Non-religious, copyright-free Christmas carol wordsheet

This file has the words for a selection of Christmas carols and songs that are:
  • Non-religious / secular (no God, angels, baby Jesus, mangers, donkeys)
  • Old, and so no longer subject to copyright restrictions.
  • In the English language.

At Christmas, many people turn a blind-eye to breaking copyright law by performing songs that still belong to someone without having the proper permission or performance license.

But if you are performing somewhere that this isn't possible, then these carols are for you.    You can sing them anywhere, any-time, free of charge, without any hassles from music or performance rights organisations.   (You just need to make sure that you use the original tune, not a a modern adaptation.)


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to open a PDF file of the carol word-sheet

Carols included

  1. We Wish you a Merry Christmas
  2. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. O Christmas Tree
  5. Deck the Halls
  6. Jolly Old St Nicholas(*)
  7. Up on the Housetop

(*)  Technically, a song about a saint is religious.   But the lyrics focus on his gift-giving, and later on call him "Santa Claus" - and there are not many Christmas songs that meet these criteria.

What does the sheet look like?

But it's just not Christmas!

Yes, it seems grincherly that people look for copyright fees at Christmas.

But sometimes they do. No matter how much anyone argues about it.    These carols and this wordsheet are a simple alternative, which stops all arguments.

Other non-religious, free-use Christmas songs? 

Do you know other popular non-religious Christmas carols that could be added?   Leave a comment belong.

How about copyright-free religious Christmas carols? 

One list is here - and Google will find others if you ask - there are lots!