If you or anyone in your family is a musician or if music simply plays a part in your holiday traditions, you're likely to find yourself searching for Christmas sheet music at some point. There are many choices -- from traditional printed versions to digital downloads -- but it can be daunting to sift through the huge variety of options available.
Where to Find Holiday Sheet Music
Christmas themed sheet music is easy to find online or at your local music store. Retailers offer sheet music in easy, intermediate, or advanced formats for all instruments or voice. Some music is available for immediate download or you may order hard copies for delivery to your home. In addition, many websites offer public domain sheet music free for download. If you're looking for rare or vintage sheet music, you may wish to browse antique stores and thrift shops.
All of the most popular Christmas songs are available in sheet music format.
- Sally DeFord Music: This site offers free downloadable sheet music for voice in PDF format. Music is available in very low, low, medium, or high keys. Lyrics are also provided on the site.
O Holy Night
- Sheet Music Plus: Josh Groban's version of this beautiful melody is breathtaking. It's available on this site for voice, guitar, and piano. Purchase and download it here for $4.99.
- Making Music Fun: If you're looking for a piano solo, this site offers an intermediate version as a free PDF download. The site also includes song lyrics and you can preview the song before downloading.
Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
- Center for Church Music Songs & Hymns: Not only does this site offer a free printable version of the song but also an MP3 audio version, lyrics, a related devotional, and song history.
- Beckenhorst Press, Inc.: This site sells a hard copy for $2.25 plus shipping. It is scored for all vocal parts, piano duet, and string quartet. Optional CD accompaniments are available for an additional cost.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
- The Hymns and Carols of Christmas: At this site, you can download free PDF sheet music as well as history notes and lyrics.
Mary, Did You Know?
- Sheet Music Plus: This tune has become a treasured holiday classic over the last decade. You can purchase the hardcopy sheet music at this site, written in piano, vocal, and guitar format, for $3.95 plus shipping.
- Online Sheet Music: This site sells this song as a downloadable digital file for $4.99. You may preview the song before purchasing and have it transposed to a different key if needed.
Away In A Manager
- Making Music Fun: At this site, you can download a free printable version of the song scored for piano and voice. The site also offers lyrics and a free audio file.
- Virtual Sheet Music: This site features free "virtual sheet music" that includes a PDF of the song, scorch files for online transposing and playing, and audio files.
- Amazon: You can buy hardcopy sheet music of the Schubert version of this classic song from Amazon for $3.98.
- Free Gig Music: This site offers free PDF music scores for the Bach version of the song in a huge variety of keys. Audio files and a brief history of the song are also featured.
Angels We Have Heard on High
- Cantorian: On this site, you can download a free PDF vocal score of this song. When you scroll down the page, you'll see options to purchase hardcopy sheet music versions.
- Sheet Music Plus: This hardcopy version of the traditional carol is a piano, choir, and organ arrangement and costs $1.52 plus shipping.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Hal Leonard: If you need a basic piano version of this holiday classic, try this site. The hardcopy sheet music costs $3.95 plus shipping.
- Sheet Music Direct: This site offers a huge variety of downloadable digital sheet music options for this tune. From easy piano solos and duets to guitar, ukulele, and full choral versions, you're sure to find what you're looking for here. Downloads range in price from 99 cents to $3.99.
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
- Online Sheet Music: This site sells digital sheet music for all popular versions of this song including ones by Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Garth Brooks, and Vince Guaraldi. Downloads are available in vocal and instrument versions, such as piano and guitar, and cost $4.99 per download.
- Fiddlerman: If you're a fiddler, this PDF version is for you. This free sheet music is for violins only, contains fingering, and the score is based on Mel Torme's popular rendition.
- Music for Music Teachers: A free downloadable PDF version for late elementary and intermediate students is available on this site. Lyrics and lesson tips are also provided.
- Sheet Music Plus: This is a hardcopy choir version of Barbra Streisand's fast-paced and fun rendition of the song. It's written for a mixed choir and costs $1.52 plus shipping. There is a minimum order of six copies.
- Musicnotes.com: A downloadable piano/voice score of the classic holiday tune, with accompanying lyrics, costs $3.95 on this site.
- Hal Leonard: No matter what you're looking for -- piano or voice solos or duets, easy, intermediate, or advanced versions, or choral arrangements -- you're likely to find it on this site. The site offers a wide variety of hardcopy sheet music ranging in price from $1.80 to $3.99 plus shipping.
I'll Be Home for Christmas
- The O'Neill Brothers: These talented pianists offer their version of this song in downloadable digital format for $4.98 or mailed hardcopy for $3.98 plus shipping.
- Hal Leonard: This company sells hardcopy sheet music for piano/voice/guitar for $3.95 plus shipping.
O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
- Musicnotes.com: This site offers a download for piano/vocal/chords for $4.95. Once downloaded, the score can be transposed into other keys.
- MJS Music & Entertainment: A great guitar version of this song that includes chords and tabs is available for free download on this site. The site also includes an audio version.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Alfred: A choir score with piano accompaniment is available from this company for $1.90 plus shipping. You can preview the score prior to purchase and an MP3 audio file is also available for an additional cost.
- Online Sheet Music: For $4.99 you can purchase a transposable digital score on this site. The site includes a preview score and audio sample as well.
Christmastime Is Here (from "A Charlie Brown Christmas")
- Amazon: The piano/vocal version of Vince Guaraldi's infamous tune is available through Amazon in hardcopy sheet music form or as a Kindle download. The hardcopy version is $3.95 plus shipping, and the Kindle download costs $1.99.
Twelve Days of Christmas
- Music Scores: This site offers three high quality free downloads every 24 hours. This version is a piano duet in the key of G major.
- Free -scores.com: This site offers a free PDF file of this traditional song as well as an MP3 audio file.
Carol of the Bells
- Free-scores.com: This is a great free, printable sheet music score for piano.
Deck the Halls
- Musicnotes.com: The eight page Mannheim Steamroller version is available for download at this site for $5.25.
- ChristmasCarolMusic.org: This site not only offers free printable sheet music for the basic melody but also for unique instruments types. They also share the lyrics and MIDI files.
Enjoy a Musical Holiday
Music has played a large role in Christmas celebrations for centuries. Whether singing carols around the piano, participating in a Christmas cantata or musical, or Christmas caroling through the neighborhood, Christmas sheet music is essential to the success of many festivities. By utilizing the above sources, you're sure to find the perfect sheet music for your holiday gathering.