Top Villancicos, Spanish Christmas Carols,
for a Feliz Navidad

Bilingual is Better
By Nuria Santamaria Wolfe

‘Tis the season for Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, but as you tune into your local or digital holiday station, you may also hear the Spanish holiday favorite “Feliz Navidad.” And there are many more ‘villancicos’ or Spanish Christmas carols where that Jose Feliciano song came from. Here’s our list of top villancicos for this holiday season.

1. Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano: Of course! This super catchy and super simple song is a classic. Feliciano wishes you “Feliz Navidad, Prospero Año y Felicidad” which translates to “Merry Christmas, Prosperous New Year and Happiness”. We love it “from the bottom, of our heaaaaarts.”

2. Mi Burrito Sabanero: If you didn’t know it, “Tuki tuki tuki tuki, tuki tuki tuki ta” is the sound a donkey makes on his journey to Bethlehem….AND it’s also the catchy lyrics you’ll be singing after listening to this song. This Venezuelan villancico is a true classic. We’ve brought it to life through our iOS and Android apps. And check out the book here.

3. Belen, Campanas de Belen: This is one of the most joyous Spanish Christmas songs and translates to “Bethlehem, Bells of Bethlehem.” Your little angels can sing along to the chorus that evokes the bells of Bethlehem ringing to announce the birth of Jesus.

4. Noche de paz: Although not originally written in Spanish, we love the Spanish version of Silent Night. Knowing the tune and lyrics in English will make it easier to sing along in a second language.

With great songs like these, it’s easy to have a very Merry and Feliz Navidad!

About the author
 

Nuria is an entrepreneur and mom raising two bilingual children. She joined forces with another mom, Susie Jaramillo, and founded Encantos – a family entertainment and education company for today’s multicultural families.

Together they launched Canticos – a bilingual baby and toddler brand with books, apps, and sing-along videos. Nuria serves as Executive Producer of Canticos digital shorts which are now available across Nick Jr.’s digital preschool platforms: on NickJr.com/Canticos, Nick Jr.’s YouTube page and on the Nick Jr. and NOGGIN apps.

 

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