When the holiday season comes around, it's time for musicians to begin thinking about learning some funny guitar Christmas songs. After sitting around with the family for a few days during the holidays, a little lighthearted music is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.
Dashing Through the Mall
This song makes fun of the stress parents deal with during the holidays, and it does it to the tune of Jingle Bells.
Click on the image of the song to download a PDF. See Guide for Adobe Printables for help with downloading the file. It takes a little practice to learn the new rhythm of lyrics sung to the familiar melody of Jingle Bells, but it's plenty of fun once you get it.
Have Yourself A Meowry Little Christmas
Possibly one of the most clever and adorable Christmas parodies, this song is from the perspective of your pet cat to the beautiful melody of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
The other Christmas songs on this list have very simple chord progressions, but Have Yourself A Meowry Little Christmas has a surprising amount of chords, including some jazz chords. Study this chord chart if you need help learning the right fingerings.
Wreck the Malls
This comical song by Bob Rivers, a blast from the retro '80s past from his 1988 classic Twisted Christmas, takes the fa-la-la's of Deck The Halls and changes the words to a tale of wanton destruction at the local mall, including beagles running loose from the pet store and going on a rampage.
More Popular Funny Christmas Songs for Guitar
These additional resources will help you find more funny songs if you're planning an extensive set for your Christmas party:
- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - This novelty Christmas song is one of the most popular of its kind. Written by Randy Brooks and made famous by two California lounge singers named Elmo and Patsy, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer tells the story of one family's matriarch who got a little too tipsy on eggnog and gets run over by Santa's sleigh. The chords can be found at Cowboy Lyrics or you can purchase sheet music arranged for piano, guitar, and vocals.
- Nuttin' For Christmas - This song from the 1950s tells the tale of a poorly behaved young child who had a rough year and knows that Santa is not going to be visiting the house because of it. The song has been a favorite at school Christmas concerts for decades, and it's an essential funny Christmas song for your repertoire. The chords and lyrics can be found at Cowboy Lyrics.
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - This classic funny Christmas song written by Jimmy Boyd actually went to number one on the Billboard charts in 1952. It has since been covered by many artists including John Mellencamp and Brenda Lee. The chords can be found at Classic Country Lyrics.
- All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth - Written by a second grade school teacher named Nicole Mago in 1944, it is the ideal song for children who are at that cute age where they're missing a few pearly whites. This song reached the top ten on the Billboard charts in 1949, and it has been covered by the likes of George Strait, The Platters, and Nat King Cole. The guitar chords can be found at AZ Chords, and you can purchase sheet music from Sheet Music Plus.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - This Christmas classic was performed famously by Gene Autry and has become a cultural standard for the holiday season. The song celebrates the oddly endowed Rudolph and explains how his glow-in-the-dark nose saved Christmas. The chords for this great song can be found at Heartwood Guitar.
- Jingle Bells - This song isn't really funny in its original version, but the modified Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin Laid an Egg version is always good for a few laughs. Chords and lyrics for this version can be found at AZ Chords.
Begin Practicing Early
If you're just starting out on guitar and you want to impress your friends and family during Christmas, start rehearsing the songs in the fall. Have your set list picked out by Halloween and begin practicing regularly by Thanksgiving. These funny Christmas songs for guitar are not difficult to play, but you'll want to be able to play them cleanly so everyone can sing along without interruptions.