usage note
This word may also be spelled "Noche Buena."
proper noun
1. (holiday) 
Mis papás pasaron el día entero en la cocina preparando la cena para Nochebuena.My parents spent all day in the kitchen making dinner for Christmas Eve.
Siempre cenamos con toda la familia en Nochebuena.We always have dinner with the whole family on Christmas Eve.
1. (general) 
a. Christmas Eve 
Christmas Eve
Traditional Christmas celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries mainly take place on the night of Nochebuena, Christmas Eve. These include a large Christmas meal, going to Midnight Mass, Misa del Gallo, if you are a Catholic, and, in Spain, watching the seasonal message from the King on TV. Presents are traditionally given at the Epiphany by los Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, but due to ever-increasing Anglo-Saxon influence some people also give presents on Christmas Day.
note See culture box in entry rey.
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