☃️German Level 1, Activity 14: Winterferien / Winter Holiday (Online)

Picture of a typical German Christmas Market in the city center.
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Description: Students will practice comprehension skills by answering questions related to German Christmas activities.
Semantic Topics: holiday, vacation, urlaub, trip, reise, christmas, weihnachten, krampus, st. nikolaus, questions, fragen

Products: Christmas, Weihnachten.

Practices: Christmas traditions in German speaking countries.  Weihnachtstraditionen im deutschsprachigen Raum.

Perspectives: German speaking countries have many cultural Christmas traditions. Im deutschsprachigen Raum gibt es viele kulturelle Weihnachtstraditionen.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • STANDARD 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • STANDARD 1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • STANDARD 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • Objective: CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can discuss German Christmas traditions with my peers
  • I can answer questions related to Christmas traditions in Germany
  • I can talk about my personal holiday traditions

Warm Up

Prior knowledge

  • Vorkenntnisse

What do you already know about German Christmas traditions?

  • Was kennst du schon über Deutsche Weihnachtstraditionen?

Main Activity


1. Students will learn a few facts about German Christmas traditions.

  • Die Studenten werden ein Paar Fakten über Deutsche Weihnachtstraditionen lernen.


2. They will need to remember what they learned in order to play the Kahoot game and win points.

  • Sie müssen erinnern was sie gelernt haben um das Kahoot zu spielen.


3. They will answer questions related to what they learned.

  • Sie werden Fragen antworten im Bezug auf was sie früher gelernt haben.



  • Wie sagt man “Christmas” auf Deutsch? (How does one say “Christmas” in German?)
  • Der St. Nikolaus kommt wann? (St. Nicholas comes when?)
  • Richtig oder Falsch? Weihnachtsmärkte fangen am 1. Dezember an. (Right or wrong? Christmas markets start on 1 December.)
  • Das Getränk trinken viele bei Weihnachtsmärkte. (Many people drink this drink at Christmas markets.)
  • Welche Stadt hat den größten Weihnachtsmarkt? (Which city has the largest Christmas market?)
  • Welche Stadt hat den ältesten Weihnachtsmarkt? (Which city has the oldest Christmas market?)
  • Richtig oder Falsch? Der Weihnachtsmann bringt Geschenke am 24. Dezember. (Right or wrong? Santa Claus brings gifts on December 24.)
  • Wer ist das Christkind? (Who is the Christ Child?)
  • Was ist ein traditionelles Weihnachtsessen? (What is a traditional Christmas dinner?)
  • Wer bestraft die bösen Kinder? (Who punishes the evil children?)



  • Beschreiben Sie einige Ihrer eigenen Feiertagstraditionen. (Describe some of your holiday traditions)

End of Activity:

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence. (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, ask questions, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can discuss German Christmas traditions with my peers
  • I can answer questions related to Christmas traditions in Germany
  • I can talk about my personal holiday traditions

Cultural Resources

Here a two videos over Christmas in Germany.  The first is over Weihnachtstraditionen in German.  The second is about Christmas traditions in Germany, in English but with German subtitles.

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