Christmas Songs

The kids (and I!) had so much fun with our Thanksgiving songs. The big kids were able to sing them all by the end of the month, and the babies even joined in with some of our hand movements. I couldn’t wait to put together our list of Christmas songs and action rhymes. Of course, there are so many wonderful songs to sing this time of year, but I try to only include a few so that we can really learn them. These are our top songs for the month of December, but we will also sing a lot of traditional Christmas carols using picture books.

Many of these songs are adapted from the wonderful list at Everything Preschool.

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Preschool Christmas Songs

Many of these songs involve hand movements but it can be fun to set aside some props to go along with your music time. You can make some of the items that go along with the songs and buy a few odds and ends to set up a Christmas carols center in the classroom or at home. Then use the props to decorate when you perform or video. Here are some of our top picks:

Bell Shakers

Santa and Elf Hats

Reindeer Antlers

Christmas Bulb Necklaces

Reindeer Pokey

The Turkey Trot was such a hit last month that I know the kids will enjoy this Christmas version of the Hokey Pokey.

Reindeer Pokey

(Tune: Hokey Pokey)

You put your antlers in.
You put your antlers out.
You put your antlers in,
and you shake them all about.
You do the reindeer pokey
and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

Additional verses:
Fluffy Tail
Red Nose

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

The simplicity of this song will make it very easy for the preschoolers in our house to remember, and the simple hand movements will be great for encouraging the babies to join in.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas (Sign Language for Merry Christmas),
We wish you a Merry Christmas (Sign Language for Merry Christmas),
We wish you a Merry Christmas (Sign Language for Merry Christmas),
And a Happy New Year.

Now let’s all do a little clapping (clap),
Now let’s all do a little clapping(clap),
Now let’s all do a little clapping (clap),
And spread Christmas cheer (raise arms and make sprinkling action with fingers)

Now let’s all do a little jumping (jump),
Now let’s all do a little jumping(jump),
Now let’s all do a little jumping (jump)
And spread Christmas cheer (raise arms and make sprinkling action with fingers)

Now let’s all do a little waving (wave),
Now let’s all do a little waving(wave),
Now let’s all do a little waving(wave),
And spread Christmas cheer (raise arms and make sprinkling action with fingers)

We wish you a Merry Christmas (Sign Language for Merry Christmas),
We wish you a Merry Christmas (Sign Language for Merry Christmas),
We wish you a Merry Christmas (Sign Language for Merry Christmas),
And a Happy New Year.

Additional Verses Might Include:

You could even encourage your children to come up with an action word to include in a verse.

The Lights on the Tree

If you haven’t noticed, I love to use songs that build on the kids’ prior knowledge of familiar tunes. It helps them learn the songs and focus on the actions. I think they will have a lot of fun with this song to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus.

The Lights on the Tree

The lights on the tree go, blink, blink, blink…
Blink, blink, blink… blink, blink, blink.
The lights on the tree go blink, blink, blink…
All Christmas Day.

The presents at the house go rattle, rattle, rattle…
Rattle, rattle, rattle…rattle, rattle, rattle
The presents at the house go rattle, rattle, rattle…
All Christmas Day.

Other verses:
The train under the tree goes choo, choo, choo
The bells on the tree go jingle, jingle, jingle
The snowman at the house goes melt, melt, melt
The cookies at our house taste yummy, yummy, yummy

This is another great song that you could encourage your children to develop more verses for.

Away in a Manger

Love to Know Christmas has another great list of Christmas songs. I really liked this first verse of Away in a Manger.

Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger
No crib for a bed (cradle arms and rock imaginary baby)
The little Lord Jesus (sign language for Jesus)
Lay down His sweet head (fold hands together and lay head on them)
The stars in the sky (point upwards)
Looked down where He lay (move hands down twinkling fingers as you look down)
The Little Lord Jesus (sign language for Jesus)
Asleep on the hay (fold hands together and lay head on them)

Christmas Songs for Kids to Sing

What are your favorite songs to sing with the kids in your life? I would love to hear some more ideas.

You might also enjoy our Thanksgiving Songs for Kids.

Thanksgiving Songs for Kids

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  1. Thank you so much! I wanted to incorporate familiar melodies – and these are GREAT!!

  2. Tis the season and the little ones in my dance classes just love to hear holiday music. I love the idea of incorporating these songs into my dance lessons. Thank you so much for the great ideas!

  3. Thank you for these amazing ideas. With the holiday coming up, I would love to incorporate some of these into my dance classes for the littles ones. They will love them!

  4. Thank you for these, Shaunna! I’m leading a preschool group at our birthday party for Jesus event this morning, and these will be great to keep the early arrivals busy and engaged!

  5. Shaunna, I hope you don’t mind but I used some of your Christmas Songs to create a free printable. You can see the printable here.

    Thanks, Gwyn from Preschool Printable

  6. I love these! Such fun! Our oldest loves to sing songs and especially loves when they have movement or action to go along with them. I missed your Thanksgiving songs, but there is still time to sing them. I will have to check them out! Thanks so much and blessings for your holiday season!

  7. Sarah Guile says:

    Thank you,these ideas will help me deliver my christmas rhyme time groups. One other favourite of mine is 5 christmas puddings in a bakers shop, round and fat with holly on the top……

  8. Thanks for this – we will use some of them this year. It’s great to learn some new songs.
    We sing ‘A Christmas tree, a Christmas tree [drawing a triangle with both hands twice], With a star on top [one hand held up with fingers moving] it’s a Christmas tree! ‘[triangle] repeat phrase ‘Shiny tinsel, shiny tinsel [both hands move to sides with finger action as star] With a star on top, it’s a Christmas tree!’ [actions as before] repeat phrase. Sung to tune of ‘Pizza Hut’
    Happy Christmas from England 🙂

  9. I am so happy I stumbled upon this on pinterest. I am in charge of my co-op preschool Christmas party, and these songs are just perfect!

  10. I just want to say I love the songs here on your blog. I am a new preschool teacher and the kids have enjoyed learning songs with sign language. I am looking forward to not only teaching the Thanksgiving songs to them but also the Christmas songs.

    • Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Nina! Singing is an important part of our day, and I love incorporating sign language when we can. I shared a few posts last year, but maybe I’ll get in gear to share a few more throughout the rest of the year. I hope your class enjoys the holidays songs we have available so far!

  11. I love Christmas songs and your list is so fun. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with the Weekly Kid’s Co-op. I’m Pauline and I blog over at I will feature this post as part of my roundup of this week’s linky party and also pin a picture from your post onto our very popular Weekly Kids’ Co-op Pinterest board :).

  12. awww so cute, I love the reindeer pokey – cute! Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land…hope to see you again soon 🙂

  13. Hi,
    loved this so much I featured it on this week’s Mom’s Library! Hop over and grab a ‘I was featured on Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk” button!
    Also, we are having a great Christmas Give-Away to raise awareness for the Ornaments 4 Orphans organization!
    Can’t wait to see what you have to link up this week!

    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

  14. Love the last one! My favorite. Thanks for sharing these at Mom’s Library!

  15. These songs are just great! I’m visiting from over at the library link up … I’m always looking for fun songs we can add into our homeschool time and can’t wait to sing these with my son! Thanks for sharing.

  16. My son will love these! Thank you 🙂

  17. I love songs that have hand movements and some physical activity involved in them too. I’ll have to teach my kiddos some of these songs – I bet even my 14 month old will get into them… Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks! I bet your 14 month old will join in some. My 20 month old and a 10 month that joins us both join in on the fun by clapping, bouncing, and doing some of the basic hand motions. Enjoy!

  18. Fun! We used Christmas carols as a “theme” to our advent activities last year and the kids really enjoyed it. I think I will use some on your list again this year.

  19. So glad I saw this post! I would love for you to hop over and add this to my weekly Mom’s Library Link-Up!
    Thanks and be blessed!

  20. i love the lights on the tree one! thanks also for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  21. Rudolph! Jingle Bells! Silent night!

    • Thanks, Kellee! Those are the traditional carols we love to sing, too. We have a lot of them in book form, and I plan to share about some of those books soon. 🙂

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