How to Say: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Italian

| Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:00
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With the holidays approaching, it is important to know how to say Merry Christmas in Italian!

"Merry Christmas" in Italian is Buon Natale.

Buon Natale is the most direct way of saying Merry Christmas in Italian, but there are other ways to wish someone happy holidays. Here are some examples:

Buone feste means Happy Holidays (it means both "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year")
Buone feste e tanti auguri means Happy Holidays and best wishes!

If you want to sound like a pro, you can use a more complicated, slightly formal phrase to say Merry Christmas in Italian:
Auguro a tutti Voi un Natale Sereno, meaning "I wish you all a Merry Christmas" - this is more often used in writing.

To say Happy New Year, you say Buon anno or Felice Anno Nuovo or, more common in writing, Auguri per un felice (year) - for example, this year you would say Auguri per un felice 2020.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo ai nostri lettori!