ESL Christmas Worksheets, Activities and Games

Christmas Word Puzzle

ESL Christmas Worksheet - Matching, Writing and Spelling Activity - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

In this free Christmas worksheet, students race to write down 20 Christmas words by matching numbers to letters. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students look at the numbers for each word and find the corresponding letters in the chart on the worksheet. The students then write the Christmas word in the space provided. When a student thinks they have finished, check their answers and spelling. The first student to complete the worksheet correctly wins. When everyone has finished, review the correct answers and meaning of each Christmas word with the class.
 

A Christmas Letter

ESL Christmas Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Matching - Elementary (A1-A2) - 60 minutes

This free Christmas activity can be used to teach Christmas vocabulary and traditions. Give each team of four a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and deal out evenly. The students then play a game where you read out a Christmas letter and they race to complete it by providing the words. Start by reading the letter to the class using the word 'blank' for the missing words. When a missing word comes up, the students look at their cards and see if they have a suitable word to complete the sentence. The first student to hold up the correct picture card and say the word, scores a point for their team. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Next, give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students put all their team's cards together face up on the table and complete the letter for themselves. When everyone has finished, check the answers as a class. As an extension, the students write a reply to the letter where they talk about the festivals they celebrate. These letters can be read aloud or displayed around the classroom. Students can also play a categorizing game, pelmanism game or game of 'Snap' with the cards.
 

Christmas Word Search

ESL Christmas Worksheet - Reading, Spelling and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this Christmas worksheet, students find Christmas vocabulary in a word search and then use the words in sentences. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students look for the Christmas vocabulary shown on the worksheet in the word search and tick the words off as they go. When the students have finished, review the position and meaning of each Christmas word with the class. Next, divide the students into teams of four. Call out a Christmas word at random from the word search. The first student to put up their hand and make an appropriate sentence with the word scores a point for their team. This process continues until all the words have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Draw, Colour and Describe

ESL Christmas Worksheet - Drawing, Reading and Writing - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this creative Christmas worksheet, students draw, colour and describe Christmas pictures. Give each student a copy of the worksheet and some coloured pens or pencils. Students then draw and colour a Christmas picture. When the students have finished, they think about what they can see in the picture and what is happening. Students then write adjectives, nouns and verbs they can use to describe their picture and write them in a box on the worksheet. Students then use the words in the box to write a description of their Christmas picture. Afterwards, the students present their pictures and descriptions to the class.
 

Imperative Snowflake

ESL Christmas Activity - Reading - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a practical Christmas activity to help decorate the classroom for Christmas. Give each student a copy of the worksheet, a piece of paper and some scissors. Working alone, students read the instructions on the worksheet and make a snowflake using the paper and scissors. When the students have finished, review the instructions with the class. Students then use the snowflakes to decorate the classroom by hanging them up or taping them to the window. Students could also make their snowflakes more decorative by adding glitter. As an extension, students make small snowflakes and glue them to some coloured paper to make a Christmas card.
 

Letter to Santa

ESL Christmas Worksheet - Reading and Writing - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a free Christmas worksheet for young learners. In the activity, students complete a letter to Santa Claus, telling Santa about the good things they have done this year and the presents they want for Christmas. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing the letter with their name, age and location. Students then go on to write about the good things they have done this year and why they deserve a present. After that, students tell Santa what they would like for Christmas by creating a Christmas wish list. When the students have finished writing, they read their letters to the class. The letters can then be displayed around the classroom or sent to the North Pole.
 

Santa's Missing Hat

ESL Christmas Play - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 40 minutes

In this imaginative Christmas activity, students perform a short Christmas play for the class. Divide the students into groups and give each student a copy of the script. Assign each student a role in the play. Students then practice the script in their groups. Students rehearse the play several times and practice acting out the various scenes. When the groups are ready, they take it in turns to act out the play in front of the class. As the other students watch the play, they answer comprehension questions based on the story. When the groups have finished performing, check the answers with the class. Afterwards, students draw a scene from the play. These can be cut out and displayed around the classroom.
 

Thank You Letter

ESL Christmas Activity - Reading and Writing - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun Christmas activity, students write thank you letters for Christmas presents by completing a sentence and then passing the letter along to another student who writes the next sentence. This is a light-hearted activity and the students should be encouraged to be as imaginative or amusing as they like by completing the letters with the names of famous people, unusual Christmas presents, funny adjectives, etc. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Divide the students into large groups and have each group sit in a circle. The students begin by completing the salutation, e.g. 'Dear Batman'. Students then fold the letter along the dotted line so the part they have written is hidden. Students then pass the letter to the person on their right. Students then complete the next sentence, fold the paper as before and give it to the person on their right. This process is repeated until all the sentences have been completed. When the students write their name at the bottom of the worksheet, the letter becomes theirs. Students then open out the letter and read it aloud to the group. The letters should make an entertaining read.
 

Christmas Blockbusters

ESL Christmas Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this engaging Christmas game, students guess vocabulary related to Christmas from clues given by the teacher. Draw a five-by-five hexagon grid on the board and write the letters into the 25 hexagons. Divide the students into two teams and allocate a colour to each team, e.g. red and blue. The two teams then decide which direction they want to play - top to bottom or left to right. The aim of the game is to connect the hexagons from one side of the grid to the other. This is a fairly strategic game and the students need to choose their moves carefully in order to win the game, blocking the other team when necessary. The game starts with the center hexagon. Give the clue for the letter in the hexagon (D), i.e. 'You put these up in your home at Christmas.' The two teams then race to answer, i.e. decorations. The first team to answer correctly wins the hexagon and it is coloured accordingly. The winning team then chooses the next hexagon. Give the clue for the letter or letters in that hexagon and both teams race to answer as before. The first team to connect their hexagons from top to bottom or left to right wins the game. This game can also be played in groups of five with two teams of two and one quizmaster who reads the clues.
 

Christmas Conversation Questions

ESL Christmas Conversation Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free Christmas questions worksheet activity, students complete Christmas conversation questions with 'Wh' and yes/no question words. The students then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students use question words in a box on the worksheet to complete a set of Christmas conversation questions. When the students have completed the questions, check the answers with each group. 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 about their partner.
 

Christmas Crossword

ESL Christmas Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this Christmas crossword activity, students complete a crossword by defining and guessing Christmas vocabulary. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words across and Group B has the words down. Working with the people in their group, students invent and write down clues for the Christmas words written on their crossword. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner reads out the clue for that Christmas word and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
 

Christmas Mimes

ESL Christmas Game - Miming and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This free Christmas miming game can be used to teach or review common Christmas traditions and activities as well as the present continuous tense. The aim of the game is to guess what Christmas traditions or activities students are doing from mimes. Divide the class into two teams. One team goes first and chooses a team member to do the first mime. The chosen student comes to the front of the class and is given a mime card. The student then asks the class 'What am I doing?' and performs the mime on the card. When a member of either team thinks they know what Christmas tradition or activity the student is doing, they call out their answer by making a present continuous sentence, e.g. 'You are singing a Christmas carol'. Students must say the exact words on the mime card to win. The first student to guess the sentence scores a point for their team. A student from the other team then comes to the front of the class and so on. The game continues with teams taking it in turns to mime a Christmas tradition or activity until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Guess what?

ESL Christmas Yes/No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this Christmas vocabulary game, students ask yes/no questions in order to guess words related to Christmas. Give each group of four a set of game cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. Also, give each student a copy of the game sheet. The game sheet shows the Christmas vocabulary on the cards. One student begins by picking up a card from the pile, without showing it to anyone. The card shows the Christmas vocabulary the other students need to guess. The other students then take it in turns to ask one yes/no question to the student using the game sheet to help them, e.g. 'Is it green?' As the student with the card answers 'yes' or 'no' to questions, the students eliminate vocabulary from the game sheet that doesn't apply. If a question is formed incorrectly, the student asking the question misses their turn. When a student thinks they know the answer, they wait until their turn to make their guess, e.g. 'Is it mistletoe?' If the student guesses correctly, they score a point and put a tick in the box next to the word on their game sheet. If not, the game continues. When the vocabulary has been guessed correctly, the next student picks up a card and so on. When there is one card left in the pile, the game ends. The students then count the ticks on their game sheet to find the winner. This game can also be played in pairs. You could also make the game harder by removing the game sheet and having the students ask questions unaided. In this case, when a student guesses correctly, they win the card.
 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

ESL Grinch Worksheet - Listening, Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this Christmas worksheet, students answer comprehension questions about the film "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students watch the film and answer the comprehension questions on the worksheet. When the film is over, check the answers with the class.
 

A Christmas Carol

ESL Christmas Activity - Listening, Reading and Matching - Low intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This Christmas worksheet activity is based on the story "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. The worksheet can be used to check the students' comprehension of the book or film. The students begin by reading an introduction to the story at the top of the worksheet. Students then watch or listen to the story "A Christmas Carol." As the students are watching or listening to the story, they match the sentences on the worksheet to each ghost, according to the things that each ghost shows Scrooge. When all three ghosts have visited Scrooge, stop the story and check the answers with the class. Students then predict what will happen next. The story continues and the students check to see if their predictions were correct.
 

Christmas in England

ESL Christmas Game - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this insightful Christmas game, students learn about English Christmas traditions by completing sentences with adverbs of frequency. Give each team of three or four a copy of the worksheet. Read out the first sentence about Christmas in England from the worksheet. Teams then guess the missing adverb of frequency in the sentence. Teams that want to guess the adverb of frequency without a clue give their answers first. Teams that are unsure of the correct answer ask for a clue, but they must wait until all the answers have been given by the other teams before the clue is given. The teams that listen to the clue then give their answers and the correct adverb of frequency is revealed. Teams score five points if they guess correctly without a clue and two points if they guess correctly after a clue has been given. The next sentence is then read out to the class and so on. This continues until all the sentences have been completed. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
 

Little Piccola's Christmas Story

ESL Christmas Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this Christmas worksheet, students read a Christmas story and then do reading and writing exercises based on it. Give each pair of students a set of story strips. The students read the story strips and put them in the correct order. When the students have finished, check the order and read the story together as a class. Next, give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students answer comprehension questions about the main details of the story. Students then identify words used for dialogue from the story. In the last exercise, students write from the point of view of one of the characters in the story, describing what happened. Afterwards, students read their points of view of what happened in the story to the class.
 

Christmas Story Worksheet

ESL Christmas Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This Christmas worksheet helps students learn about Christmas traditions and practice narrative tenses. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching Christmas vocabulary from a story they are going to read to pictures. Students are then presented with a Christmas story from the UK, which is in the wrong order. The students read the paragraphs and put them in the correct order 1 to 8. Next, students answer comprehension questions based on the story. After that, students find examples of narrative tenses in the story. Finally, students write a short story about a celebration they have had using narrative tenses. When the students have finished, they read their stories to the class and feedback is given.
 
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