Xmas and New Year games, worksheets, flashcards, videos and songs for EFL classes

63 Xmas and New Year PDFs and many other festive teaching ideas. If you find anything useful here and want more, please support TEFLtastic.

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Photocopiable Xmas and New Year classroom activities

Grammar games with Xmas and New Year themes

A good way of combining Xmas with your usual syllabus

There is/ There are and Xmas vocabulary drawing game – NEW

Possessive S Xmas vocabulary drawing games

Xmas vocabulary prepositions of position games

Xmas mix and match (third person S, Present Simple and Xmas vocabulary)

Xmas and New Year recommendations superlatives practice

Xmas vocabulary categories activities (it is and they are)

Direct, indirect and taboo Christmas questions

Xmas vocabulary speculating games

It is and They are with adjectives Xmas pick and draw game

Present Continuous and like with ing Xmas questions games

Xmas going to games

Xmas vocabulary passive voice guessing game

Xmas vocabulary yes/no questions games (20 questions, make me say yes and you must say yes)

Festivals and celebrations like and would like practice (starting with Xmas and New Year)

Countable and uncountable nouns negotiation (with Xmas and New Year vocab)

Festivals and celebrations rules (discussing how a company should deal with seasonal events, starting with Xmas, with modal verbs)

Xmas pictures for It is/ They are

It is/ They are Xmas flashcards

Make a Xmas story Past Simple practice

Xmas and New Year future tenses review

Future Perfect New Year predictions

New Year action and state verbs

New Year resolutions adverbs of frequency – going to for plans and learner training

Xmas first conditional superstitions bluff game – a classic, hopefully not ruined in my version

Christmas Adverbs of Frequency– Present Simple and lots of lovely (not stereotyped) cultural information

Christmas traditions passives bluff game

Xmas guess the country modals of deduction

Christmas Present Simple and Continuous mimes– contrasting routines and things happening now, with lots of nice Chrimbo vocab

Christmas Past Tense mimes – Past continuous when they finish miming and then tense review as they talk about their own experiences of those things

Will for future predictions Xmas

Business English Christmas cards Do’s and Don’ts – imperatives and important cultural information

Going to Xmas mimes – for predictions with present evidence

Xmas and New Year worksheets for other language points

Generalising about Xmas and the New Year

Like and be like Xmas questions

Present Continuous and like with ing Xmas questions games

Xmas and New Year meetings

Xmas and New Year negotiations

Seasonal trends meetings practice (language of trends tied in with festivals and celebrations, starting with Xmas)

Xmas shopping roleplays (with typical phrases for shoppers and shop staff and lots of Xmas vocab)

Xmas food restaurant roleplays (with typical phrases for diners and servers)

Telephoning on festivals and celebrations (starting with ones about Xmas)

Business meetings on festivals and celebrations (starting with discussion of office rules around Xmas)

Xmas and New Year trends

Xmas trivia number pairwork – good for Business English, Technical English and other ESP classes

Describing Xmas foods bluff game – good for students who want to explain food from their own country to foreign guests, e.g. Business English students who often entertain clients

Xmas party negotiations – the best ever game for the language of meetings and negotiations, as there is a clear winner, and some good Xmas vocab

Xmas and New Year discussion questions

Xmas and religion discussion questions

Xmas and the environment discussion questions

Xmas video worksheets

Friends Series One New Year episode

Edward Scissor Hands– cute, seasonal, the easiest film in the English language, and full of lots of lovely reference expressions

The Life of Brian – as mentioned on a Dave’s ESL Cafe thread, only for veeeery high level and open-minded students

Xmas Song worksheets

Hopefully also good examples of what you can do with other songs, e.g. copyright ones I use more often but can’t publish…

Good King Wenceslas storytelling and vocabulary

Jingle Bells rhyming words practice

Twas the Night Before Xmas correction and discussion

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks storytelling and discussion

Once in Royal David’s City rhyming words

Little Donkey rhyming words

Away in a Manger mixed up text

Have yourself a Merry Little Xmas text reordering

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The Christmas Song (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” etc)

White Xmas song correct the mistakes

Miscellaneous Xmas worksheets

Describing Japanese and British Xmas and New Year

Xmas find someone who

Choose cards and draw your own Xmas picture

Updated 7 December 2022

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