Jingle Bells in Spanish
Jingle Bells in Spanish

Publication: Nov 9, 2022

Category: Holidays

Inside: Get the translation to the lyrics of Jingle Bells in Spanish. 

Jingle Bells is one of our most beloved Christmas songs, and not just in English. It’s in the top 10 most-listened to Christmas songs for Spanish speakers as well!

The translation for “jingle bell” in Spanish Christmas songs is usually “cascabel.”

(The verb “jingle” is cascabelear in Spanish, while the word “bell” is often translated elsewhere as campana or campanilla.)

There are many Spanish versions of Jingle Bells, more than I could list here. But let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones!

Content:

1. Cascabel, Cascabel Lyrics
2. Navidad, Navidad Lyrics
3. Cascabel Version 2 Lyrics
4. Cascabeles Lyrics
4. English Translations
5. History of the Song Jingle Bells

Related: Christmas Playlist in Spanish

Lyrics to Jingle Bells in Spanish

Version 1:

This is most popular version, and the one you’ll find in most videos and recorded songs.

1. Cascabel, Cascabel

Ha llegado Navidad,
La familia alegre está,
Celebrando Nochebuena
El la paz del santo hogar.

Cascabel, cascabel,
Lindo cascabel
Con sus notas de alegría
Va anunciado él.

Ha llegado Navidad,
La familia alegre está,
Celebrando Nochebuena
En la paz del santo hogar.

Cascabel, cascabel,
Lindo cascabel
Con sus notas de alegría
Va anunciado él.

This version is from the #1 Cascabel song on YouTube. Hear the song in the video below. 

2. Navidad, Navidad

Campanas por doquier resuenan sin cesar
Proclaman con placer que hoy es navidad
Los niños ya aquí están, no dejan de cantar
De este día de amor y buena voluntad

Navidad, navidad, hoy es navidad
Es un día de alegría y de felicidad (hey)
Navidad, navidad, hoy es navidad
Es un día de alegría y de felicidad

El niño de Belén nos trae la salvación
Con júbilo sin par, se entona la canción
Yo te amo, mi Jesús, a ti te cantaré
En este día tan feliz me regocijaré

Navidad, navidad, hoy es navidad
Es un día de alegría y de felicidad (hey)
Navidad, navidad, hoy es navidad
Es un día de alegría y de felicidad

This alternative is also popular, with much more overtly religious lyrics. 

Listen to Navidad, Navidad, in this song below:

2. Cascabel, Cascabel (Version 2)

Música de amor.
Dulces horas, gratas horas,
Juventud en flor.

Cascabel, cascabel
Tan sentimental.
No dejes cascabelito,
De repiquetear.

Cascabel, cascabel
Lindo cascabel,
Con sus días
De alegría
Va cantando él.

Cascabel, cascabel
Tan sentimental.
No dejes cascabelito,
De repiquetear.

Version 4:

4. Cascabeles 

Caminando en trineo, cantando por los campos,
Volando por la nieve, radiantes de amor,
Repican las campanas, brillantes de alegría.
Paseando y cantando se alegra el corazón, ¡ay!
Cascabeles, cascabeles, tra la la la la.
¡Qué alegría todo el día, que felicidad, ay!
Cascabeles, cascabeles, tra la la la la.
Que alegría todo el día, que felicidad

History of the Song Jingle Bells

As much as we love the song Jingle Bells (in Spanish and English!), it doesn’t exactly have a glowing history.

Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont in 1850, in Massachusetts. It was published in 1857 by Oliver Ditson, under the title “The One Horse Open Sleigh.”

James Pierpont, the nephew of J.P. Morgan, came from an abolitionist family. However, he supported the confederacy and wrote several songs for them. Jingle Bells was purportedly performed at minstrel shows in blackface and was also a drinking song.

The song was actually first performed at a Thanksgiving church service and was never intended to be a Christmas staple, according to Klein. If you listen carefully to the lyrics, you will notice there is actually no mention of Christmas, Thanksgiving or any holiday, for that matter. 

The song became associated with Christmas only decades after it was performed on September 15, 1857, on Washington Street in Boston, according to a researcher at Boston University, Kyna Hamill.

– What You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Jingle Bells’, CNN

Since then, of course, Jingle Bells has become one of the most iconic songs in the world (and the first song broadcast from space!).

You’ll also notice that the more popular Spanish versions change the lyrics to specifically mention Christmas, Christmas Eve, and some include references to the Nativity story. Read on to compare the English and Spanish translations.

English Translations

Cascabel, Cascabel

Ha llegado Navidad,
Christmas has arrived
La familia alegre está,
The family is happy
Celebrando nochebuena
Celebrating Christmas Eve
En la paz del santo hogar
In the peace of our holy home

Cascabel, cascabel,
Jingle bell, jingle bell
Lindo cascabel
Lovely jingle bell
Con sus notas de alegría
With their lovely notes
Va anunciado él.
Announcing him

Navidad, Navidad Translation

Campanas por doquier resuenan sin cesar
Bells everywhere ring without ceasing
Proclaman con placer que hoy es navidad
Proclaiming with pleasure that today is Christmas
Los niños ya aquí están, no dejan de cantar
The children are already here; they sing without stopping
De este día de amor y buena voluntad
About this day of love and goodwill

Navidad, navidad, hoy es navidad
Christmas, Christmas, today is Christmas
Es un día de alegría y de felicidad (hey)
It’s a day of joy and happiness
Navidad, navidad, hoy es navidad
Christmas, Christmas, today is Christmas
Es un día de alegría y de felicidad (hey)
It’s a day of joy and happiness

El niño de Belén nos trae la salvación
The child of Bethlehem brings us salvation
Con júbilo sin par, se entona la canción
With unequaled jubilee, the music sounds
Yo te amo, mi Jesús, a ti te cantaré
I love you Jesus, to you I sing
En este día tan feliz me regocijaré
In this happy day I’ll rejoice

Cascabel, Cascabel 2 Translation 

Música de amor,
Music of love,
Dulces horas, gratas horas,
Sweet hours, pleasant hours,
Juventud en flor.
Youth in bloom.

Cascabel, cascabel
Jingle bell, jingle bell
Tan sentimental.
So sentimental.

No dejes cascabelito,
Don’t stop, little jingle bell,
De repiquetear.
Ringing

Cascabel, cascabel
Jingle bell, jingle bell
Lindo cascabel,
Lovely jingle bell
Con sus días
With your days
De alegría
Of joyfulness
Va cantando él.
It’s singing.

Cascabel, cascabel
Jingle bell, jingle bell
Tan sentimental.
So sentimental.
No dejes cascabelito,
Don’t stop, little jingle bell,
De repiquetear.
Ringing

Cascabel, Cascabel 3 Translation 

Caminando en trineo, cantando por los campos,
Driving in a sleigh, singing by the fields,
Volando por la nieve, radiantes de amor,
Flying through the snow, radiant with love
Repican las campanas, brillantes de alegría.
The bells are ringing, bright with joy.

Paseando y cantando se alegra el corazón, ¡ay!
Walking and singing gladdens the heart, alas!
Cascabeles, cascabeles, tra la la la la.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, tra la la la la la la la.

¡Qué alegría todo el día, que felicidad, ay!
What joy the whole day, what happiness, ay!
Cascabeles, cascabeles, tra la la la la.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, tra la la la la la la la.

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