Learning to play Christmas songs is a great joy for every guitar player. When the Christmas season comes around, there is nothing better than to grab your guitar, gather your family, and sing these songs together. However, knowing which Christmas songs to learn on guitar can be a bit of a challenge.
The good news is that almost all Christmas songs lend themselves well to being played on the guitar, even if you’re a beginner player. There are so many great Christmas songs to learn, but there are some that stand out from the rest as the best guitar Christmas songs, particularly for singing along with your family and friends. Let’s explore the very best Christmas songs for the guitar that are sure to impress those around you.
1. Silent Night
Silent Night is a great Christmas song for all guitar players. This is a song that everyone who loves Christmas loves to sing, and there are several ways to play it on the guitar without too much trouble.
This song is easy to play with chords along, but it has a beautiful melody that lends itself well to the guitar.
Take the time to learn the complete melody and the chords for this classic Christmas song, and learn to accompany yourself along the way, and everyone will love singing this song with you around the Christmas tree!
This guitar tutorial is the perfect way to learn this song on guitar as quickly and easily as possible.
2. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Another great Christmas song is Rudolf, The Red-Nosed Reindeer. This is a perfect sing-along for all ages, and it is one of those songs that you cannot help but sing with a smile on your face.
This song is a great way to get the whole family singing together, and it sounds really good when played on guitar. There are plenty of chords to learn for this song, and the melody is excellent too. So take the time to learn both and figure out what key you want to play it in so that suits your singing style.
3. The Little Drummer Boy
The Little Drummer Boy is a favorite in every home when Christmas time comes around. It is a common misconception that this song is meant to only be performed by vocals and drums. The reality is that there is a beautiful musical score for this song, and it sounds great on the guitar.
Learning to play The Little Drummer Boy does require some skill and some extra effort, as it is a song with a prominent rhythm section and percussion, but finding your way to play it well on guitar is part of the fun.
This tutorial will get you started with this song and give you plenty of guidance to help you learn the song as best as you can.
4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, as recorded by Brenda Lee, has become a favorite Christmas song internationally. This is not a conventional Christmas carol, nor is it a historical song, but this song holds its special charm, and everyone loves to sing along with it.
There are several ways to play this song, and the original version is relatively complex and advanced, but there are many simplified versions as well that are great for a family sing-along.
This electric guitar tutorial for Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree will teach you to play the entire song, including all of the fills, and this acoustic version is a great way to learn the song as easily as possible.
5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
This is a classic pop Christmas song that dates back to the early 1950s, but it has remained a popular tune ever since, and there are many different versions of the song to learn.
A great modern version is that of Michael Bublé. This is an excellent version to learn on the guitar, as it is interesting and fun to play while also being easy to sing along to. If this version is not what you are looking for, there are several others to explore.
Here is a good tutorial playthrough for the Bublé version that is good for all guitar players and is sure to impress your family and friends.
6. All I Want for Christmas Is You
The voice of Mariah Carey fills every home during the holiday season, and All I Want For Christmas Is You is the reason why. This song is a masterpiece in many ways, and it is such an iconic holiday song that every guitar player should learn it at some point.
Learning to play this song and sing it with family and friends brings great joy. And attempts to sing the high notes are guaranteed to bring laughter all around.
This is an excellent tutorial for learning to play the song in a simple and accessible way without diving too deep into the complexity of the original and keeping the song easy to sing for everyone.
7. Jingle Bells
Everyone loves Jingle Bells. There is almost no more popular Christmas song, and it is always among the most requested songs during Christmas family gatherings.
This song will be a favorite when you perform it, and it will draw everyone into a fantastic sing-along that will bring a smile to every face.
Learning Jingle Bells means learning the main melody and the chord progression, but the good news here is that both are very simple to play. This melody tutorial, along with this chord tutorial, will give you everything you need to execute this Christmas classic.
8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas is also a song that everyone knows, and it is the perfect song for guitar players as well. This song has a relatively complex melody, but it leaves a lot of room for improvisation.
Learning to play this iconic song in its entirety may be a challenge for some guitar players, but every guitarist can benefit from learning it. Learn the melody as well as the full chords to learn how to sing it well, and even teach it to another guitarist, as this song is perfect as a duet.
9. Oh, Holy Night
Oh, Holy Night is a song that will never get old. This song will be sung around the Christmas tree forever, and every guitar player should learn how to play it for this reason.
Learning this song will never go to waste, as there is so much for every guitarist to learn from it. Learning the melodies, harmonies, structure, and chords of this song is an excellent musical endeavor that is full of opportunities to learn vital musical skills such as timing, rhythm, and melodic understanding.
This song is also a great piece to sing along with, especially at the end of the family gathering when everyone is winding down. There is something special about this song, and singing it with family only adds to the experience.
This is a good tutorial for learning Oh, Holy Night and makes the song very approachable for all guitarists.
10. Blue Christmas
Elvis Presley is among the biggest names in all of music history, and Blue Christmas is among his greatest Christmas songs. This song was Elvis’ favorite of all the Christmas songs that he wrote, and it is the perfect song for guitar players to learn for the holiday season.
This is not a traditional Christmas song, and it may not be as popular as some of the others on this list, but it is a great guitar song, and everyone who enjoys Elvis’ music will enjoy singing it.
This tutorial is an excellent playthrough and lesson and how to play his song without much trouble at all.
11. White Christmas
White Christmas was written in the early 1940s and remains a great Christmas song today. This song is a challenge for most guitar players as it is full of advanced techniques and complex playing, but it is worthwhile learning.
There are several simplified versions of White Christmas that are accessible to every guitarist, but learning the full song is worth the effort.
12. Joy to The World
Everyone loves Joy to The World. This is a fact, and there are only a handful of more iconic Christmas songs. Singing this song is great fun, playing it on the guitar is pure joy, and everyone can get into singing this piece together.
Joy To the World is based on consecutive notes in the major scale, which makes it perfect for singing as it is easy to follow along regardless of your skills, and it makes playing the song simple as you can bring it into any key with great ease.
Learning Joy to the World is fun, and every guitarist should take the time to do so. Here is the perfect tutorial for this great Christmas tune.
13. Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bell Rock is not only a wonderful Christmas season song but also an iconic guitar song. The guitar playing in this track is worth learning any time of year, not only for the Christmas season.
This song may be a challenge for some players, but it is something that every guitarist must learn to play, simply for the sake of learning to play it. This song is fun and interesting, it sounds great, and it was written for the electric guitar, which sets it apart from almost every other Christmas song out there.
Jing Bell Rock is also a favorite Christmas song of many people, which makes it ideal for singing along with family or friends. Everyone will have a good time singing, and you will get to show off your hard-earned guitar skills as well.
This tutorial is the best way to learn this song as quickly as possible.
14. Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls is one of the greatest sing-along songs of all time, and it is always a hit at Christmas time. This song is fun to play for guitarists, and it is fun to sing for everyone else.
There are no better songs to sing along to, and this tutorial demonstrates the best way to play it on the guitar for this purpose.
Take the time to learn this piece well, and you will be asked to repeat it every year, just for the complete fun of it.
15. Carol of the Bells
Carol of the Bells has become an iconic guitar song. There are numerous electric guitar versions of this song that feature impressive playing and intense techniques. And there are no other Christmas songs that can be played on guitar that are more impressive than this one.
There are several ways to learn this piece, and if you are an electric guitarist, go and find a rock version that will impress everyone who hears it, but it is also worth learning as a performance piece on acoustic guitar.
This tutorial is a great way to learn it, especially if there are two guitar players. It will make for the perfect Christmas duet.
There are so many fantastic Christmas songs that guitar players can learn, but there are few that are accessible to everyone, and even fewer that everyone knows how to sing. With that said, every song on this list is something that everyone can sing, and they are all great songs to play on the guitar as well.
Taking the time to learn these songs is the best way to impress your family and friends with your guitar skills when the Christmas season arrives, and it will always bring joy and cheer to everyone who sings along with you. These songs are well worth learning for every guitar player.