Dashing Through the Snow – The Story of ‘Jingle Bells’ by Andrew Beattie

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The Christmas Quartet – Play 3

The approximate running time of this play is 20 minutes.

This play is for a small cast and requires no scenery, so it could be easily performed in a church as well as a school.

Jingle Bells was written by church minister James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title One Horse Open Sleigh in the autumn of 1857.

Dashing Through the Snow assumes that the song was written by Pierpont at the Simpson Tavern in Medford, Massachusetts.



The song and this play were inspired by the town’s popular annual Christmas sleigh races – a legend supported to this day by the town’s historical association, who have erected a plaque outside the Simpson Tavern recounting the story. In this play, the composing of the song is part of a plan to stop the Town Council banning the annual festive sleigh races.

This is a short play for a small cast (8 speaking parts) and could be bolted together with another play from The Christmas Quartet to give more children the opportunity to participate and to give a longer performance time.

See a sample of Dashing Through the Snow