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"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Soundtrack
Recorded September 10, 1951
Writer(s) Meredith Willson
Performer(s) Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters
Length 2:40
Track No. 11 (soundtrack album)
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a popular Christmas song written by Meredith Wilson in 1951 and first performed by Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters on September 10 of that year. Their version plays in The Polar Express film in the Sorting Room over a loudspeaker when Hero Boy, Hero Girl and Billy arrive there aboard the pneumatic.

It is also the eleventh track on the film's official soundtrack.

Lyrics

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go
Take a look in the five-and-ten,
Glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go
Now, there's a tree in the Grand Hotel
One in the park as well
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

(instrumental break)

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen
And mom and dad can hardly wait
For school to start again.
Ah ha, ha ha, ha ha, ha ha
Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Trivia

  • Bing Crosby also recorded his own cover version on October 1, 1951.
Music
Original songs: The Polar Express When Christmas Comes to Town Rockin' on Top of the World Believe Hot Chocolate Spirit of the Season It Takes Two
Christmas carols: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town White Christmas Winter Wonderland It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Silver Bells Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Deck the Halls Frosty the Snowman
Score: Seeing is Believing Suite from the Polar Express Believe/Do You Believe in Ghosts/Approaching Flat Top Tunnel Runaway Train/On the Ice/Ticket Punch/Saved by an Angel? Boarding the Train/The Ride Home Returning the Lost Ticket Meeting Santa Claus
Albums: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Original Motion Picture Score

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