Easy Christmas Sheet Music for Piano


Nothing captures the spirit and atmosphere of Christmas better than a much-loved Christmas tune. This collection gathers together some of the most popular Christmas songs, all arranged specially for 8notes.com in easy versions for piano. Gather round and enjoy the spirit of Christmas!

1.   O Holy Night


Regularly topping lists of favourite Christmas carols, O Holy Night combines a haunting melody with lyrics describing the birth of Jesus. The melody reaches a passionate climax with the words "O night divine" - guaranteed to send shivers down your spine and bring lashings of Christmas cheer!

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O Holy Night


2.   Carol of the Bells


The carol of the bells really captures the warm glow of Christmas. The repeating melody sounds like the repeating chime of a bell, but interestingly that's not how it started life. The piece was composed by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych, it was originally called Schedryk and tells the story of a swallow. It became popular in the West after English lyrics were added by Peter J. Wilhousky

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Carol of the Bells


3.   Jingle Bells (easy)


The song Jingle Bells was originally called One Horse Open Sleigh. It was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont and was originally meant for Thanksgiving. Today of course it is one of the best loved Christmas songs all over the world.

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Jingle Bells (easy)


4.   We Wish You a Merry Christmas


We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a popular sixteenth-century English carol from the West Country of England. The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as figgy puddings that were very much like modern day Christmas puddings. It is one of the few English traditional carols that makes mention of the New Year celebration and is often the last song carolers sing, wishing all good tidings and happy spirits at Christmastime.

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas


5.   Mendelssohn  -  Hark the Herald Angels Sing


Hark the Herald Angels Sing is a bit of a Christmas mash-up. The tune we know today was originally written by Felix Mendelssohn from his Choral Cantata Festgesang, but the words came from Methodist Charles Wesley almost a hundred years earlier

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing


6.   What Child is This?


"What Child Is This?" is a popular Christmas carol with lyrics written in 1865. It uses the traditional English melody 'Greensleeves'. It was written by English writer William Chatterton Dix while he was bed-ridden, suffering from a near-fatal illness.

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What Child is This?


7.   Away in a Manger


"Away in a Manger" is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. In Britain it is one of the most popular carols. The tune "Cradle Song" was written by William J. Kirkpatrick for the musical Around the World with Christmas (1895) and is an adaptation of the melody originally composed in 1837 by Jonathan E. Spilman to "Sweet Afton".

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Away in a Manger


8.   Ding Dong Merrily on High


"Ding Dong Merrily on High" is a Christmas carol. The tune first appeared as a secular dance tune known under he title "Branle de l'Official" in Orchésographie, a dance book written by Jehan Tabourot (1519-1593). The lyrics are from English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934),

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Ding Dong Merrily on High


9.   Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly


"Deck the Halls" is a traditional Christmas, yuletide, and New Years' carol. The melody is Welsh dating back to the sixteenth century, and belongs to a winter carol, Nos Galan.

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly


10.   God rest you Merry Gentlemen
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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, also known as God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, and God Rest You Merry People All, is an English traditional Christmas carol. The melody is in the minor mode. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown.

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God rest you Merry Gentlemen
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