Written by James Pierpont
Date 1857

Brad Paisley and the Sesame Street gang.

Andrea Bocelli and the Muppets.

Santa Kermit and his Frog Elves sing "Jingle Bells" on the December 23, 1997 broadcast of Good Morning America.

A Jim Henson Company Christmas Card.

"Jingle Bells," originally known as "One Horse Open Sleigh," was written by James Pierpont in 1857 to be sung at a Thanksgiving program at his church. Even though the song about winter does not make any references to Christmas, it has become one of the most popular holiday carols, and has been translated into many languages. In 1957, it inspired "Jingle Bell Rock."

The familiarity of the public domain song has led to its incorporation as an integral part of the Elmo's World format. At the end of each episode, Elmo leads the episode's guests in a rendition of a song, using a repetition of the topic of the day as the lyrics, set to the melody of "Jingle Bells" (except "Farms", where Elmo sings the closing to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"). For example, in the "Balls" episode, Elmo sings "Ball ball ball / ball ball ball / ball ball ball ball ball" instead of "Jingle bells / Jingle bells / Jingle all the way." In the Transportation episode, Elmo actually sings the final lyric as "in a one-horse open sleigh," demonstrating said sleigh as another mode of transportation.

"Jingle Bells" has been performed by the Muppets on several occasions.

The Muppet Show

Sesame Street

  • "I'm Cold" ends with a riff of the song.

Other Muppet Performances

  • On the December 23, 1997 broadcast of Good Morning America, Santa Kermit and his frog elves stopped by to sing "Jingle Bells."
  • Elmo appeared on Dr. Phil via a pre-recorded video message where he sang "Jingle Bells" with the audience.


  • Jingle Bell Elmo features Elmo dressed as an Elf, and it sings "Jingle Bells" when his hand is squeezed.
  • In 2011, a DanDee plush Kermit, wearing a Santa hat, featured a recording of "Jingle Bells" with alternative Muppet lyrics.
  • In 2010, Gund also released Sesame Street holiday plush characters of Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Elmo and Grover that played "Jingle Bells" when squeezed.


  • In the book A Very Muppet Christmas, the song is given new lyrics in the "Muppet Carols" section. The new song is titled "Piggy Fell."
  • The song "The Christmas Party Sing-Along", as featured on the A Green and Red Christmas makes reference to many Christmas Carols, including "Jingle Bells."
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