20 Best Christmas Carols for Karaoke You Can Download for Free

Best Christmas Carols for Karaoke

Christmas is best celebrated when you sing carols, and that’s something we learn since we’re really young. Most Christmas songs have lyrics which are easy to learn and all of them have joyful melodies. That is probably the reason why children love to sing them, too.

Our collection of 20 carols for karaoke will bring some of that Christmas spirit no matter how early it might still be.


1. Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” is among the most popular Christmas songs around the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont, its original title was “One Horse Open Sleigh” and it was published under it in the autumn of 1857.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


2. We Wish you a Merry Christmas

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a 16th-century English folk song and Christmas carol from the West Country of England.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


3. The 12 days of Christmas

“The 12 Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol that enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. The song, first published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin.

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Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


4. Deck the Halls

The melody of this carol is based on the Welsh carol “Nos Galan”. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart used it in a piano and violin duet in the 1700’s.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


5. Auld Lang Syne

“Auld Lang Syne” is a song the melody of which is based on a traditional tune, probably a lively dance, and lyrics on a  Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. The title “Auld Lang Syne” may be translated as “days of long ago”. The song is, especially in the English-speaking world, sung at the conclusion of New Year gatherings, but is also widely used at “ending” or “new beginning” activities and happenings, e.g. at the end of a school-year.

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Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


6. I Saw 3 Ships

“I saw three ships (come sailing in)” is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Three Kings to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


7. Fum Fum Fum

“Fum fum fum” is a traditional carol from Catalunya, Spain. It tells the story of the birth of the Holy Infant, calling the shepherds to gather in its birthplace and adore him.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


8. The Little Drummer Boy

This popular Christmas song was written by the American classical music composer Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941, based upon a traditional Czech carol.

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Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


9. Pat-a-pan

This is a Christmas carol from France, originally written in Burgundian by Bernard de La Monnoye and published in 1720. Its title is onomatopoetic, mimicking the sound of the drums of shepherds gathering around the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Apparently, the same shepherds also play the flute, as indicated in the lyric “tu-re-lu-re-lu”. The original title of this carol was “Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin” (“Willie, Take Your Little Drum”).

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


10. God rest you merry, Gentlemen

“God rest you merry, Gentlemen” is a traditional Christmas carol from England. We know that it was published in 1833, but the composer is unknown.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


11. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle

“Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle)” is a 16th century Christmas Carol from the region of Provence, France.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


12. We Three Kings

“We Three Kings”, also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, is a Christmas carol written by the Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music. It is suggested to have been written in 1857 but did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


13. O Little Town of Bethlehem

“O Little town of Bethlehem” ‘s text is written by the priest Phillips Brooks who was inspired by the city of Bethlehem in 1865. The music was added three years later by the organist Lewis Redner.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


14. Joy to the world

“Joy to the world” is a popular American Christmas song and the most-published Christmas hymn in North America. The words were written by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. The music, which was based on an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel, was adapted and arranged to Watts’ lyrics by a leading figure in American church music, Lowell Mason, in 1839.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


15. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)

A small mystery surrounds the writing credits of this Christmas Carol. It is usually attributed to John Francis Wade (1711 – 1786), an English hymnist and music copyist. However, there is written evidence of this carol in Latin, which is older than Wade’s version, in a library in Portugal.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


16. What Child Is This?

“What Child Is This?” is a popular Christmas carol based on the melody of the traditional tune “Greensleeves”.
It was written in 1865 by English writer William Chatterton Dix.

 

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


17. O Christmas Tree

“O Tannenbaum” was originally a traditional German folk song, which turned into a Christmas Carol in the early 20th century. The lyrics refer to the Tannenbaum, a fir tree, that is admired as a symbol of faithfulness and constancy. When it was translated into English, the symbolism was shifted towards the tree as a Christmas holiday feature.

 

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


18. Silent Night

This is a popular Austrian Christmas carol, translated in many languages and covered by many famous artists. It was composed in 1818 in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr. The song was declared world cultural heritage by the UNESCO in March 2011 and has been translated into about 140 languages.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


19. While Shepherds Watched their Flocks

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks is a Christmas carol describing the Annunciation to the Shepherds, with words attributed to Irish hymnist, lyricist and England’s Poet Laureate, Nahum Tate.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.


20. The First Noel

The First Noel” (also written “The First Noël” and “The First Nowell”) is a traditional classical English carol, most likely from the 18th century, although possibly earlier.

Printable lyrics, score and free instrumental download, here.

 

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Singing Bell is a comprehensive collection of Christmas Carols and Children's songs.

It was created to provide teaching material to anyone giving music lessons to children or adults, that is music teachers and parents. It was also conceived for anyone who would like to live the Christmas spirit or the spirit of childhood.

Singing Bell offers free nursery rhymes and other free songs for children from all over the globe, as well as nursery rhyme lyrics. Popular songs like "London Bridge is falling down", "Old MacDonald had a farm", "Rain, rain, go away", "Itsy-Bitsy spider" and, of course, "The Wheels on the bus". Great hits also include "La Cucaracha" (with original English lyrics for children), "Auld Lang Syne" and "Mexican Hat Dance" (also with original English lyrics for kids).

Then again, especially for our babies, you can find and download our free lullabies like "Twinkle, twinkle little star", "Rock-a-bye baby", "Brahms Lullaby", and the lovely French "Fais dodo".

Its Christmas music section includes popular carols from Europe, like Britain's "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and "Deck the halls", "Petit Papa Noel" from France, Italy's "Tu scendi dalle stelle" and Spanish carols like "Fum Fum Fum" and "Los peces en el rio".

It also makes a collection of carols from North America ("Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus is coming to town"), but also popular South American carols like "Huachi Torito". Even more, it includes famous Christmas songs like "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer", "White Christmas", and many others.

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