25 Christmas Beginner Line Dances! Easy to Learn & Teach!

Whether you dance at your local country bar or in a community center with friends, this month is probably going to see some special line dances to celebrate the Christmas season. For this, I thought I would put together a quick round-up of some good Christmas line dances.

As I prepared this I found out there are quite possibly hundreds of Christmas-themed line dances (just try the search on Copperknob)! And I really didn’t know what the good ones were. So, I’ve reached out to some choreographer & instructor friends I know to help me get a good bunch of vetted Christmas line dances!

So, thank you, Carrie Wojciechowski, Jeannie Lin, Jen Michele, Alexander Logan Jung, & Bonita Malone for the contributions! And special thanks to Britt Beresik who supplied me with most of these! Also check out what Jen Michele & Britt Beresik were up to lately at Vegas Dance Explosion!

Here is the round-up of 25 Christmas Line Dances to try out and teach this month!

25 Christmas Line Dances

The attempt with these Christmas line dances is to keep them at a fairly beginner level. If you are looking for even more beginner line dances for the rest of the year, check out my post 20 Beginner Line Dances You Need to Know!

1. Ah Si!

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Ultra Beginner

Choreographer: Rita Masur (CAN)
Music: Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

To begin with, we’ll start with an ultra beginner line dance! Most of these dances will be beginner line dances since really the idea of having a Christmas line dance is just to inject a little Christmas atmosphere into our line dance community and meet-ups while we can. We’ll leave the higher-level dances to the rest of the year!

Also, some of these dances just take existing line dances and find Christmas songs that work with them! That is the case with Ah Si! This line dance is normally danced to the song Levantando las Manos by El Simbolo. But just play José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad and you have a great ultra beginner line dance for the month of December!

Here’s a great demo and teach of Ah Si! by Stephie.

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2. All I Want for Christmas

Count: 32Wall: 1Level: High Beginner

Choreographer: Seo Miseo – December 2018
Music: All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

Step Sheet: (none available)
Suggested by: Fred Astaire Dance Studio

I found this line dance in a suggestion on Facebook! It was posted on the Fred Astaire Dance Studio page about a year ago. I really loved it and notice that it is a 1 wall dance! And although the steps make it a high beginner-level dance, it should still be something pretty easy to teach and pick up.

Below is the YouTube video with a great demo that almost has the dancers facing away from you, but then also a walk-through (although not in English). Here is a link to the Facebook video where you can see the Fred Astair Dance students totally kill this dance!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be on Copperknob, so you’ll have to just watch and pick it up in the video.

Great demo and then walk-through of the line dance by Seo Miseo for All I Want for Christmas.

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3. All My X’s Live In Texas

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreography: Diana Kale (USA) – February 2015
Music: Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

For the next one, it may not look like it could be a Christmas line dance but just swap out the famous George Strait song for the Beach Boys Christmas favorite Little Saint Nick, and you’re ready to go!

This is another dance suggested by Britt Beresik again and no wonder, she is very familiar with it and even has a walk-through and demo video that I’ve included right here.

Britt Beresik does a great walk-through and demo of All My Ex’s Live in Texas.

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4. Boat On The River

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreography: Dave Young
Music: Mary’s Boy Child by Boney M. alternate song: Last Christmas by Wham (slower version)

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

Here is another Christmas line dance that just swaps out the song, but this one is interesting because the music is by the same artist! Boney M. gave us Boat On The River, but also Mary’s Boy Child, and the songs are very similar.

And interestingly enough there are some YouTube videos that demo other versions of line dances to Mary’s Boy Child by Boney M. This version, choreographed by Dave Young only has videos of the Boat On The River version. But that should be all you need to teach & learn this line dance.

Check out Britt Beresik’s teach & demo of Boat On The River. The Christmas song she uses for this demo is Wham’s version of Last Christmas, which works great for it too.

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5. Canadian Stomp

Count: 40Wall: 4Level: Absolute Beginner

Choreography: Cindy Hall & Ginny Smith – 1999
Music: Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

Canadian Stomp usually is danced to the Canadian singer Shania Twain’s song What a Man Wants, but the very different song Holly Jolly Christmas song works amazingly with it and although its 40 counts it still qualifies as an absolute beginner, so all classes should be fair game.

Cindy McMichael does a great teach and demo of Canadian Stomp!

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6. Christmas Always Finds Me

Count: 24Wall: 4Level: Beginner Waltz

Choreography: Bonita Malone
Music: Christmas Always Finds Me by Ingrid Andress

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Bonita Malone

For #6, I have something a little different. My friend Bonita Malone contributed her own line dance Christmas Always Finds Me. So, no song swapping out here! A choreographed Christmas line dance.

This is a really great option in that it is truly a beginner dance, but is also a waltz! And the song is very pretty. This is another great option for your classes and any line dance meet-ups this month.

Here’s a great demo of Christmas Always Finds Me by the choreographer herself, Bonita Malone.

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7. Come Dance with Me

Count: 24Wall: 4Level: Beginner Foxtrot

Choreography: Jo Thompson-Szymanski
Music: Christmas Island by Lion Redbone

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

I was really excited to see this one, yet another Britt suggestion. This is a Jo Thompson-Szymanski classic. And if you don’t know this one yet, it is just a great line dance to know about and know how to dance if there might be an occasion.

The step sheet describes the song as a gentle country West Coast Swing with a cool-jazz/soft-shoe feel.

https://youtu.be/hOcIuCNfdKc
Patti Leathers does a great teach and demo for the line dance Come Dance With Me.

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8. A Christmas Twist

Count: 64Wall: 2Level: Beginner Contra

Choreographer: Junghye Yoon (KOR)
Music: A Christmas Twist by Si Cranstoun

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Alexander Logan Jung

This line dance will be taught this year at The Ranch in Anaheim, CA by one of the instructors there Anthony Logan Jung. So, thanks Anthony for this one! He’ll teach it on a Thursday, which is generally a more advanced crowd.

The dance is 64 counts, but still considered a beginner dance!

Great demo and teach of the line dance A Christmas Twist from JB Linedance.

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9. Cut A Rug

Count: 32Wall: 2Level: Ultra Beginner

Choreography: Jo Thompson-Szymanski (USA) & Rita Thompson (USA)
Music: Jingle Bells by The Tractors

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

Yay! Another Jo Thompson line dance for Christmas. And this one is an ultra beginner! This dance can also be done as a contra line dance since it is a 2 wall dance.

Here is a great full teach & demo of the line dance Cut A Rug from Kari of Kari’s Line Dancing.

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10. Crystal Touch

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Low Improver

Choreographer: Claire Bell (UK) & Maddison Glover (AUS) – February 2020
Music: Party Merry Christmas From Texas Y’all by Andy Lee Young

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

For this one, we have a really great beginner workshop line dance from Claire Bell & Maddison Glover. Check out the great videos of these amazing choreographers both demonstrating & teaching the dance at the Crystal Boot Awards in early 2020. And then just swap out the original song Slow Hand that the dance was made for to Merry Christmas From Texas Y’all.

Maddison Glover & Claire Bell teach Crystal Touch at the 2020 Crystal Boot Awards.
Maddison Glover & Claire Bell teach Crystal Touch at the 2020 Crystal Boot Awards.

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11. Electric Slide

Count: 18Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Ric Silver (1976)
Music: Jingle Bell Rock

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Jen Michele

The Electric Slide is a great go-to easy beginner dance that works with, really countless songs. So, it makes sense to just have fun switching out the normal electric slide songs for a good Christmas song like Jingle Bell Rock.

Elsewhere in my blog, I included the Electric Slide in 20 Beginner Line Dances You Need To Know. Check out that blog post as well to see a good round-up of popular easy line dances and also click here to go to a little more info on the Electric Slide.

Here is a great demo and teach of the Electric Slide by Cindy McMichaels.

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12. Eye Candy

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Gerard Murphy (CAN)
Music: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Jen Michele

Eye Candy is another great beginner line dance that works with a lot of different music. Just swap out the original Candy Man by Christine Aguilera for Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree!

Here is a great demo and teach of Eye Candy by Gail Eaton.

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13. K Is For Kicks

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Absolute Beginner

Choreographer: Christopher Gonzalez (USA) – April 2017
Music: All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

K is for Kicks is a very fun and popular line dance from Christopher Gonzalez. Click here to see what he was up to lately in Vegas! Remember the song? “Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now I been feeling it since 1966”? Well, turns out it works with Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You as well!

Check out this great demo of K is for Kicks from the choreographer Christopher Gonzalez.
Here is a great full teach & demo of the line dance K is for Kicks from Monica G.

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14. Last Christmas

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: SANSOUN (ES) – January 2020
Music: Last Christmas – Cascada

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Carrie Wojciechowski

Last Christmas is definitely a great Christmas classic, so I’m glad there is a line dance for it this month! This dance was choreographed for it–so, no song swap here, just a true Christmas line dance!

Great demo & teach of the line dance Last Christmas from LinedanceEunhee Yoon.

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15. Lipstick Tango

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: High Beginner – Tango Syle

Choreographer: Michele Burton
Music: Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothin On Me by Little Jackie

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

Here’s a fun tango-style line dance that is a little more challenging at a high beginner level. Just swap out the original song The Lipstick On His Collar for Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me by Little Jackie.

Great demo & teach of the line dance Lipstick Tango from Gold Linedance Kuk Kumson.

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16. A Little Sweet

Count: 16Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Dan Albro (USA) – February 2015
Music: Must Be Christmas
by Jake Matthews
Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Ron Bloye

As Britt says below in her demo & teach of A Little Sweet, this is a “Little Sweet Line Dance!” And at just 16 counts it truly is a very simple dance to teach and learn, and with the little song swap of Sugar by Maroon 5 for Baby It’s Cold Outside it is great for Christmas time.

But here’s the bonus for me: It is a country Christmas song! So, how great to have a good country Christmas line dance to teach & learn this month in all our country dance saloons!

Here is a great demo & teach from Britt Beresik for A Little Sweet!

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17. Must Be Christmas

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Ron Bloye (UK) – November 2021
Music: Must Be Christmas by Jake Matthews

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Ron Bloye

Thank you Ron Bloye for this one. Ron shared his newly choreographed Christmas line dance on Facebook. I’m glad this one ended up on my list! So, no song swap for this one, but just a fresh new dance–thanks Ron!

But here’s the bonus for me: It is a country Christmas song! So, how great to have a good country Christmas line dance to teach & learn this month in all our country dance saloons!

Here’s a good demo & teach of the country Christmas line dance Must Be Christmas from Betty Lee.

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18. Peppermint Twist

Count: 48Wall: 4Level: High Beginner

Choreographer: Jo Thompson-Szymanski (USA) & Roy Verdonk (NL – October 2021
Music: A Christmas Twist by Si Cranston

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Jen Michele

So, this one I’m really excited about! Peppermint Twist is a new line dance that Jo Thompson & Roy Verdonk recently choreographed together in October 2021. Jo Thompson-Szymanski taught her new dance at the recent Vegas Dance Explosion. Click here to check out what else she and Roy Verdonk taught in Vegas!

Jen Michele suggested that maybe there might be a good Christmas song that could work for this. I loved the idea since the title Peppermint Twist already seems so Christmas-y! When I added to this list of 25 dances the line dance A Christmas Twist! I realized the song will also work for the Peppermint Twist line dance!

I just love this dance, especially the Charleston steps! Check out the super fun energetic video below of the choreographers leading a group of dancers. And then the next video for a good tutorial.

Jo Thompson-Szymanski & Roy Verdonk demo their new line dance The Peppermint Twist!
Roy Verdonk takes us through the steps for Peppermint Twist. Watch to the end to see another demo with his class at the end!

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19. Rita’s Waltz

Count: 24Wall: 4Level: Waltz Line / Partner Dance

Choreographer: Jo Thompson-Szymanski
Music: Silver Bells by Martina McBride
or A Christmas Card by Scooter Lee
Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

Here is another waltz line dance, this one choreographed by Jo Thompson-Symanski. She choreographed it for her mother Rita! There is a video on the Copperknob step sheet of Jo Thompson teaching a one-wall version, but Britt Beresik covers that option as well as the normal 4 wall version in the video below.

Jo Thompson-Szymanski, for a Christmas version, also suggests Scooter Lee’s A Christmas Card. This is a really pretty song that also works great for it!

Britt Beresik’s teaching and demo of the Rita’s Waltz (both 1 wall & 4 wall versions).

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20. Rockin’ The Wagon Wheel

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Jamie Marshall (USA) – April 2013
Music: Jingle Bell Rock by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

This one is interesting because it uses a line dance for Darius Rucker’s song Wagon Wheel! However it isn’t the line dance that I’m used to, so if you too are more used to the Donna Manning & LeAnne Lesmeister version (Rock Me), you get to learn a new version of a line dance for Wagon Wheel!

But honestly, I guess it doesn’t matter since this is a song swap for Christmas! For this line dance swap out Wagon Wheel for the Hall & Oats version of Jingle Bell Rock!

Check out this walk-through of Rockin’ the Wagon Wheel from 3rd Beat Modern Swing. Not sure what the girl was dancing, LOL.

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21. Santa Claus Boogie Woogie Line Dance

Count: 48Wall: 2Level: Beginner / Improver

Choreographer: Hillbilly Rick (USA) – April 2009
Music: Santa Claus Is Coming (In a boogie-woogie choo-choo train) by The Tractors

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Jeannie Lin

My friend Jeannie reminded me of this! Every year for Christmas, it is sort of a no-brainer to dance Baby Likes to Rock It, but just swap out the Tractors original song for the version they did themselves for Christmas. Check out the demo below where Jeannie’s class is dancing it to the Christmas song in her dance fitness studio.

Fun Fact: The dance Baby Likes to Rock, created by Hillbilly Rick apparently is the most popular dance of all time! He said that in Japan there were over 10,000 people and in China about 20,000 dancing it at one time to set a Guinness Book record! Here’s his video about that!

Demo of Rock It or Santa Claus Boogie Woogie Line Dance from Jeannie Lin’s & her students from her Happy Dance Fitness studio!
Great teach & class demo of Rock It from Gail Eaton.

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22. Shotgun Twist

Count: 28Wall: 4Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Choreographer: Unknown
Music: Santa Claus Is Coming (In a boogie-woogie choo-choo train) by The Tractors
Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

Here is another line dance using the same Christmas version of Baby Likes to Rock It! This one interestingly enough has fewer steps but is actually a little more difficult. Check out Britt’s video below. I liked the bit about her Copperknob sleuthing to solve the mystery of this missing line dance!

Britt Beresik’s teach & demo of the Christmas version of the Shotgun Twist line dance.

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23. Something Easy

Count: 32Wall: 2Level: Ultra Beginner

Choreographer: Gail Smith (USA) – June 2011
Music: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

I like how this line dance is called “Something Easy” and it is also an Ultra Beginner. Brenda Lee’s version of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree has a nice and slow tempo which helps make this a pretty easy dance!

Here is a teach and demo video from the choreographer, Gail Smith of her line dance Something Easy.

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24. Soul Shake

Count: 64Wall: 4Level: Intermediate

Choreographer: Fred Whitehouse
Music: Run Run Rudolf – Chuck Berry

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Britt Beresik

For the last couple of Christmas line dance suggestions I’ve included, a couple more challenging dances just in case our more ambitious dancers out there want to have some Christmas spirit and still be challenged a little more.

The first one is Fred Whitehouse’s very popular dance from 2019 Soul Shake, and the Christmas version just changes the song from Soul Shake by Tommy Castro to Run Run Rudolph!

Great demo and teach of the line dance Soul Shake.

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25. Underneath The Tree

Count: 64Wall: 2Level: High Beginner Contra

Choreographer: Heejin Kim (KOR), Misun Yu (KOR), Eunsoon Park (KOR), Kyungjoon Park (KOR), Haemin Mun (KOR), Hie Kyung Choo (KOR), Joo Young Lee, Jinyoung Choi & Mihee Lee – November 2020
Music: Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Suggested by: Alexander Logan Jung

For the final Christmas line dance suggestion, I have included one coming up at my local country bar this month, and I while it is only rated as a high beginner, at 64, and also a contra dance I would guess it will be a little bit of a challenge! But it looks like a really fun dance!

Demo & teach of the line dance Underneath The Tree from one of the choreographer’s Heejin Kim (includes contra style demo).

Merry Line Dancing!

Well, that’s the list of my 25 Christmas line dance suggestions! If there’s one that is amazing and should have been here, feel free to drop it in a comment below! Have fun teaching and learning some of these wherever you’re dancing and Merry Christmas!


Brian Sheridan

I'm the owner of CDT. I live in Fullerton, California, and enjoy country dancing with my friends at least once a week.

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