Let’s face it: it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas in our culture without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas at least once during the holidays. And it wouldn’t be A Charlie Brown Christmas without the Vince Gauraldi Trio providing that awesome jazz soundtrack. The show opens with “Christmas Time Is Here,” but the entire soundtrack album (first released in 1965) has become one of the best-loved Christmas albums of all time, going triple-platinum, and being re-released multiple times. In fact, the album has made the Top Ten in holiday album sales six different times, including again in 2011.
The children’s choir singing “Christmas Time Is Here” is obviously not part of the trio; the choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Rafael, CA provided these vocals.
Below the vocal version, I’ve also included the extended instrumental version, just to keep you in the holiday mood. Enjoy!