How to say 'Merry Christmas' in Vietnamese +Christmas Wishes

Christmas is not an official public holiday in Vietnam but that doesn't stop Vietnamese people from celebrating Christmas Eve, especially young people!

That's why today, we're going to learn how to say Merry Christmas in Vietnamese and how to wish someone a happy Christmas.

What is "Christmas” in Vietnamese?

The word for 'Christmas' in Vietnamese is Giáng Sinh.

You will also come across other French-influenced words which are Noel and Nô-en (where they are both pronounced as 'Nô-en').

So here is how to say 'Christmas Festival'

  • Lễ Giáng Sinh
  • Lễ Noel / Lễ Nô-en

4 Ways to say Merry Christmas in Vietnamese

Here are some common ways to say 'Merry Christmas' in Vietnamese that you should know.

Chúc mừng Giáng Sinh

Literally means 'congratulate on Christmas', where the word chúc mừng means 'to congratulate'.

Chúc mừng Giáng Sinh is a slightly more formal way to say 'Merry Christmas' in Vietnamese. You will mostly see it on banners and greeting cards.

Giáng Sinh vui vẻ

Literally means 'Happy Christmas', where the word vui vẻ means 'happy', 'enjoyable'.

Giáng Sinh vui vẻ is the most common and casual way to say 'Merry Christmas' in Vietnamese.

You can also add the final nha or nhé to make it sound more 'lovely'.

  • Giáng sinh vui vẻ nha!

Giáng Sinh an lành

Literally means 'Peaceful Christmas', where the word an lành means 'peace' or 'peaceful'.

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Common Christmas Wishes in Vietnamese

Lời chúc means wishes in Vietnamese. Simply follow the table below to learn how to wish someone a Merry Christmas.

Christmas Wishes in Vietnamese


  • Chúc bạn Giáng Sinh vui vẻ bên gia đình và bạn bè
    Wish you a happy Christmas with family and friends

  • Chúc ba mẹ Giáng Sinh ấm áp bên con cháu
    Wish dad & mom a warm Christmas with children/grandchildren

Activities that Vietnamese people do on Christmas

Here are some activities that young Vietnamese people often do during the Christmas period.

  • trang trí cây thông Nô-en
    decorate Christmas tree ('trang trí' = to decorate)

  • viết thiệp Nô-en
    write Christmas card

  • tặng quà Nô-en
    gift Christmas present ('tặng' = to gift)

  • đi nhà thờ
    go to the church ('nhà thờ' = church)

  • đi chơi với bạn
    hang out with friends

  • đi ăn với bạn
    eat out with friends

  • tổ chức tiệc Nô-en
    host a Christmas party

Here are some other activities that you may do in your country on Christmas.

  • đi trượt tuyết
    go skiing

  • làm người tuyết
    make snowman

  • nướng bánh quy
    bake cookies

  • viết thư cho ông già Nô-en
    write letter to Santa Claus

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Common Words used on Christmas

Here are some common words that you might come across during Christmas time.

  • ông già Nô-en - Santa Claus
  • quà Nô-en - Christmas gift
  • tuần lộc - reindeer
  • người tuyết - snowman
  • điều ước - wish(es)
  • mùa đông - winter
  • tuyết - snow
  • lò sưởi - snow

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