Holiday Sing-Along For Kids and Families

by betinah on December 21, 2020

We miss seeing everyone for in-person concerts but we love the magic of music and video. Here’s some holiday cheer from our home to yours.

Sing some fun holiday songs with us. Grab an instrument, a shaker, some jingle bells, or draw a snowman and bring it along.

Share this video with far away family members over Zoom so you can sing-along together for a Happy Holiday treat! (Make sure when you share screen you choose “share computer audio” and “share video” for the best sound and video experience.)

Song Guide

This is a 20 minute sing-along video with lyrics.

You can pause in between songs for some quick, fun discussions.

  1. Jingle Bells:
    • Before the song starts, suggest they can grab some bells or anything they can shake or even clap their hands for Jingle Bells.
  2. Twelve Days of Christmas:
    • Stand up and try out the moves! 
    • After the song, see who remembers the move for 12 lords a leaping, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a milking, 7 swans a swimming, 6 geese a laying, 5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Then play the last section again.
    • Do you have a move you would have chosen for any of the words?
  3. Feliz Navidad:
    • What language is Feliz Navidad? Spanish. What does it mean? Feliz = Happy, Navidad = Christmas.
  4. Frosty The Snowman:
    • Draw a snowman or create a snowman puppet of your own to move around during the song.
  5. I Have A Little Dreidel:
    • What holiday does this song belong with? Hanukkah. When was Hanukkah this year? Dec 10-18, 2020.
  6. Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer:
    • Do you have a little puppet, stuffed animal, or drawing that you can move around like Rudolf? Bring back Frosty for this song, too, if that sounds like fun.
  7. We Wish You A Merry Christmas:
    • The original words don’t include Happy Hanukkah and Merry Kwanzaa. Why did they get added in? How many cultures and celebrations do you know of that are happening at this time? How can we include everyone we know?

And while you’re at it, enjoy these Holiday Tongue Twisters.

Have a favorite song we didn’t play, or a tongue twister you love? Let us know! We inspire you and you inspire us!

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– Betina Hershey (vocals, director, performer and author of 5 childrens musicals with more than 2,000 performances in 65 countries) is a Teaching Artist at PS144 and runs Garden Players Musical Theater For Kids (online during COVID) at The-Church-In-The-Gardens.

– Nick Russo (ukulele, guitar, resonator, musician and author of guitar courses and Metallica educational books) teaches Ukulele after school at PS144 and private lessons locally in NYC and online.

– Lydian (vocals and guitar) and Seriana (vocals) enjoy music, writing, art, games, movement and creating stop motion.

– Paige Levy (tongue twisters design) is a Garden Players grad, teacher and performer.

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