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14 Essential Spanish Christmas Songs To Fill Your Holidays With Joy

Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries begins long before December, with its festive melodies filling the air as early as late summer. In these vibrant cultures, the holiday spirit is a cherished tradition that unfolds through music and celebration, starting subtly in August and crescendoing as the months pass.

By the time fall arrives, Christmas preparations are in full swing. From Mexico City to Madrid, streets and homes buzz with the excitement of the upcoming festivities. The search for the perfect Christmas tree and decorations becomes a joyful activity, accompanied by an array of classic and beloved Christmas carols echoing from every corner.

In this article, we explore 14 quintessential Spanish Christmas songs that are integral to experiencing the joy and cultural richness of the holiday season in Spanish-speaking countries. These melodies are not just tunes; they are the heartbeat of Christmas joy, deeply woven into the fabric of festive celebrations.

Christmas Traditions in Latin America

Christmas in Latin America is a vibrant blend of Catholic heritage and rich cultural customs. Homes are beautifully decorated with both nativity scenes “nacimientos” and Christmas trees, symbolizing a fusion of religious significance and festive spirit.

The heart of these celebrations is the “Novena” or “Posada,” starting nine days before Christmas. These gatherings are a harmonious mix of devotion and merriment. Families and friends unite to recite prayers from a “novenario,” reflecting on the spiritual aspect of the holiday.

After the prayers, the atmosphere shifts to joyous celebration. Traditional Christmas songs often passed down through generations, fill the air, narrating nativity stories and the anticipation of Christmas. These songs are a vital component of the festivities, echoing the region’s deep-rooted traditions.

Culinary delights are central to these gatherings, with each country boasting its unique festive dishes. From tamales to “buñuelos,” the variety of foods reflects the diverse culinary heritage of Latin America.

In some communities, “posadas” become public celebrations, where entire neighborhoods participate in processions and enactments, fostering a strong sense of community. This communal aspect is particularly prominent in countries like Colombia and Mexico.

These traditions beautifully encapsulate Latin America’s spirit, where faith, community, and celebration are seamlessly intertwined, making Christmas a deeply meaningful and joyous time of the year.

Boost Your Spanish with Christmas Carols

Immerse yourself in the festive world of Spanish Christmas carols to enhance your Spanish listening skills joyfully. Singing along to these carols not only improves pronunciation with their unique accents and syllable stresses but also makes learning entertaining and culturally enriching. 

Through diverse rhythms and lyrics, you gain insights into Spanish-speaking countries’ traditions and history, while expanding your vocabulary with holiday-themed words. Plus, the convenience of learning on the go means you can perfect your Spanish skills whether you’re commuting, cooking, or even during a workout, making these carols an ideal companion for both busy holiday seasons and language learning.

Spanish Christmas Songs: A Journey Through Spanish Christmas Melodies

There may be many versions of these Spanish Christmas songs so I’m sure you have already listened to some.

Besides the most famous Christmas carols internationally, we’ll also be listing the most popular Christmas songs from different countries in Latin America and Spain.

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1. Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad,” a bilingual classic, is a staple in the repertoire of Spanish Christmas songs and resonates globally with its message of joy and unity. This mixed Spanish-English song, penned by José Feliciano in 1970, has become synonymous with the festive season, spreading wishes of a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year across cultures and languages.

As the holiday season draws near, this tune becomes omnipresent, playing in malls, on radios, and in grocery stores. Its cheerful melody and simple, heartfelt lyrics encapsulate the spirit of love, peace, and joy characteristic of this time of year. It’s a song that accompanies many in their holiday preparations, from decorating homes to selecting the perfect gifts for loved ones.

Adding to its timeless appeal, Gwen Stefani, renowned for her unique style and musical versatility, has also embraced this classic. Stefani’s rendition of “Feliz Navidad” brings a fresh, contemporary twist to the song while preserving its original warmth and festivity. Her version adds another layer to the song’s rich history, showcasing its enduring ability to connect and celebrate the season’s joy across different genres and generations.


Did you know that José Feliciano wrote “Feliz Navidad” as a way to bridge the gap between English and Spanish-speaking communities? He wanted a song that both could enjoy equally, and his bilingual approach made it a global Christmas anthem

2. Noche de Paz

Noche de Paz” is the Spanish version of the world-famous Silent Night.

The song was penned by Austrian priest Joseph Mohr and composed in German by Austrian schoolmaster and organist Franz Xavier Gruber.

This song has a lot of educational potential because people are likely to recognize the rhythm. When students already know how a tune goes, they typically believe they understand the meaning better if they hear it in a new language.

There are numerous versions to pick from, so it is purely a matter of personal preference.

3. Blanca Navidad

The Spanish version of “White Christmas” (as it is known in the English-speaking world) was translated by Spanish vocalist Luca Gil with the help of Ismael García.

The charming song is about the beauty of a white Christmas and how the children look forward to it as the holiday approaches.

Blanca Navidad,” the Spanish rendition of the iconic “White Christmas,” carries the same enchanting aura as its English counterpart. Translated by Spanish vocalist Luca Gil with assistance from Ismael García, the song paints a picturesque scene of the festive season’s snowy charm.

This beloved carol resonates with listeners who dream of a serene Christmas blanketed in white, capturing the anticipation and joy of children as the holiday draws near. Its lyrics evoke images of pristine snowscapes and the quiet, magical atmosphere that only a white Christmas can bring.

Adding a unique flavor to this classic, “Niños Cantores De Cagua,” a renowned children’s choir, has performed a version that embodies the pure and innocent joy of the season. Their rendition has touched the hearts of millions, amassing over 33 million views on YouTube. This version stands out for its simplicity and the heartfelt delivery of the young choir, bringing a fresh and youthful perspective to the timeless wish for a “Blanca Navidad.

4. Cascabel, Cascabel / Navidad, Navidad

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to sing Jingle Bells in Spanish. Although there are multiple “Spanish versions,” none of them is a straight translation of the original song.

While the English version of Jingle Bells does not mention Christmas, the Spanish version Navidad, Navidad does. Another popular variation among children is Cascabel.

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5.   Los Peces en el Río

This is one of the most well-known Villancicos. “Los Peces en el Río” is translated as Fish in the River, and unlike other Christmas songs, it is about the Virgin Mary washing infant clothing in the river.

Mary’s reflection in the river is described in the song, which then moves on to the birth of baby Jesus. It’s a basic peaceful Christmas song that tells the story of Jesus in a humble tone. There are no bells and whistles or big drum beats, just a simple peaceful Christmas song.


In Spain, “Villancicos” are traditional Christmas songs, often with a folk music flair. These songs date back to the Middle Ages and were originally religious folk songs sung during liturgical celebrations.

6. Mi Burrito Sabanero

El burrito de Belén“ song tells about the (little) donkey that Mary and Joseph ride to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. The artist claims that the donkey sings and jogs as they travel because he enjoys the journey.

They sing “Hurry, little donkey” at this same moment. We’re almost there!” exclaims the narrator. This song’s lyrics and melody are both extremely catchy and enjoyable.

It’s a hit with the kids! This song is excellent for you if you want something different for your kids while still keeping the Christmas spirit alive!

7. Campanas de Belén

Campanas de Belén” tells us about a critical time of Jesus’ birth in each verse. It all begins with the announcement of Jesus’ birth, which uses the image of bells to signify gladness.

The birth celebration is then followed by the shepherds’ journey to Bethlehem with their “curd cheese, butter, and wine”.

8. Rodolfo el Reno

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s” Spanish adaptation has permeated Latin American society. This song has a lovely message! Rodolfo has a scarlet red nose, which makes him sad because his buddies tease him about it.

However, when the Christmas season arrives, Santa Claus chooses him because of his gleaming nose, and he is now Santa’s favorite reindeer!

His friends later apologize and realize that making fun of others is never acceptable. Instead, we should celebrate diversity, and this song is ideal for teaching your children this important lesson! This classic children’s Christmas song is a must-listen!

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9. Ya Vienen los Reyes

This Villancico is used to explain and remind the children what gift each king gave to the manger (pesebre in Spanish) when they arrived in Bethlehem to visit the child, based on the custom of the Three Kings bringing gifts on January 6th.

10. Vamos, Pastores, Vamos

Vamos, Pastores, Vamos” is a classic Spanish carol passed down through the generations, particularly in Latin America. The title translates to “Let’s go, Shepherds, Let’s go!” The shepherds’ journey to Bethlehem to see the Virgin Mary and newborn Jesus is depicted in the song.

The tune has a pleasant and joyful melody and simple words, and it was written by Jeremias Quintero, who is estimated to have written around 3 thousand Christmas carols.

11. Canta, Ríe, Bebe

Listeners are encouraged to “sing, eat, and drink” to celebrate Christmas in this Peruvian Christmas carol. Christmas is a time to be joyful, so canta, ríe, bebe! to your heart’s delight, as the song says.

Explore the Peruvian holidays and discover the best times and places to visit with our Peru Travel Guide.

12. El Niño Dios

Spanish Christmas songs to listen to only in Mexico? This is the one you’re looking for. Interpreted by Oscar Chávez, this is an important piece that families enjoy singing to in this country.

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13. Alegre Vengo

Alegre Vengo” is a classic Christmas song from Puerto Rico. Spanish Christmas carols are known as aguinaldos in Puerto Rico. Villancicos are religious songs that have a religious theme.

The main festivities, as in many Spanish-speaking nations, take place on Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena, rather than on Christmas Day itself.

14. La Marimorena

It’s a catchy Spanish language track with plenty of vocabulary for you to learn. This classic song has several variations; Oscar Athie’s interpretation is only one example.

Which of the Spanish Christmas songs on the list is your favorite?

Having fun and making the best of the festivities are all that matter when singing these popular Villancicos. Add these Christmas songs to your holiday playlist, your family and friends will love them.

Remember, enjoying music in the target language will greatly boost your learning process. If you don’t have anyone to practice with, we invite you to try a free 1:1 class or sign up for a free 7-day trial of group classes to see how thousands of students dominate the Spanish language with SpanishVIP.

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