The Top Christmas Music Albums and Songs For Kids
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Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like great Christmas music! See our picks for the 20 best Christmas albums full of festive holiday songs that will please kids and transport parents back to childhood. Rediscover old favorites and find some new hits to "fa-la-la" to this season.
Whether you stream your music or purchase on CD or vinyl, these tunes are sure to get kids in the holiday spirit and create a festive ambiance.
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Here are our 20 favorite albums with Christmas songs for kids:
Both parents and young children love the three time Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum selling a cappella group, Pentatonix. They’ve been an exciting addition to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for families, and people of all ages have loved attending their live shows.
This Disney movie is a favorite for kids at both Christmas and Halloween time making it doubly as popular with kids. The songs are catchy and well-known, and kids love how two of their favorite major holidays combine for fun with this soundtrack.
Kids never get tired of hearing their favorite Disney characters sing popular Christmas songs. The Fab 5 sing family favorites such as “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” You’ll have all of the Disney World holiday feels within the first couple of songs.
This compilation is made up of all of the best Christmas songs for kids. The playlist includes all of the Christmas-themed songs children love like “Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” These are the Xmas songs that never get old for kids.
KIDZ BOP is the number one family-friendly kids music brand for a reason. They know exactly what kids want to listen to at the Christmas party each year and bring joy to kindergarten kids and preschoolers. Our favorite songs on this playlist include kid-friendly versions of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Santa Tell Me,” and “Mistletoe.”
These are the songs that your little ones will want to sing around the Christmas tree and practice for socially-distant caroling this Christmas. These kids’ hits include a combination of high-energy and traditional holiday tunes. Grab the candy canes, pull up an elf on the shelf, and you’ll have all of the makings of a Christmas party with this CD.
Mickey and his pals sing your children’s favorite Christmas songs. Fun favorites like “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Deck the Halls” will carry your kids through the twelve days of Christmas with the perfect selection of tunes for children aged 0 - 99.
If you are looking to inspire kids in your at-home music and movement class, look no further than the Frozen 1 and 2 CD collection. Disney’s Frozen has become synonymous with the holidays, and your little snowflake won’t be able to sit still when she hears these amazing soundtracks that will carry you through both the Christmas season and the new year.
Although families love the traditional holiday tunes, both kids and parents also appreciate hearing a modern day singer make the classic songs their own. Carrie Underwood sings many of the favorites including an adorable version of “Little Drummer Boy” with her son that will touch everyone’s hearts.
Visions of Peanuts characters will dance in your head as soon as you hear the first few jazzy notes of this must-have Christmas album. The album is a soundtrack to the 1965 Charlie Brown Christmas special, and it's been a hit for generations.
Your kids will get a kick out of the Muppets gang singing “Twelve Days of Christmas” and a dozen other Christmas carols, accompanied by '70s folk-rock star John Denver. Don't even try to hold back your giggles as Miss Piggy belts out "fiiiiive golden rings."
Bing Crosby is the quintessential Christmas crooner whose voice has graced radio airwaves every holiday season since the 1940s. White Christmas is one oldies album that kids of all ages will enjoy, while parents nostalgically settle into the comforting classics like "The Christmas Song,” "Let It Snow," “Silver Bells” and, of course, "White Christmas" – the best-selling music single of all time, with more than 50 million copies sold worldwide.
This album is a great compilation of hits from the beloved Burl Ives' Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It includes the Rudolph title tracks you'd expect, plus other favorites, like "Holly, Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold," and "There's Always Tomorrow."
The mean, green Grinch has a place in every kid's heart. With this soundtrack to Dr. Seuss's masterful 1966 TV special based on the book, you will be transported to Whoville and will delight in singing the silly and sinister lines of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
You'll know for sure that "Christmas, Christmas time is here" when you can't get Alvin, Simon, and Theodore's high-pitched voices out of your head. "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" and other tracks will be a big hit with fans of the original 1960s Chipmunks and the modern Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.
Mitch Miller and the Gang provide the perfect backdrop for a family sing-along while trimming the tree or traveling. Sixteen cheery carols and songs, from "Silent Night, Holy Night" to "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," will make even the Scrooge in your family feel merry.
For your little twinkle toes or classic musician, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker score will be music to her ears. "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and 16 other songs from the original ballet have been going strong since their 1892 debut in Russia.
If things start to get a little crazy and you see your kids and pets literally running in circles the closer it gets to December 25, put this album on to relax the mood. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy play the fiddle separately and as a duo and travel around the world.
This a cappella album from Straight No Chaser is a nice change from typical Christmas music. You’ll appreciate the humor thrown into favorite tunes such as “The 12 Days of Christmas” and original tunes such as “The Christmas Can-Can.”
For families who are looking to teach their little ones about the religious reasons for the season, this collection of 17 classic Christian songs for kids has been a longtime hit with families. The music teaches while inspiring little ones to get up and move to the beat.
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