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Popular Christmas Songs

Christmas songs are a key part of the festive season. Whether it is singing the traditional carols, or trying to figure out what Christmas song will be number one on iTunes on Christmas Day, Christmas songs all play a role in adding to the fun and enjoyment of the Christmas season. 

Christmas songs also remind us of the traditions we have grown up with and the ones we want to pass on to our own children. 

Choosing Christmas songs for kids

Little ones love repetition, so Christmas songs like Jingle Bells are easy for them to learn and sing along to. Try choosing songs with simple rhymes and a repetitive chorus. We’ve included links to our top ten choices for you and the links to YouTube so the kids can watch them as well. 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The story of Santa’s special reindeer, Rudolph, is loved by kids the world over. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

A great way to get kids to think about making sure they’re on their best behaviour during the exciting days leading up to Christmas! 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Easy for your little one to learn, and to help them to think about others during the Festive season! 

Deck the Halls

A lovely one to play when you’re decorating the tree or making decorations together. 

Frosty the Snowman

An easy-to-learn song to make your little one aware that there are other places in the world that celebrate Christmas where it is cold and snowy. 

Jingle Bells

A happy and cheery tune that your little one will love. 

The Little Drummer boy

A beautiful song that will entrance your child. They can even drum along to the song. 

Let’s Clap Hands for Santa Claus

A lovely rendition, great for the Christmas build up! 

For lyrics to the above songs and more, visit Lyrics for Christmas

Christmas songs for Christmas Day

When it comes to choosing a soundtrack for Christmas Day, it is usually a good idea to create a playlist of Christmas songs that combines traditional and modern so that you can please everyone! These crowd-pleasers are linked to iTunes or an MP3 download to make it that bit simpler for you when you’re putting your playlist of Christmas songs together. 

Here are some suggested tunes:

  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram

  • White Christmas – Louis Armstrong

  • Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne

  • Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

  • Walking in the Air – Aled Jones

  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Johnny Marks

  • Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano

  • Santa Baby – Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer and Fred Ebb

  • Silver Bells – Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 

Believe it or not, it is still a tradition in many South African households (and malls nationwide) to play Boney M – those 70s sensations! They are always a winner at Christmas time. 

It is important to spend some time enjoying the magic of Christmas as a family. Whether you are crooning a lullaby to a newborn, or teaching your toddler to sing along to a Christmas carol, the songs you choose are a wonderful way to bond with your little one. They’re also a great way to remember Christmas time when you were growing up.