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Everyone knows that Christmas movies are a fun family vacation tradition. How about you start one with podcasts this year? Podcasts take us back to the days when families gathered around the radio to listen to stories and shows together. Without film images, they leave room for the imagination to fill in the gaps. They’re also great for road trips or setting in the background while cooking or doing other activities together.
We’ve rounded up some wonderful vacation-themed podcasts to enjoy together this season.
In the Santa Claus podcast, the youngest can listen to stories directly from Santa Claus. Most of the stories are under 10 minutes long, making them convenient to play throughout the season. Hear one a day as a countdown to Christmas. Or, you can play one instead of reading books at night on days when you’ve spent all your energy preparing a magical Christmas party for your family.
Welcome to Tinsel Town: A Christmas Adventure is the eight-part story of a young girl named Holly who finds herself stranded in Tinsletown after making a wish. There in Tinsletown, every day is Christmas, and Holly will need the help of her new friends to get home. This full story is perfect for a road trip or a bedtime story before Christmas Day.
StoryNory offers free audio stories read aloud with charming English voices. Hear classic Christmas stories like The Night Before Christmas or quirky stories like Katie and the Christmas Chimney and The ‘Cat’ That Scared the Christmas Trolls Away, a Scandinavian folk tale. In addition to Christmas stories, you can find The Nosy Neighbor, a story of the Jewish Festival of Lights, Song of a Dream, a poem on Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. By the way, you might want to keep this podcast in your pocket all year round!
All about Christmas
Older kids and multiple generations who love history and trivia will love the Christmas Past podcast. Full of Christmas story, the show features “background story” on topics such as Mrs. Claus, poinsettias and slow globes. Listen to interviews with author or host Brian Earl as they read vacation stories. There are also quizzes and round tables with guest appearances.
Cheer, a podcast for every party, brings you readings of stories like A Charlie Brown Christmas, How The Grinch Stole Christmas or the Polar Express. Listen to reviews of vacation movies, TV shows, or toys. A favorite is Dear Santa, where hosts read letters to Santa that range from sweet to funny to demanding. You may want to listen to them first or keep them for the ears of older children who won’t have their belief in Christmas compromised by questioning children who have written to Santa.
A family that loves every vacation created the HolidayMoons podcast. In their episode, The HolidayMoons Podcast Keeps the Holiday Season Going, they discuss the history of Three Kings Day and ideas on how to celebrate it and how Russians celebrate Christmas on Russian New Year’s Day. Or how about having fun with The HolidayMoons Podcast Rocks An Ugly Christmas Sweater episode featuring the original Rudolph story, a little bit about the movie A Christmas Story and a discussion of the history of ugly sweaters?
In the spirit
Millennial Santa is a fun-to-listen show that answers kids’ questions about Santa Claus and the North Pole, such as how to train your sled dogs to what your favorite meal is. The breadth and depth of the questions shows how creative and thoughtful children are! We love their kind questions such as How do you rejoice? or mildly suspicious like Why can’t planes see you fly on Christmas Eve?
Comedian Tim Babb shares his love for all things vacation all year round on the Can’t Wait for Christmas podcast. Hear him talk about the White Elephant Gift Exchange or the Snowman: Christmas’ Sidekick, which explains how to say “Merry Christmas” in several languages, including Klingon.
‘Tis the Podcast will delight you with episodes like What Really Makes A Santa? All Santas inspire us with the Christmas Spirit, where they discuss the movie Noelle and how to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round.
We love the Santa Claus movie, but a 45 minute podcast for every minute? This fun and unique up-to-the-minute Santa Claus podcast receives 5-star reviews like this one, “Informative, Fun and Festive!” Two wonderful hosts with contagious and sparkling personalities. Have fun for the holidays or all year round with tons of fantastic trivia about this movie. I’ve never tried an up-to-the-minute style podcast, but I’m glad I started with this one. “
Which podcast will you choose to entertain, bond, and keep the Christmas spirit alive this holiday season? Whether you’re listening in the car, at bedtime, or sitting by your decorated tree, we hope you have a little laugh or two and be filled with warm and cozy feelings with these family-friendly vacation podcasts!
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