Other Random Facts

  • The song was written in 1962, but wasn't released until 1964 as the title track of the The Quinto Sisters album Holly Jolly Christmas.
  • The most popular version of the song was recorded by Burl Ives in 1965 for his album A Holly Jolly Christmas.
  • The song was also featured in the Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, where Ives voices Sam the Snowman.
    • The song was originally supposed to be sung by Larry D. Mann as Yukon Cornelius, but Ives was given the song, along with Silver and Gold, because of Ives' singing fame.
  • The version that made it on Ives' album was different than the one he did for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The arrangement for Ives' album was a bit slower and has an acoustic guitar solo introduction.