Secular Christmas Songs

Update: Atheist Living now has a new extended list of secular Christmas songs, which includes all of these songs and many, many more.

While a Christmas controversy may exist for some atheists, others are happy to forget the religious debate, celebrate a season of giving, and embrace secular inventions like Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and The Grinch. Festive music sets the holiday mood and there are plenty of Christmas songs with secular lyrics.

Here are some great secular Christmas songs to play at your next nontheist holiday gathering (many do use the word Christmas):

'Zat You Santa Claus -- Louis Armstrong

The Christmas Song -- Nat King Cole

It Must Have Been Old Santa -- Harry Connick Jr.

Santa Baby -- Eartha Kitt

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -- Judy Garland

Winter Wonderland -- Perry Como

Stay a Little Longer Santa -- Shemekia Copeland

Christmas in New Orleans -- Louis Armstrong

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree -- Brenda Lee

Let it Snow -- Dean Martin

Jingle Bells -- Perry Como

Christmas Waltz -- Frank Sinatra

Frosty the Snowman -- Harry Connick Jr.

Baby It's Cold Outside -- Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer

Santa Claus is Coming to Town -- Harry Connick Jr.

Jingle Bell Rock -- Bobby Helms

A Holly Jolly Christmas -- Burl Ives

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus -- Jimmy Boyd

Sleigh Ride - Carpenters

White Christmas -- Bing Crosby

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year -- Andy Williams

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer -- Gene Autry

All I Want for Christmas is You -- My Chemical Romance

Merry Christmas (War is Over) -- John Lennon

Silver Bells - Bing Crosby

Deck the Halls -- Traditional

The Twelve Days of Christmas -- Traditional

Silver and Gold -- Burl Ives

We Need a Little Christmas -- Johnny Mathis

Please check back for updates, and feel free to add more secular seasonal songs in the comments!


  1. So you believe in Santa Claus?

  2. I enjoy telling stories, reciting poems and singing songs about a lot of fictional characters. No belief required. :-)

  3. Here's an entire CD full of funny, secular rock 'n roll Christmas songs. It's called Off White Christmas. A sense of humor is required.

  4. Too bad you have to say the word "Christ" in the lyrics. just hand presents out on Dec 27th to separate yourselves from the zealots

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, but instead, I'll celebrate Christmas my way and let you celebrate however you choose. Happy holidays.

  5. You guys seem so soul-less just electrically pulsating bags of meat mooching off "Christ"mas. Barely see any of you doing charity. Fun how a group of people that deem themselves non religious have to make websites youtube videos, music and life style guides on being non religious.

    1. We support each other through websites, etc. because some religious people (like you) go out of your way to paint us as villains. If you'd like to see atheists doing charity, simply open your eyes and look. Here are just two examples: Foundation Beyond Belief, and Kiva Lending

      Merry Christmas.

  6. Thank you for posting this list. Since I celebrate my own holiday, which I call Winterfest, I avoid even songs which use the word "Christmas", but it will still help for my coming performance. Thanks again.


    1. I just posted an extended song list that includes a section of winter songs that don't use the word Christmas. There aren't a lot of them, but it might help you out.

      Happy Winterfest! :-)

    2. Thank you, Susan! Not sure how I missed this last year. Cheers, happy holidays, and many blessings to you in the coming new year!

    3. Thanks, Devon! Happy holidays and new year to you, too! :-)

  7. The majority of atheists use youtube to bash Christians, and to recruit confused teenagers. Atheists claim to not believe in God, while talking about him constantly. Extremely thin minded miserable people.

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