- free Christmas carol sheet music

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for free Christmas Carol music!

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Where's Rudolf? White Christmas? Winter Wonderland?
They're not here, for two reasons: first, this site is for Christmas carols, and those are Christmas songs; second, those songs are still protected by copyright. In the future, we may seek permission to include such songs, but for now, you'll have to try less reputable sites.

All right, Mr. Squeaky-Clean, I see a carol on your site that is still under copyright!
Then please let us know, and we will remove it immediately. You can reach us at

I'm looking for a carol that's not on your site, and I'm pretty sure it's not under copyright. Can you add it?
Please let us know, and we'll add it to our list of possible future additions. If enough people request it, we'll add it. You can reach us at

Hey! These guitar chords aren't easy!
Okay, they're easier guitar chords.

Is your URL spelled with or without hyphens?
Either will work: "" or "".

Why can't I see the scores?
Very few people have reported problems viewing the scores. This can be the result of an improperly configured web browser. If you're seeing a mostly blank page where the music should be, try clicking anywhere in the blank area, or on the link at the bottom of the page that says "Having trouble viewing this score?"
You can also try downloading the score rather than opening it directly in your browser. In Netscape or Internet Explorer for Windows, right-click on the "Having trouble viewing this score" link, and select "Save [Link] Target As". Once you have the file on your local hard drive, you can try opening it directly. On a MacIntosh, launch Adobe Acrobat first, and then try clicking on the "Having trouble viewing this score" link.
Remember that you must have Adobe Acrobat installed, which you can download for free (legally) from

Why do the scores have funny shapes where the notes should be?
The most likely reason is that you have an old version of Adobe Acrobat. Make sure you have the latest version, which you can download for free (legally) from

Some of the CD's don't really contain the carol they're supposed to!
The lists of CD's were compiled automatically by software that searches Some errors are due to typos in Amazon's database. Others are due to limitations inherent in the search process; for example, "Joy to the World" includes, unfortunately, both the Christmas carol and the Three Dog Night song that starts "Jeremiah was a bullfrog". This is a new feature for the 2006 Christmas season, and we're working to improve it.

Can I publish or perform your arrangements?
Arrangements that are not credited to me (Edward L. Stauff) are, to the best of my knowledge, in the public domain. Regarding my own arrangements:
You have my permission to make up to 24 copies for personal, non-profit use in live performance and rehearsals. For other use, including publishing or mass duplication in any form (including but not limited to print media and audio recordings), or for-profit use, please e-mail me at

Future Additions

We are considering adding the following features to this site. If you'd like to see any of these, please let us know; the feedback we get will determine what we add next. You can reach us at


The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

"The purpose of this site is to preserve the rich history of Christmas carols and hymns which might otherwise be lost. The ultimate goal is to have the largest collection of Christmas lyrics and music ever published in the English language." This is an exhaustive and scholarly collection. It's probably overkill for the average person, and you have to download special software to get most of the sheet music. Still, it's an excellent site.

The Cyber-Hymnal

"Thousands of Christian hymns & Gospel songs from many denominations - lyrics, MIDI files, scores, pictures, history & more. Searchable, advanced Autoplay feature, free downloads. A new hymn every day. Biggest site of its kind on the Internet." This site also requires that you download special software to get the sheet music.
Note: do not use the website "" (also known as NetHymnal, ""). This site is run by a thief who stole the original CyberHymnal domain name and content.


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Choral Domain Public Library

"The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL) is the largest website devoted exclusively to free choral sheet music. Begun in December 1998, the site has over 300 contributors and 7,600 scores."

Free Sheet Music
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