With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to get started on that festive content. We’ve listed loads of fantastic public domain Christmas songs that you can use in your projects and videos!

Great music can elevate a video, but sadly not all music if free to use. This includes seasonal music. In order to feature music in the background of a video or alongside visual content, you need to have the correct licensing. However, if something is copyright free, then you don’t need to worry. Fortunately, this is the case for these public domain Christmas songs.

Public Domain Christmas Songs

From old school (18th century!) ditties, to religious carols, here is a list of all the Christmas music in the public domain –

  • Angels from the Realms of Glory (1867)
  • Angels We Have Heard on High (1700)
  • Auld Lang Syne (1711)
  • Away In a Manger (1887)
  • Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella (1553)
  • Coventry Carol (Traditional)
  • Deck the Halls (1800)
  • The First Noel (1833)
  • Gesu Bambino (1917)
  • God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (1827)
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain (1865)
  • Good King Wenceslaus (1853)
  • Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (1840)
  • Here We Come A-Caroling (1850)
  • The Holly and the Ivy (1871)
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (1872)
  • I Saw Three Ships (1833)
  • In the Bleak Midwinter (Traditional)
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1850)
  • Jingle Bells (1857)
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas (1870)
  • Joy to the World (1836)
  • Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (1559)
  • O Christmas Tree (1800)
  • O Come All Ye Faithful (1751)
  • O Come, O Come, Emanuel (Traditional)
  • Once In Royal David’s City (Traditional)
  • O Holy Night (1847)
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem (1868)
  • Silent Night (1818)
  • Toyland (1903)
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas (1500)
  • Up on the Housetop (1870)
  • The Wassail Song (1600)
  • We Three Kings (1857)
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1500)
  • What Child is This? (1865)
  • While Shepherds Watched (1728)

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