50 Christian Christmas Songs (Contemporary, Traditional & Blended)

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From Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, you won’t need to look—or listen?—far to run into a Christmas song or two. They’re playing in the background of grocery stores and coffee shops aplenty. But when we let Christmas songs sit in the background they lose their ultimate purpose—worship. No, I’m not suggesting you break out “Jingle Bell (Christian) Rock” at your next party or Christmas service. But there’s a beautiful thing that happens when we recover the joy and purpose in Christmas songs.

Here’s a list of Christmas worship songs ideal for leading worship, adding to a church walk-in playlist, or worshiping Jesus at home during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

You can’t go wrong with the classics. These traditional songs are excellent sources of inspiration to find modern versions by your favorite artist or to hear and play in their original form.

  1. “Angels from the Realms of Glory”
  2. “Angels We Have Heard on High”
  3. “Away in a Manger”
  4. “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
  5. “The First Noel”
  6. “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
  7. “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen”
  8. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  9. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
  10. “In the Bleak Midwinter”
  11. “It Came upon a Midnight Clear”
  12. “Joy to the World”
  13. “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
  14. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
  15. “O Holy Night”
  16. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
  17. “Ring the Bells”
  18. “Silent Night”
  19. “There’s a Song in the Air”
  20. “What Child Is This?”

Searching for Christmas songs that aren’t carols? These songs transform the themes of Christmas into powerful, singable songs that may feel more at home in a Sunday morning service than your typical carol section.

21. “Arrival” by Hillsong Worship

22. “Because of Bethlehem” by Matthew West

23. “Behold” by Phil Wickham feat. Anne Wilson

24. “Christmas Day” by Chris Tomlin and We the Kingdom

25. “Glory (Let There Be Peace)” by Matt Maher

26. “God with Us” by All Sons & Daughters

27. “He Shall Reign Forevermore” by Chris Tomlin

28. “Here Comes Heaven” by Elevation Worship

29. “His Name Shall Be” by Matt Redman

30. “Hope Has a Name” by Passion

31. “Hope Has Come (Behold Him)” by Red Rocks Worship

32. “Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle

33. “Manger Throne” by Phil Wickham

34. “Mary & Joseph” by Chris Renzema

35. “Noel” by Chris Tomlin feat. Lauren Daigle

36. “O Come, All You Unfaithful” by Sovereign Grace Music

37. “Prince of Peace” by Cross Point Music feat. Abby Vaughn

38. “Seasons” by Hillsong Worship

39. “To Christ Be the Glory (Emmanuel)” by Grace City and Chase Wagner

40. “What Love, My God” by CityAlight

10 Christmas worship songs blending contemporary & traditional

These songs have a little something for everyone. They add modern instrumentation to the classics, combined with worship songs you may already be singing throughout the year.

41. “Away in a Manger (Forever Amen)” by Phil Wickham

42. “Breath of Heaven (All of a Sudden)” by Elevation Worship feat. Tiffany Hudson

43. “Crown Him (Glory in the Highest)” by The Worship Initiative

44. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Zach Williams

45. “Hark the Herald (with King of Heaven)” by Paul Baloche

46. “Joy!” by Elevation Rhythm and Elevation Worship

47. “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Passion and Melodie Malone

48. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Christ Has Come)” by Journey Worship Co.

49. “Silent Night (with Saviour King)” by Hillsong Worship

50. “King of Kings/Angels We Have Heard on High” by Maverick City Music feat. Naomi Raine, Kim Walker-Smith, Mav City Gospel Choir

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Save time (and typos) by importing your song lyrics into Proclaim Church Presentation Software. Pro tip: You don’t need to manually import song lyrics from SongSelect by CCLI. You can directly connect your SongSelect account within Proclaim to access every song available to you in CCLI.

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Kyle Beutler

Kyle Beutler is a copywriter at Logos. He has over a decade of experience in ministry and lives in Austin, TX, where he spends his weekends leading worship, eating breakfast tacos, and pretending to be outdoorsy.

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