Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

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For the Burl Ives song, see A Holly Jolly Christmas.
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Studio album by Burl Ives
Released October 1965 (LP)
June 1995 (CD)
Genre Christmas
Length 29:28
Label MCA
Producer Milt Gabler
Burl Ives chronology
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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas is a Christmas album by American folk singer Burl Ives released by Decca/MCA Records in October 1965.

Ives had recorded two of the songs ("A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer") the previous year on the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soundtrack. In both cases for this album, Ives re-recorded the tracks (he used a significantly different and slower arrangement for "A Holly Jolly Christmas;" of the two versions Ives recorded, the version on this album is the version more commonly heard on radio in modern times).

Track listing[edit]

LP side 1:

  1. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (Johnny Marks) – 2:15
  2. "Christmas is a Birthday" (Gregory Paul Deutsch, Dick Manning) – 2:42
  3. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 2:09
  4. "Christmas Child" (Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett) – 2:50
  5. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 2:10
  6. "Christmas Can't Be Far Away" (Boudleaux Bryant) – 2:34

LP side 2:

  1. "The Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone) – 3:17
  2. "Snow for Johnny" (Fred Carter, Conway Twitty) – 2:38
  3. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks) – 2:10
  4. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Dick Smith) – 2:17
  5. "Silver Bells" (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) – 2:13
  6. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" (Johnny Marks) – 2:13



  • Decca DL 4689 (mono), DL 74689 (stereo), 1965 vinyl LP release
  • MCA 15002 (1977 LP re-issue) at discogs.com
  • MCAD 25992 (1995 CD re-issue) at discogs.com
  1. ^ Torreano, Bradley. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 January 2012.