"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Lyrics

santa and his list

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was co-written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie. The earliest known recorded version of the song was by Harry Reser and his band in 1934. It was first introduced on radio in the same year by Eddie Cantor. The animated version of the same name has been shown on television since 1970.

This song deals with Santa's famous naughty or nice list. All children want to be on the nice list and this song encourages them to do so. Children will pick up the lyrics to this song easily, sometimes while pointing at each other for emphasis (in a nice, fun way of course).

Start by teaching the chorus. Here's the lyrics...

Oh! You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Verses

Then teach the verses...

He's making a list,
He's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out
who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!
He sees you when you're sleeping,
He knows when you're awake.
He knows when you've been bad or good,
So be good for goodness sake!


Little tin horns,
Little toy drums.
and rummy tum tums.
Santa Claus is coming to town.
Little toy dolls
that cuddle and coo,
Elephants, boats
and Kiddie cars too.
Santa Claus is coming to town.
The kids in Girl and Boy Land
will have a jubilee.
They're gonna build a toyland town
all around the Christmas tree.

Oh....You better watch out,
You better not cry.
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why.
Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
To town.

Continue to sing Christmas songs while doing activities during the holiday season. It's easy to keep singing while cookie decorating, doing craft activities and even while outside playing.

*Remember: Do not overemphasize the naughty or nice list. While it is a cute little story, it is not meant to be used to correct behavior.


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