Christmas Musicals Made Simple

By Jaymey Hardin & Vince Wilcox

Each summer, we normally debut our new and exclusive seasonal musicals for choirs and musicians (which we’ve done). But this year is far from normal. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Christmas services are bound to look somewhat different.

Anticipating that your choir and congregation may not be back in full attendance, Discover Worship has responded by re-imaging simpler versions of our two new works as well as three of our best loved musicals from the past with completely different song selections designed specifically for smaller gatherings—and fewer singers and musicians.

We’ve kept the original structure and narration for these 5 musicals but substituted songs that are much more easily performed by soloists, ensembles, and even your congregation.

These simple musicals are easy to plan and perform, while still capturing all the wonder and glory of our Savior’s birth.

Worship has never been more important than it is right now. And while this Christmas may look different from any other, Christ is always worthy of our praise. So, let's worship!

Here’s our brand-new line-up of “musicals made simple:”

A Christmas of Poetry & Song (simple):3572 Simplified for fewer singers, this adaptation features 5 original free-verse poems and Scripture readings interspersed with solo, duet, and simple choir versions of anthems and beloved Christmas carols. Invite your congregation to sing along! 37 minutes.

An Advent Service of Candles & Carols (simple):
An Advent Service - Simple Cover Simplified for fewer singers, this adaptation features solo, duet, and 2-part versions of 7 familiar Christmas songs your congregation will recognize and sing along with. Includes responsive Scripture readings for weekly Advent candle lightings or for presentation as a 32-minute program.

Be Joyful All – A Christmas Mini-Musical (simple):
Be Joyful All - Simple Cover Simplified for fewer singers, this adaptation features four blended to light gospel songs scored for soloist and 3- or 4-part ensemble set between verses of Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s classic poem, “Christmas Carol.” Optional instrumental piano opener. 17 minutes in length.

Christ Has Come (simple):
Christ Has Come - Simple Cover Simplified for fewer singers, this adaptation features very accessible 2-, 3- and 4-part arrangements of new and familiar Christmas favorites punctuated by Scripture-based narration & prayers. Reverent, yet regal, it can be presented by a small choir or vocal ensemble. 6 songs/25 minutes.

Christmas, Night of Angels (simple):
Christmas Night of Angels - Simple Cover Simplified for fewer singers, this adaptation is narrated by Joseph & Mary and tells the Christmas story through six angel visitations recorded in Scripture. 35 minutes/7 songs. Includes three 4-part arrangements (which can be performed by an ensemble) + 4 solos.

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All of these are available for immediate download and reproduction for our Unlimited PLUS Members. If you’d like to hear more, go to and click on the musical to preview the full sheet music and audio demo. If you’re not a member, you’ll need a free account to log on. While you’re on our site, check out dozens of other Christmas musicals, suites, and collections—as well as our affordable pricing options—tiered to your average attendance size. Discover Worship offers unlimited access to thousands of great pieces of church music!

Posted in: Christmas, Service Planning, Seasonal Resources, Online Resources, Small Choirs

Jaymey Hardin

Jaymey Hardin

Jaymey Hardin has been a noteworthy leader in the Contemporary Christian Music market for more than 20 years. Known for his work in marketing, product development, and A&R, he is also credited for his contributions as a videographer and musician. He is the son of a preacher man and has a heart for the church. He and his wife, Lindsay live in Franklin, TN, and are expecting their very first... dog.

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