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Get in the Holiday Spirit with these Spanish Christmas Songs

Is one of the only Spanish Christmas songs that you know “Feliz Navidad?” Well, ’tis the season to brush up on your Spanish! If you don’t want to fall behind on your language skills while you spend time with family and friends, here’s the perfect list of songs to learn while still spreading holiday cheer.

Mi Burrito Sabanero

This first song, “My Little Donkey from the Savannah,” talks about making a journey to Bethlehem on donkey-back. It’s very popular in Latin America, and there’s hit version by Colombian singer Juanes. This song has very simple present tense grammar and is great for beginners!

Con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de Belén  
Con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de Belén
si me ven, si me ven, voy camino de Belén
si me ven, si me ven, voy camino de Belén

el lucerito mañanero ilumina mi sendero
el lucerito mañanero ilumina mi sendero
si me ven, si me ven, voy camino de Belén
si me ven, si me ven, voy camino de Belén

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Campana Sobre Campana


“Campana Sobre Campana” is a traditional Christmas song from Spain about the birth of Jesus, and like other well-known Christmas songs, it talks a lot about bells. The song includes examples of both future tense and commands.  

Campana sobre campana,  
y sobre campana una,  
asómate a la ventana,  
verás el Niño en la cuna.  

Belén, campanas de Belén,  
que los Ángeles tocan  
qué nueva me traéis?  

Recogido tu rebaño  
a dónde vas pastorcillo?  
Voy a llevar al portal  
requesón, manteca y vino.  

 

El Niño del Tambor


We all remember “The Little Drummer Boy.” If you were a fan of this holiday jingle, you’ll be pleased to know that the Spanish-language version is also a very popular carol. The song is about a poor boy who plays his drum for the baby Jesus. The grammar of the song is pretty simple, but the song is good for vocabulary. This version sung by Spanish artist Rafael is probably the most popular.  

El camino que lleva a Belén  
baja hasta el valle que la nieve cubrió.  
Los pastorcillos quieren ver a su Rey,  
le traen regalos en su humilde zurrón  
a nacido en un portal de Belén  
el niño Dios.

Yo quisiera poner a tus pies  
algún presente que te agrade Señor,  
mas tú ya sabes que soy pobre también,  
y no poseo más que un viejo tambor.  
¡En tu honor frente al portal tocaré  
con mi tambor!

Noche de Paz


You probably know this song as “Silent Night,” although it was actually first written in German. The song has been translated into many languages, including this Spanish rendition. If you want some extra help with the past participle, this song could do the trick. Mexican musical icon Luis Miguel has a great version. And if you liked this song, Luis Miguel has a whole album of holiday carols, titled Navidades, which includes his takes on songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Let it Snow.”

Noche de paz
Noche de amor
Todo duerme alrededor
Todo el mundo celebra con fe
A ese niño nacido en Belén
Con canciones del corazón
Hoy ha nacido el amor

Noche de paz
Noche de amor
Todo duerme alrededor
Ni los ángeles quieren cantar
Para no despertar al Señor
Todo es paz en la obscuridad
Hoy ha nacido el amor

Los Peces en el Río


This song, “The Fish in the River”, is a classic in Spanish-speaking countries. It talks about the Virgin Mary doing various tasks while the fish in the river celebrate the birth of Jesus. The song includes the present progressive tense and commands. The Gipsy Kings have a beautiful version that you need to hear.

La Virgen se está peinando  
entre cortina y cortina  
los cabellos son de oro  
y el peine de plata fina.  

Pero mira cómo beben los peces en el río  
Pero mira cómo beben por ver al Dios nacido  
Beben y beben y vuelven a beber  
Los peces en el río por ver a Dios nacer.  

Los Pastores a Belén


“Los Pastores a Belén” is another holiday favorite and talks about the shepherds on their way to Bethlehem. The song uses present, future and past tenses.

Los pastores a Belén
corren presurosos
llevan de tanto correr
los zapatos rotos

Ay ay ay  
que alegres van
ay ay ay  
si volverán

Con la pan pan pan
con la pan
con la pandereta
y las castañuelas

Un pastor se tropezó
a media vereda
y un borreguito grito:
¡este aquí se queda!

La Marimorena


“La Marimorena” is a popular Christmas carol with disputed origins. No one is really sure what or who the Marimorena is. Some say it refers to the Virgin Mary, others say it was a person named María Morena, while others insist it refers to merriment. Whatever the meaning, this song remains a holiday go-to. This is a good song for beginners with simple grammar.

Ande, ande, ande,  
la marimorena  
ande, ande, ande  
que es la Nochebuena.  
Ande, ande, ande,  
la marimorena  
ande, ande, ande  
que es la Nochebuena.  

En el portal de Belén  
hay estrellas, sol y luna  
la virgen y san José  
y el niño que está en la cuna.  

Todos le llevan al niño  
yo no tengo que entregarle,  
le llevo mi corazón  
que en el mundo es lo que vale.

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Nicole DeFuria is a language fanatic from Seattle, Washington. She is fluent in Spanish, having studied it for over ten years and lived abroad. She is also currently studying Italian and Nahuatl.

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