Christmas Music in Different Languages

Christmas Music in Different Languages

As for many families, Christmas has always been our favorite time of year. And one of the best parts about this holiday is Christmas music. I love using music year-round to teach new vocabulary as it can be both fun and educational. Of course, there are tons of resources available to make use of during the holiday season. Here are a few of my faves from all around the world that I’ve come across this year.

Websites for Christmas Music


Popular sites for teaching Spanish offer a large variety of links to music and videos of popular Christmas songs in Spanish for children. Some of my favorites are at:


One of my absolute favorite sites for learning French – Monde des Titounis – offers free resources for children including hours of music, often with accompanying lyrics. You can find a compilation of all “Monde des petits Christmas songs on youtube

Italian has a great article on popular traditions in Italy during this time of year, in addition to links for compilations of Italian Christmas Carols.

Christmas Music in Different Languages
Christmas Audiobooks

Teach me: learning songs and traditions has an awesome series of audiobooks with editions in Spanish, French, Italian, and German. Each one includes a CD that has an hour of song and reading in the target language. Samples of audio clips are on their website. The majority of songs are traditional ones sung solely in the primary language of interest. The books also have some bilingual songs that are original and good for teaching, such as an Advent song to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle.

Other bilingual songs include accompanying translations of other known songs such as Deck the Halls and We Three Kings. Every book is narrated by a native speaker who recounts the traditions they had with their family while growing up, as well as some classic stories universal to their country of origin.

For more about their Spanish version, check out my post at Kids Spanish Book Club.
Christmas Music in Different Languages

Another book I am very excited about is The Night Before Christmas in Africa. The proceeds from the book go to help disadvantaged children and their education. A narration CD with African songs such as the traditional South African lullaby Tula Baba is included.

Christmas Music CDs

Putumayo has a great selection of Christmas titles, including Latin and Celtic Christmas. In their French album, one of my favorites is “Guillaume prends ton tambourin” (Willie Take Your Little Drum), a traditional song from France.

Mamalisa is a fabulous site for song lyrics from all around the world. It is extremely comprehensive – its holiday section has not only song lyrics from all over the world, but poems, plays, and so much more!

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What are your favorite resources for multicultural Christmas music? Please share in the comments!


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I am a mother who currently has 2 young children, ages 4 and 2. I grew up in a household where we spoke only English and my first exposure to foreign language was to Spanish in seventh grade. Spanish was my worst subject in High School, but I got a bit of practice in it outside of school as my family lived in a town in Queens NY with a large Hispanic population. I didn't want to lose the little I had already learned so obtained a minor in Spanish at the City College of NY (CUNY) and from then on, tried to continue my exposure on the side whenever I could. In the meantime, I started exploring other languages by taking a semester of Mandarin Chinese, the most common language spoken in the world, and night classes in Italian, as I myself am of Italian and Irish ancestry. My hope is to expose young ones to the beauty of the Spanish language through the joy of reading. Please feel free to join me on my Facebook group Kids Spanish Book Club or my blog at!

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