Christmas Carol Collection 2019

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of 21 Christmas carols for the 2019 holiday. This year's collection includes traditional favorites and lesser-known selections in English and Italian. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. - Summary by Maria Kasper

Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella; traditional French Provençal carol, English translation by E. Cuthbert Nunn (1868-1914).
Carol for Christmas Eve; traditional 16th century carol, words edited by Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833-1917), original tune by RomanosMusic.
Deck the Halls; traditional Welsh carol.
The First Nowell; traditional English carol, from 1871 arrangement by John Stainer (1840-1901).
Gesù Bambino; words and music by Pietro Yon (1886-1943).
How Great Our Joy; traditional German carol, English translation by Theodore Baker (1851-1934).
In the Bleak Midwinter; words by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894); music by Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
Joy to the World; words by Isaac Watts (1674-1748); music by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).
O Come, O Come Emmanuel; traditional Latin Hymn, English translation by John Mason Neale (1818-1866).
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem; words by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), music by Louis Henry Redner (1831-1908).
O Holy Night; words by Placide Capeau (1808-1877), music by Adolphe Adam (1803-1856).
Once in Royal David’s City; words by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895); music by Henry Gauntlett (1805-1876).
On Christmas Night; traditional Sussex carol, collected by Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958).
Santa Claus; words and music by Nathan Haskell Dole (1852-1935).
See Amid the Winter Snow; words by Edward Caswall (1814-1878); music by John Goss (1800-1880).
The Twelve Days of Christmas; 18th century English folk song, from 1909 arrangement by Frederic Austin (1872-1952).
Wassail Song; traditional English folk carol, collected by Cecil Sharp (1859-1924).
We Three Kings of Orient Are; words and music by John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1820-1891).
When Bloody Herod Reigned King; traditional west country English carol.
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night; words by Nahum Tate (1652-1715); music traditional Yorkshire melody.

Note: The First Nowell chorus consists of 27 LibriVox musicians, organized and edited by Twinkle88. (1 hr 8 min)


In the Bleak Midwinter - version 1 3:01 Read by Robin Lamb
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella 1:58 Read by Tomas Peter
Carol for Christmas Eve 4:16 Read by Romano
Deck the Halls 2:03 Read by Pseudonymous Nerd
The First Nowell 4:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Gesù Bambino 3:38 Read by Romano
How Great Our Joy 2:23 Read by Maria Kasper
In the Bleak Midwinter - version 2 2:56 Read by Adrian Stephens
Joy to the World 2:20 Read by Pseudonymous Nerd
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 3:50 Read by Sam Stockwell
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem 3:31 Read by Romano
O Holy Night 3:43 Read by Robin Lamb
Once in Royal David's City 3:50 Read by Gillian Hendrie
On Christmas Night 2:16 Read by Maria Kasper
Santa Claus 1:30 Read by Tomas Peter
See Amid the Winter's Snow 2:43 Read by Gillian Hendrie
The Twelve Days of Christmas 4:50 Read by Pseudonymous Nerd
Wassail Song 4:02 Read by Alan Mapstone
We Three Kings of Orient Are 3:49 Read by Sam Stockwell
When Bloody Herod Reigned King 3:25 Read by Alan Mapstone
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night 3:38 Read by Alan Mapstone