3 Nativity Christmas Songs For Pre-Schoolers

I love Christmas Songs. I can’t wait to get my Christmas Songs Album playing in the house and get bopping away to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree! I love the tradition of the Salvation Army Brass Bands and carol concerts by candlelight. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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And we all know that young kids LOVE to sing. So here are some simple Christmas Songs to get you and your little one singing away!

1. Silent Night

What can I say? It’s a classic! The traditional carol does have a few complicated words in it, though, so I’ve simplified it and condensed the story into one verse.

Silent night, precious night.

All is calm. See the sight;

Jesus lying in Mary’s arms.

Shepherds come. Wise men see a star.

Baby Jesus is born.

Baby Jesus is born.

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2. We Know A King

This simple song is written to the tune of What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor? It’s a great one for toddlers because it’s very repetitive so they can join in easily. Throw in a few costumes and this song can even be performed as a very short nativity.

We know a king born in a stable.

We know a king born in a stable.

We know a king born in a stable,

And His name is Jesus.


Halle- hallelujah!

Halle- hallelujah!

Halle- hallelujah!

And His name is Jesus.


We know a King that shepherds worshipped.

We know a King that shepherds worshipped.

We know a King that shepherds worshipped,

And His name is Jesus



We know a King who had a star.

We know a King who had a star.

We know a King who had a star,

And His name is Jesus.



We know a King some Wise Men bowed to.

We know a King some Wise Men bowed to.

We know a King some Wise Men bowed to,

And His name is Jesus.


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3. Away In A Manger

This is another traditional carol that I’ve re-written for children. I don’t think children should have to sing songs that they don’t understand, just for traditions’ sake; after all, the Christmas story is all about God becoming a human so that we could understand Him.

Away in a manger, no cot for a bed.

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The shepherds on the hillside,

Came to worship for they,

Had been told by the angels

He was there in the hay.

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So those are three Christmas Songs I’ve used with my kids and in the toddler group I run. Do you have a Christmas song that works well with little ones? Or do you have a favourite Christmas Song or Carol?

3 Nativity Christmas Songs for PreSchoolers


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    Fran Back With a Bump

    Very festive. I love a traditional christmas carol and went to the christmas service at Birmingham Children’s Hospital chapel two year’s ago and it eas beautiful with the staff and children joining in and very moving. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

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    Angela Watling

    I’ve never heard song number 2, but I love 1 & 3. In fact we sang ‘Away in a Manger’ at my daughter’s music class this morning. All the children (toddlers who are just 2 or younger) sat still the whole time listening. It was lovely. Thanks for sharing! #MarvMondays

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    I’ve not heard of number 2 either. My 3 year old brought home a booklet of nativity songs to practice. I’d only heard of half of them. Thankfully I found them on you tube so I know the tune now. I think little donkey is my favourite. #marvmondays

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    Karen | TwoTinyHands

    You’ve just reminded me of our baby group last Christmas. All year we sing songs about tractors and bobbins. The kids were so confused when we switched to Christmas songs for one day !! That said I may hate myself for saying I like away in a manger one day!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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    Haha these are fab, you are so talented! Have you heard of the tiddlywinks books? I use these for my toddler group and one of them is dedicated to putting religious words to nursery rhyme tunes. I used some of the Christmassy ones yesterday (though yours are better)! #FamilyFun

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      Lucy At Home

      Oh I’ve never come across tiddlywinks. It sounds like a great idea! I do a “Baby Bible Time” session at my church too and my friend and I have had great fun putting bible stories to nursery rhyme tunes!

  6. 14

    I love away in a manger – I need to sing that to the kids! I have been singing songs to the kids but I keep having to look up the lyrics – it has been a while #MarvMondays

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    Ah what a wonderful idea, Away in a Manger is my favourite Christmas carol. We haven’t had any carols with the kids yet but they love singing so perhaps I should get downloading. Thanks for the tip lovey and thanks for sharing it at #familyfun

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    These are brilliant – I wish someone ha thought of this for my 4 year olds carol concert – you should see the song list they have to learn! Frosty the snowman has some epic lyrics for even me to remember ha ha!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

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    Squirmy Popple

    I’ve been singing all the Christmas songs for my 18-month-old. She’s too young to sing along, so anything with hand guestures/clapping is a big hit. Hard to think of movements that would be appropriate for Silent Night! #PoCoLo

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    I ❤️Christmas songs too and have been singing Rudolph the red nose reindeer, when Santa got stuck in the chimney and the reindeer hokey kokey with my class of 5 year olds. #POCOLO

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      Lucy At Home

      Thank you, Louise. I think it’s important for them to be able to understand what they’re singing (or at least have a chance at being able to understand it, rather than being given archaic language to use just because it’s tradition)

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    Lucy's Locket

    I remember Away in a Manger from school as a kid. Love that one. I haven’t heard the second one before.
    Our carols by candlelight is coming up soon too. I love it! It gets me in the festive mood! #pocolo

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    I think it’s a great idea to teach little ones carols. It’s all part of the tradition of Christmas.
    I teach the piano, and I’m always amazed how few carols my young pupils know. We usually end up with Silent Night, Away in a Manger, and We Wish you a Merry Christmas. It’s great when I get a student who actually knows more 🙂
    Keep up the good work

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      Lucy At Home

      Ah I didn’t know you were a piano teacher, Suzie! I used to teach piano and singing (although Flute is my main instrument). I think it’s sad that kids don’t learn Christmas carols anymore – it’s part of our heritage…

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    Rhyming with Wine

    I hadn’t heard of the second song either but I’m sure Miss Tot will like it. I love Away in a Manger though – it’s my favourite carol – especially when you see littlies singing it. So cute. X #coolmumclub

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    Morgan Prince

    Ah this is so lovely. It’s great that you re-write the songs for little ones. I love Silent Night, I used to sing it to my boys at Christmas when they were going to sleep. 🙂
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

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    Stephanie Robinson

    I’m a one for Rocking around the Christmas Tree too – fab song. As for litteleys I love to hear them sing and we wish you a merry christmas is always a fave as there’s lots of sss in there which makes it super cute. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo x

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