Up on the Housetop


Up on the House Top is the second-oldest secular Christmas song, (the oldest is“Jingle Bells”, 1857). It is also the first Christmas song to focus primarily on Santa Claus, being the first time the idea that Santa arrives on the roofs of homes. (source)


(Benjamin Hanby, 1864)

Up on the housetop reindeer pause
Out jumps good old Santa Claus
Down thru the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joysRefrain
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?
Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down thru the chimney with good Saint Nick

First comes the stocking of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa fill it well
Give her a dolly that laughs and cries
One that will open and shut her eyes. Refrain

Look in the stocking of little Will
Oh, just see what a glorious fill!
Here is a hammer and lots of tacks
Whistle and ball and a whip that cracks. Refrain

See also


  • Song with chords, Simple accompaniment
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song
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