The Holiday Season: ESL Conversation Questions

Do your students celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year? You can use these conversation questions as a simple way to get your students talking about their own holiday traditions and share a bit about the holiday season culture in America.

Conversation Questions: The Holiday Season

  1. What’s your favorite holiday song?
  2. What’s your favorite holiday movie?
  3. Do you celebrate holidays in November, December or January? Which ones
  4. Do you decorate your house for the holidays? What decorations do you have
  5. How do people in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving? Did you ever celebrate it
  6. What do you know about Black Friday? Does Black Friday exist in your country? Do you like to go shopping then?
  7. Do you have a Christmas tree? What does your tree look like?
  8. Do people in your neighborhood have elaborate holiday decorations on their houses?
  9. Do people in your country spend a lot of money on Christmas presents?
  10. Do children in your country believe in Santa Claus? When you were a child, did you believe in Santa Claus?
  11. What are some symbols of Christmas?
  12. Do you like shopping during the holiday season? Why or why not?
  13. What types of food do you usually eat on Christmas?
  14. What types of food do you usually eat on New Year?
  15. What smells remind you of Christmas?
  16. What do people in your hometown usually do at midnight on New Year’s Eve
  17. What other New Year traditions exist in your country? (Do you wear a certain type of clothing, eat a certain food, clean your house, give gifts, etc.?)
  18. Would you rather celebrate New Year in a public space, a big party, or a small gathering with friends and family?
  19. Why do a lot of people feel stressed around the holidays?

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