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Christmas traditions: Christmas Eve books to read as a family

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It's such an exciting time of the year, for little and big kids alike - so what better way to send them to sleep on the night before Christmas, than with a festive bedtime story.

It's a lovely Christmas tradition to start, gathering the whole family beneath the Christmas tree ready for a seasonal tale on Christmas Eve.

There are lots of options to choose from, from personalised Christmas books to the classic 'Night before Christmas', we've listed some of our favourite festive reads for you to pick from.  

10 best Christmas books

"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."

This classic Christmas verse is well known to every parent and child preparing for Christmas and this beautifully illustrated new edition is the perfect Christmas gift for young and old.

It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to everyone's favourite fairy-tale characters. 

He has a card for Baby Bear, a game for Red Riding Hood, a get-well jigsaw for poor Humpty Dumpty and lots more packages to deliver!

The timeless Christmas classic from the iconic Dr. Seuss! Read this favourite story of joy, love and acceptance anytime, anywhere.

With hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this classic seasonal story has become a favourite for good reason and teaches readers the true meaning of Christmas.

With a laugh-out-loud text full of witty rhymes and silly scenarios from Ian Whybrow, and illustrations by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, that are bursting with funny details, The Christmas Bear is a Christmas book with a difference – and there's a flap to lift on every page, so children can join in the fun!

This timeless Christmas classic has been updated for Peppa Pig in a brand new, fully rhyming story!

It's the most magical night of the year... Christmas Eve! Maybe Peppa and George will meet a special visitor.

Help Peter Rabbit count down to Christmas with a story and activity for each day of advent!

Featuring 24 brand new stories and an activity to enjoy every day of Advent, including a story for Christmas Eve, this beautiful book makes the perfect Christmas gift and will become a festive tradition for Peter Rabbit fans young and old.

Winston the mouse is on a very important mission. On Christmas Eve, he finds a letter that has gotten lost on its way to Father Christmas – so, with no time to lose, he sets out to deliver it himself in time for Christmas Day!

He has a lot of very exciting adventures on his very important mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way.

Follow Clara on a magical Christmas adventure in this interactive retelling of the classic ballet story. Watch the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and journey to the Land of Sweets, where wonder and excitement await...

Including music from: 'The Dance of the Reed Flutes', 'The Waltz of Flowers' and 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy'.

A brilliant one for younger children, part traditional counting rhyme, part fun-filled story, Ten Little Elves is perfect for sharing together. 

Count from ten to one and back again, as the Little Elves disappear then reappear. Spot and count the details on each page and join in with all the great sound-words!

Dear Santa

£4.00 - RRP: £6.99

Toddlers will love lifting the flaps to open the presents and find out what Santa has sent – and finding the perfect present at the end.

This special 15th anniversary edition has an updated cover with extra gold foil, making it the ideal Christmas gift for fans of Dear Zoo.

Best personalised Christmas book

A beautiful personalised children's book featuring Mistletoe the magical Christmas Eve mouse and your child(ren) on a quest to save Christmas Eve!

This lovely book can feature up to 4 children, all of whom are magically transformed into mice for the story, and embark on an adventure. The child(ren)'s name(s) and place where they live also feature in this exciting book, as well as a chance to put the name(s) of the giver(s) of the book at the start.


Having worked across a variety of magazines, on topics from food to travel to horses, Stephanie now works as a Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online. 

She loves taking her lurcher puppy Moss for long walks in the country, and spending time with her niece and two nephews. In her spare time she writes fiction books and enjoys baking (her signature bake is lemon drizzle cake).

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