Holidays ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Holiday Plans

ESL Holiday Plans Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a free holiday plans activity to help teach students how to ask and answer questions about future holiday arrangements. In pairs, the students complete missing information about four people's holiday plans by asking and answering questions with 'going to' and the present continuous. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers. Students then use the same questions to ask about their partner's holiday plans.
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Interactive Version - In this free holiday plans breakout room activity, pairs of students learn how to ask and answer questions about holiday plans.

 

The Hotel Information Exchange

ESL Hotel Information Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this hotel information activity, students ask and answer questions about the location of hotel facilities, opening/closing times and the price of hotel rooms. First, Student A asks Student B questions about the Grand hotel and completes missing information in a table on the worksheet. When Student A has completed all the information, the students swap roles and Student B asks questions about the Hilton hotel. Students then discuss the two hotels and decide which one they prefer and why. After that, the students give feedback to the class on their answers.
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Interactive Version - In this hotel information breakout room activity, pairs of students complete an information gap exercise where they ask and answer questions about two hotels.

 

Holiday Habits

ESL Holiday Habits Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free holiday habits 'Find someone who...?' activity, students find out about one another's holiday habits by asking and answering present simple questions with 'Do you...?' Students go around the classroom asking each other present simple yes/no questions from the prompts on the worksheet, e.g. 'Do you take a lot of photos when you go on holiday?' When a classmate replies 'Yes, I do', the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column of the worksheet. If a classmate answers 'No, I don't', the student repeats the question with other classmates until one of them says yes. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on their classmates' holiday habits.
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Holiday Postcards

ESL Holiday Experiences Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

In this holidays activity, students write postcards describing positive and negative holiday experiences. Students begin by writing down positive and negative adjectives to describe different aspects of a holiday. For example, if the aspect was food, students might write disgusting, cold, delicious, tasty, etc. Next, in pairs, students dictate their name and address to their partner and write the information on two postcards on the worksheet. The students then write postcards to their partner, describing imaginary positive and negative holiday experiences. In Postcard 1, students complain and describe negative aspects of their holiday, e.g. 'I ordered a pizza and it was disgusting'. The students end the postcard with a suitable closing (e.g. I wish you were here) and sign their name at the bottom. Students then repeat the process with the second postcard. In Postcard 2, students describe positive aspects of their holiday. When everyone has finished, students take it in turns to read their postcards to the class.
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Holiday Question Time

ESL Talking about Holidays Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this holiday conversation questions activity, students complete questions about holidays with question words and then use the questions to interview a partner. Working alone, students use question words in a box on the worksheet to complete a set of holiday conversation questions. Students then take it in turns to ask the holiday conversation questions to a partner. Students note down their partner's answers and ask follow-up questions to gain more information. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Interactive Version - In this breakout room activity, students use question words to complete holiday conversation questions and then ask and answer the questions with a partner.

 

Holiday Vocabulary

ESL Holidays Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this holiday vocabulary worksheet, students learn and practice words and questions related to holidays. Students start by completing an email about a holiday with words and phrases from a box. Students then match holiday vocabulary from the email to definitions. Next, students unscramble words to make questions about holidays and then answer the questions using the information from the email. After that, students role-play a conversation using the questions and answers. When the students have finished, they use the same questions to ask a partner about their last holiday.
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Interactive Version - In this holiday vocabulary interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to learn vocabulary and questions relating to holidays.

 

Weekend Tour Competition

ESL Planning a Tour Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 50 minutes

In this imaginative tour program activity, students have a competition to see who can provide the best weekend tour of their local city for a group of international tourists. In groups, students take on the role of a tour company and think of a tour company name. The tour companies then have a competition to see who can provide the best weekend tour of their local city for a group of 30 international tourists. Each tour company has a limitless budget and the one that creates the best tour wins a lucrative business contract. Each group then decides on an itinerary, which starts from Saturday morning at 7 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 10 p.m. The itinerary includes all the details of the tour, including things like accommodation, meals, sightseeing, transportation, entertainment, etc. When everyone has finished, the groups take it in turns to present their tour to the class. At the end of each presentation, students challenge the presenting group's tour ideas and openly point out weaknesses in their itinerary. When all the groups have presented, there is a class vote to see which tour company wins the contract.
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Holiday Bingo

ESL Holiday Vocabulary Game - Reading, Listening and Matching Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this holiday vocabulary game, students play bingo by listening to definitions and matching them to holiday words and phrases on bingo cards. The bingo caller reads out definitions of holiday words and phrases. If a student has a holiday word that matches the definition, they cross it off their bingo card. When a student has crossed off three squares in a row, they shout 'Bingo'. If the words and phrases are correct, the student scores a point. The students then continue the game to see who can cross off all nine squares on their bingo card. The first student to do this shouts 'Bingo'. If the answers are correct, the student scores a point. Afterwards, the students play a new game with another student taking on the role of the bingo caller. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Holiday Conversation Questions

ESL Holiday Conversation Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this free talking about holidays activity, students complete holiday conversation questions with question words and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. In two groups, students use question words in a box on the worksheet to complete a set of holiday conversation questions. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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Interactive Version - In this free holiday conversation questions breakout room activity, students use question words to complete questions about holidays and then use them to interview a partner.

 

Holiday Taboo

ESL Holiday Vocabulary Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this entertaining holiday vocabulary activity, students play a game of taboo where they describe and guess holiday vocabulary. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the holiday vocabulary in bold on the card to the other students, without saying the vocabulary or using the other words on the card. The first student to successfully guess the holiday vocabulary being described wins and keeps the card. Students continue taking it in turns to describe holiday vocabulary until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Making and Confirming a Booking

ESL Booking a Hotel Activity - Reading and Writing - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this useful hotel bookings activity, students learn how to write emails booking and confirming a hotel room. First, students use information and language on the worksheet to write an email booking a hotel room. The booking includes information about the date of arrival, number of guests and room/hotel requirements. When the students have written the email, they give it to a partner. Students then write a confirmation email in response to their partner's booking. Afterwards, the students read out their emails to the class.
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Trip to Thailand

ESL Travel Agency Role-Play - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

In this talking about holidays speaking activity, students role-play a travel agency conversation about a holiday to Thailand where they discuss transportation, distances, travel times and accommodation. One student takes on the role of a customer and the other takes on the role of a travel agent. The customer's task is to find out as much information as they can about transportation, travel times, distances and accommodation. Then, book what they consider to be the best options for their holiday. The travel agent's task is to sell the most expensive options by making up information about the benefits and advantages of the higher-priced options. Afterwards, customers give feedback to the class on the options they chose for their holiday and what they thought of their travel agent's sales technique. The travel agents' then reveal their intentions for selling the higher-priced options and explain how successful they were at doing that.
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