In addition to a variety of themes for Christmas and winter concerts for kids, there are many types of concerts that you can have children perform, from religious to comical. It is important to consider the location, audience, and type of concert when deciding on Christmas program themes. For instance, many public schools don't allow anything associated with the religious aspects of the holidays. In such cases, a winter-themed concert may be a more appropriate choice.
Theme Ideas for Winter Christmas Concerts
There is a variety of winter concert themes you can use for performances at various locations.
Christmas Around the World
You can find Christmas music all around the world. Plan a Christmas around the world concert where kids share a little bit of the cultural background of the songs that they perform.
- Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella (Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle - France)
- Coventry Carol (England)
- Feliz Navidad (Mexico)
- Silent Night (Stille Nacht - Austria)
- Jingle Bells Around the World (A fun song celebrating Jingle Bells in different languages)
Multi-Cultural Holiday Traditions
Celebrate different winter and holiday cultures such as Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
- I Have a Little Dreidel (Hanukkah)
- Sivivon, Sov, Sov, Sov (Hanukkah)
- Oh Come All Ye Faithful (Christmas)
- Angels, We Have Heard on High (Christmas)
- Kwanzaa Is Here (Kwanzaa)
- Kwanzaa Song (Kwanzaa)
Perform secular winter classics:
- Jingle Bells
- Winter Wonderland
- Auld Lang Syne
- Deck the Halls
- Sleigh Ride
- Let it Snow!
Kids love Santa and his crew, so have them perform a concert all about the jolly guy in the red suit.
- Here Comes Santa Claus
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
- Up on the Rooftop
- All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
There are many beautiful Christian Christmas classics you can perform if you are holding a concert with religious roots.
- O Holy Night
- Silent Night
- Angels from the Realms of Glory
- We Three Kings of Orient Are
- Little Drummer Boy
- Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
Try some of these secular Christmas favorites:
- Oh Christmas Tree
- Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
- Nuttin' for Christmas
- Silver Bells
Perform Hanukkah songs.
- I Have a Little Dreidel
- Yemei Ha'Chanukah
- Maoz Tsur
- Light One Candle
- Not by Might, Not by Power
Many Christmas carols come from classical music.
- Ave Maria
- Still, Still, Still
- Hallelujah Chorus
- What Child Is This
Films and television have contributed many Christmas carols and holiday songs.
- Susie Snowflake
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- Silver and Gold
- Blue Christmas
- Frosty the Snowman
- Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
Try some of these classic holiday favorites that you hear every year.
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- Joy to the World
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Have kids sing some of these British Christmas carols.
- Once in Royal David's City
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Wassail, Wassail, Wassail
- I Saw Three Ships
- Good King Wenceslas
- The Holly and the Ivy
- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Using the above themes and suggested songs, you can expand on the above ideas to create a unique holiday or winter concert that has something for everyone.