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German Holiday Greetings: How to Greet Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in German

When the month of December rolls in, a festive feel starts to permeate the air. Christmas markets (Christkindlesmarkt) start selling their wares and delicious goods, Christmas songs fill the air, and everyone seems to be in good cheer.

Needless to say, Christmas is a big deal in Germany. So if you have German friends, make sure to greet them a Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year in German! This article will show you how.

Let’s begin!

How to say Merry Christmas in German

Frohe/Fröhliche Weihnachten! 

The simplest way to greet someone during Christmas: Frohe Weihnachten! Come on, say it with me: froh-eh vie-nahkh-ten !

Or you could also say Fröhliche Weihnachten which is essentially the same greeting albeit more jolly and a little less formal.  

How to Say Happy New Year in German

To greet someone a happy new year in German, you can either say Prosit Neujahr! or Ein glückliches neues Jahr! Both greetings work fine. For a longer one, you can say Haben Sie ein glückliches neues Jahr! (Have a happy New Year!)

A somewhat strange yet widely used new year’s greeting in German is Einen Guten Rutsch or simply Guten Rutsch. It means a “good slide” or a wish for a smooth start or transition into the new year.

Of course, the new year comes with new hope and new aspirations. You can give your warm wishes for the new year by saying the heartfelt greetings below.

Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!A smooth start to the new year!
Alles GuteBest wishes
Alles Gute zum Neuen JahrBest wishes for the new year
Die besten Wünsche für das neue Jahr! Best wishes for the new year!
Glück und Erfolg im Neuen Jahr!Good fortune and success in the new year!
Mögen sich all deine Wünsche erfüllenMay all your wishes come true
Gesundheit, Glück und Erfolg!Health, happiness and success!
Zum neuen Jahr Gesundheit, Glück und viel Erfolg!Health, happiness, and much success in the new year!

How to say Happy Holidays in German

Ein Frohes Fest!a joyous holiday!
Schöne Feiertage! Happy holidays!
Frohe Feiertage! Happy holidays!
Frohe Festtage!Happy holidays!

There are different ways you can say happy holidays in German. These are the most common: “Ein Frohes Fest”,“Schöne Feiertage!” or “Frohe Feiertage/ Festtage! “ Either of the four works just fine!

To use this in a more complete greeting, you can say:

Ich wünsche dir ein frohes Fest! I wish you a joyous holiday!

Or alternatively,

Wir wünschen deiner Familie Frohe Festtage! We wish your family happy holidays!

You can also say

Genießen Sie die Feiertage!  Enjoy the holidays!

Conclusion

Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year, or so the song says. Make sure to greet your German friends properly and let them know they’re in your thoughts this holiday season!

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