Originally published on 19 Dec 2019
From treasured classics to modern hits, we have the ultimate list of Christmas songs for kids. Kids of all ages are guaranteed to love these tunes.
It’s almost time to lay out the cookies and tuck our kids into bed, just in time for Santa to creep down our chimneys and leave presents under our trees.
By now, your whole family is probably buzzing with anticipation, getting into the Christmas spirit and looking forward to long nights by the fire. Here at Jooki — to ensure that festive feeling lasts — we’ve compiled a list of 20 incredible Christmas songs for kids. We just know everyone in your family — no matter how young — will love these songs.
You can also enjoy our accompanying Spotify playlist below!
For more festive fun, you should also check out our blog on Christmas audiobooks.
1. Jingle Bell Rock
First released by Bobby Helms in 1957, Jingle Bell Rock has become a family favorite — we wouldn’t want to go a Christmas season without hearing this hit. The song is reminiscent of other popular songs from the time, including “Jingle Hop” and “Rock Around the Clock.” The song is just as engaging now as it ever was, and the tune is guaranteed to get your kids up and dancing.
2. Santa Shark
This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of your favorite shark — did you know they had a Christmas version of this modern-day classic? Baby Shark has had a yuletide makeover, and your kids will be over the moon to hear this rendition.
3. Little Saint Nick
This song by The Beach Boys is light-hearted, upbeat, and the perfect song to play during the day to get your kids moving, shaking, and excited for the festive days to come. Fun Fact: Did you know the lyric "run, run, reindeer" was inspired by Chuck Berry's “Run, Rudolph, Run," where Berry sings "Run, Run, Rudolph"?
4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Parents today might wonder why the Elf on the Shelf is needed. After all, Santa Claus — as the song says — sees us when we’re sleeping and knows when we’re awake. He keeps his list, and he checks it twice — and manages this all by himself. This catchy song is guaranteed to keep your kids behaving well during the holidays.
5. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
This is a great song about a loveable character who dates back to 1939. Rudolph overcomes teasing and, although he is different and slightly strange, his special strength saves the day — earning him the leading place among Santa’s reindeer and ensuring millions of children get the presents they’re hoping for. What’s not to love about this tale?
6. Deck the Halls
If you’ve not yet decorated, this is a great song to play while “decking the halls.” Grab the baubles and tinsel, set this tune up on Jooki, and get your kids involved!
7. Here Comes Santa Claus
A word of caution to parents out there: while your children will love this song, it’s not one to play just before bed! It is, however, the perfect song to get them dancing and excited about the most wonderful night of the year, which is just around the corner...
8. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Speaking of the most wonderful time of the year — this is a song that has been around for a long time and never fails to bring a nostalgic smile to our faces. Start now, and you’ll be creating these same heartwarming memories for your little ones.
9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Not only is this a great song for kids, but it’s also a song many parents love, as they enjoy an inside joke about who mommy is really kissing.
10. Frosty the Snowman
Christmas is all about bringing magic to life — the story of Frosty the Snowman is the perfect tale to teach kids about the miracles of Christmas.
11. The 12 Days of Christmas
We all know kids love repetition. This song won’t only entertain them, but it also represents a little game — who can remember the 12 different presents for each of the 12 days?
12. Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree
Much like Jingle Bell Rock, this is a great song for any kid who likes to get energized and dance around the living room!
13. Silent Night
Now, this is just the right song to play for your kids to get them relaxed and ready for bed. This calming song tells the tale of Jesus being born, and the melody is perfectly suited for them to slip off to sleep.
14. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
This is a British classic that dates back to the 1500s. The song’s lyrics, including “Good tidings we bring to you and your kin,” teach children about the real meaning of Christmas — festive joy rather than presents and luxuries.
15. Let It Snow
While we can’t guarantee a white Christmas, we can guarantee this song will get your kids excited — after all, what child doesn’t love snow, especially at Christmas? Play this for your kids and watch their eyes light up as they think about sledding and snowball fights in the yard.
16. When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney
This is a fun song for the whole family — thanks perhaps to a few cookies too many, Santa gets stuck in a chimney when delivering presents, and he begins to shout for help. Younger children will absolutely love the silly nature of the song and the accompanying actions.
17. Santa, Please Don’t Forget Me
This is a cheeky song about a child trying to remember whether they have been good or naughty throughout the year. Will Santa remember them? Or have they complained too much about their boring chores and watched too much TV while doing homework?
18. Petit Papa Noël
Petit Papa Noël (Little Father Christmas) is a French classic, first recorded in 1946 by singer Tino Rossi. To date, it's the best-selling single of all time in France. And every single year kids in France look forward to hearing it and starting their festive activities.
19. Jingle Bells
This is perhaps one of the most well-known Christmas songs in the world. First written by James Lord Pierpont in the 19th century, it was originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh". Nothing will put you in the Christmas mood like this classic!
20. White Christmas
This might seem like an old-fashioned song for a kids’ Christmas playlist, but crooning Bing Crosby is still popular around the world. There's something about this song that makes us all nostalgic and sentimental, reminding us of the very best Christmases we've ever had, and hope to have again!
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