Words: Richard B. Smith; Music: Felix Bernard (1934)

Lyrics

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane snow is glistening.
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight,
walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
here to stay is a new bird.
He sings a love song as we go along,
walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He’ll say, “Are you married?” We’ll say, “No man,”
but you can do the job when you’re in town.

Later on we’ll conspire,
as we dream by the fire,
to face, unafraid, the plans that we’ve made,
walking in a winter wonderland.

Background

“In countries with seasonal climates and cold winters, no other song conjures up images of the joys of freshly fallen snow quite like the easy melody and cheerful lyrics of ‘Winter Wonderland.’ Although originally not intended to be a Christmas song, the piece has become intricately tied to the holidays, making it one of the great classics that has been interpreted by numerous famous artists.”

(More info at ChristmasSongs.net)

Performances

Here is the classic Bing Crosby recording:

And here is a recording by the wonderful Andrews Sisters: