Free Nativity Coloring Pages: Perfect Printable Christmas Fun!

Do you need some free printable nativity coloring pages for your kids this Christmas Season?

Christmas time is definitely our favorite time of the year, and my younger children LOVE to color!

I have put together some sweet coloring pages for them and for you to remind them of the Christmas story.

Every year it is all too easy to get wrapped up in the catalogs, gift lists, and Santa movies. Kids can feel like the nativity story is sort of an afterthought. 

And sometimes it is, if we’re being quite honest. The busy season can really sweep us all away with it.

I hope these fun nativity coloring pages help you pause for just a moment with your kids amidst all the hustle and bustle – and remember the reason for the season.

And Here Are Your Free Christmas Nativity Coloring Pages!

At the bottom of this post you will find a link that will take you directly to a PDF instant download page. You will get all seven pages in one file.

I tried to provide a variety of options to engage kids of all ages – even the older ones!

Feel free to only print the ones you like, or use all of them as a little nativity coloring book for your child.

Plain Nativity Coloring Page

This is the most simple nativity scene coloring page in the packet.

The focus is just on mother Mary and Joseph in the stables with the newborn baby Jesus.

Nativity coloring page with animals

Here we see the Star of Bethlehem over the stable as animals gather around the manager.

They almost seem to be kneeling and bowing their heads before Him.

This is a great opportunity to point out that the animals would have been eating out of the box Jesus was laying in! He was a humble King from the beginning.

You can also have your child write their name at the bottom and send it as Christmas cards to relatives or friends!

Merry Christmas Nativity Scene 1

Here we see a little more detail with the city of Bethlehem off in the distance behind the stables.

Older children will enjoy the more challenging coloring.

Nativity Coloring page with wise men

Your kids may know that the wise men did not actually come to the stables that night, but it is still fun to include them in the nativity picture.

You can also point out that Jesus did not have evergreen Christmas trees around when He was born. More likely, there were palm trees in Bethlehem!

Manger coloring page puzzle acidity printable

This nativity coloring sheet is also an activity! Little ones can color the baby Jesus in the manger and then turn it into a puzzle.

If you have cardstock on hand, I would definitely use it. It will make cutting the puzzle apart and piecing it back together much easier. 

Nativity writing activity printable 1

nativity printable writing activity 2

If you have a child who doesn’t enjoy coloring as much, try this creative writing assignment to dive into the Christmas story!

This should be no pressure, so either have them write it or dictate it to you to write.

What did they see in the stables? Did they meet the child Jesus? What was He like?

Were their Christmas angels in the sky? Shepherds traveling towards them in the distance? Encourage your kid to be creative!

3 Wonderful Christmas Story Books to Go Along With Your Coloring Pages

If you don’t already have some nativity books in your home library, definitely check the below books out for your kids! They make great gifts and are a fun way to share the story of Christmas.

I provided a brief synopsis and a link to Amazon for a quick price check.

1. The Christmas Blessing

On this divine night in Bethlehem, a voice calls down to a group of animals gathered in a stable. It’s time to welcome a special arrival, the Savior who will gift the world with love and grace. Will the different animals be able to set aside all of their differences, come together, and work in harmony to have the manger ready in time? In this one-of-a-kind nativity story about acceptance of others and kindness to our neighbors, the animals discover the love, peace, and family that bring us all together―a delightful read aloud for a new holiday tradition year after year!”

2. Good News! It’s Christmas!

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“Explore the Christmas narrative with your children! Whimsical illustrations pair with skillful rhyme as you follow Mary and Joseph on their adventure to becoming parents to God’s own son. From the donkey and animals in the stable, to the angels and Heavenly hosts, this story is a celebration of the good news that came down to earth as Christ entered into our broken world to become its Savior. Whether you add this to your family’s advent tradition or gift it to another growing family, it is sure to delight all the little ones in your life.”

3. The Story of the Nativity


“Learn about the birth of baby Jesus with a retelling of the biblical Christmas story for kids. A simplified version of the original nativity story begins with the appearance of the angel Gabriel before Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the announcement to the shepherds by the angel, the wise men, King Herod, and the escape to Egypt. Full color illustrations will draw kids into the story and make it come alive. Includes chapter and verse for reference.”

Suggestions For Using Your Nativity Coloring Pages

  • Anytime coloring fun during the holiday season
  • Entertainment during a long car ride to see family
  • A way to keep busy hands engaged while reading the Christmas story
  • A tool to help you share and explain the nativity story to your children!
  • Feel free to also use these coloring sheets for personal use, in the classroom, or Sunday School setting

Click Here To Print Your Free Nativity Coloring Pages and Activities

Free Printable Nativity Coloring Pages Pin

I hope your kids really enjoy these printable Christmas coloring pages. The birth of Jesus Christ really is what it is all about, and you can’t start too young instilling that truth.

Enjoy the free printables and have a Merry Christmas!

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  1. Joni Marcum says:

    I am having my Sunday School class color the Nativity scene, and then laminate them. They will be delivered by the deacons to shut-ins in our area.

    1. Lauren Schmitz says:

      That’s wonderful, Joni! Thank you for letting me know!

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