Christmas songs are often tied to joyful memories. Family around the tree. Candlelight services at church. Caroling in the neighborhood. Waking up to new-fallen snow.
If you love someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, learn their favorite Christmas songs. If they have a music collection, start there. Otherwise, pick out songs that were popular when they were younger. In fact, many of the same songs that were popular in the 1940s and 1950s are still the ones we listen to today. But take the time to hunt up recordings by singers such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Andy Williams. Gather some albums or create a playlist.
Music matters. Make music part of your Christmas celebrations. Listen together, and sing together. When you spend time singing together with your loved one living with dementia, you will be creating new moments of joy and connection.
Finding Christmas Singalong Songs
Our free online library of singalongs includes 20 Christmas singalong songs. You can select them individually, or enjoy them all together in our Christmas Singalong Show.
Our Christmas singalong songs are carefully crafted for sharing with people living with dementia. We use singable keys and steady tempos, and all of our singalong videos include easy-to-read lyrics plus an on-screen singalong leader.
If you and your loved one can follow along with standard karaoke videos, check out the Karaoke Version website. Please note: Songs & Smiles is part of the Karaoke Version Affiliate Community, so we may receive a small commission if you purchase through a link on this page.
Karaoke Version offers a variety of file formats. For karaoke videos, we suggest switching from the colorful animated background to the black background. The colorful version is fun, and the designs synch to the beat of the music, but we find the neutral black backgrounds to be less distracting and easier to follow, especially for people experiencing dementia.
Here are a few of our favorite Karaoke Version Christmas singalong songs:
Karaoke Version of “Christmas Memories (Frank Sinatra)”
Karaoke Version of “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)”
Karaoke Version of “Let It Snow (Dean Martin)”
Karaoke Version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Bing Crosby)”
Karaoke Version of “Silver Bells (Dean Martin)”
Karaoke Version of “White Christmas (Bing Crosby)”
If you prefer to get away from the screen, perhaps to go caroling together in your neighborhood, check out our downloadable Christmas Carol Lyrics.
Simple Music Player
If you are caring for someone who can no longer operate a CD player, try a record player … it might seem more familiar to them. Or, try the SMPL One-Touch Music Player. We recently purchased one, and it works just as advertised. It’s simple to use, and it’s simple to customize as you can add your own MP3 music files.
Here’s a link to purchase one on Amazon. Note: As an Amazon Associate, Songs & Smiles earns from qualifying purchases. We may receive a small commission if you purchase items after clicking on a product link or image.
Here are some of our top picks for Christmas singalong songs available to purchase as MP3 music files on Amazon.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
Christmas Cookies – George Strait