Christmas and winter weddings are so magical. The general ambience of this time of year, mixed with all the beautiful theming options of decorated trees, twinkly lights, mince pies and mulled wine, makes it so easy to add the charm and romance this season has to offer.

The first dance can be such an important part of the wedding day for many couples, and whilst some have a special song from the start, others like to choose one together that represents their relationship and the theme of their big day.

Bride and Groom's First Dance at Christmas Wedding

I have put together a list of 10 first dance song ideas that would be perfect for your Christmas wedding, along with a sample of the lyrics to really get you in the mood!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — Judy Garland

Many other artists have also covered this song, including Frank Sinatra, Sam Smith, and even twisted sister, so you can choose the style that best suits your personality.

‘Here we are as in olden days

Happy golden days of yore

Faithful friends who are dear to us

Gather near to us once more.’

All I Want For Christmas is You — Mariah Carey

An absolutely classic — you can’t go wrong with a bit of Mariah!

‘I don’t want a lot for Christmas

There is just one thing I need

I don’t care about the presents

Underneath the Christmas tree’

Let it Snow — Dean Martin

Again, this song has been recorded by many different artists over the years, including Doris Day and Frank Sinatra. More recently, Christina Perri recorded a beautiful version in the Live Room.

‘When we finally kiss goodnight

How I’ll hate going out in the storm!

But if you’ll really hold me tight

All the way home I’ll be warm’

Give Love on Christmas Day — The Jackson 5

This is such a great Christmas song with the perfect sentiment.

‘Why don’t you give love on Christmas Day

Oh, even the man who has everything

Would be so happy if you would bring

Him love on Christmas Day

No greater gift is there than love’

You Make It Feel Like Christmas — Neil Diamond

The lyrics of this song say everything you need in a first dance song.

‘When people ask how we stay together

I say you never let me down

And you make it feel like Christmas

Even when things go wrong’

Baby It’s Cold Outside — Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews

Originally written for the film Neptune’s daughter, this song has been recorded by so many artists. One of the most popular is Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews’ version, where you can add some drama and fun to your first dance.

‘I’ve got to get home — Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there

Say, lend me your coat — It’s up to your knees out there

You’ve really been grand — Thrill when you touch my hand

Why don’t you see — How can you do this thing to me?’

Santa Baby — Eartha Kitt

This is a true classic and is a little bit cheeky. Michael Buble also did a great version.

‘Santa baby, just slip a Sable under the tree for me

Been an awful good girl, Santa baby

So hurry down the chimney tonight’

I’ll Be Home For Christmas — Bing Crosby

Again, this is such a beautiful song with lovely sentiment and a lovely old classic Christmas feel. There are more contemporary versions too by Michael Buble and Sarah McLachlan.

‘Christmas eve will find you

Where the love light gleams

I’ll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams’

Snowflakes of Love — Toni Braxton

The lyrics of this song say it all…

‘On this day, snowy day

Let me thank you for the joy you’re giving me

I’m so happy

I have snowflakes of love smiling down on me’

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Andy Williams

This is a great, uplifting Christmas song, and would be perfect to get your wedding guests on the dance floor to join you if you’re worried about too much attention.

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year

There’ll be much mistltoeing

And hearts will be glowing

When love ones are near

It’s the most wonderful time of the year’

So there you have it; 10 of the best Christmas love songs perfect for a first dance. Obviously there are lots more to choose from, and plenty to include in your band or DJ set to get everyone on the dance floor and into the Christmas Spirit.

Guest post by Tracey Warren of Warble Entertainment

Image from Kerry Ann Duffy Photography