Feliz Navidad Lyrics and Meaning (I Wanna Wish You A Merry Christmas Lyrics) From José Feliciano
Feliz Navidad lyrics

Publication: Nov 15, 2021

Inside: Get the English translation of and lyrics to Feliz Navidad (I Wanna Wish You a Merry Christmas), from the legendary José Feliciano.

What’s the most iconic bilingual Christmas song? You guessed it: Feliz Navidad.

Though the lyrics are simple– six words in Spanish, and thirteen in English– this song is incredibly famous. It unites two languages, two cultures, celebrating one holiday.

In the The New Yorker, we’re told that Feliciano penned the song in 10 minutes and recorded it in just one take.

He wrote “Feliz Navidad” in ten minutes. “That’s why it’s the simplest song ever written,” he said… “I wanted a song that belonged to the masses,” he recalled. 

The Fiftieth Anniversary of “Feliz Navidad,” the Simplest Song Ever Written

Whether you speak Spanish fluently or not, this one will stick in your head all December!

Here’s quick tour of the post– click any title to jump to that section:

Feliz Navidad Meaning

First, what does Feliz Navidad itself mean?

Literally translated, it means Happy Christmas (feliz = happy, Navidad = Christmas). To translate it into a more common U.S. phrase, Feliz Navidad means Merry Christmas.

Related: The Best Christmas Songs in Spanish – A Playlist

Feliz Navidad Lyrics (I WANNA WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS)

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Próspero año y felicidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Próspero año y felicidad

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Próspero año y felicidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Próspero año y felicidad

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Próspero año y felicidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Próspero año y felicidad

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Próspero año y felicidad

English Translation of Lyrics

Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas)
Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas)
Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas)
Próspero año y felicidad (A prosperous New Year and happiness)

Though the literal translation of Feliz Navidad is “Happy Christmas,” (feliz = happy), when translating to an American phrase Merry Christmas makes more sense.

Próspero año y felicidad, literally translated, means “A prosperous year – and happiness,” and “Próspero año” is a common way for Spanish speakers to express “Happy New Year.”

Feliz Navidad (I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas) YouTube Videos

Here is a version sung by José Feliciano, the original writer and composer.

If you prefer to watch with the lyrics, here is another option:

My personal favorite is this cover from Michael Bublé and Thalia:

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