With approximately 3 days at the library left before closing for Christmas, it’s about time for a Library Christmas party! Here’s your guide to some great books, movies, and music to share with your patrons this Holiday season. I’ve also made and am sharing with you a free bookmark and poster via Canva.com.
- The Bookmark
- The Poster
I love the Christmas and Holiday season because I can finally re-watch my favorite classic Christmas movies, like Home Alone 1 & 2 and many others.
- Home Alone
- Home Alone: Lost in New York
- The Santa Clause
- Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- Frosty the Snowman
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- A Christmas Story
- The Polar Express
- Jingle All the Way
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Deck the Halls
- White Christmas
- Eloise at Christmastime
- Check out Google’s list of Christmas Movies frequently mentioned on the web!
I also love reading books that share the joy of giving, sharing, and loving those around us. It can really put me in the Christmas spirit when I can read a good book and enjoy some hot chocolate.
Story Time / Book Display
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
- Skipping Christmas: Christmas with the Kranks by John Grisham
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
- Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold
- The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
- The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
- The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann
- A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens
- The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
- Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Joffe Numeroff
- Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
- Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Cyd Moore
- The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson
- Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
- The Little Match Girl by Rachel Isadora
- Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson
- The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Maier
- The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry
- Also check out these great lists: Goodreads’ Popular Christmas Books; Amazon’s Children’s Christmas Books; and Amazon’s Best Christmas Books of All Time.
Music can also put you in the Holiday mood, as long as it’s not played over and over again on the Wal-mart radio while you’re finishing up with your Christmas shopping. That can get annoying, but don’t be afraid to share some soothing Holiday music with your patrons!
Heard it on the Radio (or Spotify)
- “O Come O Come Emmanuel” by Matt Brouwer
- “The Christmas Waltz” by She & Him
- “Love Came Down At Christmas” by Jenny & Tyler
- “Very Merry Christmas” by Dave Barnes
- “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay
- “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
- “The First Noel (feat. Owl City)” by Toby Mac & Owl City
- “Star of Wonder” by Sufjan Stevens
- “O, Holy Night” by Chris Tomlin
- “Carol of the Bells” by Family Force 5
- Also check out a few playlists on Spotify: it’s the Christmas music.; Christmas Music; Relaxing Christmas; Christmas Dinner Party Playlist; and Spreading Christmas Cheer.
No matter what gets you in the Christmas spirit, I hope you enjoy this library guide as you celebrate with your families, libraries, and library visitors. Merry Christmas!