It’s time to start planning your Christmas program for kids. Browse our 100% free printable Christmas plays and download the one that’s right for your church.
You can get some excellent Christmas programs under $10 on Amazon.com, but we know many churches want to create something original. For children’s Christmas songs for church we recommend this CD from Amazon. “Christmas Carols by Cedarmont Kids. It has 15 of the classics and split-track too.
Printable Christmas Programs for Children
The Birth of Jesus (simple traditional pageant)
This is is a traditional Christmas play script that’s easy to use and simple for small churches to perform. It’s mixed classic Christmas carols and some light narration. This pageant has been used with a preschool ages 1-5 year olds as well as a children’s church ages 2 – 5th grade. The speaking is done by a narrator (which could be divided among older children or youth).
Christmas Hope (play script for small churches)
This is another great option for your children. It has a traditional manger scene mixed with modern day family life. There are only a handful of actors needed, but they each have substantial speaking parts. Adding additional scripture readings is one simple way to accommodate more participants. You could pair this simple play script with a children, youth, or adult choir to have a full-length Christmas Pageant.
A Super Christmas (modern & funny Christmas play for youth)
This Christmas script is perfect for the youth ministry or older children’s group. This skit is about a group of famous super heroes who discover that while Baby Jesus did come to save the world, he won’t be stealing their jobs! It was performed by a group of teenagers and adults at our 5pm Family Christmas Eve Worship in lieu of a sermon. It’s something creative if you want to try something more than the traditional Christmas pageants listed above.
This play script is based off our free “12 Symbols of Christmas” book. The scene is as follows: A mom is decorating her home with her children. As they add different items to their home, they discuss the meaning behind each item and how they all lead to Jesus. This of it as a Christmas object lesson turned into a full performance for the church.
Stories of a Savior (Free Christmas Play)
This is a play about 2 scientists giving a presentation about the birth of Jesus. These scientists don’t just tell the story starting with Mary. They go all the way back to Creation and tie it all together through the story of Simeon and Anna.
In just a few weeks, we’ll be starting our Christmas Children’s choir to prepare for the annual Christmas pageant. The holiday season is a coming soon and having the kids perform is one of our church’s favorite Christmas activities. But first, we need to find the right Christmas program for our smaller church. The first several we list below are traditional Christmas nativity scripts, after that we have several creative options.
More Free Printable Christmas Play Scripts
- Christmas in Genesis? – free program for Christmas
- Faith Baptist Church shared their program online (Doc version or PDF)
- “Who’s This All About” Christmas Script & Family Experience
- Easy Christmas Play ideas for churches with very few kids
- The Christmas Window from a reader’s blog
Need more help? Use these Bible verses about Christmas to make your own play.
I started my research on Google, and soon discovered there were very few free Christmas plays for kids choirs. It looks like many churches simply mix together Christmas poems, Bible verses and Christmas songs music to create a short 30-minute Kids Christmas program. This is what we’ve done in past years, but this year we’re going for something a little larger than a Children’s Christmas skit. I’m looking for music and drama that features Christmas stories. Some biblical costumes would be fun too, and it must come with a complete play script.
Don’t miss our pdf Christmas coloring pages to print.
Professionally Published Christmas Programs
- I searched Christmas play on Amazon.com I love these because all the customer reviews available for each program for Christmas. You can also listen to some of the Christmas songs online. LifeWay sells hundreds of musical programs, you can browse or search to find a Christmas pageant for children. They specialize in religious Christmas programs that would work well for a kids musical at church.
Independent Christmas Pageants For Kids
- Cathy’s Music offers several Christmas Musicals for children. This site has over 15 plays for Christmas. You should be able to find the right program for small children’s choirs here.
- Taylor Made Productions has Christmas plays. One major benefit of using an independently published church musical is you can contact the people who wrote the program. This website has pictures from their pageant for Christmas, and hints from the original director.
- Guiding Light Video sells complete kits to host a kids Christmas play
- Pioneer Drama Services also sells a large selection of Children’s Christmas programs. This site sells a large selection of kids musicals for Christmas.