Christmas and Winter Holiday Vocabulary 100 Word List

Use these words to design puzzles, worksheets, and activities

Vocabulary words for Christmas and winter holidays

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This comprehensive Christmas and winter holiday vocabulary word list can be used in the classroom in so many ways. Use it to inspire word walls, word searches, puzzles, Hangman and Bingo games, crafts, worksheets, story starters, creative writing word banks, and a variety of elementary lesson plans in almost any subject.

Customize the vocabulary you choose based on the policies of your school. Some public and private schools may only allow secular references to winter holidays, while some faith-based schools may prefer not to include secular or popular mythological references to Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, or other secular holiday characters. 

Types of Word List Activities

There are many ways to use this list of Christmas and winter vocabulary in your classroom, including:

Word walls: Build vocabulary by designating one wall or part of a wall to post large print words that all students can read from their desks. 

Word search puzzles: Create your own word search puzzles using one of several online puzzle generators. This allows you to customize them as appropriate for your class and school policies. For example, some schools may only allow secular references to the winter holidays.

Sight word flashcards: Make flashcards to improve vocabulary for early elementary students and for those with learning disabilities. Building holiday vocabulary will help your students with seasonal reading. Holiday words may also be more fun for them to learn and spark interest.

Hangman: This is an easy way to use Christmas words, and playing this game in the classroom can be a fun, interactive break between lessons.

Poem or story written-word exercise: Have students draw three or more of the words to incorporate into a poem or story. You can assign these to be turned in or shared with the class. Poems may be rhyming or not or in the form of a limerick or haiku. You can ask for a minimum word count for written story assignments.

Impromptu speech exercise: Have students draw one to five words to incorporate into an impromptu speech to give to the class. Have them draw words and immediately begin a speech, or give them a few minutes to prepare.

Christmas and Winter Holiday 100 Word List

This list is alphabetized to make it easier for you to find the words you want to use for your activities.

  1. Advent
  2. Angels
  3. Announcement
  4. Bells
  5. Bethlehem
  6. Blitzen
  7. Candles
  8. Candy
  9. Candy canes
  10. Cards
  11. Cedar
  12. Celebrate
  13. Ceremonies
  14. Chimney
  15. Christmas cookies
  16. Christmas tree
  17. Cold
  18. Comet
  19. Cranberry sauce
  20. Crowds
  21. Cupid
  22. Dancer
  23. Dasher
  24. December
  25. Decorations
  26. Dolls
  27. Donner
  28. Dressing
  29. Eggnog
  30. Elves
  31. Family reunion
  32. Festival
  33. Fir
  34. Frosty
  35. Fruitcake
  36. Gift boxes
  37. Gifts
  38. Goodwill
  39. Greetings
  40. Ham
  41. Happy
  42. Holiday
  43. Holly
  44. Holy
  45. Icicles
  46. Jolly
  47. Lights
  48. Lists
  49. Merry
  50. Miracle
  51. Mistletoe
  52. New Year
  53. Noel
  54. North Pole
  55. Pageant
  56. Parades
  57. Party
  58. Pie
  59. Pine
  60. Plum pudding
  61. Poinsettia
  62. Prancer
  63. Presents
  64. Pumpkin pie
  65. Punch
  66. Red/green
  67. Reindeer
  68. Ribbon
  69. Rudolph
  70. Sacred
  71. Sales
  72. Sauce
  73. Scrooge
  74. Season
  75. Sled
  76. Sleighbells
  77. Snowflakes
  78. Spirit
  79. St. Nick
  80. Stand
  81. Star
  82. Stickers
  83. Stocking stuffers
  84. Sweet potato
  85. Tidings
  86. Tinsel
  87. Togetherness
  88. Toys
  89. Tradition
  90. Traffic
  91. Trips
  92. Turkey
  93. Vacation
  94. Vixen
  95. Winter
  96. Worship
  97. Wrapping paper
  98. Wreath
  99. Yule
  100. Yuletide