Christmas time in France! Let’s learn some new words!

Hi guys,

fancy a romantic Christmas this year? If yes, French tradition is what you need: keep reading!!

In France like in most European countries, Christmas celebrations are a time for family and friends! Most regions celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, but in some provinces, especially eastern and northern, celebrations begin on the 6th December with la fête de Saint Nicolas. Other regions celebrate la fête des Rois.

Lyon is a very particular city located in the South of the country. Here people begin the Christmas celebrations on the 8th December with la Fête de lumières, paying homage to the Virgin Mary with candle and light installation all over the city and especially on the river (see pic). 

That said, is time for you to learn some French vocabulary for the Christmas season! Don’t forget to copy&paste them into your personal vocabulary. Have fun playing with these new words!


Advent   l’Avent

Advent calendar   un calendrier de l’Avent

Candle   une chandelle

Christmas   Noël

Christmas carol  un chant de Noël

Christmas Eve   la veille de Noël

Christmas present   un cadeau de Noël

Christmas tree    l’arbre de Noël

Happy Holidays!   Meilleurs vœux !

Merry Christmas!   Joyeux Noël !

New Year’s Day   le Jour de l’An

New Year’s Eve   la Saint-Sylvestre

present   un cadeau

reindeer   un renne

ribbon   un ruban

Santa Claus   Père Noël, Papa Noël

snow   la neige

snowball   une boule de neige

snowman   un bonhomme de neige



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