Christmas Vocabulary in French

Even Canaille gets into the Christmas spirit!

Ok, he hated wearing the hat, but he still wants everyone to learn some French words for Christmas. You can listen to David reading the list:


Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël !
angel l’ange (m)
bell la cloche / la clochette
bow le nœud
bulb la boule
candle la bougie / la chandelle
candy cane la canne en bonbon
chimney la cheminée
Christmas card la carte de Noël
Christmas carols les chansons de Noël
Christmas Eve la veille de Noël
Christmas Eve dinner le reveillon de Noël
Christmas market le marché de Noël
Christmas tree le sapin de Noël
decorations les décorations
egg nog le lait de poule
elf le lutin
fake tree le sapin artificiel
garland la guirlande
holly le houx
lights la guirlande électrique / lumineuse
mistletoe le gui
nativity scene la crèche
North Pole le pôle nord
present le cadeau
present name tags les étiquettes
reindeer le renne
ribbon le bolduc / le ruban
Santa Claus le Père Noël
Santa’s hat le bonnet de Noël
Santa’s sack la hotte du Père Noël
Santa’s workshop l’atelier du Père Noël
sleigh le traineau
sleigh bell le grelot
snow la neige
snowflake le flocon de neige
snowman le bonhomme de neige
star l’étoile (f)
stocking la chaussette de Noël
toy le jouet
wrapping paper le papier d’emballage
wreath la couronne
Yule log la bûche de Noël

This vocabulary list is from the French Language Tutorial, available online and as an e-book.

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I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.


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