Christmas is a time for celebration! What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than by playing seasonal pieces on the piano?
We have entertaining holiday favorites for everyone! So get your holiday spirit started by checking out these lovely pieces today!
Stay tuned for my top recommendations for Christmas sheet music for beginner, intermediate, and advanced pianists.
Christmas Sheet Music for Beginner Pianists
Christmas Carols for Piano – Christina Levante
This Christmas song collection includes 45 easy and popular piano pieces. It’s the perfect book for beginner pianists.
It contains the very best Christmas songs written in an easy-to-follow format, ideal for beginner pianists.
The melody lines in the right hand are straightforward; although there are occasional 16th notes, most notes are eighth, quarter, and half notes. And the left hand accompaniments are also very simple.
The book takes it a step further and includes note names for every note in the book. Thanks to the note names, this is a great book to try if you’re brand new to the instrument.
Purchasing the book also gives you access to recordings of each piece. This is an exceptional bonus because finding recordings of specific arrangements for other books online can be difficult. And being able to listen to the song helps you learn it on a deeper level.
Here are just a few of the more popular songs in this book:
- Silent Night
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- Jingle Bells
- O Holy Night
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
This book is appropriate for either adult or children beginner pianists. Skip this collection if you are irritated or distracted by having written note names on your music.
Easy Piano Songs: 40 Christmas Carols for Beginners – Thomas Johnson
This next volume includes a variety of very familiar Christmas pieces. All songs come with and without written finger numbers.
Specific selections also come with lyrics, so if you want to sing along, this may be an excellent volume for you!
Song selections include:
- In the Bleak Midwinter
- Good King Wenceslas
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Auld Lang Syne
- O Holy Night
The downside of this volume is that it’s not spiral bound, and with over 150 pages, keeping it open while playing may be challenging. Despite this drawback, it might be a good option if you’re looking for songs with and without notes and lyrics.
Christmas Sheet Music for Intermediate Pianists
A Contemporary Christian Christmas – Lorie Line
Known for her unique arrangements of familiar songs and hymns, Lorie Line has produced several Christmas books over the years.
Her newest has been out for a year and features contemporary Christian songs from Amy Grant, Lauren Daigle, and Carrie Underwood.
My favorite song from the book is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Casting Crows. It’s a gorgeous rendition of one of the lesser-known Christmas carols.
If you’re looking for Christmas arrangements of newer music, this is your album.
Be aware that the difficulty of Lorie Line’s music books varies. In any given book, there are songs that lean more towards intermediate and others that require more technical prowess to perform.
This book is no exception, and if you’re easily frustrated by a slightly more challenging repertoire, you may look elsewhere.
Jazz Piano Christmas Carols Book – Alicja Urbanowicz
If you’re looking for a jazzy interpretation of classic Christmas carols, this next one is right up your alley!
This volume includes 12 traditional Christmas favorites with a hint of jazz. It is accessible for late beginner and early intermediate pianists. Several songs in this volume include:
- Jingle Bells
- Silent Night
- What Child is This
The volume also includes video tutorials, so it may be a great option if you’re a do-it-yourself piano player.
Christmas Sheet Music for Advanced Pianists
The Professional Pianist: Solos for Christmas – Dan Coates
This collection of 50 Christmas songs runs the gamut of seasonal music. Selections include:
- The First Noel
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- Sleigh Ride
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- O Christmas Tree
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Winter Wonderland
Thanks to the variety of songs included in this book, it would work well for a holiday party, Christmas Eve service, or other events where you need to play several solo piano pieces.
It’s included in the advanced section because of the variety of song difficulties included in the volume.
Although it’s intended to be used as a take-off-the-shelf tool for professional pianists, the book is relatively large and not spiral bound. Depending on the size of the book, playing from a traditionally bound book can be cumbersome, so you should keep that in mind when deciding whether to order this book.
The arrangements of the songs in this book tend to be more traditional arrangements without the degree of artistic liberty taken by Lorie Line.
In other words, this might be a good choice if you’re looking for traditional interpretations of the familiar Christmas favorites.
Francesco Parrino Christmas singles
If you’re looking for a more contemporary take on select Christmas favorites, check out Francesco Parrino.
Francesco has many highly entertaining covers of songs, including “Let it Be,” “Bad Guy,” and “Listen to Your Heart.”
Although he doesn’t have a book of song selections, you can purchase many of the songs he performs from Musicnotes or his website.Download Sheet Music at Musicnotes.com
If you’ve never heard his covers, check out his piano performance of “Carol of the Bells.” It’s absolutely spellbinding!
Although the difficulty of his songs varies, I would consider them to be advanced, so consider when deciding how much time you will need to perfect the piece.
I hope this post has given you inspiration and insight into the best Christmas piano sheet music for your level. From contemporary Christian to jazz and traditional arrangements, there’s something out there for every pianist!
No matter what type of music you decide to play this holiday season, the important thing is that you enjoy it! Have fun!
Do you have a favorite book of Christmas songs? Please share it by commenting below!
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