Childrens Christmas Tales for All Ages

Christmas Eve is here! We’ve shared some great children’s Christmas stories that can be appreciated by everyone. Tell us about your favorites! Reminisce with these childhood stories and share them with someone special this holiday.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

Published in 1957, Dr. Seuss tells the story of the Whos in Whoville who only seem to care about Christmas presents. The Grinch is against all things Christmas and lives on Mount Crumpit—which looks down on Whoville. He decides to dress up as Santa Claus and steal all of their presents—shaping a chain of events that eventually lead to everyone discovering the “true” meaning of Christmas.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The classic story of a boy who boards a train that magically appears outside his house. The train is headed to the North Pole to see Santa. This magical and beautifully illustrated book won the Caldecott Medal for children’s literature in 1986 and was adapted into an Oscar award winning movie in 2004.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The poem first written in 1822 has long-since been turned into a classic children’s book. “Twas the night before Christmas…” has become a well-known phase in children’s literature that needs no explanation other than to say it’s a timeless tale.


The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Originally written as The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Hoffmann’s story begins on Christmas Eve as Marie and her brother Fritz contemplate what their grandfather got them. Marie becomes intrigued by a nutcracker and after using him to crack nuts, his jaw breaks. She takes care of him and as the grandfather clock begins to chime, mice appear and she is taken on an adventure.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickins

Charles Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become a most-loved classic throughout the years. After being visited by three ghosts—from the past, present, and future—Scrooge begins to see the true meaning of Christmas and that a life spent so unpleasantly is not really a life at all.

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

This Christmas book reveals what snowman do at night after you’ve built them. The story will open up reader’s imaginations, while the illustrations will bring everything to life. If you need even more snowmen in your life—there’s also Snowmen at Christmas.

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Shoes intertwines two stories on Christmas Eve. Robert is a successful attorney who spends almost no time with his family—not knowing them at all. Nathan’s mother is dying of cancer and he is struggling to spend every moment they have together. When they meet while shopping, they both learn that the littlest things can make the biggest difference.

The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell

Santa’s “scout elves” hide in people’s homes to watch over them and report back to Santa at night about all of the good and bad activities of the day. The elves get their magic by being named, so families can name them so they have the ability to fly back to the North Pole. The interactive book will be appreciated by all!

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

Teeka is in charge of getting the reindeer ready for Christmas. But when being stern with them doesn’t seem to work, she realizes she needs to take a different approach. Her kindness goes a long way with the reindeer as they prepare to deliver gifts with Santa on Christmas Eve.

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