Christmas for kids

Book cover of baby sees christmasChristmas is celebrated on 25 December. It is a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who, according to the Christian religion, is the son of God. The name is a joining of “Christ” and “mass” which means the holy mass (supper, celebration or festival) of Christ.

Many things we do at Christmas come from earlier festivals, like exchanging presents, eating a lot of food, and decorating a tree. It is a time when we enjoy being with our families, making decorations and other crafts, singing Christmas carols, listening to some wonderful Christmas stories and cooking some yummy treats!

The library has lots of Christmas stuff:

Check our holiday hours and stock up on your Christmas reading!

Find out more about Christmaslocal Christmas events, and see our photos of Christmas in Christchurch.

We have also selected some fun web sites to explore:

About Christmas

Celebrate Christmas
Learn the meanings and traditions of Christmas with this book from National Geographic Kids. Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.
Why Christmas
Explains the background to many Christmas traditions and different traditions around the world. Have a go at Christmas Karaoke! Access all the games, puzzles, colouring in, jokes and quizzes here.
World Book Online - Christmas
Get the basics about Christmas from World Book Online. Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.

Kiwi Christmas

Cover: Santa's Kiwi HolidayNew Zealand Christmas Songs
New Zealand Folk Song brings you New Zealand Christmas songs, with lyrics, chords and sound files.
Xmas.co.nz
A New Zealand site featuring Christmas carols that play to you, and a countdown to Christmas including how many hours, minutes and sleeps to go. From NZ City.

Christmas fun

NORAD tracks Santa
From December 1, you can find out where on earth Santa is. Every Christmas Eve since 1958 NORAD has tracked Santa’s journey around the world.
Christmas Colouring In
Print out and colour one of these great Christmas colouring in pictures, drawn by Elizabeth O. Dulemba, the lady who lets us use her amazing colouring in pictures at our Storytimes.
Read Christmas Stories Onlineopens a new window
The International Children’s Digital Library has a number of kids books about Christmas that you can read online for free! There are also stories in other languages.
Santa Claus and Christmas at the North Pole
Explore Santa’s home, play some games, see if you are on the Naughty or Nice list, read and colour some Christmas stories and attend Elf Academy. Don’t miss the disco dancing Santa!
Whose Present?
Can you find out who this present belongs to? [276KB PDF]

Christmas music

New Zealand Christmas Songs
New Zealand Folk Song brings you New Zealand Christmas songs, with lyrics, chords and sound files.
The Reindeer Orchestra
Play your own Christmas carols with The Reindeer Orchestra.

Christmas crafts

Cover: Make your own Christmas ornamentsCrayola Christmas Crafts
The Crayola site has HEAPS of cool Christmas Crafts for you to print, colour and make.
Origami Elf
Make an origami elf with green paper, or an origami Santa with red paper. [1.26MB PDF].
Pop-Up Cards
Robert Sabuda, a pop-up book genius, shows you how to create some exciting pop-up cards for Christmas and other celebrations.
The Toymaker Christmas Crafts
The Toymaker has a wide range of Christmas cards, toys and containers for you to make. Some of them are quite difficult so might need an adult to help.
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