List of Christmas carols

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A Christmas carol is a carol whose lyrics center on the theme of Christmas or that has become associated with the Christmas season even though its lyrics may not specifically refer to Christmas. Both types of Christmas carols are included in this list.

Traditional Christmas carols mainly focus on the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. Other Christmas songs focus on more secular Christmas themes, such as winter scenes, family gatherings, and Santa Claus.



CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Fum, Fum, Fum" ("El vint-i-cinc de desembre")16th centuryThe word "fum" may imitate the sound of a drum (or perhaps the strumming of a guitar)
"El noi de la mare" (lit. "The Son of the Virgin")TraditionalAlso known as "Carol of the Gifts"[1]
Guitar arrangement of "El noi de la mare"
"El rabadà" (lit. "The shephard")Traditional


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Nesem vám noviny" ("We bring you good news, hark!")traditional from Bohemia"Come, All Ye Shepherds" (Ma­ri Ruef Ho­fer, 1912)
German: "Kommet, ihr Hirten" (Carl Riedel, ca. 1870)


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Adam Lay Ybounden"Set by numerous composers, most notably by Boris Ord and Peter Warlock15th century
"Angels from the Realms of Glory"words: James Montgomery; music (US): to the tune of "Regent Square" (UK): a slightly different arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High" ("Gloria")1816
"Angels We Have Heard on High"based on traditional hymn "Gloria" (a French traditional carol "Les Anges dans nos Campagnes"); English translation by Bishop James Chadwick, tune arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes1862
"Away in a Manger"first two stanzas attributed to unknown author; third stanza written by John McFarland (1904)1885
"Boar's Head Carol"English traditional
"Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella"translation of the French "Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle!"
"Calypso Carol" ("See him lying on a bed of straw")Michael Perry1969Written in 1964 for a college concert
"Candlelight Carol"John Rutter1984
"Carol of the Bells"music composed by Mykola Leontovych; original traditional Ukrainian lyrics are of pre Christian origin; English adaptation of text by Peter Wilhousky, 19361916based on a pagan epiphany song sung on the New Year known in Ukrainian as "Shchedryk"; sometimes called the "Bulgarian Carol" (although of Ukrainian origin)
"The Cherry Tree Carol"English traditional
"Children, Go Where I Send Thee"
"Christians Awake"John Byrom1746
"A Christmas Carol"words and music: Charles E. Ives1894
"Christmas Is Coming"
"The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . .")Lyrics by Robert Wells. Music by Mel Torme.1944
"Come Buy My Nice Fresh Ivy"music: Turlough O'Carolan, John Keegan1849(originally titled "O'Carolan's Lament")
"Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"Charles Wesley1749
"Coventry Carol" ("Lullay, Thou Tiny Little Child")English traditional
"Deck the Halls"based on the Welsh traditional "Oer yw'r gŵr sy'n methu caru"
"Ding Dong Merrily on High"music: Jehan Tabourot, words: George Ratcliffe Woodward
"Down in Yon Forest"English traditional
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"written by Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne1962
"Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains"words and music: John Menzies Macfarlane1869
"The First Nowell" ("The First Noël")English traditional
"The Friendly Beasts"
"Frosty the Snowman"
"Gabriel's Message"translated into English by Sabine Baring-Gouldfrom the Basque traditional carol "Birjina gaztettobat zegoen"
"Glory to God" ("Ere Zij God")Dutch traditional
"Go Tell It on the Mountain"Lyrics by John W. Work
"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"English traditional
"Good King Wenceslas"words: John Mason Neale, music: tune from Piae Cantiones
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"*music: Felix Mendelssohn, words: Charles Wesley, amended by George Whitfield and Martin Madanoriginally as part of Festgesang, adapted and harmonised by William Hayman Cummings; descant for verse 3 added in 1961 by Sir David Willcocks for the Carols for Choirs books
"Here We Come A-Wassailing"English traditional
"The Holly and the Ivy"English traditional
"Huron Carol" ("'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime")
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, music: Johnny Marks
"I Pray on Christmas"written and by Harry Connick, Jr.
"I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)"English traditional
"In Dulci Jubilo" ("Good Christian Men, Rejoice" or "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice")Macaronic carol known in several translations
"In the Bleak Midwinter"words: Christina Rossetti, music: Gustav Holst
"Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" ("W żłobie leży")Polish traditional
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear"words: Edmund Hamilton Sears, music: Richard Storrs Willis,
"I Wonder as I Wander"Appalachian traditional
"Jesus Christ the Apple Tree"
"Jingle Bells"
"Joy to the World"words: Isaac Watts based on Psalm 98, music: arranged by Lowell Mason based on themes in Handel's Messiah
"Judea"music: William Billings
"Let It Snow"
"Little Donkey"written by Eric Boswell
"The Little Drummer Boy" ("Carol of the Drum")written by Katherine K. Davis1957
"Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" ("Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen")German traditional
"Love Came Down at Christmas"words: Christina Rossetti, music: various
"March of the Kings"
"Mary, Did You Know?"words: Mark Lowry, music: Buddy Greene1984 /1990
"Mary's Boy Child" (Mary's Little Boy Child)written by Jester Hairston1956
"Night of Silence"words and music: Daniel Kantorwritten to be sung simultaneously with "Silent Night"
"O come, O come, Emmanuel" ("Veni, Veni, Emmanuel")strictly an Advent hymn
"O Holy Night"words: Placide Cappeau de Rouquemaure, translated by John Sullivan Dwight, music: Adolphe Adam
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"words: Phillips Brooks, music (US): Lewis H. Redner, music (UK): traditional tune: "Forest Green" (a.k.a. "The Ploughboy's Dream")
"Of the Father's Love Begotten" ("Of the Father's Heart Begotten")music: tune from Piae Cantiones
"Once in Royal David's City"words: Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander, music: Henry John Gauntlett, (Irby)
"Past Three O'Clock" (or "Past Three a Clock")English traditional, with verses written by George Ratcliffe Woodwardfirst published in The Cowley Carol Book with a harmonisation by Charles Wood
"Rocking Carol" ("Jesu, Jesu, Baby Dear" or "Little Jesus")Loose translation of Czech traditional carol "Hajej, nynej, Ježíšku" by Percy DearmerFirst published in the Oxford Book of Carols (1928); popularised by Julie Andrews (1965) & The Carpenters (1984)
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"Johnny MarksFirst popularized by Gene Autry in 1949
"Sans Day Carol"Cornish traditional
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
"See, Amid the Winter's Snow"words: Edward Caswall, music: John Goss
"The Seven Joys of Mary"English traditional
"Silent Night" ("Stille Nacht! heilige Nacht!")written by Franz Xaver Gruber and Josef Mohr, best known in the English translation by John Freeman Young
"Silver Bells"
"Sleigh Ride""Leroy Anderson"1948
"Star of the East"written by Alfred Hans Zoller, translation by George Cooper in 1890, music by Amanda Kennedy in 18831890
"The Sussex Carol" ("On Christmas Night All Christians Sing")English traditional
"Sweet Little Jesus Boy"

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

"This Endris Night"Traditional15th century
"Torches"composed by John Joubert1951
"The Twelve Days of Christmas"English traditionalwith melody for "Five gold rings" added by Frederic Austin
"A Virgin Unspotted" ("A Virgin Most Pure")English traditional
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"English traditional
"We Three Kings of Orient Are" ("Three Kings of Orient")written by Rev. John Henry Hopkins1863strictly an Epiphany carol
"The Wexford Carol" ("Good People All, This Christmastide")Irish traditionalSometimes known as the "Enniscorthy Carol"
"What Child Is This?"music: traditional English song "Greensleeves", words: William Chatterton Dix
"Whence Is That Lovely Fragrance Wafting" ("Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?") ("Quelle est cette odeur agréable?")French traditional
"While by My Sheep I Watched at Night"
"While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks"words: Nahum Tate, music (UK): "Winchester Old" from Este's Psalter adapted from Christopher Tye, music (US): adapted from Handel
"White Christmas" ("I'm dreaming of a . . . "Irving Berlin1942


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Ang Pasko ay Sumapit" (Christmas Has Come)Tagalog lyrics by Levi Celerio, original Cebuano by Vicente Rubi, Mariano Vestil1933A loose translation of the original Cebuano Kasadya ni'ng Táknaa


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"En etsi valtaa, loistoa" ("Give Me No Splendour, Gold, or Pomp")words by Zachris Topelius (1887; Finnish translation by Martti Korpilahti, 1909); music by Jean Sibelius (1895)Translated from Finland Swedish "Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt"
"Joulun kellot" ("Christmas Bells")words by Helmi Auvinen (1897); music by Armas Maasalo (1914)


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Il est né, le divin enfant"Traditional Frenchc.1875
"Les Anges dans nos campagnes"Translated into English as "Angels We Have Heard on High"
"Minuit Chrétiens"words: Placide Clappeau de RouquemaureTranslated into English as "O Holy Night"
"Noël nouvelet"15th century[2]Translated into English as "Sing We Now of Christmas"
"Patapan" ("Guillô, pran ton tamborin!")Burgundian traditional
"Quelle est cette odeur agréable?"Translated into English as "Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?"
"Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle"1553Translated into English as "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella"


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Alle Jahre wieder" ("Every Year Again")Friedrich Silcher /Wilhelm Hey1837
"Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" ("Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming")16th century
"Es ist für uns eine Zeit angekommen" ("The Time Has Arrived for Us")Swiss traditional19th century
"Ihr Kinderlein kommet" ("Oh, Come, Little Children")Johann Abraham Peter Schulz /
Christoph von Schmid
1794 (music)/
1798 (lyrics)/
1832 (combination of text and music)
"Kling Glöckchen" ("Ring Little Bell")traditional /Karl Enslin19th century
"Lasst uns froh und munter sein" ("Let Us Be Happy and Cheerful")traditional from the Hunsrückthis song is traditionally sung at Nicholas Eve on December 5
"Leise rieselt der Schnee" ("Softly Falls Every Snow Flake")Eduard Ebel / Eduard Ebelabout 1900
"Maria durch ein Dornwald ging" ("Maria Walks Amid the Thorns")traditional from Hesse
"Morgen, Kinder wird's was geben" ("Tomorrow, Children, Something Special Will Happen")Carl Gottlieb Haring / Philipp Bartsch1850
"O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree")German traditional
"Schneeflöckchen, Weissröckchen" ("Little Snow Flake, Little White Coat")Hedwig Haberkern1869
"Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night")Josef Mohr / Franz Xaver Gruber1818
"Tausend Sterne sind ein Dom" ("Thousands Stars Form a Dome")Siegfried Köhler / Siegfried Köhler1946
"Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her" ("From Heaven Above, I Come")traditional / Martin Luther16th century
"Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" ("How Lovely Shines the Morning Star")Philipp Nicolai16th century


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Mennyből az angyal" ("Angels from Heaven")
"Csendes éj" ("Silent Night")
"Pásztorok, Pásztorok"


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Don Oíche úd I mBeithil"
The Wexford Carol


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Gesù bambino" ("The Infant Jesus")Pietro Yon1917"When Blossoms Flowered" in English
"Tu scendi dalle stelle" ("From Starry Skies Thou Comest")Italian traditional
"Dormi, dormi, bel Bambin"


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Adeste Fideles" ("O Come All Ye Faithful")attributed to John Francis Wade, Latin words translated by Frederick Oakeleyc. 1743
"Gaudete" ("Rejoice")sacred Christmas carol1996popularised by Steeleye Span (1973)
"In Dulci Jubilo" ("Good Christian Men, Rejoice")
"O Sanctissima" ("O du Fröhliche" or "Oh, How Joyfully")


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Musevisa"Alf Prøysen1946Lyrics are by Prøysen, set to a traditional tune.[3]


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Ach, ubogi żłobie"Traditional
"Anioł pasterzom mówił"Traditional
"Bóg się rodzi" ("God is born")Franciszek Karpiński1792
"Cicha noc" ("Silent Night")
"Do szopy, hej pasterze"Traditional
"Dzisiaj w Betlejem" ("Today in Bethlehem")Traditional
"Gdy się Chrystus rodzi"Traditional
"Gdy śliczna panna"Traditional
"Hej w dzień narodzenia"Traditional
"Jezus malusieńki"Traditional
"Lulajże, Jezuniu"TraditionalFrédéric Chopin used this Christmas carol in the Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
"Mędrcy świata, Monarchowie"Traditional
"Mizerna cicha"Traditional
"Przybieżeli do Betlejem"Traditional
"Tryumfy Króla Niebieskiego"Traditional
"W żłobie leży" (Infant Holy, Infant Lowly)Piotr Skarga17th century
"Wśród nocnej ciszy"Traditional
"Wesołą nowinę"Traditional
"Z narodzenia Pana"Traditional


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"O, ce veste minunată!"Traditional
"Pluguşorul"Traditionalrelated rather to New Year's Eve
"Deschide uşa, creştine!"Traditional
"Linu-i lin."Traditional
"Florile dalbe"Traditional
"Domn,domn sa-năltăm!"Traditional
"Leganelul Lui Iisus"Traditional
"Asta-i seara de Craciun"Traditional
"Ho,ho,ho!"Stefan Banica JR.2009


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Feliz Navidad"José Feliciano1970
"Arre borriquito"Traditional
"Hacia Belén va una burra"Traditional
"Ay del chiquirritín"Traditional
"Ande, ande, ande la marimorena"Traditional
"Dime niño de quién eres"Traditional
"Canta, ríe y bebe"Traditional
"Las doce palabritas"Traditional
"No hay tal andar"Traditional
"Los campanilleros"Traditional
"Ya vienen los Reyes Magos"Traditional
"Campana sobre campana"Traditional
"Noche de paz" ("Silent Night")
"Blanca Navidad" ("I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas")
"Los peces en el río"Traditional
"Pastores venid"Traditional
"A la Nanita Nana"Traditional18th century


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Giv mig ej glans, ej guld, ej prakt" ("Give Me No Splendour, Gold, or Pomp")words by Zachris Topelius (1887); music by Jean Sibelius (1895)Finland Swedish song
"Gläns över sjö och strand" ("Shine Over the Lake and the Beach")
"När det Lider mot Jul" ("When Christmas Has Come")
"Nu har vi ljus här i vårt hus" ("We have Kindled the Candles in Our House Now")in Sweden it is tradition to dance around the Christmas tree and sing, this being one of the traditional songs sung
"Nu tändas tusen juleljus" ("We Have Kindled Thousands of Christmas Lights Now")words and music by Emmy Köhler
"Räven raskar över isen" (The Fox Is Sliding Over the Ice)in Sweden it is tradition to dance around the Christmas tree and sing, this being one of the traditional songs sung
"Sankta Lucia"
"Var hälsad, sköna morgonstund" ("All Hail to Thee, O Blessed Morn")words by Johan Olof Wallin; music by Philipp Nicolai


CarolComposer /LyricistYear publishedNotes
"Schedryk" (New Year's wishes)

See also