easy christmas songs to learn on the piano

Easy Christmas Songs on the Piano

The holiday season is coming alongside the iconic festive decorations all over the place and of course, you will hear the signature Christmas songs airing or playing everywhere. As a beginner at the piano, sometimes you must be wondering “Can I play the Christmas song piece at my family gathering?”.

Guess what, Christmas songs are some of the easiest songs to learn and play, especially on the piano or keyboard even for a beginner. Therefore, you can swiftly learn the pieces and be ready for your performance in front of your family. We have listed some of the easiest Christmas songs on the piano below.

5 Easy Christmas Songs to Play on the Piano

1. Jingle Bells

Of course, it’s not much of a Christmas without this one piece – Jingle Bells – airing everywhere. Did you know that the composer James Lord Pierpont (American songwriter) published it in 1857 under the title “The One Horse Open Sleigh”? Quite a different right from the Jingle Bells we know.

What makes Jingle Bells an easy song to learn on the piano? Because it’s repetitive and only uses three chords (C-F-G). Also, the melody (the right-hand part) is easy to remember and we bet you are already familiar with the tunes. Follow this Jingle Bells – Easy Piano Tutorial video to learn the song.

James Lord Pierpont jingle bells composer
James Lord Pierpont composed Jingle Bells in 1857

2. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Another easy yet everlasting song for you to learn and play on the piano to celebrate the festive season is definitely “We wish you a merry Christmas”.

The song first appeared in the South-England in the 16th century without a single mention of who composed it. However, the Bristol-based composer – Arthur Warrell – is considered the one responsible for popularizing the song in 1939.

Pretty much the same as the Jingle Bells song – it’s repetitive and only plays with three main chords (C-F-G) but with a little bit of Progression. If you are taking a Pop Piano Lesson, this song is surely on the curriculum, so it will be like rehearsing your piece in front of your family. Follow this We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Easy Piano Tutorial video to learn the song.

Arthur Warrell we wish you a merry christmas publisher
Arthur Warrell published we wish you a merry Christmas in 1939

3. Joy to the World

Ready to perform in the Church for this year’s Christmas? Then, Joy to the World song that was composed by the English minister and hymn-writer Isaac Watts in 1719 should be on your repertoire.

This three chords song is one of the popular songs to play in the Church and is considered an easy song to learn on the Piano. You only need to focus on these chords G-D-C and follow the progression tune of the song for the right-hand part.

If you are taking a Pop Keyboard Lesson, you can play the song with beat and rhythm using the Accompaniment feature on the keyboard to make it livelier. Follow this Joy to the World – Easy Piano Tutorial video to learn the song.

Isaac Watts joy to the world composer
Isaac Watts composed Joy to the World in 1719

4. Silent Night

Silent Night is probably one of the most recognizable pieces airing on Christmas Eve. Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr in 1818, the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage is another easy Christmas song for you to learn on the piano which has been popularized by many artists in the modern days including the legendary Frank Sinatra.

C-F-G are the chords that you need to remember to play this song while the melody is quite simple because it is mostly 1, 1/2, and 1/4 notes which are on the white keys. Best to play this song using the Piano sound or an actual acoustic piano to get the vibe of a silent night. Follow this Silent Night – Easy Piano Tutorial video to learn the song.

joseph mohr and franz gruber silent night composer
Joseph Mohr & Franz Gruber composed Silent Night in 1818

5. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

If you prefer to play a livelier Christmas song – Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer; composed by Johnny Marks (American songwriter) in 1949; could be on your list. Not only it’s an easy song to learn on the piano but also a perfect holiday song to sing along with your family.

Your favorite C-F-G chords are still the main major chords but with some additional progressions as you move along the song. If you are playing this song on an acoustic piano, the challenge will be on the left hand (the bass part) which needs to work as the rhythm while the right-hand plays the melody. Follow this Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer – Easy Piano Tutorial video to learn the song.

johnny marks rudolph the red-nosed reindeer composer
Johnny Marks composed Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer in 1949


It’s always a great feeling and experience to be able to perform in front of your family on a special occasion such as Christmas Eve. Therefore, practicing the above songs on daily basis will give you the best result.

For parents who would love to one day see their kids performing these pieces on a special occasion, we suggest starting early on their musical journey by enrolling in our Encore Music Lessons. For more info about this program, you can always reach us by filling in the form below.

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