15 best Christmas jumpers for kids 2023 UK | The Sun

AT this time of year the shops are starting to fill with festive clothing for the whole family, including those much-loved (or much-hated but always worn) Christmas pullovers.

The best Christmas jumpers for kids are bright and colourful, with cute designs of reindeer, snowmen, festive scenes and even cartoon and movie characters.

Whether they’re after glittery and sparkly, traditional patterns or TV favourites, you’re sure to find something they love. You’ll love them too as they’re generally easy to wash – simply pop them into the machine on a gentle cycle.

From warm cotton knits to fleece-backed sweatshirts, check out our roundup and discover the best Christmas jumpers for kids.

Best Christmas jumpers for kids at a glance: 

  • Best overall Christmas jumper for kids: Fandecie Kids Christmas Jumper
  • Best boys’ Christmas jumper: Pokémon Christmas jumper
  • Best girls' Christmas jumper: M&S Light Up Sausage Dog Christmas Jumper
  • Best toddler Christmas jumper: Boden Red Father Christmas Fun Fair Isle Cardigan
  • Best Christmas jumper with next-day delivery: Light Up Christmas Dinosaur Knitted Jumper

Fandecie Kids Christmas Jumper

  • Fandecie Kids Christmas Jumper, £16.99 from Amazon – buy here

This cute Christmas jumper is sure to get your kids into the festive spirit – like you need them to be even more excited!

It looks great and is the perfect choice for Christmas Jumper Day at school. It’s made from 100% cotton so it is soft on their skin. It’s also available in other designs and colours, including Santa and his sleigh and several smiling reindeer patterns.

“This is quality fabric, really nice, even after 10 washes it is still lovely,” wrote one Amazon shopper while another commented:  “Beautiful jumper, it’s so soft it feels lovely to touch and the pattern is really gorgeous.”

Available in sizes to fit ages two to six years old – refer to size chart, Hand wash only.

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Material: 100% Cotton, Sizes available: 100 to 140 (equivalent of 2-3 years to 6-7 years)

Pokémon Christmas jumper (5-14 years)

  • Pokémon Christmas jumper, £25.95 from Amazon – buy here

For kids who love Christmas and Pokémon, this jumper is perfect.

As well as more Christmas trees than you can shake a stick at, it features Pikachu front and centre.

You can get it in a whole range of sizes – we've included the age 13-14 one here – which makes it ideal if you have a few kids to shop for and you need matching outfits.

Next-day delivery is available for Amazon Prime members for this item but you might want to double-check that it's available in your area.

Material: 100% acrylic, Sizes available: 5-6 years to 13-14 years


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M&S Collection Rainbow Christmas Jumper (2-8 Yrs)

  • M&S Collection Rainbow Christmas Jumper (2-8 Yrs), £16 at M&S – buy here

Rainbow stripes and sparkles: what's not to love?

This 'Have a merry Christmas' slogan jumper features gold sequinned lettering and a fun rainbow pattern that your little one will love to dress up in.

It's also ideal if you want your kids to have matching Christmas jumpers as it's available from ages two to eight.

'Perfect for Christmas. I bought the jumpers for my granddaughters to wear as in the picture or with leggings over the festive season. Good quality for the price,' writes one happy shopper.

Material: 53% acrylic, 29% polyester and 18% polyamide (exclusive of trimmings), Sizes available: 2-3 years to 7-8 years

M&S Light Up Sausage Dog Christmas Jumper

  • M&S Light Up Sausage Dog Christmas Jumper, £20 from M&S – buy here

How cute is this Christmas jumper from M&S? It features a fluffy dog wearing a sparkly jumper on a festive red background.

The cream of the sausage dog’s fur is accented on the edges of the ribbed cuffs and at the neck, as well as on the bobble of his pink party hat – which lights up for extra festive fun.

Team it with jeans for a casual look or a sparkly skirt for the school Christmas party.

Available in sizes to fit toddlers from two years old up to youngsters of eight years old.

Made from 100% cotton, this sweater is machine washable at 40°C on a delicate cycle.

Material: 48% polyester, 42% acrylic and 10% polyamide (exclusive of trimmings), Sizes available: 2-3 years to 7-8 years

Boden Red Father Christmas Fun Fair Isle Cardigan

  • Boden Red Father Christmas Fun Fair Isle Cardigan, from £37 at Boden – buy here

This gorgeous cardigan makes a change from the usual Christmas jumper style and will team beautifully with party dresses or jeans this holiday season.

The festive red background makes the fair isle pattern colours pop, with the pink and blue detail carrying through to the cuffs. Cute Santa faces with bobble noses add the finishing touch and she’s sure to love it.

One happy shopper commented: ‘So festive and bright! It will look lovely with all my daughter's Christmas clothes. Fine knit so not heavy and bulky to wear and lovely and soft.’

Knitted in a polyamide, cotton and wool blend, the cardigan is machine washable.

Material: 44% polyamide 30% cotton 25% wool 1% alpaca, Sizes available: 12-18 months to 11-12 years

M&S Pure Cotton Mini Me Christmas Jumper

  • M&S Pure Cotton Mini Me Christmas Jumper, £16 from M&S – buy here

Christmas stockings, candy canes and Christmas puddings adorn this cute jumper for boys from Marks & Spencer.

The style is a traditional Fair Isle design given a touch of festive flair and it’s available in sizes to fit kids from two to six years old.

Made from 100% cotton, the jumper has a dark green background featuring bright motifs, with the ribbed neck, cuffs and waistband in the same dark green colour.

It’s also available in teen and adult sizes so big brother and dad can wear matching jumpers this Christmas too.

Machine wash at 40°C on a delicate wash.

Material: 100% cotton (exclusive of trimmings), Sizes available: 2-3 years to 5-6 years

John Lewis Christmas Reindeer Jumper

  • John Lewis Christmas Reindeer Jumper, from £17.60 – buy here

She’s going to love this Christmas jumper featuring cute reindeer with gold antlers on a background of cream, highlighted with pastel pink and green and lots of lovely gold hearts.

It’s warm as well as stylish, in a soft and fluffy knit that is comfortable to wear. It’s made from a durable blend of polyester, acrylic and nylon with added elastane for a bit of give.

The long sleeves feature a ribbed cuff and there’s ribbing at the neck and waist. The fit is loose so it looks great with jeans, skirts or over a dress.

Sizes to fit from two years old up to 14 years.

Material: 66% polyester, 18% acrylic, 13% nylon, 3% elastane, Sizes available: 2 years to 14 years

M&S Light Up Christmas Dinosaur Knitted Jumper

  • Light Up Christmas Dinosaur Knitted Jumper, £20 from M&S – buy here

Dinosaurs aren’t usually animals you associate with Christmas – but if he likes them, then why not?

This particularly happy T-Rex – or Tree Rex as he’s called – is enjoying snowboarding while wearing a Santa hat, goggles and festooned with lights. The cutest thing is, that the jumper does actually light up.

In sizes to fit toddlers of two years old up to tweenies of eight, the fit is not too loose nor too tight so you shouldn’t have any trouble persuading him to wear it. The jumper is also knitted in 100% cotton for comfort.

Machine wash on a 40°C delicate programme.

Material: 100% cotton (exclusive of trimmings), Sizes available: 2-3 years to 7-8 years

Argos Christmas Star Wars Grogu Fair Isle Jumper

  • Christmas Star Wars Grogu Fair Isle Jumper, from £16 at Argos – buy here

Combining traditional fair isle design with not-so-traditional Christmas characters, this is the perfect festive jumper for Star Wars fans.

Grogu from The Mandalorian adorns the front along with Christmas wishes ‘Joy to the galaxy’.

It’s available to fit toddlers from three years old to teens and is made from 100% cotton, with a ribbed crew neck, sleeves and waist.

One thrilled shopper wrote: “Christmas jumper day sorted for this year. Fits perfectly, good material (not itchy, which some Christmas jumpers can be), and very reasonably priced. One very happy child to have one of her favourite Star Wars characters in festive mode!”

Material: 100% Cotton, Sizes available: 3 years to 13 years

Not On The High Street Personalised Kids Knitted Christmas Jumper

  • Personalised Kids Knitted Christmas Jumper, £14 from NotOnTheHighstreet – buy here

If you’re looking for a gift with a difference for a baby or toddler this year then take a look at this Christmas jumper from Not On The High Street.

In blue with an adorable Fair Isle design, the jumper can be personalised with the baby’s name – up to 10 letters.

The jumper features cosy ribbing at the neck, cuffs and waist, and it’s also easy to put on and take off, thanks to the buttons at the shoulder.

Available in sizes to fit 12, 18 and 24 months.

Material: Acrylic, Sizes available: 12 months, 18 months and 24 months

Peacocks Older Boys Navy Rudolph Snowball Christmas Jumper

  • Peacocks Older Boys Navy Rudolph Snowball Christmas Jumper, from £10 from £8 at Peacocks – buy here

This long-sleeved Christmas jumper features a cool cartoon Rudolph on the front in the middle of a snowball fight.

The crew neck style is casual and there’s a deep rib at the cuffs and waist. The background colour is navy, so it goes great with most colours and is perfect for wearing with jeans, whether on Christmas Day or at school for Christmas Jumper Day.

Made from 100% acrylic, this jumper is also machine washable.

One happy shopper commented: ‘My grandson loves this jumper that much, I couldn't get him to take it off when he tried it on. Sure sign how much he loved it!’

Material: 100% Acrylic, Sizes available: 4-5 years to 11-12 years

Argos Grey Christmas Santa Paws Jumper

  • Argos Grey Christmas Santa Paws Jumper, from £13 at Argos – buy here

This cute Christmas jumper is bound to be a favourite this festive season.

The black and white dog on the front sports a cheery red jumper with a gold sequin collar and gold reindeer antlers, with Santa Paws picked out in sparkly red sequins.

Ideal for teaming with skirts for a party look or jeans for a casual vibe. It’s available in sizes to fit toddlers from one year old to youngsters of seven years old – and there’s even a matching version for mum.

One happy Argos shopper wrote: ‘Lovely Christmas jumper for my granddaughter, she will love it I'm sure; bright colour and good size, all ready for Christmas parties.’

Material: 58% Recycled Polyester; 31% Acrylic; 4% Polyamide; 4% Metallised Fibres; 3% Elastane, Sizes available: 1-1.5 years to 6-7 years

Kids Navy Mini Me Marvel Print Christmas Jumper

  • Matalan Kids Navy Mini Me Marvel Print Christmas Jumper, from £14 at Matalan – buy here

For superhero fans, this Marvel Christmas jumper from Matalan is sure to impress. It’s covered in Marvel’s famous characters including Spiderman and The Hulk, intermingled with a more traditional Fair Isle motif.

The colourful design lies against a dark blue background, which is a great colour for going with absolutely anything. The style is casual and comfy, with a crew neck, ribbed cuffs and ribbed waist, which is just perfect for Christmas Day.

Made from easy-care acrylic and polyester, this jumper is machine washable, which is essential with kids. It’s also available in sizes to fit grown-ups too.

Material: 71% Acrylic 29% Polyester, Sizes available: 9 years to 13 years

Not On The High Street Festive And Fierce Children's Christmas Jumper

  • Festive And Fierce Children's Christmas Jumper, £20.80 from NotOnTheHighstreet – buy here

Who said tigers were scary? This one looks anything but in his cute Santa hat.

The contemporary style font and modern design make this festive sweatshirt stand out from the usual traditional styles, so it would work well for an on-trend fashionista, whether for Christmas Jumper Day at school or her Christmas party.

Available in baby pink and white, this crew neck sweatshirt is made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It’s printed using eco-friendly, water-based inks and it is machine washable.

To fit ages from three to 13 years old.

Material: 80% cotton, 20% polyester, Sizes available: 3-4 years to 12-13 years

Mamas & Papas My Little Pudding Christmas Jumper

  • Mamas & Papas My Little Pudding Christmas Jumper, £22 £11 from Mamas & Papas – buy here

Looking for something adorable for a baby or toddler? Don't sleep on this sweet jumper from Mamas & Papas.

Available in sizes 0-3 months and up to 2-3 years, this chunky knit is super-soft and features an embroidered Christmas pudding along with the words 'My Little Pudding'.

On the back, meanwhile, are a trio of buttons for added detailing, along with a ribbed hem neckline and cuffs to lock in the warmth and keep them cosy.

Material: Not stated, Sizes available: 0-3 months to 2-3 years

Where to buy Christmas jumpers for kids in the UK?

At this time of year, there’s a great selection of Christmas jumpers for kids both on the high street and online.

Many supermarkets, such as Asda and Sainsbury’s offer festive jumpers for the whole family so you can pick one up with your weekly grocery shop.

The Christmas jumpers featured in our round-up came from

  • Amazon
  • Argos
  • Boden
  • John Lewis
  • M&S
  • Matalan
  • Not On The High Street
  • Peacocks

How much do Christmas jumpers for kids cost?

Christmas jumpers for kids are available across a range of price points so you’ll be sure to find something to suit your budget.

Price depends on age as well as on material and brand, so for example, Christmas jumpers for younger kids tend to cost less than those for older children. In the same way, jumpers knitted in wool are generally more expensive than those knitted in cotton or manmade fibres.

The kid's Christmas jumpers in our roundup start at £8 rising to £37 for the Boden Fun Fair Isle Cardigan which contains wool and cotton.

Where did Christmas jumpers come from?

Christmas jumpers are a given as we count down to the festivities every year. And just like most traditions, they can be traced pretty far back.

According to historians, they originated in Scandinavia and Iceland in the 1890s, when hand-knitted geometric designs were worn by fishermen.

The cosy knits were then taken up on the ski slopes of Europe, before seeping into Hollywood in the 60s and 70s. By the 80s and 90s, cheesy festive knits were all the rage, though perhaps seen as slightly corny.

Our penchant for Christmas jumpers has truly gone from strength to strength ever since: today, they're a bonafide seasonal trend to embrace.

How to wear a Christmas jumper?

Styling your little ones in their Christmas jumpers is a pretty effortless affair.

For boys, you can't beat the cosiness and traditional style of a Fair Isle jumper teamed with jeans and boots. Try these cargo jeans by Fatface and Kids' Freshfeet Riptape High Tops by M&S.

These stone chino trousers by River Island will also look great, or for something more casual, try these joggers.

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For girls, a Christmas jumper worn with jeans and boots is a fail-safe for weekends. Try these denim jeggings for comfort and Kids' Freshfeet Ankle Boots, both by M&S.

Christmas jumpers also look super cute layered over sparkly festive dresses and floaty skirts. We love River Island's selection of girls' dresses as well as H&M's glittery tulle skirt.

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