Enjoy these Austrian, German, and American Christmas carols – with German and English lyrics! Each carol has background information about its origins. For instance, the world’s most popular Christmas carol, “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”) came from Austria. Most Americans know the German classic “O Tannenbaum“ (“O Christmas Tree”), but few know that there are several different versions with that name. There are also many other beautiful German carols that few non-Germans know. Below you can discover many of them, some with video.
“Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” (“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”)
This traditional German Christmas hymn first appeared in print in 1599. The most popular English version is entitled “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by Theodore Baker. Lyrics in German and English. With video.
“Alle Jahre wieder” (“Every Year Again”)
This traditional German carol was composed by the court chaplain of Gotha, Wilhelm Hey, in 1837. Lyrics in German and English.
“Frosty, der Schneemann” (“Frosty, the Snowman”)
First recorded in English by the singing cowboy Gene Autry in 1950, “Frosty” was also written and performed in German more recently by German jazz musician Götz Alsmann. With German lyrics and video!
“Kling, Glöckchen” (“Ring, Little Bell”)
This popular German children’s Christmas carol dates from the 19th century. Song lyrics in German and English – with video.
“Leise rieselt der Schnee” (“Softly Falls the Snow”)
This popular carol, with words by Eduard Ebel, dates back to 1895. Lyrics in German and English – with video.
More on The German Way
The German Way Advent Calendar
Daily Christmas-in-Germany facts starting on Dec. 1
“Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann” (“Tomorrow Santa’s Coming”)
This traditional German carol dates back to 1837. The words were written by the same poet whose lyrics are heard in the German national anthem. Carol lyrics in German and English. With video.
“Weiße Weihnacht” (“White Christmas”)
This Irving Berlin classic is also popular in German. Carol lyrics in German and English, plus video.
“In dulci jubilo” (“Good Christian Men, Rejoice”)
This traditional German carol dates from the 14th century. The best known English version is “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.” Song lyrics in German/Latin and English. Also see the Protestant German version.
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“Es wird scho glei dumpa” (“It will soon be dark”)
This Christmas lullaby comes from Tyrol in Austria. Lyrics in dialect, standard German and English – with video.
This traditional Austrian lullaby has become a popular Christmas tune in Germany ever since it was recorded by Heintje in 1967. Song lyrics in German and English. With video.
“Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her” (“From Heaven Above”)
This German carol by Martin Luther dates from the 16th century. Song lyrics in German and English, plus a sing-along video.
MORE > Christmas Glossary – German-English (coming soon)
WEIHNACHTEN > Advent Calendar with German Christmas Facts (in season)
More German Christmas Carol Lyrics from About.com
From Hyde’s former German site at About.com
A Gala Christmas in Vienna: This DVD of a Christmas concert performance at Vienna’s city hall features Plácido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, Helmut Lotti and Richard Cocciante (backed by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra). Also available on audio CD.
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Am Weihnachtsbaum die Lichter brennen (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this German Christmas carol – with midi sound.
Ein kleiner weißer Schneemann (About.com)
German and English lyrics for Roy Black’s German version of “Jingle Bells.” With midi audio.
Herbei, o ihr Gläubigen (About.com)
German and English lyrics for “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
Ihr Kinderlein kommet (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this popular German carol.
Jingle Bells – German (About.com)
German and English lyrics for Roy Black’s German version of “Jingle Bells” (“Ein kleiner weißer Schneemann”).
Lasst uns froh und munter sein
German and English lyrics for this traditional German Nicholas Christmas song.
Mannheim Steamroller and German (About.com)
About the German Christmas carols on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas CDs.
Morgen, Kinder wird’s was geben (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this popular children’s carol.
O du fröhliche (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this popular German carol based on an old Italian fisherman’s song. With midi audio.
Rudolph, das kleine Rentier (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this 1949 Christmas song about a red-nosed reindeer—with 3 German versions! With midi audio.
Still, still, still (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this Austrian Christmas carol. With midi audio.
Süßer die Glocken nie klingen (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this traditional German Christmas carol about the bells of Christmas.
Zu Bethlehem geboren (About.com)
German and English lyrics for this traditional German carol about the Christ Child born in Bethlehem.
German Christmas carol lyrics from other sites
Liederschatz: Weihnachtslieder von Ronny Herbst
Non-Christmas German Song Lyrics from About.com
From Hyde’s former German site at About.com
German Popular Music
German and English lyrics for popular hits in German, from rap to rock – from the Beatles to Johnny Cash, from Falco to Udo Lindenberg.
German Children’s Songs
German and English lyrics for Austrian and German Kinderlieder and the German birthday song “Wie schön, dass du geboren bist.”
The enjoyable songs of the eastern German group “Die Prinzen” – with clever lyrics.
AT THE GERMAN WAY
- Silent Night (Stille Nacht) – The true story of “Silent Night” with related links.
- Christmas from A to Z – German Christmas traditions and terms
- Advent and Christmas – The “arrival”
- Advent Calendar with German Christmas Facts – Our special Advent calendar reveals a new Christmas fact each day from Dec. 1 to Christmas Eve.
- Christmas Markets in Germany and Europe – An overview of the top Weihnachtsmärkte in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
- Photo Gallery: Christmas in Germany – Berlin – A visual tour of Christmas markets and other December sights in Berlin
- Christmas in the USA and Germany – A comparison chart
- Holidays and Celebrations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
GERMAN ADVENT CALENDARS ON THE WEB
- German Advent Calendar – An audio Advent calendar from adventskalender.net that starts on Dec. 1
- Der musikalische Adventskalender – A musical calendar from DW.com (in season)
- Adventskalender – Heinrich Zille art – old-fashioned Berlin
- Adventskalender – Wegerle – 2014, 2015, 2016
- Adventskalender von Uli Stein – A German cartoonist’s view
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