We’ve got a word list to help build vocabulary this season with Christmas words that start with Z! With simple descriptions and example sentences, this list is suitable for your preschoolers and kindergarteners.


Printable resources for Christmas vocabulary and phonics

Christmas Words That Start With Z

1. Zestful

Description: ‘Zestful’ means full of energy and enthusiasm. It’s a word that perfectly captures the excitement children feel during the Christmas season.

Example Sentence: “The children were zestful as they decorated the Christmas tree, hanging ornaments with bright smiles.”

2. Zigzag

Description: ‘Zigzag’ refers to a pattern that moves in sharp turns from side to side. It’s often seen in Christmas decorations and winter designs.

Example Sentence: “We made a zigzag pattern in the snow, walking like little penguins under the twinkling Christmas lights.”

3. Zephyr

Description: ‘Zephyr’ means a gentle, mild breeze. It can be used to describe the soft winter winds during the holiday season.

Example Sentence: “As we sang Christmas carols, a zephyr whispered through the trees, making the night feel magical.”

4. Zeal

Description: ‘Zeal’ means great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. Christmas time often brings out a lot of zeal in children and adults alike.

Example Sentence: “With great zeal, the preschoolers practiced their Christmas play, eager to show it to their families.”

5. Zamboni

Description: A Zamboni is a machine used to clean and smooth the ice on a rink, especially popular during winter and Christmas ice-skating events.

Example Sentence: “We watched in fascination as the Zamboni glided across the ice, making it perfect for our Christmas skating party.”

6. Zarzuela

Description: Zarzuela is a type of Spanish operetta, often performed during the Christmas season in Spain, showcasing traditional music and dance.

Example Sentence: “At the Christmas festival, we watched a colorful zarzuela that told a story of holiday cheer and love.”

7. Zenith

Description: ‘Zenith’ means the highest point reached by a celestial or other object. It can be used to describe the top of a Christmas tree.

Example Sentence: “We placed the shining star at the zenith of our classroom Christmas tree, and it sparkled brightly.”

8. Zucchini

Description: While not a traditional Christmas food, zucchini can be used in various holiday recipes, such as zucchini bread.

Example Sentence: “For our Christmas party, we baked sweet zucchini bread that filled the room with a delicious aroma.”

9. Zwetschge

Description: A ‘Zwetschge’ is a type of plum used in German Christmas treats, like in the famous Stollen bread.

Example Sentence: “In our cooking class, we used zwetschge to make a special Christmas Stollen, just like in Germany.”

10. Zest

Description: ‘Zest’ can refer to the outer peel of citrus fruits used in cooking and baking, especially in Christmas recipes like cookies and cakes.

Example Sentence: “We added orange zest to our Christmas cookies for a tangy, festive flavor.”

11. Zambomba

Description: A zambomba is a traditional Spanish drum played during the Christmas season, especially in the region of Andalusia. It’s a fun way to introduce children to different cultural traditions.

12. Zalig Kerstfeest

Description: ‘Zalig Kerstfeest’ is Dutch for ‘Merry Christmas’. It’s a common greeting in the Netherlands and Belgium during the holiday season.

Example Sentence: “In our Christmas around the world project, we learned to say ‘Zalig Kerstfeest’ to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Dutch.”

13. Zampognari

Description: Zampognari are traditional Italian bagpipers who play during the Christmas season, especially in southern Italy. They are often seen in nativity scenes and Christmas markets.

Example Sentence: “We saw pictures of Zampognari playing music in the streets of Italy, bringing Christmas joy with their bagpipes.”

14. Zeppole

Description: Zeppole are Italian doughnuts, typically enjoyed during the Christmas season. They are sweet, deep-fried dough balls, often dusted with powdered sugar.

Example Sentence: “At our international Christmas food fair, we tried Zeppole, which are delicious Italian Christmas treats.”

15. Ziemassvētki

Description: ‘Ziemassvētki’ is the Latvian word for Christmas. In Latvia, Ziemassvētki is celebrated with traditional foods, songs, and customs.

Example Sentence: “During our Christmas celebrations, we learned that in Latvia, Christmas is called ‘Ziemassvētki’ and is celebrated with special songs and dances.”

16. Zimtsterne

Description: Zimtsterne are traditional German cinnamon star cookies, commonly baked during the Christmas season. They are made from ground nuts, cinnamon, and egg whites.

Example Sentence: “In our cooking class, we made Zimtsterne, which are star-shaped cinnamon cookies popular in Germany during Christmas.”

17. Zopf

Description: Zopf is a type of Swiss, Austrian, and German bread, similar to challah, often enjoyed during special occasions including Christmas. It’s braided and has a soft, rich texture.

Example Sentence: “For our Christmas breakfast, we enjoyed Zopf, a delicious braided bread that’s a holiday tradition in Switzerland.”

18. Zwetschkenknödel

Description: Zwetschkenknödel are Austrian and German dumplings made with a plum (Zwetschke) filling. They are a traditional dish and can be enjoyed during the Christmas season.

Example Sentence: “At the Christmas market, we tried Zwetschkenknödel, which are sweet plum dumplings, a special treat in Austria and Germany.”

While you’re building vocabulary, also be sure to get our Christmas rhyming matchups freebie!

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