Christmas is one of the most romantic seasons of the year so it’s no surprise Christmas weddings are such a popular idea. Since there is no shortage of Christmas music to choose from, you won’t have a hard time finding music for your wedding.
The only problem you might run into is narrowing down the long list of Christmas music to choose from. Fortunately, I can help.
The following is a list of Christmas songs that would be perfect for a Christmas-themed wedding:
Christmas Prelude Songs:
Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bing Crosby
White Christmas – Irving Berlin
Christmas Song – Frank Sinatra
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire – Nat King Kole
Christmas Processional Songs:
Silent Night is a Christmas carol that was written by Franz Xaver Gruber in 1818 with lyrics by Father Joseph Mohr. The song was first performed on Christmas eve in 1818 at the Saint Nicholas Parish Church is a small village in Austria. It has since been recorded by various singers in every music genre. Bing Crosby’s version of the song is the third best-selling single of all time.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is a poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, Pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Mass in 1849. The poem is commonly set to one of two melodies: “Carol,” by Richard Storrs Willis or “Noel,” which is adapted from an English melody.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Little Town of Bethlehem is a Christmas carol written by an Episcopal priest named Phillip Brooks in 1869. Brooks was inspired to write the lyrics after visiting Bethlehem, Jerusalem in 1865. His organist, Lewis Redner, added music to the lyrics.
We Three Kings
We Three Kings is a Christmas carol written by John Henry Hopkins Jr, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, Pa, in 1857. The song was written for a Christmas pageant in New York City. The song’s melody is frequently compared to music from the Middle Ages.
Carol of the Bells
Carol of the Bells is a Christmas carol written by Mykola Leontovych, a Ukrainian composer, in 1914. The lyrics were written by Peter J. Wilhousky. The melody is based on an old Ukrainian folk song called Shchedryk. The song has been featured in many television shows and movies such as South Park, Community, West Wing, Stranger Things and Home Alone. The Home Alone version was arranged by composer John Williams.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring was written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the early 18th century. The piece is the last movement of Bach’s cantata titled Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life. The piece is not a traditional Christmas song but is often played during holiday seasons like Christmas and Easter and is also a popular wedding song.
What Child Is This?
What Child Is This? is a Christmas carol written by William Chatterton Dix in 1865. They lyrics are set the melody of Greensleeves which is a traditional English folk song. The lyrics are about the shepherds visiting Jesus during his nativity.
Christmas Recessional Songs:
Joy to the World
Joy to the World is a Christmas carol written by English hymn writer Isaac Watts in 1719. The song is based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the Bible and is intended to be a celebration of Jesus’ second coming. The song has since become the most published Christian hymn in North America.
Hark the Herald and Angels Sing
Hark the Herald and Angels Sing is a Christmas carol written by Charles Wesley in 1739. Wesley was the brother of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church. The song was originally sung to slow and somber music. In 1840, Felix Mendelssohn wrote a cantata and English musician William H. Cummings adapted it to fit the lyrics of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
Sleigh Ride is a light orchestral Christmas song written by Leroy Anderson, the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, in 1948. It was originally an instrumental song and the lyrics were added by Mitchell Parish in 1950. The song was first recorded by the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1949.
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls is a traditional Christmas and Yuletide song. The melody is from a Welsh song, a winter carol called Nos Galan, that dates back to the 16th century and the lyrics were added by Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant in 1862.
Jingle Bell is a Christmas song written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. The song was written in Medford, Massachusetts and the town has since then been dubbed the “Birthplace of Jingle Bells.” The song wasn’t intended to be a Christmas tune but eventually became associated with the holiday over time.
Holly Jolly Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks in 1962 and famously performed by Burt Ives. In 1964, the song was featured in the Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in which Burt Ives voiced the narrator, Sam the Snowman.
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Let It Snow! is a song written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composed by Julie Styne in 1945. The song was first recorded by in 1945 by Vaughn Monroe and it became a popular hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Music Charts that year. The song is not technically a Christmas song but is often played during the Christmas season due to its winter and snow-related lyrics.
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas –
Rock Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
Give Love on Christmas Day – Jackson 5
You Make it Feel Like Christmas – Neil Diamond
I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Bing Crosby
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
If you like Christmas songs, I recently released an album of traditional Christmas tunes on guitar, ukelele and violin. The album is called Suite Christmas and you can check it out on bandcamp or itunes.
For more info on themed weddings, check out my article on Themed Wedding Music.