10 Best French Christmas Songs And Carols

by Sylviane Nuccio on December 20, 2013

in Facts About France

Last week I wrote about the the customs of Christmas in France, and today, since this is 4 days before Christmas eve, I think that it only make sense to keep with my Christmas theme.

Christmas songs and carols are very popular here, but they are very popular in France too.  So today I pick 10 of my favorite and most popular French Christmas songs and carols.  In some of them you’ll recognize the tune, since you have their English version, and others are 100% French product.

According to Wikipedia the oldest Christmas carol dates from the XVI century, and it was called “Between the Ox and the Gray Donkey.” You can listen to it down below as a bonus.

So here they are the  10 most beautiful French Christmas songs and carols with lyrics, starting with the most famous and loved one of all. You might not understand the words, but you will enjoy the tunes and beautiful images.

#1 Petit Papa Noël “Little Santa”

#2 Mon Beau Sapin “My beautiful Christmas Tree” (O Christmas Tree)

#3 Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant “The Devine Child”

#4 Vive Le Vent “Happy Winter Wind” (Jingle Bells)

#5 Noël Bland “White Christmas”

#6 Douce Nuit, Saint Nuit “Sweet Night, Holy Night”

#7 Joyeux Noël “Happy Christmas”

#8 Le traîneau du Père Noël “The Sled of Santa Clause”

#9 L’Enfant au Tambour “The Little Drummer Boy”

#10 Minuit Chrétien “Christian Night”

 Bonus – Entre le Boeuf et l’Ane Gris “Between the Ox and the Gray Donkey”

I hope you enjoyed those French Christmas songs, and that it put you in the spirit of the Holidays!

Let me know in the comments below.


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1 David Leonhardt December 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Petit Papa Noël était toujours le préféré de mes filles, aussi. Par contre, j’ai toujours aimé plus Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant.


2 Sylviane Nuccio December 21, 2013 at 2:51 am

Hi David,

So you can speak French? I think you’ve mentioned it once, but I had forgotten.

Le Divin Enfant is a beautiful songs, indeed, but I’m like your daughters, Petit Papa Noël is really my favorite because so much memories are attached to it in my case :)

Thank you for coming by, and Merry Christmas!


3 Donna Merrill December 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Hi Sylviane,

Oh what a beautiful gift you have given to us on this Christmas season! I loved such beautiful songs you have put here.

Although I don’t know the language, music is the language of all.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful gift!

Merry Christmas to you,



4 Sylviane Nuccio December 21, 2013 at 2:53 am

Hi Donna,

I’m so glad you like them. I listen to them all yesterday as I was putting this post together. So many memories.

Thank you for coming.


5 Adrienne December 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hey Sylviane,

I agree with Donna, I might not understand the words but for some of these songs I know what they are but it’s the music that’s beautiful.

Thank you for sharing these with us and I can’t believe Christmas if now right around the corner. My goodness, this year is almost over.

Really enjoyed these so thanks again. You have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas.



6 Sylviane Nuccio December 21, 2013 at 2:57 am

Hi Adrienne,

I can’t believe that Christmas is right upon us either. Time flies like crazy.

I knew people who don’t speak French could still enjoy this, and I knew you guys would too :)

As I was just saying to Donna, I’ve listened to them all as I was putting this post together, and it was so much fun.


7 Spencer December 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I know it’s a bit late in the holiday season, but Christmas songs are still great to listen to. When I’m learning French, songs are very helpful to my understanding of the language. Thanks for sharing them.



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