santa’s sleigh & other sleighs in christmas carols

sleigh is a common word to hear in christmas music, often in reference to santa claus. according to tradition, santa travels around the globe early in the morning every december 25, delivering presents to children in a magical sleigh pulled by reindeer.

a sleigh
a sleigh

rudolph the red nosed reindeer became famous for lighting the way for santa and the rest of the reindeer on a foggy christmas eve.

santa’s sleigh is pulled by reindeer.

this version by destiny’s child (beyonce‘s old group) repeats this lyric three times

rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t u guide my sleigh tonight?

at :40 of this version of here comes santa claus (by elvis) listen for this line

hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle

there are various examples of sleighs that are not santa’s in christmas music too.

fun english practice  🙂 richyrocks english on youtube

the final words the muppet animal sings in this jingle bells video is

one-horse open sleigh

listen at :50 on hall and oates‘ version of jingle bell rock for the lyric

jingle bell time is a swell time to go gliding in a one-horse sleigh

swell means great, super and can be used to show agreement. it sounds a little anticuated, like something that was cool to say a couple generations ago.

gliding in a one-horse sleigh is a swell time

gliding in a one-horse open sleigh is a swell time. (

my favorite version of sleigh ride is by ella fitzgerald.  this line, containing the title, is repeated several times

it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with u

which sleigh song is your fave?  share your opinion under leave a reply


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