The 30 Best Christmas Songs for Kids of All Ages
The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. You get to whip up new holiday recipes, the children actually spend more than 30 minutes on Christmas crafts and there’s finally an excuse for everyone to sport matching pajamas while binge watching family-friendly holiday movies. But the best part? Getting the whole family together for a singalong of holiday songs. Hands down. These timeless catchy tunes never fail to get us in the spirit, whether we’re decorating the tree or spending quality time together on Christmas Eve. From “O Christmas Tree" to “Santa Shark” (yes, you read that correctly), here are 30 of the best Christmas songs for kids.
BEST SONGS FOR KINDERGARTEN SING-ALONGS
1. “Reindeer Hokey Pokey” by The Kiboomers
This holiday remix of "Hokey-Pokey" will have your kids up and dancing in no time (and maybe you, too).
2. “10 Little Elves” by Super Simple Songs
A Christmas song that’s both catchy and educational? Yes please. Even preschoolers can count up to 20 little elves with this fun tune.
3. “I’m a Little Snowman” by Super Simple Songs
The song is fun and quite descriptive, teaching kids to recognize the different parts of a snowman. It just might inspire your brood to build one, just like Elsa and Anna in Frozen.
4. “S-A-N-T-A” by Super Simple Songs
This is a clever remake of the popular children's nursery rhyme, “B-I-N-G-O.” Even if your little ones are already familiar with the melody, they’ll love this holiday twist on the classic.
5. “Rudolph’s Nose” by Maple Leaf Learning
The song will come in handy for any child who needs practice with color recognition. In the video, they can identify the color of Rudolph’s nose, Santa’s beard and the Christmas tree.
6. “Santa Shark” by Super Simple Songs
Calling all “Baby Shark” fans! In this holiday upgrade on the viral song, we meet Santa Shark, his Elf Sharks and his four Reindeer Sharks.
BEST SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS BAKING
7. “12 Days of Christmas Cookies” by Cookie Monster
As if we needed another reason to love the furry Sesame Street character, Cookie Monster gives us a unique rendition of “12 Days of Christmas,” where he shares the 12 different kinds of cookies that he gets from his friends. In a word, it’s delicious.
8. “Let's Make Cookies for Santa Claus“ by Maple Leaf Learning
The song actually explains how to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch, and in the video, kids are treated to a simple, step-by-step guide. Talk about a win-win.
9. “Gingerbread Man” by The Kiboomers
This one is sure to have even teens dancing while they make their gingerbread cookies. In the video, a singing gingerbread man repeats a simple rhyme to explain how it’s made.
10. “Christmas Cooking Song” by Little Baby Bum
Why would you not bust out a tune about Christmas sweets (AKA every kid’s favorite part of the holidays)? In the accompanying video, two kids join their mom in the kitchen to help her out with decorating her festive desserts.
11. “It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas“ by Johnny Mathis
Seeing a kitchen that’s filled with holiday treats and snacks is a sure sign that Christmas time has officially arrived. Singing about it definitely seals the deal.
BEST SONGS FOR TREE DECORATING
12. “Deck the Halls” by Love to Sing
It’s upbeat, fun, and catchy enough to keep the whole family caroling as they transform the tree into a festive masterpiece.
13. “O Christmas Tree“ by Pure Star Kids
What better way to mark this festive occasion than with this classic ode to the Christmas tree?
14. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry
Listen, you can’t go wrong with everyone’s favorite reindeer. After all, without him, Santa wouldn’t have been able to deliver all of those presents.
15. “Jingle Bells” by Kids Music
We dare you not to sing along to this classic. Yeah, it’s impossible. And FYI, it's definitely worth having on repeat for a little while.
16. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by The Wonder Kids
Did you know the classic Christmas carol can help kids learn to count and help improve their memory skills? We’ll admit—remembering everything in reverse order is quite the challenge.
BEST SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS DANCE PARTIES
17. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” by *NSYNC
We’d be remiss to not add this nostalgic holiday hit to the list. Ah, remember the ‘90s?
18. “Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
This fan-favorite will have everyone grooving in the “new old-fashioned way.” (Get it?)
19. “Sleigh Ride” by The Honey Sweets
Just hear the “sleigh bells ringle-ing, ting, ting, a-tingle-ing, too!” You’ve got to admit, it’s hard to resist dancing along to this festive tune.
20. “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Diana Ross
As the song says, “The party's on, the feeling's here, that only comes this time of year.” Quick, someone light a yule log!
BEST SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
21. “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Mickey Mouse
As the fam prepares to set the cookies for Santa Claus (don’t forget the milk!), hum this timeless carol.
22. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by The Jackson 5
If you really want to make Santa feel welcome, then playing this classic before bedtime just might do the trick. Don’t forget to include a mug of spiked eggnog with the cookies.
23. “I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas” by The Drifters
Waking up to a blanket of snow on Christmas morning is by far one of the best things about the holiday.
24. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
You can play it while you’re cooking, wrapping gifts or hosting a fun family gathering. Either way, “Jingle Bell Rock” is sure to lift everyone’s spirits.
25. “All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)” by The Chipmunks
For the record, the entire Christmas with the Chipmunks album is nothing short of brilliant. But this standout track—which features Theodore singing about his (missing) front teeth—is sure to be a hit with kids. Especially those with wiggly teeth who can relate.
BEST SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
26. “Christmas Time Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
The kids can snuggle in their pajamas, drink hot cocoa and simply bask in the glow of Christmas lights as they listen to this calming holiday tune.
27. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Love to Sing
Inspire the young ones to spread holiday cheer on Christmas Day with this beloved classic.
28. “Frosty the Snowman” by Gene Autry
The cute jingle will appeal to all audiences of all ages, from kindergarteners to college students. Also, we get the feeling that Olaf and Frosty would get along quite well if they ever met in real life.
29. “The First Noel” by The Countdown Kids
Need to wind things down after a full day of excitement? This calming Christmas carol should work like a charm.
30. “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
We couldn't agree more! Only the holidays can give us memorable afternoons filled with ugly Christmas sweaters, stuffed stockings, festive lights and the works.