Best Christmas Songs for Kids

Singing Christmas songs for kids is a great way to get the family enjoying the Christmas season. Singing songs together as a family is fun and spirited. There are plenty of Christmas favorites you can share with your kids, and your celebration can include the neighbors if you decide to go caroling. Here are some of the most popular and joyful Christmas songs that everyone can sing together.

Easy and Festive
These Christmas songs are very simple to learn. Most people know the melodies, and they are great starter songs for celebrating the magic of the season. You can find lyrics online easily with a simple search, in case you don't already know them yourself.

  • "Jingle Bells," written by James Pierpont in 1857, is the most well-known of all Christmas songs. It's bouncy, catchy and stays with you. One of the most interesting things about this Christmas favorite is that there aren't any references to Christmas in it, apart from the bells and snow. 
  • "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1932, is a favorite that has been recorded by many well-known singers, including Bing Crosby, Perry Como and the Andrews Sisters. This song reminds the little ones to be good because Santa is always watching.
  • "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," written by Robert May, music by Johnny Marks, began its life as a promotion for Montgomery Ward. This song became a hit in 1949, when it was recorded by Gene Autry. It tells the well-loved story of the reindeer with the light-up nose, but most of all the song celebrates that everyone is unique and has something to contribute.

Dance Along
These songs are great to dance to, so get up and dance around the room with your kids while they are playing. The lyrics are a little more complicated, so the grown-ups may need to sing lead.

  • "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms. This song is so catchy that it would be a great idea to get out some tambourines or bells and let the kids play along as you sing. This song has been recorded in many different styles, from rock to swing to country, so you're sure to find a version that fits your family's musical tastes.
  • "Frosty the Snowman" was written by Steve Rollins and Steve Nelson. This song about a snowman who comes to life was Gene Autry's follow-up holiday hit to "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in 1950. Like "Jingle Bells," you won't find any direct Christmas references, but the winter setting and sense of magic and childhood fun make it a perfect song for the season.
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