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Christmas Activities ESL Lesson Plan

Merry Christmas!🎄~ Elton John & Ed Sheeran

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Video Length: 3:29

Updated on: 12/09/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Christmas Activities ESL Lesson Plan Description


This Christmas activities ESL lesson plan contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for A2 - B1 pre-intermediate students. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe a variety of Christmas-related activities and talk about Christmas using definite articles (the), indefinite articles (a / an) and no article. They’ll also be able to plan some activities at a Christmas party and invite someone to it.


This Christmas activities ESL lesson plan starts by students having a conversation about Christmas, depending on whether or not they celebrate it. They’ll then match some words to some images of Christmas-related vocabulary. Students then have to talk about how these terms may be related to Christmas.


Students watch a lively music video by Elton John and Ed Sheeran. In the video, Ed and Elton do a variety of Christmas activities. In the listening activity for the video, students have to list the activities in the order they do them. Then there is a second part that focuses on the lyrics of the song. Students listen to the first half of the song and choose the correct lyrics they hear.


After watching the video, students discuss their thoughts about the video and Christmas or holiday songs. Then, there is an activity that features definite and indefinite articles (the, a / an, and no article) in the context of general and specific nouns, and uncountable and countable nouns. Some of the sentences featured are as follows:

  • Ed is flying with a snowman.
  • The snowman is happy and smiling.
  • Ed is drinking wine.
  • Kids are throwing snowballs.
  • Ed and Elton are playing music.

Students then do an activity in a dialogue in which they must write the correct article (the, a(n), or no article) based on the context. In the dialogue, a person invites a friend to a Christmas party, which is designed to prepare students for the communicative activation as described below:


The communicative activity featured in this Christmas activities ESL lesson plan has students plan some Christmas activities for a party. They write 4 activities using some nouns (both countable and uncountable) that they want to plan for the party. Then, students engage in a role play activity in which they call a friend and invite them to the party. In their phone call, they practice using the necessary articles.

Benefits of using this ESL lesson plan about Christmas activities:

Engaging Learning Experience: The music video featuring Elton John and Ed Sheeran provides a lively, festive context for language learning. With fun Christmas activities, it creates an engaging, multi-sensory experience, making the lesson enjoyable and memorable for students.

Grammar In Context: The activities in the lesson plan focus on the use of definite articles (the), indefinite articles (a/an), and no article, helping students enhance their language proficiency in using these grammar elements. The grammar activities provide practical application within the context of Christmas activities.

Cultural Awareness: The Christmas-themed content in the lesson plan introduces cultural aspects related to Christmas celebrations, contributing to students' cultural awareness and understanding.

Video Description

Step into this winter wonderland and experience the cheer and joy of Christmas with Elton John and Ed Sheeran.

Lesson Activities


Christmas, Christmas Activities


Video Activities (list in order), Song Lyrics (choosing the correct lyrics)


Images, Christmas Vocabulary


Articles (definite / indefinite / no article), Countable & Uncountable Nouns


Planning A Christmas Party & Inviting A Friend, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Christmas, Holidays

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