Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas cover.jpg
Studio album by Burl Ives
Released October 1965 (Album)
Recorded Brooklyn Studios
Genre Christmas, folk, pop
Length 29:28
Label Decca
Producer Milt Gabler
Burl Ives chronology
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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, first released by Decca Records in October 1965 (Recorded in November 1964).

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 in modern media.

Track listing[edit]

LP side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" Johnny Marks 2:15
2. "Christmas is a Birthday"
3. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" 2:09
4. "Christmas Child" 2:50
5. "White Christmas" Irving Berlin 2:10
6. "Christmas Can't Be Far Away" Boudleaux Bryant 2:34
LP side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Little Drummer Boy" 3:17
2. "Snow for Johnny"
3. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Johnny Marks 2:10
4. "Winter Wonderland" 2:17
5. "Silver Bells" 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.