6 Classic Christmas Audiobooks to Revisit this Season

I truly love everything about Christmas: the lights, the family time, the movies, the books, the chaos, and the overall spirit of the season just makes me happy. Here are some of my favorite books from Christmas seasons past that I know will help bring the delights of the season to your reading lists.


1. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci, narrated by Tim Matheson

The Christmas Train.

Baldacci has created a magical holiday story with a hodgepodge of wonderful characters that will leave you enchanted, and wanting to take a train ride of your own.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy this journey on The Christmas Train.
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2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, narrated by Barbara Caruso

Little Women.

For me, Little Women is a Christmas story. There is something about the March family that inspires all the best of the Christmas season in me. It’s a wonderful time of year to listen to this classic story and get lost in a time not so long ago.
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3. Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber, narrated by Allyson Ryan

Dashing Through The Snow.

A Christmas season ‘meet cute’ of magical proportions awaits you in this audiobook. You’ll be taken on a hilarious hectic journey through the hustle and bustle of the season as two strangers make their way home for the holidays. You’ll be laughing all the way, I promise.
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4. Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub, narrated by Edward Holland

Silent Night.

An amazing story that shows that even during the chaos of war, the Christmas spirit is felt and embraced worldwide — even by enemies. This book touched me in so many ways, and while it is a little more somber in topic, I consider it a must read for anyone with a passion for history and the holidays.
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5. The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans, narrated by January LaVoy

The Mistletoe Promise.

You can’t experience Christmas in books without reading a story by Richard Paul Evans. The first in the Mistletoe collection, The Mistletoe Promise will leave you believing in the ‘why not’ magic of the season.
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6. Last Christmas in Paris by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor, narrated by Greg WaglandAntony FergusonDerek PerkinsMary Jane WellsBillie Fulford-BrownAlex WyndhamJane CoplandMorag Sims, and Gary Furlong

Last Christmas in Paris.

A touching story told through letters over several years during World War I, Last Christmas in paris brings to light the harsh realities of war both at home and the front. Christmas is not the main focus of this story, but it perfectly embodies the spirit of the season.
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Top 5 Winter Activities to Listen to Audiobooks

Winter is here in full force and doesn’t want us to forget. Need the best way to fend off the winter blues? Embrace the outdoors with winter activities! Below are our favorite winter activities that help us tolerate the cold (and still let us fit our audiobooks in).


Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing is one of the oldest winter sports. It originated in Northern Europe as a method to travel long distances across snow covered ground. Now, the sport has gained popularity across the world and is a staple at the Winter Olympic Games. The individual nature of the sport makes it a perfect pairing for an audiobook!



Snow Shoeing

Snow shoeing is becoming an increasingly popular sport because it is suitable for all skill levels. Whether you are walking leisurely or racing through the woods, snow shoeing makes for an excellent opportunity to listen to a book. Next time you get a fresh dusting of powder, strap on your snow shoes and plug in your headphones!



Hot Tubbing

Not feeling quite as adventurous? That’s okay, we’ve still got you covered. Relax by soaking in an outdoor hot tub. The contrast between the frigid air and the stifling hot water is bound to have you leaping back into your house.  But before you do, take some time to unwind with an audiobook in the tub!




Ice Fishing

How do you ice fish? Do you set up an ice shanty or do you brave the cold and sit outdoors? Whatever your method, bring an audiobook to pass the time between catches!






Skating is possibly the most popular winter activity of all time. It’s practiced recreationally by figure skaters and hockey players alike. Not only can you workout your body, but you can also exercise your brain. Next time you lace up, don’t forget to set up your next listen!

Listen as a family to these Christmas classics

Gather the whole family together and make listening to audiobooks a part of your family’s holiday traditions. Which of these Christmas classics is your family’s favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore and narrated by Jeff Bridges

Celebrate the holiday season with the only audiobook for The Night Before Christmas, read by the Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges! No other narrator brings Santa and these merry scenes to life quite like Mr. Bridges—an instant Christmas classic! Mr. Bridges’ reading is perfect for the whole family, no matter if you are 1 or 101.





How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss and narrated by Walter Matthau

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.





The Nutcracker, by E.T.A. Hoffmann and narrated by Thea Kliros

An enchanted nutcracker, an evil mouse king, and a faithful young girl has been a holiday classic for generations. Combined here with the much-loved music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, the narrated story unfolds with a bewitching blend of wonder and drama that is sure to delight time and time again.




The Polar Express, including Dr. Seuss’s Gertrude McFuzz, by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Rob Kapilow, Chris Van Allsburg and narrated by various narrators

Two of the most famous and iconic Children’s Classics are turned into musical extravaganza by Composer Rob Kapilow, one of the most successful and most performed composers on the planet. He is joined by International Superstars Nathan Gunn, who sings Polar Express, and Isabel Leonard who sings Dr. Seuss’s Gertrude McFuzz.



A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens and narrated by Paul Scofield

“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding,” says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas … until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life overnight. You know the story; now experience the marvel of the book.




Happy listening!

Your favorite holiday movies are based on great books

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Did these holiday themed audiobooks inspire the movies or did the movies inspire them? Share your best guess with us in the comments below!


The Bridge: A Novel, by Karen Kingsbury

Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since. Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him… Read more and listen here



Trading Christmas, by Debbie Macomber

Emily Springer, widowed mother of one, decides to leave Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston. Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays – except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!… Read more and listen here



The Mistletoe Promise, by Richard Paul Evans

This book is about two strangers who forge a fake relationship for the holidays. The two intended for the arrangement to be platonic but finding an unlikely relationship blossoming from the situation… Read more and listen here







Dashing Through the Snow: A Christmas Novel, by Debbie Macomber

Ashley Davison, a graduate student in California, desperately wants to spend the holidays with her family in Seattle. Dashiell Sutherland, a former army intelligence officer, has a job interview in Seattle and must arrive by December 23. Though frantic to book a last-minute flight out of San Francisco, both are out of luck: Every flight is full, and there’s only one rental car available…Read more and listen here.




Marry Me at Christmas, by Susan Mallery

To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy-until she finds out she’ll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world’s sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!…Read more and listen here



The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci

On a train ride to Los Angeles, cash-strapped journalist Tom Langdon encounters a ridiculous cast of characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that changes everyone’s Christmas plans…Read more and listen here







Maggie’s Miracle, by Karen Kingsbury

Maggie’s Miracle focuses on the power of a young child to change two people’s lives. A best-selling Christian author, Kingsbury is sure to touch all listeners’ hearts with her tender novel…Read more and listen here

Cozy Christmas Listens

The snow is blowing and the fire is roasting, so curl up under the blankets with one of these cozy listens!

Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas by Adjoa Andoah and narrated by Chris Addison

Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you’ll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy’s department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.



A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury and narrated by January LaVoy

Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, her husband and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for Christmas Eve dinner—Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart.




Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand and narrated by Erin Bennett

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.




Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt and narrated by Grover Gardner

Andy happily takes Pups’s case, and he feels confident in a positive outcome. Who could punish someone for rescuing puppies, after all, especially at Christmastime? But things get a lot more complicated when Randy Hennessey, the neighbor who registered the complaint against Pups, turns up dead. Pups had loudly and publicly threatened Hennessey after he filed his complaint, and Pups was also the one to find his body.


Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel by Jenny Colgan and narrated by Anne-Marie Piazza

In the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne, the Christmas season has arrived. It’s a joyous time for family, friends, and feasting, as decorations sparkle along the town’s winding streets and shop windows glow with festive displays… But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday.

Thanksgiving Listens

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season! This week is likely to be your first of many family dinners to come over the course of the next six weeks. No matter how long your journey home takes, we’ve got you covered with a read that will make traveling that much more enjoyable.


Start Without Me, by Joshua Max











In an airport restaurant on Thanksgiving morning, Adam and Marissa meet. Over the course of this day fraught with emotion and expectation, these two strangers will form an unlikely bond as they reckon with their family ties, their pasts, and the choices that will determine their way forward… Listen here.


Hey Harry, Hey Matilda, by Rachel Hulin
















Matilda Goodman is an underemployed wedding photographer grappling with her failure to live as an artist and the very bad lie she has told her boyfriend (that she has a dead twin). Harry, her (totally alive) brother, is an untenured professor of literature, anxiously contemplating his publishing status (unpublished) and sleeping with a student. When Matilda invites her boyfriend home for Thanksgiving to meet the family, and when Harry makes a desperate-and unethical-move to save his career, they set off an avalanche of shame, scandal, and drunken hot tub revelations that force them to examine the truth about who they really are… Listen here.


Thanksgiving, by Janet Evanovich












When it comes to men, Megan Murphy has an aversion to “I do”. Then she meets irresistible pediatrician Pat Hunter. Add in a cozy colonial cottage, the world’s biggest turkey, two hopeful families, and a skirt-chomping rabbit, and you’ve got a feast of fabulous fun! Listen here.


The Diva Runs Out of Thyme: A Domestic Diva Mystery, by Krista Davis














Few can compete with the Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. While Natasha is known for her intricate centerpieces and painstakingly prepared gourmet meals, Sophie likes to keep things simple . . . real simple. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight—and Sophie’s husband—but Sophie is determined to take home the prize at the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredients… Listen here.


Quilter’s Holiday, by Jennifer Chiaverini












For the Elm Creek Quilters, the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the quilting season, a time to gather at Elm Creek Manor and spend the day stitching holiday gifts for loved ones. This year, in keeping with the season’s spirit of gratitude, Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper is eager to revive a cherished family tradition. A recent remodeling of the manor’s kitchen unearthed a cornucopia that once served as the centerpiece of the Bergstrom family’s holiday table. Into it, each Bergstrom would place an object that symbolized something he or she was especially thankful for that year. On this quilter’s holiday, Sylvia has invited her friends to continue the tradition by sewing quilt blocks that represent their thankfulness and gratitude… Listen here.


Strangers at the Feast, by Jennifer Vanderbes

Strangers at the Feast: A Novel, Jennifer Vanderbes


On Thanksgiving Day 2007, three generations of the Olson family gather. Eleanor and Gavin worry about their daughter, Ginny, an unmarried academic in her thirties with a newly adopted Indian daughter, and about their son, Douglas, who has recently been caught in the imploding real-estate bubble. But Ginny and Douglas, determined to have a perfect holiday, keep their troubles secret, a skill they have learned from their parents… Listen here.


The Thanksgiving Day Murder, by Lee Harris











More than a year ago, Natalie Gordon went to buy a balloon at the Thanksgiving Day Parade and dissolved into thin air. The police and a private investigator still have no leads. So when Natalie’s despairing husband pleads with ex-nun Christine Bennett to help, she can’t say no. What she finds is a cast of characters so chilling that murder seems not only invisible but likely to happen again… Listen here.


Have a happy Turkey Day and let us know what you think of these reads!