10 Great Christmas Stories for Free

One of the sweetest parts of Christmas is slowing down and enjoying simple activities together as a family. If you’re looking for something to slow your family’s holiday pace while making special memories, we’ve got something that will hit the spot: classic Christmas tales. There’s something about sitting together under blankets or cozied up in the bed around an old story that sews your family’s heartstrings together. Since it’s the 21st century, now we can read timeless Christmas stories online! Some of these tales are short and some are longer, so every reader can have a chance to be the narrator for the night.

So gather your little ones around with some warm cocoa and read these stories that capture the wonder and miracle of Christmas! They are older stories which are in the public domain—and free.

1. “The Little Matchgirl” by Hans Christian Andersen

2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

3. “Little Piccola” by Nora A. Smith

4. “The Other Wise Man” by Henry Van Dyke

5. “The Three Kings” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

6. “The Boy With the Box” By Mary Griggs Van Voorhis

7. “Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe” by Elizabeth Harrison

8. “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

9. “The Legend of the Christmas Tree” by Lucy Wheelock

10. “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams

10 Great Christmas Stories for Free

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