Jingle Bells Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my Jingle Bells chord chart. Just in time for the holidays, right? FUN FACT: Did you know Jingle Bells was actually written in my hometown of Medford, MA in 1850. Yep, it’s true. Along with “Over The River And Through The Woods”. I actually used to drive by “grandfather’s house” on an almost weekly basis. Cute little city with lots of history both good and bad.

But enough fun facts about Lauren, let’s get into the actual song which is written here in the key of C. You can use the easy Fmaj7 chord below if you aren't good at barre chords.

easy f chord

Jingle Bells Chords:

Jingle Bells Strumming Patterns:

Easy Strumming:
1 +  2+  3+  4+

Harder Strumming:
1 + 2+ 3+  4+
D  DU   U DU

Jingle Bells Guitar Lesson:

The video on the left is a melody lesson and will give you a feel for how I teach songs in my Christmas Classics course. The video on the right is a strumming lesson.

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Jingle Bells Chord Chart:

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   C                                      C
Dashing through the snow
          C                               F
In a one horse open sleigh
   F                              G
O'er the fields we go
   G                           C
Laughing all the way
   C                             C
Bells on bob tails ring
   C                          F
Making spirits bright
             F                                      G
What fun it is to laugh and sing
       G                            C
A sleighing song tonight

        C                    C
Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
  C                      C
Jingle all the way
  F                         C
Oh, what fun it is to ride
         D                               G
In a one horse open sleigh
  C                               C
Jingle bells, jingle bells
  C                       C
Jingle all the way
  F                                    C
Oh, what fun it is to ride
          G                              C
In a one horse open sleigh

(lesser-known verses follow with the same chord structure)

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon, Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot.

A day or two ago,
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow,
And on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh,
He laughed as there I sprawling lie,
But quickly drove away.

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! You'll take the lead

This file is the author’s own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It’s intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

We do not distribute printable chord and lyrics charts. These charts are here only to support online learning. We highly recommend buying music from Hal Leonard or a reputable online sheet music store.

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