Five Books to Read on Christmas Eve

You’ve likely spent the last several weeks (or longer!) preparing for Christmas Day. Hopefully your presents are wrapped, groceries are bought, and the excitement is bubbling around you. With so much magic and excitement in the air, it’s hard to sit still; especially for little ones. But, a wonderful tradition to start, if you haven’t already, is reading a story as a family on Christmas Eve. Perhaps you already have a Christmas favourite. However, if you don’t, I’ve compiled a list of some excellent choices that are great for all ages.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore

The Night Before Christmas

This seems to be the most popular choice for Christmas Eve. It’s no surprise, since many of us can quote the book from heart and the opening line is impossible to forget. The magical story about Christmas Eve and the anticipation of Christmas morning is a captivating read to share with your children or grandchildren. Even if you don’t have little ones, older kids (and adults) will enjoy this one as well.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, by Dr. Seuss

The Grinch

Before it was a movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was read to many. From the iconic Dr. Seuss, this classic children’s book will guarantee your heart grows a few sizes. The Grinch is an angry creature, who overlooks Whoville; a small town obsessed with Christmas. As someone who hates the holiday, Whoville is not the place for the Grinch…or so he thinks. After the Grinch decides to steal Christmas, he experiences the magic of Christmas and the true meaning of the season.

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem, by Maya Angelou

Amazing Peace

Who can resist the beautiful poems of Maya Angelou? And, her words can have a calming impact on her readers, which just might help parents have a little bit of a silent night, or at least a few minutes. Angelou’s Christmas poetry inspires readers to experience togetherness and serenity, and is a great addition to your holiday reading list.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, by Robert L. May


Before is was the Christmas carol belted out by children of all ages, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was an endearing children’s book. Written in 1939, the book has become an integral part of the holidays. Who can’t help but love the infamous red-nosed reindeer?

The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express

This 1985 book, which inspired the 2004 animated film, tells the story of a young boy woken up by a train outside of his home on Christmas Eve. What he doesn’t realize is the magical journey he’s about to begin and the even more magical destination he is headed to. With many teachable moments throughout the book, children will be delighted at the prospect of meeting elves and Santa Claus.

As you snuggle by the fire with your family this Christmas Eve, is there a book that you will be reading? Did your family favourite make the list? Let me know!