“Jingle Bells” was originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh,” but the name was quickly changed as people called it by its repeated chorus lyric.
It was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857.
It’s one of the most popular and recognizable songs (not just Christmas songs) worldwide.
Its mood/theme is much more about winter cheer than an actual Christmas carol, but it is still considered a Christmas song.
“Jingle Bells” Chords & Tabs Sheet – Key of G Major
Here’s a sheet for “Jingle Bells” with ukulele chords and tabs.
The tabs are for GCEA tuning.
It also includes lyrics and the melody in traditional music notation.
The chords included in this sheet are G, C, D7, D, and A7.
Here they are in GCEA tuning.
And here’s the same chords for the above sheet in Baritone ukulele tuning (DGBE).
Video Tutorials for playing “Jingle Bells” on the Ukulele
If the sheet above is not what you’re looking for, perhaps you want an easier version or the song in a different key.
Well here’s some other options in the form of video tutorials.
Beginner Play-Along Version – Key of C Major
This version of “Jingle Bells” for the ukulele is probably good for new players because it uses simple chords in the key of C major (probably the easiest key to play in on the uke)
Chords used are C, F, G7, D.
The main strumming pattern is just D D D D (down, down, down, down), again nice and simple for beginners.
There’s also a second, slightly harder, strumming pattern for players looking for something more interesting: D-DU (down – down, up).
This is the strum pattern for the play-along portion of the video.
The ukulele in the video appears to be a tenor tuned to High G GCEA tuning.
Play-Along with Band Easy Version – Key of C Major
This sing-along is also in C major and uses similar chords to the above, but there is a whole band playing the song which makes it interesting and might be more fun for some players.
It’s also a pretty easy version for beginners for the same reasons as the above video.
Interestingly it includes some lesser-known lyrics that are not often heard in most renditions of “Jingle Bells”.
The main uke in the video ap>>pears to be a tenor tuned to standard High G (GCEA) tuning.
In-Depth Tutorial Video – Key of G Major
This video is a little more in-depth than most, being almost 20 minutes long. It starts with the tutorial portion then moves into a play-along style.
The strum pattern used is DDU (down, down, up).
The chords in this version are C, Am, D7, A7, G, and G7.
The tenor ukulele in the video is tuned with GCEA (high G) tuning.
Easy Tutorial Version – Key of D Major
It was difficult to find versions that weren’t in either C Major or G Major, but here’s one in D Major, which is good for variety.
The chords played are D, G, A7, E7.
(I, IV, V7, and II7 in roman numerals).
The strumming is a simple down-down pattern. Every other strum is a light down strum followed by a normal down strum.
The ukulele in the video is a Lanikai Tenor tuned to high G tuning.
Plucking with Strums Peppered In – Key of F Major
Here’s a version which combines the melody with interspersed strums.
It’s a little more advanced than just strumming, so it might not be ideal for new players.
The ukulele used is a Kamaka tenor tuned to high G, GCEA.
Fingerstyle “Jingle Bells” Version – Key of G Major
Finally, here’s a ukulele fingerstyle version.
Some of the video is in Hindi, but it’s easy enough to understand with the tabs, and the version is good enough that I think it was worth including.
This one is also a little more advanced for the new player, but would be good for an intermediate player looking for a more interesting version of “Jingle Bells” compared to simple strumming.