"Twas The Night Before Christmas" Poem & Printables

Last updated: November 24, 2023

Ah, the magic of "Twas the night before Christmas..."! From hushed homes blanketed in snow to reindeer prancing in the wintry sky, who hasn't been enchanted by the timeless words of Clement Clarke Moore's beloved poem? Every year, as families gather around cozy fireplaces and twinkling Christmas trees, these verses are recited, echoing the wonder of the season. As you journey through each line, let the poem fill your heart with yuletide joy and rekindle the magical anticipation of Christmas Eve. 🌙🎅

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For an extra sprinkle of festive fun, we've got some treats for you to enjoy. Dive into our printable PDF where you'll find the classic poem surrounded by cute drawings begging for a splash of color. From Santa's sleigh laden with gifts to a sweet little reindeer and a jolly St. Nicholas, every page carries a little bit of holiday magic. 🎨🦌

But, if you're feeling a tad more adventurous, why not challenge yourself with our poem-themed puzzles? Our word search will take you on a quest, hunting for 25 iconic words from the poem. Looking to mix things up? Dive into our word scramble activity sheet and unravel the Christmas magic, one word at a time. And if you happen to find yourself tangled in festive word-knots, don't worry! We've got answer sheets to guide you right back to the holiday spirit. 🧩❄️

So, cozy up with a warm mug of cocoa, gather the family, and relive the enchantment of that fateful Christmas Eve. Whether you're reading, coloring, or solving, let the spirit of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" ignite the festive flame in your heart. Happy Holidays! 🎄🌟

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" Printable Poem

In this section, discover our free printable "Twas the Night Before Christmas" adorned with cute holiday pictures to color in. Whether you're planning a snug bedtime story or looking for a fun activity to keep the children engaged as you get holiday-ready, this is a festive treat!

Click on the image to print, and ignite the festive excitement and creativity! These printables are for personal, non-commercial use only.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem

Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem (2 Page PDF)

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" Poem (Full Text)

"Twas the Night Before Christmas", officially titled "A Visit from St. Nicholas", was penned by Clement Clarke Moore and first published in 1823. Originally written for his own children as a simple Christmas gift, it quickly captured the imagination of the world. This enchanting piece not only popularized the image of Santa Claus as a jolly figure in a sleigh pulled by reindeer, but it also introduced the world to his eight famous reindeer. Today, its verses continue to echo in households every Christmas Eve, evoking a sense of wonder and anticipation for the magic of Christmas morning. Below you can read the full text of the poem and share in the magic of the season. 🎅📜

A Visit From St. Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

This poem is in the public domain.

Ready for a festive challenge? Dive into our "Twas the Night Before Christmas" word search, where 25 yuletide words from the poem are playfully tucked away! They might be sprawled horizontally, vertically, or even diagonally. And here's a fun twist - keep an eye out for those mischievous words spelled backward! Let the holiday hunt begin! 🔍🎄

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Twas the Night Before Christmas Word Search

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" Word Search Printable

Totally stuck? No worries! You can peek at the answer sheet below. 🌟🔍

Twas the Night Before Christmas Word Search Answers

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" Word Search Answers

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" Word Scramble Printable

Ready for another festive brain teaser? Dive into our word scramble activity sheet featuring 15 jumbled-up words straight from the poem! But that's not all - as you ponder each word, let your imagination wander with the cute pictures waiting for your splash of color. So grab your pencils and let's mix up some holiday fun, word by word and shade by shade!

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Twas the Night Before Christmas Word Scramble

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" Word Scramble Activity Sheet

Got tangled up in the word scramble? No worries! The answers are sneakily written in gray at the bottom - just flip the page upside down to see if you're on the right track. 🔄📝

Or, if you'd prefer, keep reading to find the answers below:


Left Right Christmas Game Instructions, Stories, & Free Printables

Looking for a fun holiday game to play with friends or family? Unwrap the festive fun this December with the Left Right Christmas Game! The exciting way to open presents is to play this popular gift exchange game. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newcomer to this holiday activity, our blog will guide you through this beloved tradition that can make your Christmas celebrations even more memorable. We've even got two great printable LEFT RIGHT stories for you.

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Free Printable Secret Santa Forms

Looking for the perfect printable Secret Santa form for your holiday gift exchange? Our collection of Secret Santa questionnaires is your ticket to a stress-free and joy-filled festive celebration! Designed with love and a touch of holiday magic, these free Christmas printables cater to all your Secret Santa needs. 🎅🎁✨

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And if you're looking for even more ideas for your gift exchange, check out our collection of Secret Santa Questions, and let the detective work begin!

Free Printable Christmas Coloring Pages

Craving more holiday coloring magic? Dive into our expansive Christmas Coloring Pages collection — perfect for kids and adults alike!

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More Christmas Printables for Kids

If you're looking for more activities for the holiday season, take a look at our vast collection of free coloring pages, word searches, and templates! They're all completely free to download and will keep your little ones busy when they're stuck indoors during the winter months.

After they've had their fill of word fun, lighten the mood and share some laughs with our collections of Christmas Jokes, Snow Puns, and Winter Jokes for Kids. Perfect for a chilly day indoors!


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