"O du fröhliche" is the final song sung in Protestant services on Christmas Eve in Germany.


John Daniel Falk (1768 - 1826) wrote this song to the tune of the Latin hymn "O Sanctissima". It's interesting to note that Falk had founded a rescue center for orphans. He dedicated this song to them in 1816.

The version of the song that's sung today takes the 1st verse of Falk's original song and combines it with two more (modern) verses written by Falk's assistant, Heinrich Holzschuher in 1829.



Sung by Julia Niedermaier.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - O du fröhliche

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translation by Lisa Yannucci.

Vielen Dank!