This article first appeared on She Knows and lists some of the greatest and most festive Christmas songs to get the whole family in the mood! Have fun.
Get the festive mood started with our list of the top Christmas party songs for kids. From classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to fun new songs like Taylor Swift’s “Last Christmas,” these holiday songs are perfect for a kids’ Christmas party — or just for playing while decorating the Christmas tree!
Looking for a festive playlist this Christmas? We have hand-picked the best Christmas party songs for kids, including old classics you grew up with, as well as new holiday tunes you will love.
“Last Christmas” by Taylor Swift
This song was written and produced by George Michael in 1984 and he performed it with his pop group Wham — however today’s generation will love Taylor Swift’s version of “Last Christmas.”
“Hot Chocolate” from The Polar Express
Kids and adults both loved the music in the 2004 film The Polar Express as much as the classic story of a boy’s adventure to the North Pole. One stand-out song was “Hot Chocolate,” as Tom Hanks (voicing the conductor) sang along and dancing servers passed out hot chocolate on The Polar Express train.
No Christmas song list would be complete without the classic tune “Jingle Bells.” Written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, it was actually originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was actually intended as a Thanksgiving song.
“All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”
Written in 1944 by Donald Yetter Gardner, this cute Christmas tune continues to delight today! Gardner was a second grade teacher in New York and noticed that many of his students had at least one front tooth missing and said the word “Christmas” with a lisp. He actually wrote this song in 30 minutes! “I was amazed at the way that silly little song was picked up by the whole country,” he said in a 1995 interview.
“I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
This fun Christmas song, which was originally sung by Jimmy Boyd, reached number one on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1952.
“Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber
For a newer Christmas tune, teens and tweens will love “Mistletoe,” which is from Justin Bieber’s 2011 Christmas album Under the Mistletoe. In case the song isn’t enough, you can also check out the music video below that is chock-full of Bieber Christmas cheer.
“Deck the Halls”
“Fa la la la la!” The traditional Christmas song “Deck the Halls” is a Welsh song that dates all the way back to the 16th century.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Superfestive!)
Mariah Carey co-wrote and originally performed the song “All I Want For Christmas is You” in 1993, however she also recorded another version of it in 2011 as a duet with Justin Bieber for his album Under the Mistletoe.
“Jingle Bell Rock” by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Yearning for a little country Christmas? Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert released this delightful version of “Jingle Bell Rock” for his Christmas album, Cheers, It’s Christmas.
What are your favourite Christmas songs to get the festive spirit going?