Christmas in a Box
Christmas in a Box is a Christmas program for preschool through elementary age children. This musical includes a script with the Luke 2 text, speaking & narrator parts, and contemporary arrangements of 8 Christmas carols.
As the Christmas in a Box props are taken out of the prop box, your children will discover that they can use each prop to tell the Christmas story. So grab a lamp shade, a frisbee, a dish towel, plastic grocery bags, a broom, a wooden spoon, and a few pieces of paper.
How can you use a lamp shade in the Christmas story?
. . . as a megaphone to call the sheep in from the field,
. . . then as a waste basket for Joseph’s extra papers,
. . . then again as a spotlight to give the angels a little extra light on a dark night,
. . . and finally as a basketball hoop when the wisemen take a “hoops” break during their trip to find the Savior . . . and that’s just one of the props in the box!
Your children will enjoy creatively sharing the good news of Christmas and the birth of our savior using props, and the audience will enjoy singing along on the Christmas carols.
You have your choice of a full-length 40-minute program or a short 20-minute program – similar script but less music.
Check out the songs in the 40-minute version of Christmas in a Box:
The following songs are included in the 20-minute version of Christmas in a Box:
Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
Angels We Have Heard on High
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful
Click here to read a script excerpt from this play.
Christmas in a Box includes:
1) kid-friendly arrangements of 8 Christmas carols . . . and at least one song that your preschoolers can sing,
2) free instructions for including marching, pats, claps, motions, kazoos, bandanas, percussion and sign language,
3) piano score with guitar chords,
4) a listening CD (a vocal recording of the full version of each song),
5) a script includes the Christmas text from Luke 2 plus 6 speaking parts plus narrator and reader parts (and the option to expand the parts to include more children or combine the parts for fewer children), prop list and staging.
You have your choice of a full-length 40-minute program OR a short 20-minute program – similar script but less music.
Item #2100a – 40-minute program – Digital format
Item #2100b – 40-minute program – Paper copy
Item #2104a – 20-minute program – Digital format
Item #2104b – 20-minute program – Paper copy
Purchase this musical in digital format and everything will be e-mailed. You print PDFs of the sheet music & script and create your own MP3 playlist.
Purchase a paper copy of this musical with a CD and Cathy will send the musical and listening CD via priority mail. Cathy will e-mail your script (MSWord format) so you can add your actor’s names and edit the script as needed. All you have to do is ask!
Item #2101a – MP3 accompaniment tracks for 40-minute program
Item #2101b – Accompaniment tracks on CD for 40-minute program
Item #2101c – MP3 accompaniment tracks for 20-minute program
Item #2101d – Accompaniment tracks on CD for 20-minute program
Accompaniment tracks (MP3s or CDs) come in handy when your piano player isn’t available or when you need to free up your hands to teach motions or sign language to your children. These accompaniment tracks may also be used for your performance – it’s like hiring a piano player who plays the music the same way every time! A keyboard-only accompaniment CD (no vocals) is available. If you prefer digital format for your accompaniment tracks, MP3s can be e-mailed.
Item #2102a – Preview package for 40-minute program
Item #2102b – Preview package for 20-minute program
To preview this children’s Christmas program, a preview package is available that includes the full script and the listening CD (paper copy & CD only – digital copy is not available). The preview package does not include permission to perform the script or any of the songs in the musical.
Item #2103 – Script only
If you would like to use the 10-12 minute script as your play and insert your own children’s Christmas songs, you may purchase the performance rights for the script. This script includes the Christmas text from Luke 2 plus 6 speaking parts plus narrator and reader parts (and the option to expand the parts to include more children or combine the parts for fewer children), prop list and staging. The script can be sent via e-mail to save shipping charges.
If you already have a script and you prefer to purchase individual songs from Cathy’s Christmas musicals, you have the following options:
1. Purchase sheet music. Sheet music includes piano score, guitar chords and motions. Sheet music can be e-mailed (PDF format) OR printed and mailed.
2. Purchase an MP3 to go along with your sheet music. MP3s include two tracks for each song: a vocal track and a keyboard-only accompaniment track with no vocals. MP3’s are e-mailed.
3. Purchase a Custom CD to go along with your sheet music. There is a $10 labor charge for each custom CD plus the cost of each song that you purchase. Custom CDs include both a vocal track of the song and a keyboard-only track with no vocals. Custom CDs are shipped via priority mail.
Please note that all sales are final – no refunds or exchanges.
So much fun to put together
It was so much fun to put together Christmas in a Box. The adults and children had a wonderful time. With only four weeks to get ready, the scripts and music and performance CD really made my job easy! Our pastor commented, “Whoever wrote that script has a wonderful sense of humor and a fresh way to bring the Christmas story to life.”
The audience laughed & sang along
This was our first time doing a Christmas performance and your script was perfect!! The audience laughed and sang along and gave great reviews . . . and our teens had fun practicing and putting on the performance. Thank you so much for putting together materials to make our job easier!
We purchased Christmas in a Box and were SO pleased with the success of it. We’re back to purchase a new musical!
Can we do it again?
We did Christmas in a Box 7 years ago. Both the adults and kids said, “We liked it so much! Can we do it again?!” I said, “Sure!” God’s blessings.
Another wonderful program
This will be the 4th year in a row that we have used one of your programs at Christmas. We are looking forward to another wonderful program!!
We love your work
Looking forward to the musical Christmas in a Box. We love all of your work. The Christmas service wouldn’t be complete without one of your musicals.
Success with your play
We had such a great time and success with your play last year, that we are excited about using another one of your creations! Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with all of us!
Love the instruments and actions
I am teaching the children the music from Christmas in a Box and I love how you have added instruments and actions to the songs. It is wonderful! After working with this Christmas music in my church, I plan to use your praise music at my Christian school because I know the children there would have fun singing your music, too!