The holiday season is officially upon us! I don’t know about you, but I could use a little help getting into the holiday spirit this year. So, here are ten holiday-themed musical theatre songs from contemporary musicals (written within the last 25 years). These seasonal selections range from silly to somber, and many could make great audition cuts and/or performance selections for holiday-themed concerts, revues, galas, etc. I hope this list helps you find something fun for you or your student(s) to sing this holiday season! Expect more Holiday-themed blog posts in the next few weeks, and please feel free to comment below with your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, etc. musical theatre songs! Happy Holidays!

1. “Counting Down to Christmas” from A Christmas Story
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Performed by Clark Hallum, Tom Wopat, John Bolton, Liz Callaway, and Matthew Lewis

2. “A Place Called Home” from A Christmas Carol
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Performed by Samantha Massell

3. “Mark’s All-Male Thanksgiving” from Elegies: A Song Cycle
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Performed by Brandon Uranowitz

4. “Never Fall in Love with an Elf” from Elf: The Musical
Music by Matt Skylar; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Performed by Amy Spanger

5. “The Chanukah Party” from Caroline, or Change
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Lyrics by Tony Kushner
Performed by Harrison Chad

6. “All I Want for Christmas” from Nuncrackers
Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Performed by Carly Ozard

7. “Christmas Lovin’ Jew” (cabaret song)
Music and lyrics by David Josefsberg and Jeff Gurner (arr. Lynne Shankel)
Performed by David Josefsberg

8. “Christmas Lullaby” from Songs for a New World
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Performed by Lindsay Hirata

9. “A Letter to Santa” from A Letter to Santa
Music and Lyrics by Gregory Jacobs-Roseman
Performed by Jed Resnick

10. “Twas the Night Before Christmas” (cabaret song)
Music by Lynne Shankel; Poem Text by Clement Clarke Moore
Performed by Aurelia Williams, Kenita Miller and Alice Lee

BONUS: “It’s Chanukah” from A Chanukah Carol

Kevin Michael Jones

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