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Editor's Free Christmas Sheet Music Picks...
Below are our personal picks, the sites that get our highest recommendation for this genre. They are listed in alphabetical order:

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Note: Most of these sites do not exclusively feature Christmas sheet music. In other words, they have Christmas sheet music, but others as well, so you have to navigate to the Christmas section of the site.

An Online Christmas Songbook
Instrumentation for: Piano & Voice
Categories: Christmas

Catalog Size: Medium (100+)
Years ago, An Online Christmas Songbook was one of our favorite places to find Christmas Carols... and then the web site up and disappeared. Now, we have discovered, it is back! It's a simple web site that provides four part sheet music (hymn style) for just over 100 popular Christmas favorites. The site couldn't be easier to use. All sheet music in *.gif format, ready to print out. Added 12/20/2007.

Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar, Violin, and many other instruments.
Categories: Classical, Christmas, a few others.
Catalog Size: Huge (900+)

Cantorion is a welcome addition to our directory. A very easy site to use to find free sheet music, which is all in easy-to-read PDF format. Every piece of music is free. You'll find all the favorites, from Canon in D to Ave Maria, Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, Clair de Lune, The Entertainer and more. Added 05/27/2009.

Christmas Song Guitar Tab & Lyrics
Instrumentation for: Guitar
Categories: Christmas

Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
This is's collection of holiday favorites for guitar. A good selection of Christmas songs and lyrics, including not only favorite traditional songs, but tabs for renditions of new Christmas songs by U2, the Kinks, Blues Traveller and others. Updated 12/20/2007.

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Instrumentation for: Voice, Choral, Piano
Categories: Classical, Early Music, Christmas, Traditional
Catalog Size: Very Large (1500+)

Choral and vocal enthusiasts will enjoy this large collection sheet music for early, classical, Christmas and traditional works. Features choral music by Arcadelt, Bach, Lotti, Palestrina and many others with lots more on the way. Downloads available in PDF, Noteworthy Composer, and MIDI format. Some MP3 downloads available as well. Updated 12/17/2007.

Free Sheet Music
Instrumentation for: Piano
Categories: Popular, Classical, Christmas

Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
This is a no frills web site with lots of Google ads. But if you look just beyond that, there's also a lot of free sheet music, offered in order of difficulty. The list starts with "First Pieces" which you barely need to know how to read sheet music to play. From there, you move up to the "Primer Level" and then Levels 1-4 and "Keyboard Classics." You'll know virtually every song on this site, which contains lots of popular "traditional" tunes (Bridal March, Mexican Hat Dance, Old MacDonald), Christmas tunes (We Three Kings, Away in a Manger, Silent Night) and Classical tunes (Ode to Joy, Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise). There's a lot here for beginning piano students. All sheet music is in PDF format and MIDI files are also provided. Added 02/21/2008.

The Gospel Music Archive
Instrumentation for: Guitar (Tablature), Harmonica
Categories: Christian, Christmas
, Children
Catalog Size: Very Large (500+?)
Here you'll find a very large selection of tablature for both guitar and, strangly enough, harmonica. Music is sorted alphabetically for easy browsing. While the site is predominantly dedicated to gospel, worship and praise music, you'll also find a nice selection of other songs. There's an entire section for kids, as well as a large quantity of Christmas songs. Updated 12/20/2007.

Instrumentation for: Piano
Categories: Classical
, Ragtime, Original, Christmas
Catalog Size: Medium (50-100)
mfiles offers visitors a very nice collection of high-quality free classical sheet music featuring music from Bach, Beethoven, Byrd, Chopin, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Satie, Tallis and many more. In addition, mfiles has an attractive collection of Christmas music, as well as original sheet music - most notably some very compelling pieces from composer Jim Paterson. These original works include music for film and television, as well as a number of selections in the Jazz, Ragtime, Celtic, and Latin music genres. Sheet music is provided in Scorch format (see site for details) allowing you to play, transpose, and change instrumentation on the fly. You can also "Print" (and download) most of the music in PDF format. Music for most selections are also available in MIDI format, and you'll also find detailed information about the various composers. Updated 12/20/2007.

Noel, Noel, Noel
Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar Lead Sheets, Voice.
Categories: Christmas

Catalog Size: Small (10-25)
Noel, Noel, Noel is a beautiful website dedicated to the celebration of Christmas. Included in their free online offerings are over a dozen Christmas carols arranged both for each piano (with voice parts) as well as for guitar, with melody and chords. You'll find
Away in a Manger, I Saw Three Ships, O Come All Ye Faithful, We Three Kings and others. Well worth visiting if only to view the site's original artwork. At Noel, Noel, Noel, you'll find lots of Christmas cheer to keep your days jolly. Updated 12/20/2007.

Sally DeFord Sheet Music
Instrumentation for: Piano, Choral
Categories: Christian, Christmas, Original

Catalog Size: Large (100-500)
Sally's web site features her many choral, duet, solo and instrumental sheet music collections and arrangements primarily for the LDS church. You'll find cantatas, childrens sheet music, Christmas sheet music, as well as a topical and alphabetical index. These collections are free for download, and may be used for any non-profit event. All sheet music is available in *.pdf format, and may also be ordered on CD-ROM. Updated 06/24/2003.

Virtual Sheet Music
Instrumentation for: Piano, Guitar, Violin, Flute, Choral
Categories: Classical, Children, Traditional, Christmas,
Catalog Size: Very Large (500+?)

A number of free selections available, but a paid membership is required to access the entire library. Updated 11/13/2016.

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