How to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Russian?

Christmas and Happy New Year in Russian
Christmas and New Year Holidays are coming soon and with holiday season around  I believe it is time to dedicate this post to special wishes on  these beautiful occasions.

Below you will find the most common ways to wish someone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Russian, plus many more useful common Russian phrases to use around the Christmas period.
You can use the following festive Russian greetings for your Christmas cards, emails, messages or even for making a quick call.


Christmas greetings in Russian


With Christmas Day finally here, why not impress some of your Russian friends by saying “Merry Christmas” in Russian language? 
Send a message in Facebook,  send a “tweet,” or drop an e-mail.  

Note that in  Russian Christmas celebration take place on the 7th of January. We do not celebrate Catholic Christmas on the 25th of December. 

  • C Рождеством! 
  • Поздравляю с Рождеством! 
  • Счастливого Рождества!
Merry Christmas!  
(You’ll find  several phrases and all the following  Christmas greetings in Russian express the online idea to wish Merry Christmas, you can use any)


New Year greetings in Russian. 
You will also learn how to wish someone a Happy New Year in Russian.

Note, that before the 1st of January you should say 

  • C наступающим!
  • C наступающим Новым годом!  
That means « With upcoming holiday!» 


And after the 1st of January you should say/write: « Happy New year!» 

  • C Новым годом! 
  • Поздравляю с Новым годом! 
  • Счастливого Нового года!

And these following phrases you can add to  your wishes:

Желаю …. I wish you 

+здоровья  (health)
+ счастья   (happiness)
+ успехов/удачи    (success)
+ всего самого наилучшего  (all the best)

Пусть в Новом  году сбудутся все ваши/твои желания/мечты 
Let all your dreams/wishes come true

Хороших выходных! Хороших праздников!
Happy Holidays!


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