Christmas music for ukulele free

Christmas music for ukulele free DEFAULT

christmas ukulele songs

The holidays are right around the corner; get in the spirit with these classic Christmas ukulele songs. From “Jingle Bells” to “Mele Kalikimaka,” learn these Christmas ukulele tabs with Winston, NC teacher Willy M…

Ho! Ho! Ho! While, I don’t look a lot like Santa Claus (well, apart from the beard and pudgy belly), I’m bringing you a sack full of holiday cheer this month with Christmas ukulele songs! That’s right, I’m going to give you fun holiday songs that you can play on your ukulele.

Most of these tunes are simple to play, and I have included the chords, the tabs, and the tunings that you need to start playing these Christmas ukulele songs. The tabs for these holiday classics originally came from my book “Mandolin Dead Man’s Tuning: Christmas Edition.” If you’re interested, with the book, you can learn more of these fun songs (over 30 are included in the book).

The nice thing about Dead Man’s Tuning (an old time fiddle tuning), is that it works for mandolin, ukulele, banjo and violin, so you can use these tabs to play Christmas tunes with any of these instruments. So if you’re a teacher who teaches multiple instruments, or a student with other friends who play, then the ADAD and DDAD tabs are perfect for you.
I have also included three popular ukulele Christmas songs in standard tuning G C E A. These tabs are great for the ukulele, and some of the other four-stringed instruments can be tuned to this tuning as well, so Santa Willy has given you plenty to mull over this holiday season.

The other six songs are in ADAD or DDAD tuning, and should give you endless joy! And when you’re sitting by your tree, sipping on your eggnog, and lightly picking out these fun holiday classics on your brand new ukulele, think of me, and raise a glass of nog in honor of your favorite ukulele writer this year!

I’ve included links with each song which allow you to download and print the ukulele tabs. Have fun and happy holidays!

Christmas ukulele songs: 

Ukulele Christmas Tabs


“Away In A Manger”

So, the first three tabs are in standard ukulele tuning of G C E A. I bring you first the wonderful children’s classic “Away in a Manger.” This beloved Christmas song is attributed to Martin Luther, and ranked as the second most popular Christmas carol of all time according to a 1996 Gallup poll.

This version is designed to be fingerpicked. It’s not the easiest song on the list, but it should give you a good challenge. If you find it too difficult to finger pick, then simply play the top line, and leave off the bottom line.

If you wish, two beginner students (or a student and teacher) could divide the tabs between them, one playing the top line and one playing the bottom line for a duet.

Download the ukulele tabs here.

“Coventry Carol”

“The Coventry Carol” is a beautiful, haunting melody that dates all the way back to 16th Century. It’s still a popular song, and sounds lovely on the nylon strings of the ukulele. My favorite version is Sting’s version on his “Winter” album. Dominic Miller played it on the classical guitar, and this arrangement should sound similar on a ukulele, if not slightly higher in pitch!

Click here for the ukulele tabs.

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is in ADAD tuning (or DDAD for a mandolin). This song is not as old as everyone thinks, it was written in 1977 by one of the Beatles. No, I’m just kidding! Just making sure you’re paying attention.

It actually isn’t that old, however, as far as Christmas carols go, it was written to sound like it’s from the Middle Ages, but it was actually written during 1800’s. It’s still a fun song to play and a very popular one to play while Christmas caroling.

I give it to you here in ADAD, but have included the chords, if you would rather just strum along and sing it!

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

“Breton Carol”

“The Breton Carol” (a.k.a. the Huron Carol or “’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”) is a really beautiful piece of music that originated in Canada in around 1642. This song is reportedly based off of a melody from the Huron Indian tribe in and around Ontario Canada. A Jesuit missionary named Jean de Brebeuf is said to have written the song there.

I give you this simple melody unadorned, in ADAD tuning, in its slightly unfamiliar 12/8 time signature. Enjoy!

Download the ukulele tabs.

“Jingle Bells”

Who doesn’t love to play “Jingle Bells” during the holiday season? Here’s a really simple version in ADAD tuning. The fun thing about ADAD, and this song, is that you can let the bottom strings drone on while you pick out the melody above them!

It’s the perfect sing along song for those snowy winter nights in Hawaii! I’ve also provided the chords for your guitar playing friends to join you as you carol!

Click here for the ukulele tabs.

“Jolly Old St. Nicholas”

Here’s another popular song from before the turn of the century. I present this fun Christmas song in ADAD, with the chords written above for you to play with your friends!

“Jolly Old St. Nicholas”

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

Here are the chords for the holiday classic “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” I have included the ADAD tuning and the chord forms, so you can see how to play most of the chords for all of the songs on this list.

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

“O Christmas Tree”

“O Christmas Tree” is a popular German Christmas song that dates back pretty far. Not quite as far back as Christmas Trees, which actually date back to the 16th century in Germany.

I give you this song in ADAD, and I’ve included the chords.

“O Christmas Tree”

“Silent Night”

Finally, everyone’s favorite Christmas tune “Silent Night,” as a duet between two ukuleles. Or, if you’re playing alone, you can always play the melody first, and use the second ukulele part as what you play while you’re singing the melody the second time through.

The chords are also included for your guitar playing friends, or if you just want to chord along while you sing. And as many of the other songs on the list, the tab is given to you in ADAD tuning.

“Silent Night”

I also wanted to give you a couple favorite popular songs, but because they are under copyright, I can only give you their chord progressions. Here are two that every ukulele player wants to learn. The first one is the always popular “Feliz Navidad,” and the second one is everyone’s favorite ukulele Christmas song “Mele Kelikimaka!”

I transposed “Feliz Navidad” out of it’s original key of G into the key of C for easy playing for beginners. Those of you who are more advanced, can easily transpose it back into G!

“Feliz Navidad” Ukulele Chords

Feliz Navidad,
Feliz Navidad,
Feliz Navidad, próspero ano y felicidad.
Feliz Navidad,
Feliz Navidad,
Feliz Navidad, próspero ano y felicidad.

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas,
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas,
Am F
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas,
From the bottom of my heart.

“Mele Kalikimaka” Ukulele Chords

Bing Crosby’s version of “Mele Kalikimaka” is in F, but for the beginners, here it is in the key of C.

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day.

That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway.
C C7
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
A7 A7 G7
The sun will shine by day and all the stars by night
C G7 A7
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way
Am G7 C
To say “Merry Christmas” to you.

So there are some of my favorite holiday classics that I pass on to you this holiday season! I hope you have a blessed time, and a very happy new year! See you in 2016, and keep jamming on these Christmas ukulele songs.

Willy MPost Author: Willy M.
Willy M. teaches guitar, ukulele, and mandolin lessons in Winston Salem, NC. He’s the author of the Dead Man’s Tuning series of mandolin songbooks, and is a former member of the American Federation of Musicians. Willy has been teaching for 20 years, and his students have ranged in age from young children to folks in their 80s. Learn more about Willy here!

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Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas ukulele challenge, also known as #12DaysOfUkemas
This challenge is meant to be a fun and easy way to learn Christmas songs. Throughout this challenge I will be using my absolute favorite ukuleles of the year, so if you're curious about the ukuleles I like most, you will see them in this challenge and I will always provide links whenever possible.

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Day 6 - White Christmas

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Here’s a collection of popular Christmas songs/carols arranged for ukulele with tabs, chords, and sheet music for each song.

The tabs are for standard GCEA tuning.

Under the sheets are the chords used in Baritone tuning.

Most of them are pretty easy and great for beginners, but some use lots of chords which would take a while for a beginner to learn.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

1. “Angels We Have Heard on High” – Key of G major

“Angels We Have Heard on High” was written in 1861 by James Chadwick to the melody of the hymn “Gloria”.

In the Key of G major. Uses the chords G, D, D7, E7, Am, D7, and C.

Chords Used in Standard C Tuning (GCEA Ukulele):

Angels We Have Heard on High Ukulele Chords and Tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

2. “Auld Lang Syne”

Check out our “Auld Lang Syne” Ukulele Chords and Tabs page, for the chords and tabs to this song.

“Auld Lang Syne” was written by the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788 to the melody of a traditional folk song.

The literal translation of “Auld Lang Syne” from Scots to English is “Old Long Since”, which idiomatically would translate to “days gone by” or a similar nostalgic expression of the past.

It’s commonly played at New Year celebrations in the Anglosphere.

3. “Away in a Manger” – Key of G Major

“Away in a Manger” was written in the late 1800’s by an unknown person. It has been written and performed in many variations, and the following is just one of many versions.

This version should be pretty easy as there are only three chords (I, IV, and V7).

Chords used include G, C, and D7.

Here they are on the ukulele in GCEA tuning:

30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
Away in a Manger Ukulele Chords and Tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy

4. “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” – Key of G Major

“Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” was originally a French Christmas carol written in the 1600’s. It was first translated into English in the 1700’s.

In the Key of G major. Chords include G, Em, Am, D, C, and D7.

Chords Used (GCEA Tuning Ukulele):

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Ukulele Chords Tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):5. “Deck the Halls” – Key of G Major

“Deck the Halls” was written in 1862 by Thomas Oliphant, a Scottish musician. The melody was originally a Welsh song from the 1500’s.

In the key of G Major. Chords used are G, D7, Bm, Em, A7, and D.

Chords Used (GCEA Tuning Ukulele):

Deck the Halls Ukulele Chords Tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

6. “The First Noel” – Key of G Major

“The First Noel” is a Christmas carol of Cornish origins. The term “Noel” comes from the French “Noël“, which means “the Christmas season”.

In the key of G Major. Chords Used include: G, D, C, and D7.

This is another song that should be good for beginners as it only contains I, IV, and V chords (with some V7’s thrown in for good measure).

Chords Used (GCEA Tuning Ukulele):

The first noel ukulele chords and tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

7. “Go Tell It On The Mountain” – Key of G Major

“Go Tell It On The Mountain” is a Christmas carol originating from the American south.

Key of G major. Chords used include: G, D, C, A7, and D7.

Chords Used (UkuleleGCEA Tuning):

go tell it on the mountain ukulele chords and tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

8. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Key of G Minor

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is a traditional Christmas carol of English origin. It was written sometime during or before the 1500’s, but the earliest known published version is from 1760.

Key of G minor. Chords used include: Gm, D7, Cm, Bb, and F.

Chords Used (UkuleleGCEA Tuning):

god rest ye merry gentlemen ukulele chords and tabs
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” Chords in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

9. “Good King Wenceslas” – Key of A Major

The lyrics to “Good King Wenceslas” were written in 1853 by John Mason Neale, and they were set to the melody of a carol from the 1200’s.

This is the only song in the collection in the key of A major.

Chords include A, F#m, E7, D, and E.

Chords Used (UkuleleGCEA Tuning):

good king wenceslas ukulele chords and tabs
“Good King Wenceslas” Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

10. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – Key of G Major

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was written in 1739. Later it was adapted to a Felix Mendelssohn melody by Charles Wesley and George Whitefield.

It’s in the key of G major. Chords used include G, D7, C, D, A7, E7, and Am.

Chords Used (UkuleleGCEA Tuning):

hark the herald angels sing ukulele chords and tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

11. “The Holly and the Ivy” – Key of G Major

“The Holly and the Ivy” is a Christmas carol of traditional British origin. The first known printed versions of the song are from the early 1800’s.

The Holly plant in traditional European Christian culture is an important symbol. The pointy leaves representing the crown of thorns worn by Jesus, and the red berries representing his blood.

The plant is also an evergreen which means it was used as decoration for the Christmas season.

Key of G Major. Chords used are G, C, D7, Em, D, and Am7.

Chords Used (UkuleleGCEA Tuning):

the holly and the ivy ukulele chords and tabs

Here are the same chords in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

12. “I Saw Three Ships” – Key of G Major

“I Saw Three Ships” is another English traditional carol.

The earliest known printed versions are from the 1600’s.

This is another easy progression to learn/play on the uke.

Key of G Major. Chords used include G, C, and D7.

Chords Used (UkuleleGCEA Tuning):

30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
i saw three ships ukulele chords and tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy
30 Christmas Songs Ukulele Chords & Tabs - Easy

13. “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” – Key of C Major

The lyrics for “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” were written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, a pastor of the Unitarian Church.

The lyrics were then adapted to song by Richard Storrs Willis in 1850.

This arrangement is in the key of C Major.

Chords used are C, F, D7, G, G7, E7, and Am.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

it came upon a midnight clear ukulele chords and tabs
Open Position Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

14. “Jingle Bells”

The chords and tabs can be found on our “Jingle Bells” chords and tabs page.

“Jingle Bells” was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857.

It was originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh,” but the name was changed in the 1859 published version.

It has become one of the most popular and recognizable songs of all time and has been recorded, referenced, and parodied by scores of singers, musicians, films, television shows, etc.

Its lyrics are more secular and about general winter fun than some more serious Christmas carols, but it remains a popular song for the season.

15. “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” – Key of C Major

Key of C Major. Chords include C, E7, Am, C7, F, D7, G7, and Am.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

jolly old saint nicholas ukulele chords and tabs
Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

16. “Joy to the World” – Key of C Major

Key of C Major. Chords used include C, Dm, G7, G, F, and Dm.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

joy to the world ukulele chords and tabs
“Joy to the World” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):“Joy to the World” Ukulele Chords Used in D Tuning (ADF#B):

17. “O Christmas Tree” – Key of G Major

Key of G major. Chords used include G, D, Am, D7, and E7.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

o Christmas tree ukulele chords and tabs
“O Christmas Tree” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

18. “O Come, All Ye Faithful” – Key of C Major

Chords used include C, G7, F, Am, G, and D7.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

o come all ye faithful ukulele chords and tabs
“O Come, All Ye Faithful” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

19. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” – Key of E Minor

Chords include Em, Bm, Am, D, G, and C.

This is the only Christmas song in this collection in E Minor.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

o come o come emmanuel ukulele chords and tabs
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

20. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” – Key of G Major

Key of G major. Chords include G, C, D7, E7, Am, D, and B7.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

o little town of bethlehem ukulele chords and tabs
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

21. “Silent Night”

Check out our “Silent Night” ukulele chords page for the chords and tabs for “Silent Night”

Beginners should find this version easy to learn as it’s in the key of C major and only contains 4 chords.

22. “Toyland” – Key of F Major

Key of F Major. Chords include F, Am7, Gm7, C7, Bb, Bbm, Dm7, G7, C7, Dm, and Gm. The most chords of any song on this page.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

toyland ukulele chords and tabs
“Toyland” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

23. “Up On the Housetop” – Key of F Major

Chords include F, Bb, C7, Am7, D7, and Gm7.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

up on the housetop ukulele chords and tabs
“Up On the Housetop” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

24. “We Three Kings of Orient Are” – Key of A Minor

This version uses the chords Am, E7, C, G7, Dm, and F.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

we three kings of orient are ukulele chords and tabs
“We Three Kings of Orient Are” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

25. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” – Key of G Major

In the key of G major. Chords include G, C, E7, A7, D7, Am, D, and A.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

we wish you a merry christmas ukulele chords and tabs
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

26. “What Child is This?” – Key of A Minor

Key of A minor. Chords are Am, C, D7, G, Em, Am, Fmaj7, Am7, E, and F.

Chords Used (GCEA UkuleleTuning):

what child is this ukulele chords and tabs
“What Child is This?” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

27. “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” – Key of D Major

This is the first song in the collection in D major.

Chords used are D, A, G, Em, and A7.

Here they are on the uke in GCEA tuning.

while shepherds watched their flocks by night ukulele chords and tabs
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” Ukulele Chords Used in Baritone Tuning (DGBE):

Bonus Video Tutorials

In case you didn’t find the song/carol you were looking for in the above sheets, here are some video tutorials for playing Christmas carols on the ukulele.

28. “White Christmas” – Key of G Major

This video is made in the play-along style showing the chord names on the bottom and the chord shapes on the left. It also includes a melody portion in the middle.

The Ukulele used appears to be a tenor tuned to high G, GCEA tuning.

29. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Key of C Major

This video is a more traditional ukulele tutorial style.

The chords used include C, G, C7, G7, F, and E7.

The strumming pattern used in DD UU DU or down-down, up-up, down-up.

The ukulele in the video is tuned to high G, GCEA tuning.

30. “O Holy Night” – Key of C Major

This video is also in the ukulele play-along style.

The ukulele in the video is a soprano tuned to GCEA, high G tuning.

Is the Ukulele a Good Instrument for Playing Christmas Carols?

With its bright, cheery sound, and fun, lighthearted style, I believe the ukulele is an excellent instrument for the joyous Christmas season.

Because the instrument is relatively easy to learn, you can also spend some holiday time teaching your family and/or friends to play, and then you can strum and sing the carols together.

Ukuleles can also make great gifts as they are relatively inexpensive and can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone.

Why do the Tabs only use the bottom three strings?

Ukulele tabs meant for re-entrant tuning (high G) generally only use the bottom three strings for plucking out melodies.

This is because the G (top) string is very close to in pitch to the A and E strings, and so including it in the tab usually unecessary.

Now for other styles of ukulele playing (finger-style, claw-hammer, etc.), the top string is often used, even in re-entrant tuning.

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It’s a few weeks from Christmas and I know it’s early but if you want to learn those yuletide songs you need to start practicing sooner rather than later. Now is a great time to work on your Christmas repertoire. Below are the best free ukulele Christmas song tabs I’ve found over the years…

The list below contains tabs from a number of website. Al Wood’s Ukulele Hunt and PDF Minstrel both feature pretty prominently though (two fantastic resources, not just for Christmas). Just click on the names to jump straight to the tabs.

Free Christmas Ukulele Song Tabs

So there you have it, 26 songs for you to learn, one for every day of December right up until boxing day. That list should keep you busy for the next few weeks, you might want to lay off after Christmas though.

If you do know of any others or you’ve created a Christmas ukulele tab yourself please drop me a link in the comments and I’ll get the list updated.

Finally, if you just can’t get enough of Christmas songs on your ukulele then take a look at Al Wood’s Christmas Ukulele Trilogy ebook. For $14 you get 3 ebooks with a total of 32 ukulele tabs, all with supporting YouTube videos and audio files.

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12 Classic Christmas Carols for Ukulele Orchestra12 Classic Carols for Three or More Ukuleles.

Campanella-style ukulele arrangements for 3 or more players (2 or more if your group includes singers). Orchestral-style instrumental parts include both tablature and standard notation. Rhythm ukulele parts include the melody line, lyrics, chords and strumming/fingerpicking indications. See the free sample content below for examples.


  1. Away in a Manger
    Sample: 1b Away in a Manger – Rhythm Ukulele (PDF)
    Away in a Manger – Happy Valley Ukes (MP3)
  2. Carol of the Bells
    Sample: 2c Carol of the Bells – Ukulele 1 (PDF)
    Carol of the Bells – Happy Valley Ukes (MP3)
  3. Deck the Hall
    Sample: 3b Deck the Hall – Ukulele 1 (PDF)
  4. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
    Sample: 4b God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Rhythm Ukulele (PDF)
  5. Good King Wenceslas
    Sample: 5c Good King Wenceslas – Ukulele 1 (PDF)
  6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    Sample: 6b Hark! the Herald Angels Sing – Rhythm Ukulele (PDF)
  7. Jingle Bells
    Sample: 7b Jingle Bells – Rhythm Ukulele (PDF)
  8. Joy to the World
    Sample: 8c Joy to the World – Ukulele 1 (PDF)
  9. Silent Night
    Sample: 9c Silent Night Uke Orchestra – Ukulele 1 (PDF)
    Audio Demo (Sound Cloud)
    Silent Night – Happy Valley Ukes (MP3)
  10. We Three Kings
    Sample: 10c We Three Kings – Ukulele 1 (PDF)
  11. We Wish You a Merry Christmas!
    Sample: 11c We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Ukulele 1 (PDF)
  12. What Child is This?
    Sample: 12e What Child is This – Ukulele 3 (PDF)
    Note: This is an example of what the harmony parts are like for Ukulele 2 and Ukulele 3 on all of the arrangements.

Author’s Note:

I was inspired to create this book by a number of things; my love for the ukulele, the ukulele ensemble I lead in the heart of the Wasatch mountains (UFO HUM: Ukes for Others Happy Ukulele Movement), my experience as a composer and arranger, and not least, some great arrangements for ukulele ensemble that I’ve seen others do.

As I’ve used some of the arrangements made by others with my UFO HUM group, I’ve compiled a wish list of things I’d like to see in a book of this kind. For instance, tablature parts for those playing strictly instrumentals (we spend a lot of time in rehearsal just figuring out the best fingerings), a rhythm part that includes strum suggestions with the chords, and lyrics for those of us in the group who like to sing as well as play.

This book meets these qualifications for the most part. Carol of the Bells and Deck the Hall omit the lyrics for purely instrumental versions of these standbys. Deck the Hall and We Three Kings also omit a rhythm part with chords for reasons of complexity. All in all, I hope you enjoy my take, influenced largely by my college studies in 16th and 18th century counterpoint as a composition student, to be a lot of fun for you and your ukulele orchestra or ensemble!

Merry Christmas!
M. Ryan Taylor

Performance Notes

While all the arrangements can be performed as written in the score and parts, I’m including some variations that you might consider based on the preferences of your ensemble. First of all, the ‘Rhythm Ukulele’ part (which contains the lyrics and vocal melody) can be omitted on all the arrangements if you only have three players. Alternately, the ‘Ukulele 1’ part usually sticks to the melody and can be omitted any time you’d like to sing the melody instead from the ‘Rhythm Ukulele’ part. Where and when you use the vocal lines are up to you, including the possibility of audience participation on one or more of the verses.

Other suggestions are specific to the individual carols . . .

Away in a Manger: Ukulele 3 combines the parts 1 & 2 to make an intermediate level solo. This solo (with or without the Rhythm Ukulele part as a duet) could be used to feature one of your fine players on sections A & B (the first two verses), after which the entire ensemble could join in on the C section (a recapitulation of section A). The Rhythm Part includes my simplified version of fingerpicking notation; the numbers indicate string numbers where A is the 1st string and so forth. This pattern can be played on the right hand with just the index and thumb fingers.

Carol of the Bells: As written for three players (or multiples).

Deck the Hall: This crazy version of the classic carol was inspired by a version I sang in high school, arranged by James McKelvy, that stays in 7/8 throughout. My version, however, playfully switches back and forth between 7/8, 6/8, 5/8 and 4/4 and includes my own brand of counterpoint. Perform, if you can, as written. 😉

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen: The Rhythm Ukulele part enters on the second verse, though the vocal could be included on the first (if using vocals).

Good King Wenceslas: This carol has five verses, and if you are singing them it is difficult to leave a verse out and have the carol make any sense. I’ve included repeats to cover all five verses, but if you’re doing this instrumentally, I would play through once and then take the repeat of the A section to conclude.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing: Maybe more than any of the other arrangements in this book, this one might be the one to forgo the Ukulele 1 part entirely and have the audience sing along while your ensemble weaves counterpoint around the melody on parts 2 & 3. I’ve included the optional alternate lyric, “As with Gladness Men of Old,” which I like very much.

Jingle Bells: This would be another great one for an audience sing-a-long on the familiar first verse.

Joy to the World: As written, with each of the parts playing on the verses marked for them.

Silent Night: In this simple version of the carol, you might have the audience sing along with the Rhythm Ukulele part on the first verse, have parts 1 & 3 join on the 2nd, and save the contrapuntal Ukulele 2 part for 3rd verse. Other variations are also possible. The Rhythm Part includes my simplified version of fingerpicking notation; the numbers indicate string numbers where A is the 1st string and so forth. This pattern can be played on the right hand with just the index and thumb fingers.

We Three Kings: Ironically, to shorten this carol to three verses, I added my own verse to conclude the carol (included are verses 1 & 5 of the traditional carol). There are no strum indications or chords because the constantly shifting harmony of the counterpoint makes if impractical. Perform with or without the lyrics as written.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!: This arrangement doesn’t bring in the vocal line until after an instrumental section. Perform with or without the lyrics as written. The Rhythm Part includes my simplified version of fingerpicking notation; the numbers indicate string numbers where A is the 1st string and so forth. This pattern can be played on the right hand with just the index and thumb fingers.

What Child is This?: The Rhythm Part includes my simplified version of fingerpicking notation; the numbers indicate string numbers where A is the 1st string and so forth. This pattern can be played on the right hand with just the index and thumb fingers. If singing beginning at the A section, omit the Ukulele 1 part until section C after the vocals end.

A final note about the Rhythm Ukulele part: I have not included chord diagrams in this book, which is on an advanced beginner to intermediate level for the strummer. If you’re unfamiliar with any of the chords included in this book, please consult a chord dictionary (many exist); my favorite online site for chord reference is
While I feel I’ve given some well-informed suggestions for playing this strumming/fingerpicking part, please feel free to improvise a bit. Good ukulele players are generally great improvisers, especially in this realm. My suggestions are there to help, and provide guidance, not to constrict the player that has a lot of experience under their belt.


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“Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of Heaven. A comfort in grief . . . Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through music? How, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?” ― Orson Scott Card

“When I was five my parents bought me a ukulele for Christmas. I quickly learned how to play it with my father’s guidance. Thereafter, my father regularly taught me all the good old fashioned songs.” — Tony Visconti

We, at the Green Bay Ukulele Club, love our holiday music, so it gets its own page! The holiday season is a great time for family and friends to play and sing together.




Multiple ukulele, guitar and bass parts are provided for each song, so find a partner and start jamming! Most of the songs feature a uke melody and a uke countermelody, which stand alone as an instrumental duet. Add the guitar part and you’ve got a full-sounding trio. Start singing and you’ve got a band! Add another uke or two and now you’ve got an orchestra!

Many of the songs are in their original key. All arrangements are by Michael Monfils.


NOTE: The typical instrumentation used in our X-mas ensemble WAV files consists of 1 lead ukulele, 1 or 2 countermelody ukuleles, 1 chord strum ukulele, 2 acoustic guitars, 1 bass, and sometimes a glockenspiel, drum, and or tambourine. One of the guitars plays rhythm, and the other guitar often reinforces the melody one octave lower or plays lower-register countermelodies, much in the manner of a cello.

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“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” — Edna Ferber


“While angels sing with tender mirth, a glad new year to all the Earth.” — Martin Luther (1483–1546), Christmas carol for his little son Hans, 1535



“New Year’s Day;
Nothing good or bad —
Just human beings.”

— Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902), haiku translated from Japanese by Reginald Horace Blyth

“Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.” — David J. Beard

“New Year’s Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive.” — Jay Leno



On New Years Eve, get your uke out and impress your friends with this solo version:


“At Christmas, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ makes me cry in exactly the same places every time, even though I know it’s coming.” — Nicholas Lea

Bonus Video: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” and “Auld Lang Syne”:


“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” — Charles Dickens

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.” — Jay Leno


A guitar enters at the halfway point with a beautiful countermelody. Listen for it. I would love to hear a baritone voice sing that part.


“Christmas carols always brought tears to my eyes. I also cry at weddings. I should have cried at a couple of my own.” — Ethel Merman


PERFORMANCE NOTES: Play this one slowly. Let it kind of drag. Play some of the notes and chords ever-so-slightly behind the beats for effect. I’ll arrange the Elvis version of this tune some day.



Well, if you’re into irony, here’s “Blue Christmas” for solo uke.:



Work, school, life, got you down?

Then “unplug” and get yourself a ukulele!

Music is and always will be “The First Social Media.”




“Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart…filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.” — Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881-1954), American author, ‘Song of Years’.

Our Ensemble WAV file of this iconic Christmas song is composed of four ukuleles and two guitars. This arrangement borrows from some of the best versions out there. When this piece is poorly rendered, it sounds like a tired, ho-hum cliché; when it is well-rendered, it is one of the most beautiful and inspiring holiday songs of all time.:


UPDATED Dec. 25, 2018

PERFORMANCE NOTES: This piece is an exercise in contrasts. Listen for the descending and ascending lines. Each section builds on the previous section. Perform the second verse with more dynamics and volume. This is a Christmas “anthem.” Don’t be timid; when the full ensemble is playing, perform it with bold intensity and power! You can do it! Glockenspiel and tambourine parts are included with the guitars and bass.:



This is a fun novelty piece, which stands alone as a fine instrumental.:


PERFORMANCE NOTES: The high uke must have at least 19 frets to play the melody. There is a “peak note” which requires the 20th fret, and our melody player “ticks” it with a fingernail just past the 19th fret, while the glockenspiel reinforces the same note.:



PERFORMANCE NOTES: The first verse starts with two ukes and with each verse more instruments build it to its triumphant conclusion. Play it brightly, with a happy swaying feel, and be sure to emphasize the “hallelujah” cadences.


Altho’ it’s been said many times, many ways . . . Merry Christmas, to you . . .”


PERFORMANCE NOTES: Lots of complex jazz chords in this one. The secret is to learn one section at a time.

More great holiday songs continued below . . .



NOTE: Ukes 1 and 2 stand alone as a duet. If you find Uke 2 too difficult to play, try one of the other uke parts. You have many options.

PONDER THIS: Studying the Full Score will give you perspective and insights into how the different instrumental parts work together in the ensemble.

IDEA: You can switch back and forth between different parts while you play a song. Maybe you’re strumming Uke 4 chords but you want to plug in a countermelody bit from Uke 2 for two measures. Go for it! Mix and match; be creative!

CONSIDER: If you are able to play melodies on the uke you should also be able to play the guitar. Ukulele is a great “gateway” instrument for other stringed instruments.

HAVE YOU NOTICED?: Often the uke chords are voiced on three strings instead of all four so that they don’t conflict with the melody. Also, less is more.

IMPORTANT POINT: Sometimes a uke or guitar chord will NOT precisely match the chord notation above the music.This is not a mistake! Here’s an example which occurs often: The chord notation says Dm7 but the chord the uke actually plays is a Dm. This simply means that the 7th of the Dm7 chord is being played by some other instrument at that point in the arrangement, and that in this particular case the uke part sounds better in the overall mix playing a Dm chord rather than a Dm7 chord. The overall harmony at that point in the piece is based on a Dm7 chord, but that fact may not necessarily be reflected in each instrumental part.

BETTER THAN NOTHING: If you don’t have a bass you can play the bass part on a guitar. It will be one octave higher but it will still sound good.

ATTENTION GUITAR PLAYERS: You can play the uke parts too! Just put a capo @ 5th fret and you’ll be playing in the same key. OR, if you want you can play the uke part as written without a capo, but note that you will be playing in a key a 4th (2 and 1/2 steps) lower. (By the way, a baritone ukulele is tuned exactly the same as the first four string of a guitar [ D G B E ]. In this context you could just think of a guitar as a baritone uke with two extra “bass” strings.)

GOOD NEWS: Jazz chords are complex and hard to learn and play on most instruments but ukulele is the happy exception. With only four strings you can still achieve the “quality” of jazz chords with only a little extra effort.

LISTEN: The WAV files are a valuable learning tool! Open and play the WAV file to hear how the song is supposed to sound. Read the score while listening to it. Count and/or follow it with your finger. With practice you’ll be able to play your part along with the recording at the proper tempo.

TIP: If you’re starting to accumulate a lot of pages of music, it would be wise to invest in a decent binder and some sheet music protectors.The successful people in this world are often not smarter or more talented than us, but they are better organized.

ALSO: Check the TUTORIALS Page for more helpful, tips, resources and inspiration.




This one’s a real mood-setter, isn’t it? For me, it evokes the stillness of a gentle snow on a quiet dark night. Some of my students’ eyes glaze over when they first learn it. It’s proof that even a 10-year-old child is already old enough to feel nostalgic. The emotion sticks with you for a lifetime.:


PERFORMANCE NOTES: The guitar has a capo at the 1st fret. Even with the benefit of the capo, the guitar chords are still a handful to play, so barre whenever you can, ’cause we’re trying to emulate a piano played with ten fingers. Good luck!



PERFORMANCE NOTES: This song is in a minor key which emotes doom and gloom, but the last chord is major, which imparts a feeling of hope, such as when the clouds part and the sun’s rays shine through. It’s a cliché, and should be used sparingly.

ANOTHER NOTE: I often refer to this song those stubborn players who ask why they should care about the difference between the G5 chord and a G or Gm chords. Coventry Carol uses all three of these chords. If you play the wrong one at the wrong time it will conflict with the melody and also alter the intended mood.


This is what the music would sound like if it was sung by a choir:


A very simple version for solo ukulele. Let the long notes ring . . . :



PERFORMANCE NOTES: One of our club’s “ace” performers plays the U-bass on this one. The bass part is independent of the other instruments and provides a very important rhythmic function. Listen for it; it’s pretty cool.


Wikipedia (so it’s gotta be true) says that this song was written in 1962 by a husband-and-wife team in reaction to the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Cold War came very close to becoming a nuclear war.:



“Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” — Pope John XXIII

“Give Us Peace”:


PERFORMANCE NOTES: This arrangement features several variations that build on top of one another. The last uke that joins in does an appealing “chopsticks” figure that fills the spaces and provides  a distinctive pulse. The timing for Uke 2’s part is tricky; listen to the Ensemble WAV file and count while following the score with your finger. Then try playing along with the music.


Here’s a vocalized version with some instrumental accompaniment:


A wonderful classic from “The Sound of Music.” This is one of those great songs that really invites people’s attention. When we play it at public venues we can here people singing along.:



Some day I’ll tab the actual guitar part from the movie . . .


If you haven’t tried to play “solo ukulele” yet, now’s a good time to give it a try. The term “solo” in this case means that one sole person plays the melody as well as accompanying elements of the harmony and rhythm. In other words, you are a “one-man band.”:

NOTE: The best way for the strumming hand to play music written for “solo” ukulele or guitar is to use fingerpicking or fingerstyle.


I want to wish you a Merry Christmas, from the bottom of my heaaart!:


PERFORMANCE NOTES: Guitar 3 plays jazzy barre chords and is for the more advanced player. Guitar 2 is your basic open chords; they are notated as whole-note block chords for easier reading. You can add a strum pattern as per Guitar 3 to fill the spaces better if you wish.

There are more simple versions of this song out there with just D, G and A or A7 chords, but we like the more sophisticated qualities that the Em7 and Em6 chords bring to the harmony of this festive holiday song. Substitute chords like these spice up the music and make the song less predictable and monotonous.


“There has been only one Christmas — the rest are anniversaries.” — W.J. Cameron



When you can play the melody on the uke well enough, you can try this:




There must have been some magic . . .”:



“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” — Winston Churchill



“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” — Charles Dickens

The 2nd ukulele in this one is quite a challenge. This song is an excellent example of counterpoint; it’s both happy and sad at the same time:

A Christmas Carol


It sounds even more somber when vocalized:


“. . . with heart and soul and voice . . .”:





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“At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.” — Thomas Tusser



One of the greatest vocal performances of all time! What a great voice! Back then, actors and actresses were multi-talented — they could sing, dance, play musical instruments, act, tell jokes, do slapstick and magic tricks, etc. And it was all without fancy illusions, digital editing and CGI. Americana at its finest. So much artistry, without computers. Can you believe it? This is the real deal . . . :

PERFORMANCE NOTES: This nice ballad is a great introduction to jazz chords. Play it nice and slow, with feeling. Jazz chords are challenging to learn and play on piano and guitar, but on the uke they’re easy — with only four strings you can still capture the character and the nuances of the original song. In this way, the humble little ukulele is a big instrument! This is one of those “gateway” songs that will make you a better player.


Yes! Now you too can play this iconic holiday ballad on uke for your favorite gal or guy:


“Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.” — Chris Van Allsburg

We like to start off our Christmas jams with this fun song:

Santa's Sleigh


Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail too!“:


PERFORMANCE NOTES: This song uses mixed meter — the first part is in 6/8 time, and the second part is in 4/4 time. The transition creates a nice “joyous” effect. Count the beats while you play, and play along with the WAV audio file to help you iron out any difficulties.


It’s the best time of the year . . .”


PERFORMANCE NOTES: Another catchy little tune, for sure. This is another one of those melodies which has a B as its lowest note, so Uke 1 uses the alternate tuning of [gBEA].



PERFORMANCE NOTES: Classy jazz chords galore! Learn one phrase or section at a time. One of the guitars plays an exquisite countermelody that weaves through the song between the high and low tiers of the harmony. Listen for it; it’s pretty dang cool.


And all the souls on Earth shall sing . . .”


PERFORMANCE NOTES: Give this one the “lilt” of an Irish or Scottish “brogue.” It should be played at a brisk tempo and the rhythm should sway back and forth. Some might find the lower guitar chord voicings unusual but they are not too difficult to play once you get used to them. Uke 2 is quite a challenge. Good luck!


“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” — Marjorie Holmes

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“Now, the essence, the very spirit of Christmas is that we first make believe a thing is so, and lo, it presently turns out to be so.” — Stephen Leacock

There is some hauntingly beautiful harmony in this song:




The “flagship of the fleet.”:


PERFORMANCE NOTES: The chorus melody is easy for beginners to play. For strummers who want to improve their chops this song is a good example of learning how to throw in a diminished 7th chord for a couple of beats, which gives it a real “Chrismassy” feel.


“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” — Peg Bracken


PERFORMANCE NOTES: This is an easy-to-play melody, with some nice harmony a la Pachelbel’s Canon in D (played at wedding ceremonies). The G7 chord is a fine example of chord substitution with a secondary dominant chord, for all you music theory fans out there.


Notice the descending line in the harmony.:


“At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.” — Thomas Tusser

“The Earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young . . .” — Phillips Brooks

This is the “Ode to Joy” of Christmas songs. Render it accordingly!:



Here we have an excellent example of countermotion between two melodies. As the higher voice descends the lower voice rises up to greet it. Pretty nifty, eh? You’ll need to use fingerstyle to execute it properly. Drill each section till you get it committed to “muscle memory.” If you can play this fluidly at a brisk joyous tempo you can rightly claim the mantle of “Chet Atkins of the Ukulele.”:


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