and phrases

Papá Noel  Father Christmas/Santa
Un reno – Reindeer
Un trineo – Sleigh
Los duendes navideños – Christmas elves
El papel de regalo – Wrapping paper
Los regalos – Presents
Los juguetes – Toys
¿Qué te regalaron por Navidad? – What did you get for Christmas?
Un muñeco de nieve – Snowman
Un copo de nieve – Snowflake
Nevado  Snowy
Una bola de nieve – Snowball

 

So now you are ready to talk about Christmas in a Spanish-speaking country!

Are you planning on coming to Malaga over or before the Christmas period? Check out our essential guide to shopping in Malaga!

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