The Best Family Christmas Pajamas to Celebrate the Season

Our favorite pick is Primary's Cotton PJ's in Stripe

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True Christmas fanatics jump at the idea of family Christmas pajamas—they make the perfect outfit choice for holiday photo cards and are an easy way for families to bond.

We researched the best Christmas pajamas for the whole family, considering the size range, style, and fabric of each one. Our favorite pick is Primary's Cotton PJ's in Stripe for their extensive size range, sustainable and soft cotton, and festive yet timeless design.

From more affordable holiday sleepwear to hilarious matching sets that every family member can appreciate, here are the best family Christmas pajamas for everyone in your crew.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall : Primary Organic PJ's in Stripe

Primary Organic PJ's in Stripe

Primary

These classic cotton pajamas will keep you nice and cozy on warm winter nights in an effortlessly stylish yet festive style. Primary's pajamas are made from organic environmentally sustainable and socially sourced cotton rib for ultimate comfort and softness. The sizes for kids and adults are unisex and the long-sleeve top and drawstring bottoms are universally flattering for every family and every body.

Choose from green and red stripes for a festive feel that can also transition easily to the off-season. The v-neck henley detail adds a bit of interest to the set, which is otherwise effortless and timeless.

Users love the feel and fit of these pajamas that are perfect for lounging around the house when not sleeping. Some noted that they tend to stretch out over time so avoid over-drying them. Luckily, if you do wear out your Primary pajamas, they are super affordable, so you could pick up a new style and pattern for the whole family each year. It may even become a new tradition.

Size range: XS-XXXL | Material: Cotton | Style: Available in 2 colors

Best Budget: SleepytimePJs Family Matching Fleece Red Snowflake Onesie

Family Matching Fleece Red Snowflake Onesie

Walmart

Outfitting everyone in your family can add up quickly, but these plush onesies—or union suits, as some adults prefer to call them—are about half the price of other matching PJ sets, and they’re super cute. These plush fleece jumpsuits come complete with pockets–perfect for stashing your phone in—plus a drawstring hood and detachable feet. To clean, simply throw in the washing machine.

Size range: Up to XL | Material: Polyester | Style: Buffalo plaid

Best Pattern: The Children's Place Thermal Reindeer Fairisle Collection

Fairisle Matching Christmas Pajamas

The Children's Place

The Children's Place has a huge collection of holiday pajamas on its site for kids through adults. Pictured are their Fairisle pajamas, but you can also expect pink candy cane PJs, Hanukkah pajamas, elf-themed sleepwear, and more. Heads up: While the brand usually offers generally affordable retail prices, they also tend to hold deals throughout the year—making it a great option for bigger families.

Size range: Up to 3XL | Material: Cotton | Style: Reindeer Fairisle

Best for Families With Older Children: PajamaGram Classic Flannel Plaid Matching Family Christmas Pajama Set

PajamaGram Classic Flannel Plaid Matching Family Christmas Pajama Set

Courtesy of Amazon

Getting tweens and teens to agree to wear matching Christmas pajamas, especially those adorned with reindeer or snowmen, is a task that could bring some serious bah humbug to the holiday fun. That’s why this set from PajamaGram is the perfect middle ground. Rather than cutesy patterns, it combines a solid red or green crew neck top with matching red and green plaid pants. Adult sizes are made from 100 percent cotton flannel, while children’s sizes are made with a flame-resistant polyester that’s ultra-warm and comfy. The PJs are sold as a set and come in regular, petite, and plus adult sizes in addition to baby, toddler, and kids’ options. There’s also an option to add a button-up sweater for your pet, which is the icing on the cake (or the star on top of the tree, so to speak).

Size range: Up to 3X in petite and tall | Material: Cotton and polyester | Style: Red and green plaid

Best for Families With Younger Kids: Pottery Barn Kids Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Family Pajama Collection

Pottery Barn Kids Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Family Pajama Collection

Thanks to his eventual turnaround, the Grinch is a Christmas character favorite for kids and adults alike. If watching "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is a family tradition—or you just love Whoville—this set from Pottery Barn Kids will be a crowd-pleaser. The set is available in a onesie for the little ones and loose and tight-fit options for older kids and adults. The loose fit option is made from 100 percent polyester flannel that’s warm, cozy, and durable, while the tight fit is constructed of 100 percent organic cotton that’s lighter. One thing to note: Size options are a bit limited, capping out at XL for adults. 

Size range: Up to XL | Material: Organic cotton and polyester flannel | Style: The Grinch

Best Funny: MaleyDesigns Christmas Vacation Family Pajamas

MaleyDesigns Christmas Vacation Family Pajamas

Younger kids may not get the Griswold reference, but you'll get a kick out of these "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"-inspired pajamas that combine the winter staple, buffalo plaid pants, with a cozy raglan tee featuring the tagline, “You serious, Clark?” Tops and bottoms are sold separately, so you can mix and match unisex sizes, ranging from 12M to adult 2XL. There’s also a onesie option for the littlest members of your family.

Size range: Up to 2XL | Material: Cotton and direct-to-garment printing | Style: Black, white, and buffalo plaid

Best for Families With Pets: Hanna Andersson Dear Deer Matching Family Pajamas

Pet Johns In Organic Cotton

Hanna Anderson 

If you want to get your dog (likely, unwillingly) in on the PJ matching fun, Hanna Andersson has you covered with pet sweaters that fit XS (or Chihuahua-sized) pets to XL (or Great Dane-sized) breeds. While the pet pajamas are marketed toward dogs, the sweater will work for cats, too, as long as you can get them to sit still long enough to cooperate. In addition to pet sizes, these organic cotton PJs come in women’s, men’s, unisex, baby, and kids (2 and up), and there’s a wide range of items to choose from in the Dear Deer collection. Instead of being limited to matching sets, you can opt for coordinating pieces like long johns, fleece pants, onesies, shirts, and robes in patterns or solids.

Size range: Up to XL | Material: Organic cotton | Style: Various patterns available, including Dear Deer

Best for Larger Families: Family Pajamas Matching Striped Collection

Family Pajamas Matching Striped Collection

Finding a pattern to please (and fit) everyone in a large family can take some digging, but these striped sets from Macy’s will likely do the trick for most people. The subtle red and white pattern says “Christmas” without overdoing it, and the pieces come in a decent range of sizes for babies, kids, adults, and pets. All sets are made with a polyester rayon blend arranged into a waffle-knit fabric perfect for cozying up on the couch while you sip on some hot cocoa and watch a Hallmark movie or play a family-friendly game by the fire.

Size range: Up to 3X | Material: Polyester/rayon | Style: Red stripe

Best Matching Onsies: Lazy One No Peeking Christmas Pajamas

Lazy One No Peeking Christmas Pajamas

Nothing says family Christmas fun like a matching set of onesies. These reindeer-themed PJs are adorned with cartoon Christmas trees and a buttoned back flap that’s finished off with an adorable Rudolph selfie. And, yes, the flap opens for quicker (and more convenient) bathroom breaks for you and your kids. The onesies are available in adult sizes XS to XXL, plus various kids and toddler options. There’s even a onesie for your pup, or you can opt for a reversible bandana instead. If one of your family members isn’t on board with the onesie theme, they can still get involved in the family PJ fun by purchasing a pair of men's pants in a matching pattern.

Size range: Up to XXL | Material: 100 percent combed cotton | Style: No Peeking reindeer theme

Best Range of Sizes: Jammies For Your Families Santa Coming Soon Light Santa Pajama Collection

Jammies For Your Families Santa Coming Soon Light Santa Pajama Collection

Finding a brand that accommodates various sizes can be tricky, but Kohl's has got it covered. Their family Christmas pajamas collection comes in a wide assortment, from XS petite to 3X and everything in between. There are regular-length pants, as well as plus-size options and big and tall versions. You can opt for a matching set or mix a graphic tee with flannel pants adorned with whimsical Santa head motifs.

Size range: Up to 3X in regular, petite, and tall | Material: Cotton/polyester | Style: Various patterns in red, black, and white

Best Personalized: BlueSuedeStitches Family Christmas Pajamas

BlueSuedeStitches Family Christmas Pajamas

If you want to get a little more personal, these Christmas pajamas allow subtle customization that adds a bit of character without being cheesy. You can add your family’s surname to every shirt or personalize things a bit more by adding each family member’s first name. You can choose a shirt only—and pair it with your favorite matching pants or vice versa. You can also opt for a set that includes a personalized tee plus flannel plaid pants. There’s an option to add a bandana for your pup (or cat, if you can get it to keep it on).

Size range: Up to 3XL | Material: Cotton and flannel | Style: Reindeer-themed in navy and red plaid

Best for Adult Families: Lark Adventurewear Adult Unisex Pajama Set: Holiday Limited Edition

Adult Unisex Pajama Set - Holiday Edition

Lark Adventurewear

These unisex pajamas come available in sizes small to 3XL, perfect for accommodating various sizes in an all-adult family. They're made from Softek fabric that is super soft and stain resistant and even come in kid and baby sizes so you can match with younger members too. Even better, the material provides UPF 50+ protection and was designed to wick away sweat. You can also shop the pajamas in a blue wintry pattern.

Size range: Up to 3XL | Material: Bamboo, cotton, spandex | Style: Wintry mix or Christmas tree

Best Hanukkah: Monica + Andy Light the Menorah Pajamas

Light the Menorah Family Pajamas

Monica + Andy

Monica + Andy is a family brand known for its signature prints, and it has a plethora of options to choose from when shopping for cute matching pajamas, like these Light the Menorah sets. They're made with 95% cotton and 5% spandex, making them stretchy enough for the perfect fit. You can even add a personal touch with an embroidered initial, with an added fee of $15—just note that this might take an extra two weeks for shipping. Note that toddler sizes typically run from 2T to size 10 for kids, and S-XL for adults. You can browse a complete list of their matching family pajama collection for more options.

Size range: S to XL | Material: Cotton, spandex | Style: Light the Menorah, plus other options on site

Best for Couples: Etsy Mr and Mrs Adult Christmas Pajamas

Mr and Mrs Claus Pajamas

Etsy

Available in candy cane red or green, these pajamas are a fun gift for couples young and old. To add personalization, like the Mr. and Mrs. Claus graphics, simply add a note when you make your Etsy order (just note that this might take longer to ship). The pajamas are made of cotton and may shrink when washed and dried, so make sure to order up for a comfier fit.

Size range: Up to XXL | Material: Cotton | Style: Red or green

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for classic PJs, the Matching Printed Flannel Pajama Set (view at Old Navy) is available in basic plaid or cute prints to suit the whole family while accommodating sizes up to 4X. If you’re working with a Christmas budget but still want to keep the attire festive, try the Buffalo Plaid Union Suits (view at Walmart), which are about half the price of other options on this list.

What to Look for in Matching Family Pajamas

Material

Pajamas come in a wide range of materials, from lightweight cotton to full flannel. These fabrics not only have a different feel, but they also affect temperature differently. While cotton is more breathable, polyester holds in heat and warms you up. This may be a good thing for some people in your family, but if you’re working with both hot and cold sleepers, you might have some trouble finding the right fabric for everyone in a matching set. 

There isn’t one fabric that’s better than the other; it just depends on your family’s preferences. Since cotton is more breathable, it may be better overall. That way, family members who run hot will be comfortable, and those who are always cold can bundle up under a blanket. However, if your family lives in a colder climate or they're always cold, polyester and flannel are perfectly acceptable choices.

Size Inclusivity

Because family members come in all shapes and sizes, size inclusivity is probably the most important aspect of shopping for matching sets. If sizes are limited, it’ll be really hard to make it work for everyone. Before getting too excited about a pattern, check the sizes and make sure the PJs are available in all the sizes you need.

Style Range

Style is another thing to consider when shopping for a group with different preferences. While some styles, like oversized button-up shirts and drawstring pants, will work for most, other more restrictive styles, like tight-fit long johns, may not be everyone’s favorite. When shopping for matching pajamas, check if there are different coordinating styles available. If not, try to pick a loose, comfortable pajama that will work with most body types.

You’ll also want to consider the pattern. Little kids will be overjoyed with cartoonish characters, but this may be a harder sell for teens. Luckily, there are patterns (or lack thereof) to suit both preferences.

FAQ
  • Where can I buy family Christmas pajamas?

    When deciding where to look for family Christmas pajamas, decide if you want to buy matching sets or something unique for every family member. If you want a matching set, you may have fewer retail options, but there are still a lot of places to look.


    Department stores, such as Kohl's, offer many options and sizes at a great price. Online-online retailers such as Amazon can be a great choice if you want your family's PJs delivered fast. Consider what sizes you will need and ensure the retailer you're considering offers enough options for everyone in the family.

  • When do stores start selling Christmas pajamas?

    Some online retailers such as Amazon will have Christmas pajamas available all year long. Other stores such as Target or Kohl's are more likely to stock them closer to the season. We recommend shopping early (September or October) if you have a specific style in mind or you need unique sizes. Sometimes retailers will run out of options by the end of the fall season.

  • Where can I buy footie Christmas pajamas?

    If you're hunting for footie pajamas for children, there are a lot of places to search. Kids' retailers such as Carter's or Hanna Anderson are great options for smaller sizes. When it comes to adult footie Christmas pajamas, consider larger online retailers such as Amazon. Department stores may be more limited in their selection, but online-only retailers will offer access to a variety of sellers and potentially more options.

Why Trust The Spruce?

For this roundup, Lindsay Boyers has written several articles at The Spruce across varying categories. She researched dozens of family Christmas PJ sets, considering the fabric, price, size range, and user reviews. Ultimately, she landed on 12 options that are cozy, super cute, and come in a range of different sizes for kids and adults (and even pets). She also considered that families look different for everyone, so there are options for couples, older children, and large families, including extended relatives, close friends, and beyond. Additional reporting was done by Ashley Knierim, who covers lifestyle and home décor with over 10 years of experience as a writer and an editor.

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Ashley Knierim is a home decor expert and product reviewer of home products for The Spruce. Her design education began at a young age. She has over 10 years of writing and editing experience, formerly holding editorial positions at Time and AOL.

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