As I shared a few months ago (see Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers), I’m beginning to create an updated series of “Best” lists for Beginning English Language Learners. They will ultimately replace the resources I have on my outdated website.

I’ve done quite a few so far, and you can find them all at All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

I’ve got several more to go, however, and here’s the latest one – on Holidays!

I have a separate list on Halloween (The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Halloween & The Day Of The Dead) and will be developing other ones specifically on Christmas and Valentine’s Day (I have included a few Christmas & Valentine’s links here, too). I have individual lists on just about every holiday imaginable, but they include links for every ELL from Beginning to Advanced. This post, like others in this series, are just including resources accessible to Beginners. The holidays will also be listed in chronological order starting from Halloween, which is when my students will be using the list:

VETERANS DAY (November 11th)

Learning Chocolate Veterans Day

THANKSGIVING (November 23rd)

Learning Chocolate Thanksgiving

Learning Chocolate Thanksgiving Feast


HMONG NEW YEAR (November  and December)

All About Hmong New Year

CHRISTMAS (December 25th)

Learning Chocolate Christmas

Learning Chocolate Christmas 2

Learning Chocolate Christmas 3

Christmas Vocabulary Game

Christmas Word Game

More Christmas Words


NEW YEAR’S (January 1st)

Learning Chocolate Happy New Year!


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY (January 15th or third Monday of January)

Learning Chocolate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


VALENTINE’S DAY (February 15th)

MES Games has a nice activity to develop Valentine’s Day vocabulary.

Learning Chocolate Valentine’s Day

Make A Valentine with Starfall.

PRESIDENTS DAY (February 19th or third Monday of February)

Learning Chocolate President’s Day


LUNAR NEW YEAR (Between January and February)

Chinese New Year Words


ST. PATRICK’S DAY (March 17th)

Learning Chocolate Saint Patrick’s Day

MES Games has a vocabulary building activity for St. Patrick’s-related words.


EASTER (Between March 22nd & April 25th)

Easter Activities

MES-Games has another fun activity to learn Easter words.

Learning Chocolate Easter

PASSOVER (March or April)



Ramadan Activities


Memorial Day Activities



LABOR DAY (First Monday in September)