Since Christmas is an important part of our lives, it is only natural for writers to embrace in their writings. Some Christmas books are immortal, others are fun, others remind us of the importance of love, of family and friends.
We have browsed for a list of 30 Christmas books you could read this season, to unwind after a long day, under the blanket, with a cup of tea. As an added bonus, these Christmas books are sure to awake the holiday cheer within you.
Top 30 Christmas Books
#1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
No list of Christmas books can be made without including this Christmas classic! Coming from the man who “invented Christmas”, Charles Dickens, this is one of the stories that you can read over and over again. Since it’s been published in 1843, Dickens’ story has touched many hearts and reminded them of the magic of this holiday. Our favorite, we recommend this book to every reader.
#2. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
A children’s favorite, this holiday poem, is in our opinion, great to read at any age. It brings back dear memories of childhood, and for a short time, it’s like we’re children once more. The story of St. Nick and his helpers, and all the adventure will leave you feeling excited about Christmas.
#3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The journey of a young boy, awakened on the Eve of Christmas by a train standing outside his window, filled with youngsters and treats. An immortal story about the magic of Christmas that will always warm a reader’s heart and one of the classic Christmas books.
#4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Another beloved Christmas classic, the story of Grinch and his Scrooge-like attitude towards children has to be on your reading list this season. It’s great to read to it your children, if you have any, or just for yourself. It will make you smile, without a doubt.
#5. The Christmas Miracle of JonathonToomey by Susan Wojciechowski
A heart warming story and a moving tale of the spirit of Christmas and the generosity that people hold in their hearts, especially during the holidays. You’ll fall in love with the story of this little boy and you will add this book to your list of classic Christmas books!
#6. Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carson
A story about fresh starts in the holiday season, this tender story will charm you. Lena Markham finds herself struggling to restart her life after a series of unfortunate events, and her luck starts changing when she gets a job as Mrs. Santa.
#7. A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
The story of a gripping battle between evil and goodness in Victorian London, a woman searching for meaning in her life, a story of love, courage and faith, or in less words: one of the great Christmas books you can read!
#.8 Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R Tolkien
Coming from the author of Lord of the Rings, it might come as a surprise to know that all the letters contained in this book are actually letters Tolkien wrote to his children. Every year, a strange envelope depicting amusing stories from the North Pole would arrive, along with drawings. An enjoyable reading!
#9.The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
A love story set against the magic of Christmas! A delightful read, in which you’ll fall in love with Cassie and her quest to find her other half.
#10. Snowmen at Christmas by Mark Buehner
Have you ever wondered what Snowmen do at Christmas? This is your chance to find out! A great story, with Christmas done Snowmen-style, filled with icy treats and fun. This book is great for a snowy night!
#11. The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
A mesmerizing holiday story, this Christmas book combines hard historical facts with legends, in order to provide us with a comprehensive autobiography of Santa, with 17 centuries worth of magic! A great read for December nights!
#12. Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh
The story of a man who lives on his own terms, works hard, plays hard and answers to nobody. That until his mother calls him and begs him to return home. He starts a journey of discovery, finding out lots of things about himself, his family and of course, Christmas.
#13.The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann
Written in 1816, the Nutcracker has become a staple of Christmas. The author describes such a magical world, that over the years, the book has enchanted the hearts of many.
#14. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
We bet you wouldn’t have thought that mystery goes with Christmas. However, Agatha Christie manages to use Christmas as the perfect setting for one of her brilliant murder stories. A perfect and thrilling read!
#15.The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan
The enchanting tale of the daughter of Santa and Mrs. Claus, as she tries to break the curse cast upon her and her people. An adventure that will make you root for Holly and hope for the best!
#16. The Cricket of the Hearth by Charles Dickens
The third book of the author’s Christmas series, The Cricket of the Hearth is second as popularity after the much loved A Christmas Carol, and makes for a great read, especially for those who love Dickens!
#17. The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
The story of a workaholic attorney, on the verge of losing his wife and daughters, and a young boy on the verge of losing his mother to cancer. They meet accidentally, and the lawyer learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things make all the difference. An amazing story about the importance of family and love.
#18. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
Poirot strikes again, as he investigates the murder of a young lady found in snow, during Christmas. The detective plays his cards carefully and solves the mystery! A book that will fascinate you!
#19. The Christmas Tree Elf by Valentine D’Arcy Sheldon
Santa finds out that Mrs. Claus always wanted to decorate a Christmas tree. So, the following season, he brings one home for her. On Christmas Eve, the tree is almost lost, but a magical elf saves it, and along with it, Christmas! A light, funny story!
#20. The Gift by Richard Paul Evans
A story about healing, hope and faith. The main character had long lost his faith in Christmas, since it was the day that reminded him of what destroyed his childhood. A series of events show him that Christmas is indeed a time for miracles! This is another one of those Christmas books that would make you feel a wave of hope.
#21. The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne
The journey of a young girl, so embarrassed of her scarred appearance that she hides her face in a paper bag. That is, until a doctor who double as Santa at night, brings a young man into the hospital, to help him spread the cheer among his patients.
#22. The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado
Set in a quaint English village where nothing ever happens, the sudden appearance of an angel puts the life of a candle maker into perspective. A story about the undying love from God.
#23. Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn
The tale of a woman, who finds herself in London, days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew, with only a few clues about his identity. A story of longing and belonging that will stay with you even as you close the book one last time.
#24. A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs
For some reason or another, a Christmas set in the Victorian age has a certain appeal. A story about intertwined destinies, love, forgiveness and everything that is Scottish, Victorian and of course, Christmas related.
#25. Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid
As a young boy loses his father, he finds himself struggling with his new reality. Until a four-legged friend comes into his life to offer him a bit of hope and courage. This Christmas book will most definitely strike a chord with animal lovers!
#26. A Town Called Snowflake: A Holiday Romance by Rusty Fischer
A young singer finds her way home, in her hometown called Snowflake. Her fifteen minutes of fame were up, so she struggled to find a job. She finds herself face to face with the man she left for fame. Will he forgive her? Read the book and find out!
#27. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
A story about a family that drifted apart after the death of the father. The children slowly moved on with their lives, leaving their mother alone. Come Christmas, they all get a call from their mother announcing she is getting married on Christmas and won’t reveal the identity of the man she’s marrying. A heart warming tale about love and the magic of this holiday.
#28. Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
Another great story about second chances and hope, as the main character goes through life spending money recklessly and finds himself one day without any money left and with no friends. He then finds love and his life starts changing.
#29. Two Tickets at the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul
Each year, the matchmaking booksellers of Sage Street bookshop host an old-fashioned, romantic Christmas ball for those who they’ve decided to bring together. But will things work out this year?
#30. Blame it on the Mistletoe by Joyce Magnin
All the inhabitants of a nursing home start acting like children: riding trains, climbing trees, falling in love. What’s to blame? Creative and fun, the world of this book is great for an escape from our own. One of the light and funny Christmas books, that’s well suited for a night in.
What do you think of our list? Is your favorite Christmas book among these one?
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