Christmas will be here in 10 days, so I am updating this post about Christmas carols in Mandarin Chinese! I have sifted through a lot of blurry and bootleg videos to compile this list of Chinese Christmas Songs on YouTube to save you time and maximize Christmas fun during the holidays!
These Chinese Christmas music videos generally have clear visual and audio quality so that kids can learn the lyrics.
Learning Chinese Christmas vocabulary from music videos
Although we limit screen time for my 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, some Chinese videos have helped us learn Chinese Christmas vocabulary.
I’ve organized the videos in this post as follows:
- Story about the origin of Christmas
- Modern Chinese Christmas music
- Classic Chinese Christmas carols
- Did you know that you can slow down YouTube videos? If you hover over the video, then click on settings, one of the options is playback speed.
- If you’re screen free, you can turn your phone over to listen to the music. You can also push the music to Bluetooth speakers.
Related: Popular Chinese Songs for Kids
1. Chinese YouTube Videos About the Origin of Christmas
(a) 圣诞节的故事 – The Christmas Story Chinese YouTube Video
This is a video that was highly recommended by my friend, Sunny, which explains the birth of Jesus Christ’s from a biblical perspective.
The audio is in Mandarin Chinese, and the subtitles are is in Simplified Chinese.
2. Modern Chinese Christmas Music for Kids on YouTube!
(a) 冷冷 der 聖誕節 (Lěng lěng der shèngdàn jié) / Merry Cold Christmas in Chinese
I’m kicking off this list with a modern Christmas song from Joyce Chu, a Malaysian Chinese singer!
I was drawn to this music video because it represents my children – the only Chinese-speaking kids in a community where few people look like them. But I love how the video shows a variety of friendly faces smiling and dancing to Chinese lyrics.
I want my children to grow up in a world where they can be just as comfortable with who they are and have friends of all races!
(b) 最美的禮物 The Most Precious Gift
We are big fans of 讚美之泉 Stream Of Praise Music Ministries, and their new Christmas remix is a new favorite of our family! Jesus is the reason for the season, and this song celebrates Him, the most precious gift.
The audio is in Mandarin Chinese; bilingual lyrics are in traditional Chinese and English.
(c) All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mandarin Chinese rendition by 楊蒨時 Hope Yang
Trying to keep my professional cool here, but OMG I found Mariah Carey’s Christmas song in CHINESE!!!
Hope Yang does a fantastic rendition of this modern Christmas party song that I’m going to go dance to with my kids right now!!
Vocals are in Mandarin; lyrics are in traditional Chinese script. Here’s another version of her music video if you want to see which one you like better!
(d) 鄧紫棋把《Last Christmas》
Here’s another favorite modern Christmas song that I’m super excited to see translated in Chinese! I’ve seen a few bilingual renditions of “Last Christmas” in Chinese, but this was the only one that’s predominantly Mandarin with very clear vocals.
Vocals are in Mandarin; lyrics are in traditional Chinese.
3. Classic Chinese Christmas Carols on YouTube
(a) 聖嬰孩主耶穌 (Shèng yīnghái zhǔ yēsū) / Away in the Manger in Chinese
The rest of the videos in this post features popular Christmas carols in Chinese.
This YouTube video has adorable illustrations about the birth of baby Jesus with Away in the Manger (Kirkpatrick ballad version) in the background.
The music is very peaceful and the Mandarin Chinese lyrics are clear and easy to understand.
This video has no subtitles.
(b) 平安夜、聖嬰孩主耶穌 (Píng’ān yè, shèng yīnghái zhǔ yēsū / Silent Night in Chinese)
This Mandarin Chinese rendition of Silent Night has lyrics in traditional Chinese and soft illustrations in the background.
The Chinese characters are the main focal point of this video. Since I am learning to read Chinese with my kids, I appreciate that the characters are highlighted as the words are sung!
(c) 天使歌唱在高天 (Tiānshǐ gēchàng zài gāo tiān) / Angels We Have Heard on High in Chinese
This Chinese rendition of “Angels We Have Heard on High” has clear vocals in Mandarin Chinese and lyrics in traditional Chinese. This is one of my daughter’s favorite Christmas songs! 🙂
There are no accompanying illustrations or cartoons.
(d) 祝你圣诞快乐 (Zhù nǐ shèngdàn kuàilè) / We wish you a Merry Christmas in Chinese
This cartoon video of We Wish You a Merry Christmas in Chinese is pretty cute!
The audio is in Mandarin Chinese and subtitles are in simplified Chinese.
The vocals are clear, but they sing pretty fast compared to the other Chinese Christmas songs in this post.
(e) 圣诞铃声 (Shèngdàn língshēng) / Jingle Bells in Chinese
This is a cute video of the classic Jingle Bells in Chinese!
I love the giant size traditional Chinese characters, and the Mandarin Chinese lyrics are easy to understand!
Note: sometimes Jingle Bells is also translated as 铃儿响叮当 (líng er xiǎng dīngdāng) in Chinese.
What are your favorite Chinese Christmas songs?
I hope your family enjoys these Chinese Christmas songs and finds them easy to understand!
I’d also love to hear what your favorites are, too! Please leave a comment with your favorite Chinese Christmas songs!
More Chinese Christmas songs for kids
1. Chinese Christmas music CD
My kids are LOVING the the Christmas Songs By Black Duck (Mandarin Chinese vocals). We have been listening to it all through December, because the music is very pleasant and soothing!
You can buy this wonderful Chinese Christmas album at the following!
Check out the links to see the full playlist which include popular Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Joy to the World in Mandarin Chinese!
2. Chinese Christmas music recommendations from Spot of Sunshine
Check out Spot of Sunshine Chinese Christmas Carols & Lyrics / 中文聖誕歌和歌詞 for more Chinese Christmas music recommendations!
Interactive, Hands-On Chinese Christmas activities
My daughter and I love Christmas crafts, and we have used these projects as fun ways to review Chinese characters.
Check out these 15 Easy, Hands-On Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids!
I hope you can also enjoy our free Chinese Christmas coloring pages!
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