10 Contemporary Christian Christmas Songs

Updated on September 18, 2019
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Smith is a freelance writer in Orlando, Florida. She and her husband share a heart for God and the will to serve wherever He leads.

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Celebrate the Season With New, Powerful Sounds of Christmas

Are you tired of hearing the same holiday songs every December? Do you want something different in Christmas music this year? Celebrate the season with fresh, new songs by contemporary Christian music artists.

This playlist shines a light on familiar names as well as new voices in Christian music. Some of the songs draw inspiration from traditional carols, while others are new compositions that illuminate the Christmas story.

These 10 contemporary Christian Christmas songs are arranged alphabetically by title for your convenience. And they're all available from Amazon Prime Music or the Digital Music Store. Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!

1. Adore Him | Kari Jobe

"Adore Him" is a Christmas song by Kari Jobe, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter from Texas. The song is Track 2 on O Come Let Us Adore Him, a 2014 holiday album from Integrity Music.

"O Come, All Ye Faithful," a hymn attributed to John Francis Wade (1711–1786), inspired Jobe's song. "Adore Him" focuses on the nativity of Jesus:

"Countless days on a journey that led so far / Endless nights they traveled to follow the star / And searching for a king, but finding a child, no crown / Still they bowed down."

2. The Beautiful Body and Blood | Glenn Packiam

“The Beautiful Body and Blood” is a song by Glenn Packiam, a pastor and songwriter from Colorado. It is Track 5 on Worship and Adore, a 2013 holiday album from Integrity Music.

"The Beautiful Body and Blood" is a popular Advent song. It often serves as communion music during Lord's Supper observances:

"Whispered prayers, winter nights, carol songs, candlelight / Silently we bow our souls before the One the manger holds."

3. Born in Bethlehem | Third Day

“Born in Bethlehem” is a song by Third Day, a contemporary Christian rock band from Georgia. It is Track 3 on the band's 2006 album Christmas Offerings.

"Born in Bethlehem" was written by Crawford Rockwell Thoburn (1862–1899), an American missionary to India. It is a song of praise to Jesus:

"Baby Jesus, do you know you’ll die for all our sins? / Don’t be afraid, for in three days, you will rise again / . . . Halleluiah, the King is here, given for all men."

4. Christmas Offering | Casting Crowns

"Christmas Offering” is a song by Casting Crowns, a Christian rock band from Florida. It is Track 8 on the band's 2008 album Peace on Earth.

"Christmas Offering" is a cover of an original song by Paul Baloche, an American singer and songwriter. Singing of shepherds, wise men, and modern-day saints, it offers praise to Jesus:

"We bring an offering of worship to our King / No one on earth deserves the praises that we sing / Jesus, may you receive the honor that you’re due / O Lord, we bring an offering to you."

5. The Earth Stood Still | Future of Forestry

“The Earth Stood Still” is an original song by Future of Forestry, an indie rock band from California. It is Track 3 on the band's 2010 album Advent Christmas EP: Volume 2.

"The Earth Stood Still" describes the nativity of Jesus as a story that altered history:

"Shepherds stirred under starry skies / Tasting grace that would change their lives / The angels trembled and the demons did, too / For they knew very well what pure grace would do."

6. How Many Kings | Downhere

"How Many Kings” is a song by Downhere, a Christian rock band from Canada. It is the title track for the 2010 album How Many Kings: Songs for Christmas.

"How Many Kings" is my favorite new Christmas song, and I think it will be a classic. It marvels at the awesome significance of the Christmas story—that God became man, and He died for us:

"How many kings step down from their thrones? / How many lords have abandoned their homes? / How many greats have become the least for me? / . . . only One did that for me."

7. Labor of Love | Andrew Peterson and Jill Phillips

“Labor of Love” is a song by Andrew Peterson, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter from Illinois. It is Track 5 on The Nativity Story: Sacred Songs, a 2010 album from WaterTower Music.

Jill Phillips performs "Labor of Love" on the album. The song is a tribute to Mary, the woman whom God chose to be the mother of Jesus:

"It was a labor of pain / It was a cold sky above / But for the girl on the ground in the dark / With every beat of her beautiful heart / It was a labor of love."

8. The Night Before Christmas | Brandon Heath

“The Night Before Christmas” is a song by Brandon Heath, a Christian music artist from Tennessee. It is Track 5 on The Essential Christmas Collection, a 2010 album from Essential Records.

"The Night Before Christmas" offers a thought-provoking look at the real night before Christmas and the nativity of Jesus Christ:

"We were so lost on earth, no peace, no worth, no way to escape / In fear, no faith, no hope, no grace, and no light / But that was the night before Christmas."

9. Where's the Line to See Jesus? | Becky Kelley

“Where’s the Line to See Jesus?” is a song by Becky Kelley, a Christian singer from Missouri. Her four-year-old nephew inspired the song.

After learning that Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the boy was surprised to see kids lining up at the mall to see Santa Claus. "Where’s the line to see Jesus?” he asked, and a Christmas song was born.

Kelley's music video went viral in 2010, with more than half a million hits in less than two weeks. Over 5 million people have viewed the video to date, and its popularity continues to grow as people reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

10. Winter Snow | Chris Tomlin and Audrey Assad

"Winter Snow” is a song by Chris Tomlin, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter from Texas. It is Track 11 on the 2009 album Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship.

"Winter Snow" features a breakout performance by Audrey Assad, a singer and songwriter from New Jersey. The song is both about our Savior and to our Savior:

"You came like a winter snow / Quiet and soft and slow / Falling from the sky in the night / To the earth below."

What is Your Favorite Contemporary Christian Christmas Song?

Tell us about it in the comments section. And if you liked this post, please share it with your social networks.

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      Annette Smith 

      10 months ago from Ocala, Florida

      Hi, John. Thank you for reading my post. I hope you have a great holiday season!

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      John Villani 

      10 months ago

      Not sure how to join.

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      Annette Smith 

      2 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      Hello, Mia. Sorry you feel that way - but thank you for stopping by, just the same!

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      Annette Smith 

      3 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      Hi, Dennis. Great song. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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      Dennis K 

      3 years ago

      Jackie Howle ~ It's a few years old, but "Freedom's Never Free" by Phillips, Craig, & Dean is always a great patriotic Christian song.

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      Annette Smith 

      3 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      You're welcome, Gina. Thanks for reading. Merry Christmas!

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      Gina Welds Hulse 

      3 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      I absolutely love "How Many Kings?" I think it can be sung at Christmas as well as Easter...all year long, actually. Thanks for sharing.

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      Annette Smith 

      3 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      Great question, Jackie. I'll have to think about that one. If anyone else has a suggestion for a Christian + patriotic song, please share it here. Thanks!

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      Jackie Howle 

      3 years ago

      Can you suggest a good contemporary Christian song that is also Patriotic?

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      Annette Smith 

      5 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      PaigSr - I'm glad the image and title intrigued you. I hope my article did not disappoint. Thank you so much for your visit and comment. Merry Christmas!

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      Annette Smith 

      5 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      aesta1 - Thank you for reading my article. I love traditional songs, too. Our local Christian radio station is starting to play them along with some of the new songs. I hope you enjoy them!

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      Annette Smith 

      5 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      Nice to meet you, Fay! Enjoy these Christmas songs, and have a lovely holiday!

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      Annette Smith 

      5 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      It's a pleasure to meet you, Patricia. I'm so glad you stopped by. May your Christmas be beautiful and blessed!

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      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      The main image you chose grabbed my attention. Then I saw the name of your lens. Both made me want to see what you had done. Some of these I have. Some I maybe adding to my collection. Nicely done.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Last night, I listened to an orchestra and I found it not just relaxing but it fed my spirit. I have not followed these new Christmas songs but will do so this Christmas. I just stick to the traditional ones. Not hearing them yet, I already love them from your description.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      I haven't heard of these. Glad to learn about these releases and will be playing them. Thanks.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      This is indeed a most beautiful collection....the music of this most holy time is so moving. Thank you for sharing these with us.

      Angels are on the way to you this very evening.

      Shared and voted up up and away

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      Annette Smith 

      7 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      Hello, Evanne. Thank you for sharing a couple more great song titles. May your Christmas be merry and bright!

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      7 years ago

      Mary Did You Know by Cee Lo Green

      Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant

      These two songs are beautiful and moving.

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      Justin W Price 

      8 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      very cool. Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a wonde4rful new year and a very merry Christmas!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Smith 

      8 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      Hi, Justin. Thank you for stopping by! I love Christmas music and Christian music. And I love how these songs combine the two. I was introduced to them through my church or through my husband, to whom music ministers in a special way. Merry Christmas!

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      Justin W Price 

      8 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i love Christmas music, especially the sacred tunes, but I'm not familiar with most of these!

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      Annette Smith 

      8 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      The Downhere hit "How Many Kings" has become my favorite song of the Christmas season. I can't wait until Christian radio starts playing it again. It won't be long now!


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