There is nothing better than curling up in bed with your kids and sharing a good book before they go to sleep. And sharing your favorite holiday stories with your kids each night, or cozied up by the fire while it’s raining outside is a great way to ring in the Christmas season and start building memories that last forever.

These classic Christmas books are great for invoking a sense of nostalgia in you, in addition to creating fun holiday traditions with your family. And who knows – maybe one day they’ll be passing down their favorite childhood stories too!

If you have kids, chances are they’re already getting into the holiday spirit. It’s time to start planning some activities with them for the holidays and get your reading list ready.

We’ve compiled a list of 12 classic Christmas books that will make this season so much more enjoyable for both you and your child.

So grab a cup of hot cocoa, cozy up by the fire, and read these timeless classics together!

Best Books For The Festive Season

This list of 12 terrific children’s classics that you can enjoy reading together on those long winter nights will give you plenty of ideas and help you find some new favorites!

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas, Mini Edition (A Little Seedling Edition)

This classic tale of Santa’s arrival is a quintessential Christmas story that every child will enjoy reading year after year. Originally published in 1823, The Night Before Christmas, which tells the story of one family’s discovery of St. Nicholas in their home, is a Christmas Eve tradition in many households.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

This classic story by Dr. Seuss is a perennial favorite during the Christmas season. The silly characters and their funny Christmas traditions are accented by a beautiful tale full of Christmas spirit in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. When the evil Grinch plots to cancel Christmas in Whoville, he finds that the holiday continues despite his dastardly plans.

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

This classic short story tells the tale of a young couple who struggle to buy gifts for each other with very little money. The Gift of the Magi will help your kids understand the importance of the thought behind the gift this holiday season.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

This tale of determination is a wonderful twist on a Christmas story. Written and illustrated by Jan Brett, The Wild Christmas Reindeer follows little Teeka as she prepares Santa’s reindeer for their annual flight.

The Polar Express

Polar Express 30th anniversary edition

Filled with pure holiday magic, The Polar Express is a great story for children who may be doubting how much of that Christmas magic is real. In this lovely story, a group of children is taken on a train ride of a lifetime as they visit Santa and his elves at the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

The Snowman

The Snowman

This award-winning picture book has captivated children for more than 30 years – and for good reason. The Snowman tells the tale of a friendship between a boy and his snowman through a series of heartwarming pictures and no words at all.

Merry Christmas, Mouse

Merry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give...)

Featuring the classic literary character, Mouse, from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, this fun counting book is perfect for young readers. Merry Christmas, Mouse helps your child count along as he decorates his tree for the holiday.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas[Miniature Editions] (RP Minis)

A story all about the true meaning of Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas features classic Peanuts characters as they prepare for the holiday season. When everything begins to fall apart after Charlie Brown attempts to direct the annual Christmas play, he begins to wonder if his friends really understand what the holiday is all about in this classic Christmas tale.

The Nutcracker


The story that inspired the beautiful ballet by Tchaikovsky is a classic tale of Christmas magic. Matched by beautiful illustrations, The Nutcracker tells the story of a girl’s visit to the magical land of the Sugarplum Fairy.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story: Deluxe 50th-Anniversary Edition

While your children probably know Rudolph from the annual TV special, they’re sure to fall in love with his story in book form too. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tells the story of a misfit reindeer who saves the day on Christmas Eve.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with an Introduction by Hall Caine)

One of the most beloved stories ever written, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a great story to share with your older children. When Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts on Christmas Eve, he quickly learns how his miserly ways have affected his life and the lives of those around him.

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman

The classic holiday song is brought to life with this adorable book. Featuring glitter-filled illustrations by best-selling artist Sam Williams, Frosty the Snowman is a wonderful Christmas classic to share with your kids this year.

This has been a list of 12 classic Christmas books to read with your kids. We hope you enjoy these classics and have a very Merry Christmas!


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