A Kid’s Guide to Santa Claus in Spanish
Santaclós— Santa Claus in Spanish —is one of the most iconic figures of the holidays around the world, and Latin America is no exception!
Across the globe, Santa Claus is a wise old man who has a jolly laugh and makes toys for kids. He has a flying sleigh pulled by reindeers and travels the world on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to all the good kids.
Keep reading this blog post to learn how to talk about Santa Claus in Spanish! Let’s get started!
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Holiday Figures Other Than Santa Claus
In many Latin American countries, Santa Claus is just one of many Christmas figures who gives children presents during the holidays.
For example, in Colombia el niño Jesús (baby Jesus) is the one who gives the presents, so the kids ask him for what they want for Christmas.
In other countries—such as Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala—the ones in charge of giving out presents are los Reyes Magos (the three Wise Kings). Children write letters to them asking for their presents.
While a lot of people open their presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, those who celebrate los Reyes Magos open more gifts on January 6th.
For the kings to leave you your presents, you have to put your shoes in your window, and leave candies or cookies for them, as well as water and grass for their camels. Los Reyes Magos will visit during the night and exchange those things for your gifts!
While Baby Jesus and the Three Wise Kings are in charge of giving gifts to some kids in Latin America, others receive their presents from Santa Claus!
All About Santa Claus in Spanish
How do you say “Santa Claus” in Spanish? That’s an excellent question with a lot of answers!
There isn’t a direct translation for Santa Claus in Spanish. We all know him as the man that gives us gifts on Christmas.
Although Santa Claus is a universally recognized name, he has different names all around the world, including in Latin America. Here are some of the different names for Santa Claus in Spanish:
- Old man Pascuero – Viejito Pascuero (in Chile)
- Father Noel – Papá Noel
- Saint Nicholas – San Nicolás
- Colacho (in Costa Rica)
Some people write his name as Santa Claus or Santaclós.
Now that you know about Santa’s important role in Latin American Christmas, it’s time to learn how to talk about Santa Claus in Spanish!
What Does Santa Claus Wear?
Santa Claus is easy to recognize thanks to his signature red suit and hat. You see him wearing it in photos, books, cartoons, movies, and more!
You can’t talk about Santa Claus without mentioning his iconic clothes.
Santa Claus Clothes in Spanish
|Christmas hat||el sombrero de navidad|
|red suit||el traje rojo|
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What Does Santa Claus Do?
We all know about Santa’s most important activity: he distributes toys!
But hundreds of songs and stories tell us that he does so much more than that.
In Disney’s movie The Santa Clause 2, they show us how Santa Claus and his elves prepare for Christmas and deal with different obstacles to make it happen.
The movie Arthur Christmas presents an interesting story of different generations of Santa Clauses and how they all have to work together to save the holidays.
One of my favorites is the Santa Claus depicted in Rise of the Guardians, whose cool version of Santa wields double swords and commands an army of toy-making yetis.
You’ll find these Santa Claus movies in Spanish in streaming services because all of them are Spanish dubbed. This way, you can practice your fluency while you enjoy the holiday spirit!
Santa’s Activities in Spanish
Now let’s learn how to talk about all the different activities Santa Claus does in Spanish.
|drink milk||tomar leche|
|eat cookies||comer galletas|
|fly around the world||volar alrededor del mundo|
|hand out toys||repartir regalos|
|make toys||hacer juguetes|
|read our letters||leer nuestras cartas|
|ride his sleigh||montar su trineo|
Santa Claus’ Reindeers
Papá Noel has the power to make millions of gifts for kids all around the world, but he can’t fly. He’s not Superman! That’s why he has the help of some amazing magical creatures: los renos (reindeer).
According to the legend, Santa’s sleigh is pulled by an awesome team of 9 reindeer, and Rodolfo, el reno de la nariz roja (Rudolf, the rednosed reindeer) is the one who leads them on their travels. There is even a song in Spanish about him!
Since reindeer are an important part of Santa Claus’ work, the least we can do is learn their names in Spanish!
Santa Claus’ Reindeers in Spanish
Describing Santa Claus
There are many origin stories about Santa Claus and how he became such an important figure for the holidays.
Most of those different legends and myths depict Santa as a good person with a heart of gold, a jolly old man full of goodness, and someone who shows others the greatness of Christmas.
But how can you describe him in Spanish? The next vocabulary list is full of adjectives to help you with that.
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We can’t talk about Santa Claus and not talk about Christmas or the holidays! That’s why I prepared this short but useful vocabulary list so you can talk all about your favorite holiday season.
Christmas Vocabulary in Spanish
|Christmas tree||el árbol de Navidad|
|hot cocoa||el chocolate caliente|
|Mrs. Claus||la Señora Claus|
|North Pole||el polo norte|
|toy maker||el juguetero|
Celebrate the Holidays in Spanish
Today, Spanish ranks among the top five most commonly spoken languages in the world. By knowing Spanish, your child will be able to communicate more easily with those around them. Due to its popularity, there’s a strong chance your child will encounter people who speak the language at school, on the playground, or around the community. With even a basic understanding, they can start and carry conversations that enrich their lives.
Christmas is all about sharing memories, culture, and traditions. Learning Spanish opens your child’s eyes to a world beyond their front door. It encourages conversations around diversity, culture, and respecting others.
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