The composer of Jolly Old St. Nicholas is unknown, but many attribute it to Benjamin Hanby, the composer of Up On the Housetop, which has a very similar, playful mood. There are five sheet music versions of the song for piano here in the key of C, for beginners to more advanced players. Visit soon for more arrangements. The beginner version of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for piano features the melody in the treble clef staff. The easy version of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for piano splits the melody between the right and left hands. The simple version of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for piano has a basic left hand accompaniment line that complements the melody. The intermediate version of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for piano includes harmony in the right hand, and a bass line that resembles the Pachelbel canon. The advanced version of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas for piano features a more complex arrangement with harmony in both hands. Select one of the images below for a free printable PDF of the carol.
For a lead sheet with chords, visit the main sheet music page for Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. It includes arrangements of the carol in seven different keys, as well as links to the song for band and string instruments and recorder. The lyrics to Jolly Old Saint Nicholas are also available. Visit the Christmas music for piano page for an explanation of the different arrangements of the carols, as well as sheet music for many more songs.