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The Christmas Eve pyjama tradition is a relatively new phenomenon, but one that more and more families are embracing. There’s nothing more wholesome than a family picture in front of the Christmas tree, all decked out in matching jammies (even if the Dads do look like they’re doing it under duress).
Mumsnet users are certainly no fools however, and the thought of shelling out for pyjamas that will only be worn once or twice isn’t an attractive one. So we’ve hunted high and low to bring you the best pyjamas out there for Christmas 2022, including the undeniably Christmassy as well as the tastefully seasonal ones.
Whether it’s checked pyjamas, extra warm pyjamas or even matching family pyjamas, here are the best Christmas pyjamas to buy in 2022.
1. Best overall Christmas pyjamas: Marks and Spencers Checked Family Christmas Pyjamas
Price: From £14 | Buy now from Marks and Spencer
“We got the M&S ones last year and did again this year. They wash well and fit perfectly.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Ivalueloyaltyaboveallelse)
“M&S have some beautiful brushed cotton tartan PJs” (Recommended by Mumsnet user DGFB)
Mumsnet users love Marks and Spencers pyjamas, so M&S it’s no surprise their Christmas pyjamas are the top pick. These subtly festive PJs won’t look out of place come January, and they’re available in a range of sizes for all the family (including the dog).
Made from 100% brushed cotton, the fabric is gorgeously soft and warm - and hoorah - this year’s drawstring pj bottoms even have pockets!
With a traditional design that has the freedom to wear all year round, there’s even a nightdress design for those who prefer to be less restricted at bed time.
The downside? With an ankle skimming length, they may be on the short side if you are particularly tall.
- Soft and cosy brushed cotton
- Choice of designs and fits
- Option to personalise for an extra special gift
- Wash carefully - some reviewers have reported shrinkage
- Not the longest in length
- Material: 100% cotton
- Sizes: Kids': 1-2 to 15-16 years, women's: 6-22, men's: S-XXL, babies': 0-3 years and dogs: XS-XL
2. Best budget Christmas pyjamas: George at Asda Disney Mickey Mouse Matching Fairisle Christmas Pyjamas
Price: From £10 | Buy now from Asda
“Asda George normally does them for about £8-10. We always have new PJs and slippers for Christmas Eve!" (Recommended by Mumsnet user Idyllic)
“I second Asda! I always get my kids matching ones from there” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Imcrc)
We’re all trying to watch what we spend this year, but if Christmas pyjamas are one of your family traditions, it’s worth remembering that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get involved with this annual matching pjs trend.
These Mickey Mouse Fairisle pyjamas from Asda have prices that start at just £10. With a long sleeve crew neck top decorated with Mickey and friends, combined with stretchy bottoms with elasticated waistband and cuffs, these super comfortable pjs are ideal for lazy days around the house - they even have matching slippers!
With the slogan ‘Bringing home Christmas magic’ they’re the perfect set for the whole family to wear whilst snuggling down to watch Elf - again.
- Budget friendly
- Cute Disney design
- Elasticated waistband for comfort
- Less suitable to wear all year round
- Material: 100% cotton
- Sizes: Women's: 4-6 - 20-22, men's: S- XXL, kids: 1.5-2 - 13-14 years
3. Best Christmas pyjamas to wear all year: Hatley Holiday Pines Family Pyjamas
Price: From £30 | Buy now from Amazon
"They are very good quality. I buy matching PJs every year from them. They seem to be true to size, I have a skinny 9yo and always buy his age, if they fit 2 years, bonus" - Tried and tested by Mumsnet user HerRoyalNotness)
“Hatley. They are fab, quirky patterns and nice and long. Amazon sell them if that helps.” - Rated by Mumsnet user Logoplanter
If you like to get your money’s worth, Christmas pyjamas that can be worn all year round are definitely the way to go. Whilst they’re perfectly festive for the winter months, the more subtle christmas trees on a red and green striped design is well suited for nightwear whatever the season.
Available in matching designs for the whole family, these Hatley pjs are made from super soft fitted cotton, with a comfortable elasticated waistband and cuffs. Infant sizes also come with a full length zipper with neck guard for easy night time changes.
The only downside? We miss having pockets!
- Perfectly suitable to wear all year round
- Soft cotton fabric
- Elasticated cuffs and waistband (with drawstring)
- No pockets
- More fitted design won’t be to everyone’s taste
- Material - 100% cotton
- Sizes - Kids: 0-3 months to 12 years, adults: XS - XXL
4. Best matching family Christmas pyjamas: Borlai Family Pajamas
Price from £9.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“When it comes to Christmas pyjamas, Amazon is your friend” (Recommended by Mumsnet user AcrossthePond55)
Whilst you may find it difficult to get the sizes you need on the highstreet, Amazon have a wide range of festive pyjama sets and tend to have better stock levels, particularly if you’ve left it later than normal. They’re also quite affordable too, with prices starting at just £9.99.
We love this Borlai Family Pjs set, which comes in sizes from 0-6 months through to men’s XXL. With a choice of grey or black designs, they feature wide legged traditional check bottoms and a Merry Christmas reindeer design to the front.
If we’re being particularly picky, the word “kids” on the children’s designs doesn’t quite work as well as the added “Mama” and “Papa” on the parents sets, but they’re still cute - so we’re willing to let that one go.
- Traditional style festive pjs
- Affordable pricing
- Wide range of sizing for kids and adults
- Addition of the word “kids” on children’s sets feels a bit unnecessary.
- Material - Unspecified
- Sizes - Kids': 0-6 - 5-6 years, women's: S - XL, men's: M - XXL
5. Best Christmas pyjamas for men: FatFace Navy Festive Transport Pyjama Trousers
Price: £38 | Buy now from Fat Face
“Have bought pj's from Fat Face which I love - they tend to have pockets in men’s PJs” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Bananaman123)
“Another vote for Fat Face men's. Got some in the sale and they're DIVINE. Thick, soft flannel, pockets, length.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user CharDeeMacDennis)
If you’ve got a man in your life who’s a little more reluctant to embrace the Christmas PJs trend, you may just be able to win them over with these subtle festive bottoms from Fat Face.
Made from super soft and comfortable 100% cotton, they’re elasticated at the waistband and feature generous side pockets for stashing snacks. They’re so comfortable in fact, that Mumsnet users bought them for themselves over other ladies’ designs.
With a subtle ‘driving home for Christmas’ style design featuring cars and fir trees, they’re easily a pair that they can wear all year round too.
- Super comfortable brushed cotton
- Generous side pockets
- Subtle design
- Price is for bottoms only, so you’ll need to team up with a plain tee
- More costly than some
- Material - 100% cotton
- Sizes - Men's XS - XXXXL
6. Best Christmas pyjamas for kids: The White Company Classic Winter Solstice Pyjamas
Price: From £30 | Buy now from The White Company
“White Company ones last very well - have passed down between two children and still look good. I find the old-fashioned button-up flannel ones last longer. sizes are quite generous" (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user urbanewarrior)
There is nothing cuter than kids in traditional style festive PJs and if you’re after some high quality button up pyjamas, they don’t come much more angellic than this Winter Solstice set from The White Company.
Whilst they’ll set you back a fair bit more than some other festive designs, they feature an adorable winter print including deer, rabbits and snow topped Christmas trees. Made from 100% brushed cotton, they have an elasticated waistband, making them easy for little ones to pull on unassisted. The peter pan collar creates a really classic look, whilst the button through top will ensure they stay warm, snug and toasty till bedtime.
- Adorable unique White Company print
- Classic and traditional style
- High quality made to last
- Only available in ages 1-12 years
- Material - 100% cotton
- Sizes - Kid's 1-12 years
7. Best personalised Christmas pyjamas: Sparks and Daughters Personalised Family Portrait Pyjamas
Price: £30 | Buy now from NOTHS
“If you look at NotOnTheHighstreet.com you can get some personalised ones.” (Suggested by Mumsnet user ReeseWitherfork)
If you’re after something really special this Christmas, personalised Christmas PJ’s have really started to grow in popularity in recent years and it’s clear to see why.
This Sparks and Daughters set from Not on the High Street not only has the option to add a name, but can also include a personalised portrait too. Kids will love seeing the whole family dressed in matching pyjamas that feature characters who look just like them.
Choose from a range of face shapes, skin and hair colour before adding on extras such as glasses, beards or hats. With a red and white fairisle cotton design, they’re a soft and comfortable set to wear all winter round.
- Personalised with name and portrait
- Festive fairisle design
- 100% cotton for comfort
- At £30 per set, they don’t come cheap for a family of four
- Material - 100% cotton
- Sizes - Kids': newborn - 9-12 years, adults: S - XXL
8. Best warm Christmas pyjamas: Boden Vanessa Cosy Pyjama Set
Price: £70 | Buy now from Boden
“I have recently bought a pair of Boden Vanessa pyjamas and fallen in love with them. They are a really soft and cosy brushed cotton." (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user IglesiasPiggl)
“I love my Boden Vanessa's. They are so soft and they have pockets.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user DramaAlpaca)
Whilst they are certainly an investment, Mumsnet users couldn’t speak more highly of Boden’s Vanessa pyjamas, praising their warmth and comfort as well as the inclusion of obligatory pockets.
Released year after year in a range of stylish and modern designs, this red and white set is a great option for christmas but subtle enough to wear all year round. Made from 100% brushed cotton, they offer a relaxed and comfortable fit with side pockets and a button up top.
With luxurious longer length bottoms, you’re going to resist getting dressed when the sun rises.
- Stunning and stylish designs
- Side pockets
- Super soft brushed cotton
- Some may prefer a vest top or tee
- Material - 100% cotton
- Sizes - Women's size 6 - 22
9. Best Christmas onesie: MArks & Spencer Fleece Spencer Bear Family Christmas Onesie
Price: From £16 | Buy now from Marks and Spencer
“The M&S ones are good quality. I bought my children one each last year and they're still like new after tons of washes.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user ShesAStar)
“I second the M&S onesie for quality. It's not cheap but has been washed to within an inch of its life and is still like new. I have asked granny to buy him another one this Christmas” (Recommended by Mumsnet user KC225)
Do your kids love to snuggle up with a hot chocolate on Christmas Eve? Looking for fun festive treat for their Christmas Eve box that can be worn well into the new year?
These M&S Bear onesies with ears on the hood are not only adorably cute but cosy too. Made from thick fleece fabric with ribbed cuffs for comfort, they’re easy to zip up and trap the warmth inside.
Whilst they sadly don’t do mens options in this design, the Mama Bears amongst us can pick up a matching onesie to twin with our cubs.
- Super soft fleece material
- Cute bear design with hood
- Ideal for colder nights
- Kids shouldn’t sleep in the hooded designs
- No men’s option available
- Materials - 100% polyester
- Sizes - Kids': 2-3 - 15-16 years and women's: XS - XL
10. Best fairisle Christmas pyjamas: Iris & Lilly Women's Fleece Pyjama Set
Price: From £26 | Buy now from Amazon
Last but by no means least is this festive set from Iris & Lily. With a relaxed and comfortable fit, these pyjamas aren’t the warmest set on our list, but are a great choice for those who may feel restricted by button down traditional tops and collars.
Whilst we love the traditional red fairisle set, the burgundy, snowflake and grey check designs are a great alternative for those seeking a more subtle Christmas look.
- Choice of designs
- Relaxed fit
- Available in women’s only
- Not as warm as some
- Some reviewers found they came up small
- Material - 100% polyester
- Sizes - Women's 8-20
How to buy the best Christmas pyjamas
If you’re looking to match with your whole family, you'll need to be quick and determined as family pyjama sets are liable to sell out fast.
In terms of choosing the best pyjamas, it’s a good idea to size up for a comfy fit, and go for subtly festive prints - like Fairisle or tartan, especially if you don’t want to feel like a wally wearing them in February.
That said, we could all do with a bit of merryness and magic this year, so if you want to wear your fairisle in February or your Bear onesie in Spring - why the hell not.
Where to shop for the best Christmas pyjamas
Many online retailers have their own range of Christmas PJs, but we think the best options for 2022 can be picked up from Marks and Spencers, Amazon, NOTHS, The White Company and Boden.
Other Mumsnet recommendations for festive designs include ASOS, Next, Joules and John Lewis.
What’s the best material for Christmas pyjamas?
Cotton is breathable, soft and cosy, plus it can be printed with cute Christmassy patterns, making it the best fabric for your Christmas PJs.
What are the best Christmas pyjamas to buy?
We think the Marks and Spencer Checked Family Pyjamas are the best Christmas pyjamas to buy in 2022. They’re soft, great quality and versatile enough to be worn all year round. They also come in a range of sizes and designs for the whole family including the dog, so you can get out the camera and capture some magical (if not a tad cheesy) memories with the kids.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which Christmas PJs discerning Mumsnet users had bought for themselves and their families. We compiled a list of the sun hats they recommended for quality and value.
We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which Christmas pyjamas had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers’ reviews said about them.
Having collated all that information, we picked the pyjamas we thought would make the best buys in several categories.
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