It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Fontaine Sisters, Perry Como, The Fontane Sisters

About It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas". The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 18, 1951, and released on RCA Victor as 47-4314 (45 rpm) and 20-4314 (78 rpm). Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played.


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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the five-and-ten
Glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door

A pair of hop along boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen
And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Now there's a tree in the Grand Hotel
On in the park as well
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen
And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again
Aah ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart

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Perry Como

Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after signing with them in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in television history. Como was seen weekly on television from 1949 to 1963, then continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program on a monthly basis until 1967. His television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular recording artist, Perry Como pro… more »

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Written by: Meredith Willson

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10 facts about this song

Original Composer
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" was originally written by Meredith Willson in 1951. Willson was a famous American composer and playwright, renowned for his musicals such as "The Music Man."
Bing Crosby's Rendition
Bing Crosby, a renowned American singer and actor, popularized the song with his version released in 1951. Crosby is known for his deep, warm voice which complemented holiday songs perfectly.
Perry Como's Version
Iconic crooner Perry Como also recorded a popular version of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" in 1951. Como's version, like Crosby's, has become a staple of holiday music.
Popular Cover Versions
Apart from Bing Crosby and Perry Como, this song has been covered by numerous artists, including Johnny Mathis, Michael Bublé, and Harry Connick Jr.
Signature Christmas Song
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is considered one of the signature songs for Christmas festivities and has become a holiday standard over the years.
Cultural Impact
The song has had significant cultural impact and is frequently heard in shopping malls, radio stations, and holiday-themed movies during the Christmas season.
Popularity in Films
The song has been used in multiple films and television series, notably in holiday-themed movies like "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."
Song Theme
The song's lyrics describe a festive scene where holiday decorations are appearing, children are playing with new toys, and everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit - hence the title, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas."
Chart Performance
Despite being released in an era before traditional music charts, both Bing Crosby and Perry Como's versions continue to achieve high chart positions in the digital age, particularly during the holiday season.
Internet Streaming
The song remains a favorite during the holiday season, with millions of streams across Internet platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

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