5 Ways To Wish Someone a Happy New Year in Spanish

Knowing what to say during the holidays is a very important thing to learn in any language. So, adding different ways to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Spanish to your vocabulary will be key, as this is one of those holidays that everyone celebrates.

There are multiple ways in which you can wish someone a Happy New year in Spanish. The most popular phrases are:

  • Feliz Año Nuevo
  • ¡Feliz 2022!
  • Te Deseo un Próspero Año Nuevo
  • Mis Mejores Deseos en Este Año
  • Éxito en Este Nuevo Año

Saying the same thing over and over again can get boring, so, this time we’ll go through five different expressions that you can use to say ‘happy new year’ in Spanish. Additionally, I’ll provide examples and phrase structures so that, once you learn these expressions, you’re able to create your own examples.

By the end of this, you’ll know how to communicate your good wishes to your Spanish-speaking friends or relatives like a pro!

1. Feliz Año Nuevo – Happy New Year

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! is what everyone shouts on January 1st at midnight. As you can imagine, this is the direct translation of ‘Happy New Year’, so it’s probably the most common thing to say on this holiday. 

Just like in English, this phrase is the standard way to wish someone a good year, so you can use it with anyone, even with strangers you run into at the store. So, in short, this is definitely a go-to if you wanna keep it short and simple.

Feliz Año Nuevo + [complement]

¡Feliz año nuevo! Mis mejores deseos para todos.
Happy New Year! My best wishes to all.

Manuel, feliz año nuevo, gracias por todo.
Manuel, happy new year, thanks for everything.

Mamá, feliz año nuevo, te quiero mucho.
Mom, happy new year, I love you very much.

2. ¡Feliz 2022! – Happy 2022!

Although very similar to the last one, people frequently accompany ¡Feliz 2022! with a longer and more personal message as this phrase is very brief. Of course, depending on what the current year is, the number will change. Additionally, you can replace the number with the word ‘año’ (year) making it a shorter variation of ‘Feliz año nuevo’.

¡Feliz 2022! + [complement]

¡Feliz 2022 a todos! 
Happy 2022 everyone!

¡Feliz 2022! Te mando un abrazo.
Happy 2022! I send you a hug.

¡Feliz 2022! Espero que este año esté lleno de buenas noticias.
Happy 2022! I hope this year is full of good news.

¡Feliz año! + [complement]

Katy, ¡Feliz año! Gracias por los buenos deseos.
Katy, Happy New Year! Thanks for the good wishes.

¡Feliz año! Espero que cumplas todas tus metas.
Happy New Year! I hope you achieve all your goals.

3. Te Deseo un Próspero Año Nuevo – I wish you a Happy New Year

If you ever need to send a message to coworkers or employees, te deseo un próspero Año Nuevo is a really good option as this is a formal expression and is mostly used in formal contexts. 

This formal way to wish a ‘happy new year’ in Spanish is the literal translation of ‘I wish you a prosperous New Year’. Just like in English, in Spanish, people often use the phrase Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año nuevo as a Christmas greeting, which would be the Spanish equivalent of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

[Indirect object pronoun] + [‘desear’ conjugated] + un próspero año nuevo

Te deseamos un Próspero Año Nuevo.
We wish you a Happy New Year.

Compañeros, les deseo un Próspero Año Nuevo.
Colleagues, I wish you a Happy New Year.

Le deseo a usted y a su familia un Próspero Año Nuevo.
I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

4.  Mis Mejores Deseos en Este Año – My best wishes for This Year

A very forward way to express your good wishes to someone is by using the phrase Mis mejores deseos en este Año, which means ‘my best wishes for this year’. If you want, you can use this preceded by ‘feliz 2022’ or a personal message.

Depending on who is sending their wishes, you may need to change the possessive adjective. So, if you’re saying this on behalf of your whole family, instead of ‘mis’ you’ll say ‘nuestros’.

[Possessive adjective] + Mejores Deseos en Este Año + [complement]

Saludos tía, nuestros mejores deseos en este año.
Greetings aunt, our best wishes for this year.

Feliz 2022, mis mejores deseos en este año para todos ustedes.
Happy 2022, my best wishes for this year to all of you.

Mis mejores deseos en este año, ojalá podamos vernos pronto.
My best wishes for this year, hopefully, we can see each other soon.

5. Éxito en Este Nuevo Año – Success in this New Year

To give a more motivational vibe when wishing a happy new year in Spanish, you can say Éxito en este Nuevo Año. This expression is the direct translation of ‘success in this New Year’

Although you can say this to anyone, it’s particularly useful if you use it with someone that is starting a business, going to college, or making any big achievement during the year. Just like any other expression from this list, this phrase also works a lot better if you add another message before or after.

Éxito en este Nuevo Año + (complement)

Éxito en este Nuevo Año, te quiero.
Success in this New Year, I love you.

Éxito en este Nuevo Año, sé que estará lleno de buenas noticias.
Success in this New Year, I know it will be full of good news.

Éxito en este Nuevo Año, sé que lograrás todo lo que te propongas.
Success in this New Year, I know you will achieve everything you set your mind to.

You can also add the phrase ‘te deseo’, which means ‘I wish you’ before ‘éxito en este nuevo año’. Additionally, you can add the adverb ‘mucho’ or ‘muchísimo’ to emphasize.

[Indirect object pronoun] + [‘desear’ conjugated] + (mucho) + éxito en este nuevo año

Les deseo mucho éxito en este Nuevo Año.
I wish you every success in this new year.

Te deseo muchísimo éxito en este Nuevo Año.
I wish you a lot of success in this New Year.

Wrapping Up

Now you’re ready to respond to other people’s holiday greetings or to wish a Happy New Year in Spanish to your loved ones. This new vocabulary should work for a lot of situations and, as you already saw in the examples, you can even use a couple of them together. 

So, during these holidays, don’t be shy and use your new vocabulary to show affection to your friends and family and let people know you wish them un Feliz Año Nuevo.

Daniela Sanchez

¡Hola! Soy Daniela Sanchez, I've been studying Spanish professionally as well as teaching it in Mexico and online for over 10 years. I’ve taught Spanish to a wide array of foreigners from many backgrounds. Over the years, I've made it my mission to work hard on refining many challenging to understand grammar topics to make my students' learning experiences easier, faster and more enjoyable. Read More About Me

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