List of Free Christmas Music Arrangements on the Web

Christmas is on the way, whether you are ready or not!  My students are already starting to ask about Christmas music, so I’m doing some digging on the web to find places to print easy Christmas arrangements for free.

I also have a lending library of Christmas books that I’ve built over the years (mostly used books I find at garage sales and thrift shops), but printing music is great because they can keep it if they like.  When students wish to own their own Christmas books, I’m happy to get them for them — but I’m just as happy to give them printed arrangements from online because they only get used a few weeks out of the year.

Here are a few places I’ve found Christmas pdfs of sheet music for piano:

Beginners/Elementary Students

  • MakingMusicFun.net | well-written Christmas arrangements by Andrew Fling for levels one through four.
  • Noelnoelnoel.com | The arrangements on this site feature beautiful illustrations — click here to view the list.  If you plan to do some caroling, there are also corresponding pages that contain just the words and melody line that you can print too.  There are also some big-note pre-reading Christmas arrangements.
  • Susan Paradis’ arrangements at SusanParadis.com | browse through the “Seasonal” page to find Christmas arrangements for pre-reading through late intermediate levels.
  • D’Net Layton’s arrangements | D’Net shares a few simplified, on-staff arrangements of Christmas songs for beginners.
  • Capotastomusic.com | Christmas arrangements for beginners through last intermediate levels.
  • Cantorion.com | Christmas arrangements of tunes in the public domain for beginners.
  • gmajormusictheory.org | easy arrangements for levels primer through four.
  • pianopronto.com | Jennifer Ekland has arrangements from beginning levels through intermediate levels.
  • finalemusic.com | The makers of the software Finale have created a collection of pre-reading, beginner, and intermediate arrangements of familiar holiday tunes (including some Hanukah pieces).    You will need to first download and install the free Finale Notepad software onto your computer, before you can view/print the files.

Intermediate/Advanced

  • Jenifer Cook’s Christmas arrangements at The Church Pianist Blog
  • mfiles.co.uk | These piano arrangements are very chordal (almost SATB) of familiar Christmas tunes.  There are guitar chords/TABS above the staff so you can play along with a friend if desired.
  • DeFordMusic.com | These arrangements by Sally DeFord are true arrangements and are very pianistically written.
  • KoertsMusic.com | James Koerts has a free arrangement posted of Joy To The World (scroll down a little on the page).  I love the style of his arrangements!
  • LDS.org | The LDS website allows you to print the Christmas hymns, which are hymns #201-214, in any key.  (Thanks for the link, Heidi!)

Lead Sheets

The holiday season is the perfect time to teach students to play from lead sheets, because there is a wealth of familiar Christmas tunes to work with!
  • pianoanne.blogspot.com | Anne Crosby shares a collection of 6 Christmas lead sheets which she uses with her intermediate students.  Update: She has added a few more here!
  • pianimation.com | Jennifer Fink created these two worksheets for students to fill in chord harmonies in the blanks.
  • janwolters.nl | Jan Wolters offers a variety of Christmas lead sheets to download.
  • wikifonia.org | Search through the lead sheets tagged “holiday” to find a variety of carols as well as popular Christmas tunes.  Wikifonia.org allows you to transpose these lead sheets to any key desired before downloading.

Please let me know if you’ve found other places on the web to find free Christmas arrangements and I will add them to the list!

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11 Comments

  1. Abigail Freeman
    Posted 9 November 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Your site/blog is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. Posted 10 November 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I recently discovered this site which has an online version of hymns and other sacred music available for printing. http://lds.org/churchmusic/
    The Christmas hymns are from Hymn #201-214. One of the best features is that you can transpose them into any key to make them more suitable for your students playing abilities. The children’s songbook also has a few different arrangements of well known carols like Away in a Manger and other less familiar songs like “Picture a Christmas” Mary’s Lullaby and Stars Were Gleaming.

  3. Sarah A.
    Posted 11 November 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Hi Joy,
    Thanks for posting this article! My students are so excited about Christmas music and I don’t have enough books to go around! I also found a wonderful Thanksgiving arrangement of “Come Ye Thankful People Come” for myself to play at church in the ‘Church Pianist Blog’ which you listed. Check it out!
    Thanks!
    Sarah A.

    • Posted 15 November 2010 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Yay, Sarah that’s great! I’m glad you were able to find some helpful things! =)

  4. Posted 29 October 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Just today i was thinking I need to get my students working on Christmas music but was dreading the search for appropriate scores. This really helped!

  5. Kylie
    Posted 29 October 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this- this is a great reference! Just so you know, on LDS.org the Christmas hymns start at #201 and go until #214 (not #210- but probably just a typo!) :)

  6. Shan'tel
    Posted 29 October 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this list! Your blog has been so helpful, thanks for all your work and effort, I really appreciate it!

  7. Posted 12 November 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    shameless self promo: http://freeldssheetmusic.org/Christmas has some free ones there…

  8. Posted 23 October 2013 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    This is EXACTLY what I need for this time of year. We’re starting to talk about Christmas music, and I realize I don’t have enough Christmas books to go around. Thanks for the great list!

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