Snowy Sleigh Bells

One good way to recognize winter-themed musics is the presence of jingly sleigh bells (also known as jingle bells) in the soundtrack.

These little bells were first used on horse-drawn vehicles to warn bypassers about the arrival of the carriage and most importantly the sleighs (hence the name), as the vehicle would otherwise make no sound at all. The relation between these bells and sleighs might be the origin of this trope and is the premise of the most famous Christmas song of them all: Jingle Bells.

Incredibly common in Slippy-Slidey Ice World levels in video games, as well as in Christmas songs.


Live-Action TV
  • The Christmas episode of Le Cœur a ses Raisons has sleigh bells during the interludes between the "Christmas at the Montgomery's'' segments. The Christmas episode of "Medical Drama" also features sleigh bells each time Brett says the word "Christmas".
  • A lot of Christmas songs use sleigh bells as a part of their instrumentation, with Jingle Bells as the prime example.
  • Evoked in the opening of "Sleigh Ride" : "Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too..."
  • Sufjan Stevens not only uses sleigh bells on many songs from his Songs for Christmas box set, but also writes about them in the liner notes, mentioning that playing them properly isn't as easy as you'd think.
  • Evoked in the Winter Wonderland song with the rhyme "Sleigh bells ring are you listening / In the lane snow is glistening".

Video Games

Western Animation