10 Easy Piano Christmas Songs For Anyone To Play

Jack Pound by Jack Pound | Last Updated: June 17, 2020

Christmas is one of the most special and meaningful seasons for many people. It is the time to enjoy the warmth of family and friends, and to make praising remarks about the fortune of a family.

No matter what messages this holiday delivers to you, we cannot deny that yuletide songs are a decent tradition. They can lively remind us of our forgotten and most honorable memories.

Top 10 Classical Piano Songs For A Warm Christmas Eve

The festive season will soon be here. And there is nothing better than gathering around the piano with your family, raise our voice together in one rhythm. It’s the best way to spread cheer and the beautiful meanings that Christmas brings to us.

Whether you are looking for sing-along Christmas songs to enjoy with your family, to entertain your guests, or to play at the next concert, it is the right time for you to learn to play some carols on the piano.

The 10 songs below are excellent choices for your repertoire. They are the most familiar songs but not the boring ones that can light up your Christmas night. Moreover, they are easy piano Christmas songs for anyone to play.

1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” is one of the most accessible Christmas songs for everyone to play it on the piano. It is easy to learn because it consists of the verse, then a chorus repeatedly. You can play it fluently after a few practicing.

This song is one of the most well-known Christmas carols for both adults and children. It also is the perfect song for your family to sing along since the short lyrics and easy-to-follow rhythm.

You can teach your kids to sing this song and see the beautiful smile of happiness blooming on their faces.

With the power of spreading warm and loving cheer to everyone in the holiday season,  you can make someone’s day by singing this song. And maybe you will receive some figgy pudding and good tidings in return!

2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is one of the most tender Christmas songs of all time. Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane wrote this heartwarming song for the hit movie Meet Me in St. Louis.

This is a classic work of art that perfectly captures every different Christmastide emotion. With a mournful, lilting melody that mixes with gentle lyrics, this song built up its own place in the fans’ hearts.

 “Have Yourself” walks a delicate tightrope between wistfulness and knowingness that bring you the classical feelings on holiday.

In piano performing, this simple piano Christmas song will accustom you to play 7ths, octaves. You will need to jump and stretch your fingers to play this song beautifully. It might require more practice, but this is also an opportunity to challenge yourself and improve your piano skills.

3. Jingle Bells

If you are looking for the most popular Christmas songs of all time, “Jingle Bells” must be the perfect answer.

Written by James Lord Pierpont for Thanksgiving in 1857, this piece has turned out to be one of the most well-known Christmas songs. Since Jingle Bells is neatly tied with Christmas, it’s also a regular song to sing at children’s carol concerts. You’d regret not to add it to your holiday repertoire.

This song is similar to a wintertime jam that both adults and children can’t resist. The lively pace makes anyone hearing it want to dance and sing along. “Jingle Bells” is also the perfect song to teach your kids to play the piano and inspire their passion for music.

The hardest part of playing this famous tune is the rhythm. When you practice it, you must ensure that your rhythm stays on the right track. Maybe you should try practicing the song with a metronome.

4. Silent Night

Written by the young priest, Joseph Mohr, and the church organist Franz Xaver Gruber in the early 17th century, this traditional carol cannot be beaten for many years. Your Christmas might not be the same without this classic song.

This fantastic Christmas tune is super easy to play on the piano since it only uses the white keys on the piano. You don’t need any particular skills to learn this famous tune. It is also great for practicing using a foot and pedal as it is a legato song.

The refined beauty of this Christmas masterpiece is undeniable. This carol from the church is a meditation on the early intimate between a mother and a newly-born child.

While many Christmas classics focus on the fanfare of the season, “Silent Night” with its moving lyrics, created an unchangeable place in the long list of Christmas music.

5. Let It Snow

“Let it Snow” is a popular jazz Christmas tune that was composed in 1945. This song is the wishful thought in the wintertime and wants to go out enjoying the snow. It is also considered as a classic American portrait of Christmas at its wintry best.

 The bright and uptempo tune of this song will instantly make you feel warm and joyful inside. This is a Christmas song that both kids and adults will enjoy. It can bring the feeling of loss in a peaceful magical world on a winter night with a lot of flying snows.

For the piano player, this song is excellent for practicing held half notes in the bass and 8th notes in the treble clef. This song is believed to help you improve your piano skills. When you master it, you can play and sing along at the same time.

6. Frosty The Snowman

Continuing the success of “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the previous year hit, “Frosty the Snowman” is the perfect song for children to sing at Christmas. When this song is on, your kids will be very excited and may even start singing and dancing along.

This song is about a snowman named Frosty with a magical hat. He enjoyed playing with the kids that built him up. Although this song is generally sung on Christmas Eve, the lyrics don’t mention the holiday. But, thanks to the success of the animated cartoon version, this song is one of the most well-known Christmas classics.

To master the melody, you should practice one phrase each time. Once you nail it, you can make fun of singing along while you play. When the first snowfall comes, your kids will be excited about this song and even want to build a snowman.

7. Carol Of The Bells

“Carol of the Bells” is a mesmerizing Christmas song with a bright and fast tempo. This song is great for expressing a variety of yuletide emotions with its four-note ostinato motif.

Although it was composed in 1914, this iconic carol only made its fame in the famous movie Home Alone in 1990. Based on the Ukrainian folk, this song belongs to Christmas since the lyrics “merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas” that remind us of the bell’ sounds.

8. Joy To The World

Officially composed by Isaac Watts, this uptempo song was first introduced in 1719 in Watts’ collection The Psalms of David. This joyful rhythm is one of the most-listened Christmas carols in North America.

This song can be performed in various styles, such as classical, jazz, gospel, etc. There is also room for you to show your improvising skills, especially at the beginning of the piece. If you master this carol, you can make your audience feel the real joy of Christmas.

9. Deck The Halls

“Deck The Halls” is an easy-to-play piano song with the repeated thrice that anyone can remember. Although this song was composed in 1887, it still plays an iconic role in the list of Christmas songs.

This Welsh carol is perfect for pianists to play both at their concerts and home. When this song comes to your shows, it can create an exciting atmosphere and bring the yuletide mood to your audience. Its catchy hook also makes it a fantastic song for you to sing along with family members or a group of guests.

10. White Christmas

“White Christmas,” the Guinness Record of best-selling numbers, is the must-know symbol of Noel. This song made Irving Berlin, the composer and Bing Crosby, the singer, the undisputed kings of Christmas. It is a wonderful choice if you’re hoping to instill a touch of nostalgia.

For the piano performance, you should take this piece slowly with the damper pedal. The interspersal of the major and minor key creates the mournful nostalgia, while added sevenths and ninths help to build its texture.

Final Word

Above are the 10 most easy Christmas songs for you to practice. I hope that you can enjoy them with your family and friends this Christmas.

If you have any recommends for this list, you can leave it at the comments below. We highly appreciate your contribution.

Thank you for reading!

Jack is the leading publisher of Fire Inside Music. He is teaching piano at a music school in Los Angeles. Since he was a teenager, Jack has had a great passion for music, the thing he enjoyed most was singing and playing the piano. He has excellent keyboard experience, works with William to help players select the best instrument to invest.