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Best Debbie Macomber Christmas Books

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Welcome to our exploration of Debbie Macomber’s Christmas books. We’ve meticulously listed them in chronological order and ranked them to provide an overview of her holiday offerings. Each book in this collection offers heartwarming stories that capture the essence of the Christmas spirit, blending elements of romance, discovery, and the magic of the season.

From the snowy settings in “Can This Be Christmas?” to the festive transformation in “Jack Frost,” Macomber’s books appeal to those who enjoy immersing themselves in the joy and warmth of the holiday season. Her characters often experience the wonders and surprises of Christmas, sometimes finding love and happiness in unexpected places.

Join us as we explore each book in this beloved collection, delving into the festive world of Debbie Macomber’s Christmas stories. Whether you’re revisiting old favorites or discovering new ones, these books are sure to evoke the spirit of the holidays in your heart.

See also Debbie Macomber’s Angel Series in Order.

Debbie Macomber From This Day Forward Series in Order

  1. Can This Be Christmas? (1998)
  2. The Christmas Basket (2002)
  3. The Snow Bride (2003)
  4. When Christmas Comes (2004)
  5. There’s Something About Christmas (2005)
  6. The Perfect Christmas (2009)
  7. Starry Night (2013)
  8. Dashing Through the Snow (2015)
  9. Twelve Days of Christmas (2016)
  10. Merry and Bright (2017)
  11. Alaskan Holiday (2018)
  12. Jingle All the Way (2020)
  13. Dear Santa (2021)
  14. The Christmas Spirit (2022)
  15. Jack Frost (2023)

Authors Similar to Debbie Macomber

  • “The Christmas Sisters” by Sarah Morgan: In this heartwarming contemporary romance novel, Sarah Morgan tells the story of the McBride sisters who reunite at their family’s Scottish cabin for Christmas. As they come together and face their pasts, they find love, forgiveness, and the true meaning of family during the holiday season.
  • “One Day in December” by Josie Silver: Josie Silver’s modern romance novel, “One Day in December,” follows the lives of Laurie and Jack, who have a chance encounter at a bus stop on a snowy London day in December. The story spans over a decade and explores the complexities of love, friendship, and the enduring connection between two people who met on that fateful day.
  • “The 12 Dates of Christmas” by Jenny Bayliss: Jenny Bayliss’s debut novel, “The 12 Dates of Christmas,” is a charming contemporary romance set in a cozy English village during the holiday season. When newly single Kate agrees to a series of blind dates arranged by her eccentric Aunt Eileen, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and unexpected romance.

See also: Jennifer Chiaverini Books in Order.

Best Debbie Macomber Christmas Books

  1. Jack Frost (4.36 Goodreads score)
  2. Dear Santa (4.08 Goodreads score)
  3. When Christmas Comes (4.05 Goodreads score)
  4. The Christmas Spirit (4.04 Goodreads score)
  5. There’s Something About Christmas (3.97 Goodreads score)
  6. The Christmas Basket (3.96 Goodreads score)
  7. Twelve Days of Christmas (3.89 Goodreads score)
  8. Merry and Bright (3.83 Goodreads score)
  9. The Snow Bride (3.82 Goodreads score)
  10. Can This Be Christmas? (3.81 Goodreads score)
  11. Jingle All the Way (3.78 Goodreads score)
  12. The Perfect Christmas (3.74 Goodreads score)
  13. Starry Night (3.74 Goodreads score)
  14. Dashing Through the Snow (3.59 Goodreads score)
  15. Alaskan Holiday (3.58 Goodreads score)


Debbie Macomber received the RITA Award in 2003 for her book “The Christmas Basket.” This heartwarming tale also earned her a romance award based on fan votes in 2005. Additionally, she has been honored with the B. Dalton Award on three separate occasions.

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Book Summaries

Can This Be Christmas?

"Can This Be Christmas?" is a story set on a snowy December 24. A group of strangers find themselves stranded in a small New Hampshire station due to a storm. Despite their initial disappointment, they join forces with the locals to create a special Christmas celebration that reminds them of the true meaning of the holiday.

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The Christmas Basket

"The Christmas Basket" is a story about Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton, who fell in love during high school but were forced to keep it a secret due to their mothers' bitter feud. Noelle returns home for Christmas, only to be reminded of the pain Thomas caused her years ago. However, when their mothers are unexpectedly brought together to work on a charity project, Noelle and Thom realize they still have feelings for each other. Despite their mothers' disapproval, they hope to find a way to be together.

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The Snow Bride

"The Snow Bride" is a story about Jenna Campbell, a practical woman who takes an impractical leap of faith by agreeing to marry a man she met online. On her way to Alaska to meet her fiancé, she finds herself seated next to Reid Jamison, who is everything Dalton is not. Despite their initial differences, Reid becomes determined to change Jenna's plans after learning about Dalton's true nature. As a result, Jenna finds herself stranded in Snowbound, Alaska, with Reid and a cast of eccentric characters. With a blizzard raging outside, Jenna and Reid must navigate their unexpected circumstances and discover if love can truly blossom in the most unexpected places.

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When Christmas Comes

"When Christmas Comes" is a heartwarming holiday story. The book captures the joy and excitement of the Christmas season, as well as the importance of love, family, and togetherness. With relatable characters and a charming storyline, this book is sure to bring warmth and cheer to readers of all ages.

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There’s Something About Christmas

Emma Collins is a journalist who despises fruitcake. Despite her aversion, she is assigned to write articles about fruitcake for the local newspaper. To complete her task, she must travel around the state with pilot Oliver Hamilton, who is starting an airfreight business. As Emma spends time with Oliver, she realizes that he is not as grumpy as he appears and begins to appreciate the magic of Christmas.

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The Perfect Christmas

In "The Perfect Christmas" Cassie Beaumont is determined to find her perfect match. After failed attempts at blind dates and online dating, she decides to hire a professional matchmaker, Simon Dodson. Despite thinking he's difficult and arrogant, Cassie is surprised when Simon agrees to take her on as a client. Simon gives her three Christmas-themed tasks to complete before meeting her ideal partner. Through a series of humorous mishaps, Cassie successfully completes the tasks and is finally ready to meet her match. And just like a perfect Christmas gift, her match turns out to be a delightful surprise.

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Starry Night

In "Starry Night" Carrie Slayton, a columnist, dreams of writing more serious news stories. Her editor challenges her to score an interview with Finn Dalton, a reclusive author, in order to cover any topic she wants. Finn lives in the remote Alaskan wilderness and has written a bestselling memoir. Determined to find him, Carrie puts her family celebrations on hold and travels to snowy Alaska. When she finally meets Finn, she discovers a charismatic and stubborn man. As she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart, Carrie finds comfort and joy in unexpected places during the holiday season.

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Dashing Through the Snow

"Dashing Through the Snow" by Debbie Macomber is a charming holiday tale. Ashley Davison, a student, and Dashiell Sutherland, an ex-army officer, both need to get to Seattle but find all flights from San Francisco fully booked. They reluctantly share a rental car, leading to an unexpected road trip filled with adventure, including rescuing a puppy and encountering thieves. As they journey together, they discover a surprising connection and the possibility of romance. Despite the obstacles, this unexpected trip may just fulfill their Christmas wishes.

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Twelve Days of Christmas

In "Twelve Days of Christmas" Julia Padden, a friendly and cheerful woman, faces a challenge with her unfriendly neighbor, Cain Maddox. Despite her efforts to be kind, Cain always rejects her. Fed up, Julia decides to break through Cain's cold exterior by showering him with kindness. She starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas to document her progress. However, her attempts to humanize Cain initially fail. As Julia's blog gains popularity, she continues to find ways to show kindness and slowly uncovers the caring man beneath Cain's gruff demeanor. Surprisingly, Julia finds herself falling for Cain, and suspects he may feel the same. Yet, as her blog's popularity grows, Julia must decide if revealing the truth about their relationship to the world is worth risking their chance at love.

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Merry and Bright

"Merry and Bright" is a holiday story about Merry Knight, a busy woman who is focused on taking care of her family and navigating her stressful job. Unbeknownst to Merry, her mom and brother create an online dating profile for her, leading to unexpected matches. Reluctantly, Merry decides to give it a try and starts chatting with a charming stranger who brings joy to her day. However, when they finally meet in person, Merry is surprised to find that he is not who she expected. Despite this, love has a way of finding its way, even in the most unexpected places.

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Alaskan Holiday

"Alaskan Holiday" is a holiday story about Josie Avery, a sous chef who takes a summer job in a remote Alaskan town. While there, she falls for the local community and develops a close bond with Palmer Saxon, a master swordsmith. However, Josie is torn between her love for Palmer and her career aspirations. When she misses her chance to leave before winter, Josie must confront the complications of her choices and discover the magic of Christmas and love.

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Jingle All the Way

"Jingle All the Way" is a holiday story about Everly Lancaster, a successful real-estate executive who is always focused on work. When her boss insists she take December off, Everly reluctantly agrees. However, her plans for a luxury beach vacation are ruined when her assistant books a guided cruise in the Amazon instead. With no Wi-Fi and surrounded by nature, Everly is initially horrified. But as she spends time with the charming naturalist, Asher Adams, she begins to see the beauty of the rainforest and reevaluate her priorities. As their relationship deepens, Everly must decide if love is worth the risk, especially with her family Christmas approaching.

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Dear Santa

Lindy Carmichael is feeling down when she comes back home for Christmas. Her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend and she feels uninspired in her job. Even Christmas traditions can't cheer her up. However, Lindy's mother suggests a childhood tradition that might help. Lindy reads through her old letters to Santa and remembers what she used to wish for. With her mother's support, she decides to write a new letter to Santa, hoping to regain her faith and belief. Little does Lindy know, this act of gratitude will lead to her wishes coming true in unexpected ways. Through some Christmas magic and a connection with a former classmate, Lindy realizes that there's truly no place like home for the holidays.

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The Christmas Spirit

"The Christmas Spirit" tells the story of Peter and Hank, best friends with very different lives. Peter is a dedicated pastor, while Hank works as a bartender at his family's tavern. When they decide to switch jobs until Christmas Eve, they realize that their roles are more challenging than they thought. Through this experience, they gain a new appreciation for each other and discover unexpected love.

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Jack Frost

"Jack Frost" is a novella by Debbie Macomber about Lindsay Calhoun, who organizes her company's holiday party. Everyone appreciates her efforts except Jack Taylor, a loner who dislikes Christmas. After the party, a snowstorm traps Lindsay and Jack together in the building without power. Forced to spend time together, they open up and discover surprising truths about each other. This unexpected connection leaves them wondering whether to pursue their newfound attraction or simply let it go once they're rescued.

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