Christmas Bells Primary Song Bell Chart


You can’t NOT teach Christmas Bells in singing time without handbells!  This Primary Christmas song is just yearning to be played on the handbells!

If you are new to handbells but would LOVE to try them this Christmas, this handbell chart is for you!  Christmas Bells is the simplest Christmas song in the songbook when playing handbells.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Christmas Bells Melody Handbell Chart Primary singing time ideas

Christmas Bells Song Lyrics

Find the sheet music to Christmas Bells on the Church’s website.  The lyrics are so simple, your Primary will have them memorized in no time:

Christmas bells are ringing. Hear what they say to you: Jesus is born in Bethlehem, in Bethlehem.

Printable Hand Bell Melody for Christmas Bells Song

Download this 3-page hand bell chart when playing the melody for Christmas Bells:

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Printable Hand Bell Descant for Christmas Bells Song

Also available is a hand bell chart for Christmas Bells that plays the descant (this is the additional music that’s played above the melody).  This handbell chart requires no sharps, only the basic 8-not set!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Christmas Bells Descant Handbell Chart

How to Teach the Christmas Bells LDS Primary Song with Hand Bells

Camille's Primary Ideas: Using handbells in singing time
This post goes into detail about using handbells in singing time.  Including:
  • What brands I recommend
  • Where to purchase handbells including a discount code
  • How to play them

Tips for Teaching the Christmas Bells LDS Primary Song to Younger Kids

When teaching Christmas Bells in singing time using handbells, I recommend quickly learning the words and melody by posting the words using this flip chart format.

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Once Christmas Bells is learned, pass out the required handbells to create your handbell choir.  Children who do not receive a handbell this round, will get a turn the next round.

Those with handbells ring when you point to their note/color.  Those without handbells sing.  Switch bell ringers with singers and repeat so everyone eventually gets to have a turn ringing the handbells.

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that you know Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem.  Christmas bells are symbolic of proclaiming His birth.

More Christmas Singing Time Ideas

Make sure to check out more Christmas singing time ideas including other songs in and out of Children’s Songbook.

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Christmas Bells.


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9 thoughts on “Christmas Bells Primary Song Bell Chart”

  1. Hi wondering if anyone can help me out here. I have the red, orange and yellow boxes of handbells (plus a few extra) and I would really like to have my primary use them. But I am so lost. I have no musical training so all the words like descant, chording mean nothing to me. So for instance the chart has an E in a yellow circle on it, I have 3 yellow bells that all say some form of E on them (one has just an E, another a E/3 and another Hi/E) So do I pass out all of the bells and all three kids with a yellow E bell play that bell when I point to it regardless of what it says on it? In total I have 28 bells. Do I pass them all out to the kids and anytime that their color/letter circle is called for they play their bell, regardless of what the bell says on the top? I am really lost if anyone can help. I know I have a good resource here with all the bells, I would really like to understand how to use them.

    1. Hi Effie!

      Yes, bells can be a little tricky. How I use the bells may be different from how others use them. I like to keep things simple so whenever a yellow “E” is on the chart, all the yellow bells ring. I like it that way because more kids get to play. The E, E3 and Hi/E are just all the octaves (at least I’m pretty sure).

      I would start with my Using Handbells in Primary post here which might help you a little more, including the videos I’ve got posted there:

      If you have more questions, let me know.


  2. Beverly Jacobson

    I found your bell arrangement for Christmas Bells song but I can’t find where the music is for that song. Can you please send email with where I can obtain the song? Thank you. I would love to do this with my 2nd and 3rd graders.

    1. Hi Beverly!

      The handbell chart for Christmas Bells is filed on my Resource Library under Song Title > Christmas Bells. I tried emailing you the direct link but your email address came back as undeliverable because your email host didn’t recognize my email, along with my initial email to gain access to my Resource Library.


  3. I have the 8 bell set in the key of F. How would I change things to be able to use the bells for Christmas Bells from the Primary Children’s Songbook?

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