Christmas Songs for Preschoolers

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Coming up with Christmas songs for preschool children can be difficult, because at that age, they can be rambunctious and may not be able to memorize difficult songs. Fun, age-appropriate songs will help kids get into the spirit of the season.

Holiday Favorites

When choosing holiday songs for preschool kids, you want to make sure that the selections fit their age and skill level. Expecting preschoolers to sing in rounds, harmonize, or remember multiple verses would be unrealistic. But teaching them the chorus and possibly first verse of classic, easy-to-remember Christmas carols is perfect. Kids tend to gravitate towards more upbeat tunes, so be sure to include those in your list.

Songs with easy to remember lyrics and first verses include:

Fun for the Whole Family

There are many Christmas songs for preschoolers that have new lyrics sung to familiar melodies.

For example, the site Everything Preschool has a great song called "The Reindeer Pokie". If you and/or the child's grandparents remember the song, "Hokie Pokie", everyone can sing along in a matter of minutes.

You put your antlers in,
You pull your antler out,
You put your antlers in,
And you shake them all about.

You do the reindeer pokie,
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about!

Additional verses include the hooves and the red noses.

Another modified song, featured at Preschool Education, is "Whose?", sung to the tune, "Mary Had a Little Lamb".

Guess whose beard is long and white?
Long and white? Long and white?
Guess whose beard is long and white?
It's dear old Santa!
Guess whose suit is red and white?
Red and white? Red and white?
Guess whose suit is red and white?
It's dear old Santa!
Guess who comes on Christmas Eve?
Christmas Eve? Christmas Eve?
Guess who comes on Christmas Eve?
It's dear old Santa!

Still another fun mashup is "Ten Christmas Bells". Most preschoolers know the song "Ten Little Indians", so this one should be easy to try.

One bell, two bells, three Christmas bells,
Four bells, five bells, six Christmas bells,
Seven bells, eight bells, nine Christmas bells,
Ten Christmas bells to ring.

Preschool Express offers this holiday tune, "Santa's On His Way", sung to the melody of "The Farmer in the Dell".

Oh, Santa's on his way.
Oh, Santa's on his way.
He's bringing toys
For girls and boys
In his Christmas sleigh.
Oh, Santa's on his way.
Oh, Santa's on his way.
He's bringing _______
And _____ and _____
In his Christmas sleigh.

Children can fill in the blanks with toys they asked for in their letters to Santa.

Christian Christmas Songs for Preschool

Teaching children songs for a holiday church concert may be a challenge. After all, they are usually only at Sunday School one day a week, for about an hour at a time. Therefore, focusing on just one or two songs for Christ would be ideal.Have kids learn hand gestures and motions to go along with the chorus. This will get them enthusiastic about learning the song, as well as help them remember the words more easily.

Away in the Manger

Here is an example of hand gestures and motions for the first verse of Away in the Manger. Motions are in parenthesis and italics.

No crib for a bed (cradle arms and rock imaginary baby)
The little Lord 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 (cup hands over eyes and look downwards)
The Little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay (fold hands together and lay head on them)

Silent Night

Here is an example of hand gestures and motions for the first verse of Silent Night. Motions are in parenthesis and italics.

Silent night, holy night (hold finger to mouth in "shush" pose)
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild (make cradle with arms and rock back and forth)
Sleep in heavenly peace (fold hands together and lay head on them)
Sleep in heavenly peace (fold hands together and lay head on them)

Little Drummer Boy

Here is an example of hand gestures and motions for the first verse of Little Drummer Boy. Motions are in parenthesis and italics.

Come they told me (make come motion with fingers)
Pa rum pum pum pum (beat pretend drum)
A newborn King to see (make cradle with arms and rock back and forth)
Pa rum pum pum pum (beat pretend drum)
Our finest gifts we bring (open hands and gesture forward, as if presenting a gift)
Pa rum pum pum pum (beat pretend drum)
To lay before the King (bend over and put pretend gift on floor)
Pa rum pum pum pum (beat pretend drum)
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum ('beat pretend drum)
When we come.

Finding Christmas Songs for Preschoolers

Most Web sites that feature games, skits, and lessons for preschoolers have a music section, and many of these sections include holiday theme songs. You'll want to bookmark many of these to use for your children, your class, or Sunday school. Some sites include mp3 files, but most simply have lyrics and a melody suggestion.

  • Preschool Education - Just about every nursery rhyme you can think of has been modified into a fun Christmas song for preschoolers! This means the cadence is easy for young ones to memorize and lyrics are simple.
  • Everything Preschool - You'll find many nursery rhymes converted into familiar Christmas songs, as well as some originals that you can create a melody for.
  • DLTK's Sites - In addition to songs for preschoolers, you'll find Christmas poems, plays and prayers.
  • Preschool Express - On this site, you'll find a "Music and Rhyme Station" with a large selection of songs.
  • Songs for Teaching - There is a large variety of holiday music on this site for children and teens.
Christmas Songs for Preschoolers