Penned by a priest named Phillips Brooks in the mid 1800's Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem is one of the most familiar and recognizable of all traditional Christmas carols.  It is provided here as free sheet music for all common concert band and orchestra instruments.  Sheet music files are pitched in the key of concert F and have been made as easy as possible for young players.

The sheet music files and list of lyrics to the song are found lower down on this page.


Vienna Boy's Choir Singing O Little Town Of Bethlehem

The video below is a slideshow accompaniment to a beautiful rendition of Oh Little Town of Bethlehem as sung by the Vienna Boy's Choir.  The first minute and a half is an orchestral introduction.  The singing begins around 1:33.

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Free Sheet Music To O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Lyrics to O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel


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