"O Tannenbaum", or in its English version, "O Christmas Tree", is a Christmas song of German origin.

A Tannenbaum is a fir tree (German die Tanne) or Christmas tree (der Weihnachtsbaum). Its evergreen qualities have long inspired musicians to write several "Tannenbaum" songs in German.

The best known version was written in 1824 by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz. The melody is an old folk tune. The first known lyrics date back to 1550. A similar 1615 song by Melchior Franck (1573–1639) begins:

Ach Tannenbaum, ach Tannenbaum, du bist ein edler Zweig! Du grünest uns den Winter, die liebe Sommerzeit.

Appearances in Christmas specials

Album releases

Album Year
Christmas with the Chipmunks, Vol. 2 1963
Exciting Christmas Stories with Scooby-Doo and Friends 1978
Disney presents A Family Christmas 1980
Rainbow Brite Christmas 1985
We Wish You a Merry Christmas 1993
Elmo Saves Christmas: Holiday Favorites 1998
Arthur's Perfect Christmas 2000
The Looney Tunes Kwazy Christmas
Disney's Christmas Collection 2003
A Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas 2006
Disney's Holiday Celebration 2007 2007
25 Favorite Christmas Songs! 2008
Glee: The Music, the Christmas Album 2010
Jingle Bell Fun 2012


  • In some versions, the singer or singers will sing both the German and English versions of the song in different verses of the same recording, for nostalgia and contrast.
  • While not including the full song, the Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy's Christmas" begins with an unknown chorus of singers intoning "O Tannenbaum" amidst the sound of artillery fire, just before the song commences. This is likely because the usual villain of this song series, The Red Baron, plays a very different role here.
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