Everyone loves Christmas, but it’s especially magical for children. It only comes around once a year, so we need to make the most of it!

The best way to get in the festive spirit is, of course, Christmas music. The whole family can get involved, and it’s a great way for the little ones to burn off some of that excess excitement. Every Christmas song needs a Christmas dance, whether the song is an imaginative one about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or an educational one about the birth of Jesus!

Below you will find a collection of easy Christmas songs for kids to learn and sing along with.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

And a happy new year

We Wish You A Merry Christmas is definitely one of the best easy Christmas songs for toddlers to learn, since it’s repetitive and easy to follow! The simple melody is very catchy and little ones will no doubt become familiar with it very quickly.

With no real story behind the song other than to wish others a Merry Christmas, kids will no doubt love to sing this straightforward tune all throughout the festive season!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Had a very shiny nose

And if you ever saw it

You would even say it glows

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an iconic Christmas character for children, magically associated with Santa’s journey around the world.

This song is great for helping children’s imagination around Christmas time and get them excited for Santa’s visit, as well as helping them learn all about Santa’s leading reindeer in the North Pole!

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Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow

In a one horse open sleigh

Over the fields we go

Laughing all the way

If you’re looking for easy Christmas songs for preschoolers to sing, then Jingle Bells is a great choice! The rhyming nature of the lyrics helps children follow along and pick up the words, and the chorus “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Way” is very simple, especially when it is repeated twice in a row!

Similarly to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the song also sparks children’s imagination and gets them excited about the magical journey Santa will make on Christmas Eve. 

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger

No crib for a bed

The little lord Jesus

Laid down His sweet head

Away In a Manger is another Christmas classic, teaching children the story of the birth of Jesus. As well as being an easy rhyming song for children to learn, the song also helps children understand the religious meaning behind Christmas! This song should definitely be part of your Christmas song collection if you’re hoping to educate your little one on the real story and origins of Christmas this year!

Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Christmas is the perfect memory-testing song, and is exceptionally rewarding when children can remember which days and gifts come next in order! It’s a very fun song to sing and you can even print off the lyrics to sing along with your children as they become familiar with it! It’s a great Christmas classic to keep children entertained and keep their festive spirits high. 

The (Physical) Christmas Songbook

christmas songbook

I thought I’d leave a link to this amazing Christmas Songbook on Amazon. My family got this last Christmas and my mom loves singing along to the songs!

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, so if you want to help teach your kids Christmas songs with some visual aids, I highly recommend this one.

Carol Singing

Carol singing has long been a popular Christmas tradition, with caroling as we know it dating back to around the 19th century. In fact, many traditional carols we know today date back to this time, such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The First Noel and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, which appeared in print for the first time in 1833. 

However, young children don’t need to sing those old traditional carols to have fun and spread Christmas cheer! They can create their own list of carol songs, created from songs that are easy for them to sing. Caroling is a fantastic way to entertain the whole family and everyone can get involved with singing popular songs they are familiar with! 

While the current pandemic may not allow children to visit nursing homes and hospitals to sing carols in this year, creating song lists with lyrics for your household is a great Christmas-themed activity to make the most out of the festive season!

Christian Songs

It can be easy for the meaning behind Christmas to become lost underneath all the tinsel and baubles. More traditional songs such as Silent Night are a great way to teach children the nativity story. They can learn all about Mary, Joseph and Jesus, and have fun at the same time!

Remember, this Christmas many children may not be fortunate to own as much as a book. If you have any books to donate, find a local organization, nonprofit or library that accepts book donations near you, and see if you can help children by giving the gift of a story!