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The cast of Dora the Explorer performing the song in "A Present for Santa".
Written by: José Feliciano
Date: 1970

"Feliz Navidad" is a Christmas song written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano. With its simple Spanish chorus (the traditional Christmas/New Year greeting, "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" or "Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year") and equally simple English verse ("I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart"), it has become a classic Christmas pop song in the United States, Canada and throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Feliciano's version of "Feliz Navidad" (in which he plays both an acoustic guitar and a Puerto Rican cuatro) is one of the most downloaded and aired Christmas songs in the United States and Canada. It was also recognized by ASCAP as one of the top 25 most played and recorded Christmas songs around the world.

Feliz Navidad has been covered many other artists including Celine Dion, David Hasselhoff, the ska-punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls, but the most popular version being covered by Frank Farian's disco group Boney M on their Christmas Album released in 1981. A cover version was performed in the Dora The Explorer Christmas episode "A Present for Santa" with Kathleen Herles (then the voice of Dora) and Howie Dorough, formerly of the Backstreet Boys, voicing Santa.

Lyrics

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero año y felicidad.
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero 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.

Appearances in Christmas specials

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