Inside: Spanish Christmas songs for kids, on YouTube.
Who doesn’t love Christmas music? Whether you start listening after Halloween, or prefer to wait until advent season has officially started, you and your kids are sure to love the collection of Spanish Christmas songs here.
I’m the turn-on-the-Navidad-playlist-in-November type, because I want to soak up all the happy memories that come with the music. When it comes to our bilingual, bicultural family, I love that Christmas spans our two cultures (between the U.S. and Peru).
We all know the power of an old song to trigger vivid memories that seem to transport us back in time and space… The songs we love become woven into a neural tapestry entwined with the people, seasons, and locations throughout our lifespan. – Psychology Today
Our own kids listen to their Christmas songs in both Spanish and English. I’m hoping they’ll have those happy memories in both languages!
This list is a mix of original Spanish songs, and some translated from English. It’s fun to me that my husband sang some of the same songs in Spanish that I was singing in English, as kids, and now we can share that nostalgia together.
OUR 10 FAVORITE SPANISH CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR KIDS
There are many different versions of these songs, so I’ve just collected my favorites below. If you’d like the whole playlist we listen to, here’s our Spotify collection of Spanish Christmas songs for kids.
I also tried to find a mix of religious and non-religious examples so there’s something for everyone. If I missed anything essential, let me know in the comments!
1. Mi Burrito Sabanero
Mi burrito sabanero is a catchy Venezuelan villancico written in 1972. We love this one about the donkey on its way to Bethlehem.
2. Noche de paz
One of the most well-known Christmas carols in English, Silent Night was actually originally written in German. There are many lovely versions in Spanish like this one!
3. Feliz navidad
This Spanglish song is as famous as it is festive, even among non-Spanish speakers. It was written in 1970 by José Feliciano, and his version (below) is one of my favorites.
4. Navidad, navidad / Cascabel
If you’re confused about how to sing Jingle Bells in Spanish, don’t worry! There are several “Spanish versions,” though none is actually a direct translation of the original song. While Jingle Bells in English doesn’t actually mention Christmas, the Spanish version Navidad, navidad is all about about it. Cascabel is another version popular among kids.
5. Los peces en el río
This is one of my daughter’s favorites, and a classic song originally written in Spanish.
6. Ya viene el niñito
7. El niño de tambor
Little Drummer Boy has some fantastic Spanish versions, and we love this one! The video below isn’t my favorite one to listen to, so be sure to check out the version in our Spotify playlist.
9. Campana sobre campana
10. Rodolfo el reno
What Spanish Christmas songs for kids do you love?
Let me know in the comments below!
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