Between the lights and decorations, posadas, and holidays songs all over the radio, it’s hard not to get into the festive mood. One of our great joys of the holidays includes tamales, coquito, ponche, and champurrado but besides the food we love the holiday music.There’s just something about Luis Miguel’s “Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad” that makes us love Christmas even more in addition to staples like “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Spanish Christmas songs to get you in the holiday spirit.
“Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
“Feliz Navidad” will always be at the top of our holiday playlist. This song has united people with its bilingual lyrics and remains one of the most popular Christmas songs ever. In fact, other artists like Celine Dion and BTS have remade the song but nothing beats the classic.
“Navidad, Navidad” by Raphael
It’s hard to imagine a Christmas without iconic singer Raphael’s “Navidad, Navidad.” It’s the perfect song to sing together as a family at the posada. This swing version of “Jingle Bells” will get everyone up and dancing.
“Navidad Sin Ti” by Los Bukis
“Navidad Sin Ti” is a classic song about holiday heartbreak. Legendary Grupera music group, Los Bukis, sings about still loving someone after their breakup and how they wish her well. It’s not festive but it’s heartfelt and a Christmas classic because it’s of it’s sentimental lyrics.
“Mi Burrito Sabanero” by Juanes
Also known as “El Burrito de Belén,” “Mi Burrito Sabanero” is a must-have song on your Nochebuena playlist. Originally released by Hugo Blanco in 1972, Juanes recorded his version in 2006 and it’s become one of the popular versions. The song, which originated in Venezuela, is beloved throughout Latin America and has been covered by several popular artists including Adrienne Houghton and Calexico.
“Parranda Navideña” by Trullo Express
Parrandas (trullas Navideñas) is essentially the tradition of caroling throughout the neighborhood in Puerto Rico. The song is so catchy and captures the spirit of parrandas in the spirit of celebrating and dance.
“24 de Diciembre” by Juan Gabriel
The iconic Juan Gabriel “24 de Diciembre” recorded this song in 1996 and it’s remained a Christmas staple ever since. The upbeat tempo and declarations of love make it one of those songs we all can sing along to.
“Capricho Navideño” by Celia Cruz Y La Sonora Matancera
Legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz recorded this tropical song for Christmas with the Afro-Cuban musical group La Sonora Matancera. This tropical Christmas song is a whole vibe and the Navidad playlist just doesn’t feel complete without the Queen of Salsa.
“La Navidad de Los Pobres” by Los Tigres del Norte
This 1994 track will get the holiday party started, guaranteed. The lyrics are super relatable: “Even though my house is small, I made the doors big,” they sing, “so that whomever can enter when Christmas comes.” It’s a classic for a reason and Los Tigres are always a good choice year-round.
“Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad” by Luis Miguel
Luis Miguel included “Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad” on his 17th studio album Navidades. Miguel always sings with such passion it’s no wonder the album peaked at number seven on the Billboard Top Holiday albums in 2017.
“Ven A Mi Casa Esta Navidad” by Luis Aguile
Luis Aguile’s classic, super smooth voice will have you falling in love with this Christmas song. He sings about unity and accepting strangers into your life because it is the season of giving. It will leave you deep in your feels and who doesn’t want that warm and fuzzy feeling for the holidays?