Benjamin R. Hanby was an American song writer who lived from 1833 to 1867. He composed many songs in his brief career, but none were as popular as Up on the Housetop. He wrote both the lyrics and the music to the famous song. It has been suggested that Hanby also composed Jolly Old St. Nicholas, but there is no proof to back up that theory. However, both songs have similar simple melodies and happy lyrics about Santa Claus, told from a child’s point of view.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of Up On the Housetop, or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in seven different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. The woodwind and brass arrangements are in the key of concert B flat, and the string arrangements of the carol are in the key of D. You can also view and print the lyrics to Up On the Housetop.
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Tap the image of the sheet music for a full-size PDF of Up On the Housetop.
Play-Along arrangements of Up On the Housetop. These pages have versions of the carol for band and string instruments for you to play with other musicians:
More keys! Select a link below for a printable PDF of Up On the Housetop in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.