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Festivals in Chinese: Christmas 圣诞节

Chinese vocabulary on festivals Christmas 圣诞节

In this post, let's learn about Christmas 圣诞节 [shèng dàn jié] in Chinese.

Christmas is just around the corner, and many cities across the globe are preparing for this festive season, including China and Asia. Although most Chinese people do not really celebrate Christmas, it has gained popularity over time.

If you visit shopping malls in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore or even Kuala Lumpur, you are certain to see massive decorated Christmas trees and hear Christmas jingles on loop. Stores are decked with Christmas ornaments, restaurants have Christmas related dishes and malls throw mega Christmas sales which is the main attraction for most people. In some cities, there are Christmas lights and art installations on the streets to create the Christmas mood.

While many people in China and Asia do not know or understand the history and tradition of Christmas, they do celebrate Christmas as a happy occasion to get together with family, relatives and friends. During this festive month, Christmas parties might be held at a friend's house or restaurant, companies may even organize their annual company dinner to reward everyone for the year's hard work.

Let’s learn how to say “Merry Christmas” in Chinese:

Merry Christmas!
圣诞节快乐!
[shèng dàn jié kuài lè]

To help get you in the holiday spirit, here are some vocabulary words in Chinese that you’ll need to talk about Christmas:

Chinese Vocabulary list about Christmas

  1. 圣诞节 [shèng dàn jié] Christmas, Christmas season
  2. 圣诞老人 [shèng dàn lǎo rén] Santa Claus
  3. 圣诞树 [shèng dàn shù] Christmas tree
  4. 圣诞袜 [shèng dàn wà] Christmas stockings
  5. 平安夜 [píng ān yè] Christmas eve, lit. "peaceful night"
  6. 圣诞卡 [shèng dàn kǎ] Christmas card
  7. 圣诞铃 [shèng dàn líng] Christmas bell
  8. 圣诞歌 [shèng dàn gē] Christmas song
  9. 圣诞颂歌 [shèng dàn sòng gē] Chrismtas carol
  10. 装饰品 [zhuāng shì pǐn] ornament
  11. 礼物 [lǐ wù] present/gift
  12. 雪人 [xuě rén] snowman
  13. 雪花 [xuě huā] snowflake
  14. 雪橇 [xuě qiāo] sleigh
  15. 蜡烛 [là zhú] candle
  16. 烟囱 [yān cōng] chimney
  17. 壁炉 [bì lú] fireplace
  18. 小精灵 [xiǎo jīng líng] elf
  19. 驯鹿 [xùn lù] reindeer
  20. 拐杖糖 [guǎi zhàng táng] candy cane
  21. 姜饼屋 [jiāng bǐng wū] gingerbread house
  22. 饼干 [bǐng gān] biscuit/cookie
  23. 烤火鸡 [kǎo huǒ jī] roast turkey

Learn to write Christmas in Simplified Chinese

Let's talk about Christmas in Chinese

  1. 圣诞节 [shèng dàn jié] Christmas, Christmas season

    Will you go home on Christmas?
    你会在圣诞节回家去吗?
    [nǐ huì zài shèng dàn jié huí jiā qù ma]

    How do you celebrate Christmas?
    你怎样庆祝圣诞节
    nǐ zěn yàng qìng zhù shèng dàn jié

    Are you looking forward to Christmas?
    你期待圣诞节来临吗?
    [nǐ qí dài shèng dàn jié lái lín ma]

  2. 圣诞老人 [shèng dàn lǎo rén] Santa Claus

    When I was little, my dad dressed up as Santa Claus and gave me presents.
    爸爸在我小时候曾经打扮成圣诞老人,送我礼物。
    [bà ba zài wǒ xiǎo shí hòu céng jīng dǎ bàn chéng shèng dàn lǎo rén, sòng wǒ lǐ wù]

    Does Santa Claus really exist?
    圣诞老人真的存在吗?
    [shèng dàn lǎo rén zhēn de cún zài ma]

  3. 圣诞树 [shèng dàn shù] Christmas tree

    What kind of tree is a Christmas tree?
    圣诞树到底是什么树呢?
    [shèng dàn shù dào dǐ shì shén me shù ne]

    Let's decorate the Christmas tree tonight!
    我们今晚一起装饰圣诞树吧!
    [wǒ men jīn wǎn yī qǐ zhuāng shì shèng dàn shù ba!]

  4. 圣诞袜 [shèng dàn wà] Christmas stocking

    My little brother woke up to find his Christmas stocking filled with his favourite sweets.
    弟弟醒来发现他的圣诞袜里装满了他最喜欢的糖果。
    [dì dì xǐng lái fā xiàn tā de shèng dàn wà lǐ zhuāng mǎn le tā zuì xǐ huān de táng guǒ]

    Dad put the gift into her Christmas stocking.
    爸爸把礼物放在她的圣诞袜里面。
    [bà ba bǎ lǐ wù fàng zài tā de shèng dàn wà lǐ miàn]

  5. 平安夜 [píng ān yè] Christmas eve

    Millions of people rush home for the reunion on Christmas eve.
    平安夜,千千万万的人都赶回家团聚。
    [zài píng ān yè, qiān qiān wàn wàn de rén dōu gǎn huí jiā tuán jù]

    Do you have any plans on Christmas eve?
    你在平安夜有什么节目吗?
    [nǐ zài píng ān yè yǒu shé me jié mù ma]

  6. 圣诞卡 [shèng dàn kǎ] Christmas card

    My sister sent a Christmas card to her friend in England.
    姐姐给她在英国的朋友寄了一张圣诞卡
    [jiě jiě gěi tā zài yīng guó de péng yǒu jì le yī zhāng shèng dàn kǎ]

    I bought a set of lovely CHristmas cards.
    我买了一套可爱的圣诞卡
    [wǒ mǎi le yī tào kě ài de shèng dàn kǎ]

  7. 圣诞铃 [shèng dàn líng] Christmas bell

    They hung the Christmas bells one by one on the tree.
    他们把圣诞铃一个个挂在树上。
    [tā men bǎ shèng dàn líng yī gè gè guà zài shù shàng]

  8. 圣诞歌 [shèng dàn gē] Christmas song

    With Christmas just around the corner, wherever you go you can hear Christmas songs.
    圣诞节快到了,无论走到哪里都可以听到圣诞歌
    [shèng dàn jié kuài dào le, wú lùn zǒu dào nǎ lǐ dōu kě yǐ tīng dào shèng dàn gē]

    I love to listen to Christmas songs.
    我喜欢听圣诞歌
    [wǒ xǐ huān tīng shèng dàn gē]

  9. 圣诞颂歌 [shèng dàn sòng gē] Chrismtas carol

    Before we exchange presents, let's sing a Christmas carol.
    在我们交换礼物前,我们先来唱首圣诞颂歌吧。
    [zài wǒ men jiāo huàn lǐ wù qián, wǒ men xiān lái chàng shǒu shèng dàn sòng gē ba]

    They often go carolling from door to door during Christmas.
    他们在圣诞节时常去挨门挨户地唱圣诞颂歌
    [tā men zài shèng dàn jié shí cháng qù āi mén āi hù de chàng shèng dàn sòng gē]

  10. 装饰品 [zhuāng shì pǐn] ornament, decoration

    Choose some of your favourite Christmas ornaments and hang them on the tree.
    挑选一些你喜欢的圣诞装饰品,然后把它们挂在树上。
    [tiāo xuǎn yī xiē nǐ xǐ huān de shèng dàn zhuāng shì pǐn, rán hòu bǎ tā men guà zài shù shàng]

    I make my own ornaments every Christmas.
    我每年圣诞节都做自己的装饰品
    [wǒ měi nián shèng dàn jié dōu zuò zì jǐ de zhuāng shì pǐn]

  11. 礼物 [lǐ wù] present/gift

    I have a gift for you.
    我有个礼物要送你。
    [wǒ yǒu gè lǐ wù yào sòng nǐ]

    I really like this gift.
    我真的很喜欢这个礼物
    [wǒ zhēn de hěn xǐ huān zhè ge lǐ wù]

  12. 雪人 [xuě rén] snowman

    The children are busy making snowmen in the yard.
    孩子们在院子里忙着堆雪人
    [hái zi men zài yuàn zi lǐ máng zhe duī xuě rén]

    I wish I can make a snowman during winter.
    我希望我可以在冬天堆雪人
    [wǒ xī wàng wǒ kě yǐ zài dōng tiān duī xuě rén]

  13. 雪花 [xuě huā] snowflake

    The snowflakes fell heavily.
    雪花落得急又密。
    [xuě huā luò dé jí yòu mì]

  14. 雪橇 [xuě qiāo] sleigh

    We went on a sleigh ride after the snowing stopped.
    雪停之后,我们都去乘雪橇玩。
    [xuě tíng zhī hòu, wǒ men dōu qù chéng xuě qiāo wán]

    Santa Claus rode his sleigh across the rooftop.
    圣诞老人驾着雪橇飞过屋顶。
    [shèng dàn lǎo rén jià zhe xuě qiāo fēi guò wū dǐng]

  15. 蜡烛 [là zhú] candle

    The candle was blown out by the wind.
    蜡烛被风吹灭了。
    [là zhú bèi fēng chuī miè le]

    He blew out the candles on his birthday cake.
    他吹灭了生日蛋糕上的蜡烛
    [tā chuī miè le shēng rì dàn gāo shàng de là zhú]

  16. 烟囱 [yān cōng] chimney

    Santa will climb out of the chimney to place gifts under the tree.
    圣诞老人会从烟囱里爬出来,把礼物礼物放在树下。
    [shèng dàn lǎo rén huì cóng yān cōng lǐ pá chū lái, bǎ lǐ wù fàng zài shù xià]

    Smoke from the factory chimneys polluted the air.
    工厂烟囱的烟尘污染了空气。
    [gōng chǎng yān cōng de yān chén wū rǎn le kōng qì]

  17. 壁炉 [bì lú] fireplace

    My (little) sister placed the cookies for Santa (to eat) in front of the fireplace.
    妹妹把饼干放在壁炉前给圣诞老人吃。
    [mèi mei bǎ bǐng gān fàng zài bì lú qián gěi shèng dàn lǎo rén chī]

    The fire in the fireplace kept on burning.
    壁炉里的炉火一直烧得很旺。
    [bì lú lǐ de lú huǒ yī zhí shāo dé hěn wàng]

  18. 小精灵 [xiǎo jīng líng] elf

    Elves are Santa's little helpers.
    小精灵是圣诞老人的小助手。
    [xiǎo jīng líng shì shèng dàn lǎorén de xiǎo zhù shǒu]

  19. 驯鹿 [xùn lù] reindeer

    Rudolph is a red-nosed reindeer.
    鲁道夫是一只有着红鼻子的驯鹿
    [lǔ dào fū shì yī zhǐ yǒu zhe hóng bí zi de xùn lù]

    My brother dressed my cat up as a reindeer.
    哥哥把我的猫打扮成驯鹿
    [gē gē bǎ wǒ de māo dǎ bàn chéng xùn lù]

  20. 拐杖糖 [guǎi zhàng táng] candy cane

    Father bought a box of candy canes.
    父亲买了一盒拐杖糖
    [fù qīn mǎi le yī hé guǎi zhàng táng]

    I love to eat candy canes.
    我喜欢吃拐杖糖
    [wǒ xǐ huān chī guǎi zhàng táng]

  21. 姜饼屋 [jiāng bǐng wū] gingerbread house

    The gingerbread house is very delicious.
    姜饼屋非常好吃。
    [jiāng bǐng wū fēi cháng hào chī]

    My sister, with the help from our parents, made gingerbread house on Christmas eve.
    妹妹在圣诞节前夕在父母的协助之下手工制作姜饼屋
    [mèi mei zài shèng dàn jié qián xī zài fù mǔ de xié zhù zhī xià shǒu gōng zhì zuò jiāng bǐng wū]

  22. My little brother finished all the biscuits.
    弟弟吃完了饼干
    [dì dì chī wán liǎo bǐng gān]

    Don't pretend, we know that you have finished all the biscuits.
    别装作没事的样子了,我们知道你把饼干都吃光了。
    [bié zhuāng zuò méi shì de yàng zi le, wǒ men zhī dào nǐ bǎ bǐng gān dōu chī guāng le]

  23. 烤火鸡 [kǎo huǒ jī] roast turkey / to roast a turkey

    Once I have stuffed the seasoning into the turkey, I will roast it (the turkey).
    我在把佐料塞进火鸡里,待会我要烤火鸡
    [wǒ zài bǎ zuǒ liào sāi jìn huǒ jī lǐ, dài huì wǒ yào kǎo huǒ jī]

    Slice the roast turkey.
    烤火鸡切成薄片。
    [bǎ kǎo huǒ jī qiè chéng bó piàn]

From the both of us at MorningMobi, we wish you a Merry Christmas!
祝大家圣诞快乐!
[zhù dà jiā shèng dàn kuài lè]

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