SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN

Live 12 Dec 1975 version


[Spoken intro:] (Clarence laughs) It's all cold down along the beach, the wind's whipping down the boardwalk... Hey band! (Yeah? Hey, babe!) You guys know what time of year it is? (Yeah!) What time, huh? What? (Christmas time!) What? (Christmas time!) Oh, Christmas time! You guys all, you guys all been good and practicing real hard? Yeah? Clarence, you been, you been rehearsing real hard now, so Santa'll bring you a new saxophone, right? Everybody out there been good, or what? Oh, that's not many, not many, you guys are in trouble out here! Come on.

Yeah, 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
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list, he's checking it twice
He's gonna find out whose naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
You better be good for goodness sake
You better be good for goodness sake

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
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho!

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
You better be good for goodness sake
Better be good for goodness sake

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

Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Ho ho ho ho
Santa Claus is coming to town
Alright!
Santa Claus is coming to town, yeah
Santa Claus is coming to town, yeah
Santa Claus is coming to town, whoa
Santa Claus is coming to town


Info

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN is a song originally released by Harry Reser And His Orchestra in 1934. See the original Harry Reser And His Orchestra version for more details.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN became a signature for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band who have been regularly performing the song live in concert since 1973, mostly around the months of November and December. Their officially released live 12 Dec 1975 version has become one of the most popular versions of this Christmas standard. The track sells pretty well in the USA every year during the holiday season and is Springsteen's best selling 1-track download in the USA.

Live 12 Dec 1975 version

The above lyrics are for the live 12 Dec 1975 performance of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN at C.W. Post College in Greenvale, NY, during the Born To Run Tour. The concert was held at the college's Post Dome. The parts in bold are sung by Clarence Clemons.

This live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was distributed promotionally to radio stations on reel-to-reel tapes (see below scan) and was released commercially for the first time in 1981 (see the "Official Releases" section below for more details). The track was recorded by Jimmy Iovine and Thom Panunzio and produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jimmy Iovine.

Bruce Springsteen -- "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (Columbia reel-to-reel tape)
Bruce Springsteen -- "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (Columbia reel-to-reel tape)

Official Releases

The live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was first released in 1981 on the various artists children album In Harmony 2. The song was also included on several promotional singles that were released in conjunction with the album. In Harmony 2 is a benefit album; according to the album's back cover, "A royalty is being donated to the Children's Television Workshop and various children's charities." It won a Grammy Award for Best Recording For Children in 1983.

Various artists -- In Harmony 2
Various artists -- In Harmony 2

LP - Columbia (BFC 37641) - USA, 1981
MC - Columbia (PCT 37641) - USA, 1981
LP - CBS (85451) - Holland, 1981
LP - CBS (SBP 237731) - Australia, 1981
LP - CBS/Sony (25AP 2236) - Japan, 1981
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

7" single - Columbia (AE7 1332) - USA, 1981

Promotional release.

A1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

12" single - Columbia (AS 1329) - USA, 1981

Promotional release.

A1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen / Billy Joel -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / Nobody Knows But Me
Bruce Springsteen / Billy Joel -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / Nobody Knows But Me

7" single - CBS (PRO 151) - Holland, 1981

Promotional release.

A1- Bruce Springsteen: SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- Billy Joel: NOBODY KNOWS BUT ME
Bruce Springsteen / Barbra Streisand -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / White Christmas
Bruce Springsteen / Barbra Streisand -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / White Christmas

7" single - CBS/SONY (XDSP 93026) - Japan, 1981

Promotional release. Comes with a picture insert. Oddly the B-side is not related to the In harmony 2 album.

A1- Bruce Springsteen: SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- Barbra Streisand: WHITE CHRISTMAS

The live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TOWN was released as the B-side to MY HOMETOWN in November 1985. The single was reissued on cassette and CD in 1998. The live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TOWN was also included on the Bruce Springsteen promotional EP in 1984 and the Tunnel Of Love EP in 1987.

Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen

12" EP - CBS (SAMPLER 93) - Australia, 1984

Promotional EP. The Australian pressing comes in a unique picture sleeve totally different from the remaining pressings of this EP. It also has two tracks on side A and three tracks on side B instead of one track and four tracks respectively as on the remaining pressings.

A1- BORN IN THE U.S.A.
A2- SHUT OUT THE LIGHT
B1- PINK CADILLAC
B2- JERSEY GIRL [Live 09 Jul 1981 version]
B3- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen

12" EP - Columbia (CDN 178) - Canada, 1984

Promotional EP.

A1- BORN IN THE U.S.A.
B1- SHUT OUT THE LIGHT
B2- PINK CADILLAC
B3- JERSEY GIRL [Live 09 Jul 1981 version]
B4- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen

12" EP - CBS (SAMP 89) - Holland, 1984

Promotional EP.

A1- BORN IN THE U.S.A.
B1- SHUT OUT THE LIGHT
B2- PINK CADILLAC
B3- JERSEY GIRL [Live 09 Jul 1981 version]
B4- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen

12" EP - Columbia (AS 1957) - USA, 1984

Promotional EP.

A1- BORN IN THE U.S.A.
B1- SHUT OUT THE LIGHT
B2- PINK CADILLAC
B3- JERSEY GIRL [Live 09 Jul 1981 version]
B4- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Various Artists -- Radio Dj Special No. 3
Various Artists -- Radio DJ Special No. 3

12" EP - CBS (SAMP 1045) - Sweden, 1984

Dutch pressing for promotional use in Sweden. Comes in a plain black die-cut sleeve with promo sticker.

A1- Clarence Clemons: YOU'RE A FRIEND OF MINE
A2- Wham!: I'M YOUR MAN
A3- Big Audio Dynamite: THE BOTTOM LINE
B1- Sade: IS IT A CRIME
B2- Time Bandits: DANCING ON A STRING
B3- Bruce Springsteen: SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (BA 3394) - Australia, 1985

A white label promo counterpart was also issued.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - Columbia (38 05728) - Canada, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Holland, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

12" single - CBS (A 12.6773) - Holland, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Italy, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS / Sony (07SP 935) - Japan, 1985

Comes with a picture insert. Promotional copies have regular stock orange labels with "NOT FOR SALE / SAMPLE" (in Japanese) printed above the catalogue number.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - CBS (BA 3394) - New Zealand, 1985

Comes in a CBS company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Bruce Springsteen -- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Portugal, 1985

The Portuguese pressing of this single has the A-side and the B-side switched and comes in a unique picture sleeve totally different from the remaining pressings of this single.

A1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- MY HOMETOWN
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - CBS (SSC 5899) - South Africa, 1985

Comes in a CBS company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Spain, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (A 6773) - UK, 1985
7" single - CBS (A 6773) - Ireland, 1985

The Irish pressing of this single was issued in UK picture sleeve. There are two versions of the Irish pressing, one with orange/yellow labels and one with red labels.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

7" single - CBS (38-05728) - USA, 1985

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - Columbia (13-08414) - USA, 1986

Columbia's "Hall Of Fame" series reissue, comes in a "Hall Of Fame" company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - Columbia (13-08414) - USA, late 1980's

Collectables reissue, comes in a Collectables company sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

7" single - Columbia (13-08414) - USA, mid-1990's

Mid-1990's reissue, comes in a white paper sleeve.

A1- MY HOMETOWN
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

MC single - Columbia (38T 05728) - USA, 1998

A1- MY HOMETOWN
A2- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B1- MY HOMETOWN
B2- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen -- My Hometown

CD single - Columbia (38K 5728) - USA, 1998

01- MY HOMETOWN
02- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love

12" EP - CBS (651295 6) - Holland, 1987

A1- TUNNEL OF LOVE
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B2- TWO FOR THE ROAD
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love

12" EP - CBS (651295 6) - Spain, 1987

A1- TUNNEL OF LOVE
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B2- TWO FOR THE ROAD
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love

12" EP - CBS (651295 6) - UK, 1987

A1- TUNNEL OF LOVE
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B2- TWO FOR THE ROAD
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love

12" EP - CBS (651295 8) - UK, 1987

Limited edition of 10,000 copies, comes in a fold-out poster sleeve.

A1- TUNNEL OF LOVE
B1- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
B2- TWO FOR THE ROAD
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love

CD EP - CBS (651295 2) - UK, 1987

UK-only release, with disc made in West Germany.

01- TUNNEL OF LOVE
02- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
03- TWO FOR THE ROAD

In addition to its release on In Harmony 2, the live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN appears on one Bruce Springsteen promo-only sampler and on many various artists albums, most of which are Christmas themed.

Bruce Springsteen -- Killer Bs (From The USA)
Bruce Springsteen -- Killer Bs (From The USA)

MC - CBS (CDNT 239) - Canada, 1985

Canada-only promotional cassette tape sampler compiling 10 Springsteen single B-sides.
Various artists -- 'Tis The Sampler
Various artists -- 'Tis The Sampler

CD - Columbia (CSK 4294) - USA, 1991

Promotional album.
Various artists -- The Return Of Sampler Claus: Hits From The North Pole
Various artists -- The Return Of Sampler Claus: Hits From The North Pole

CD - Columbia (CSK 6666) - USA, 1994

Promotional album, also includes Bruce Springsteen's cover of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version].
Various artists -- Christmas Of Hope
Various artists -- Christmas Of Hope

CD - Columbia (CK 67407) - USA, 1995
Various artists -- Play Hits And They Will Buy
Various artists -- Play Hits And They Will Buy

CD - Columbia (CSK 8946) - USA, 1995

Promotional album.
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony - December '96 Vol. 11
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony - December '96 Vol. 11

2xCD - Sony (XDCS 93255-6) - Japan, 1996

Promotional album.
Various artists -- Sounds Of The Season
Various artists -- Sounds Of The Season

CD - Columbia (CK 68763) - USA, 1997
Various artists -- Christmas Stocking Stuffers
Various artists -- Christmas Stocking Stuffers

CD – Epic / Columbia (ESK 41634) - USA, 1998

Promotional album.
Various artists -- Sampler Claus Volume III
Various artists -- Sampler Claus Volume III

CD - Columbia (CSK 41718) - USA, 1998

Promotional album.
Various artists -- Columbia Christmas Classics
Various artists -- Columbia Christmas Classics

CD - Columbia (CSK 47150) - USA, 1999

Promotional album.
Various artists -- Now That's What I Call Christmas!
Various artists -- Now That's What I Call Christmas!

2xCD - UMG Recordings (314 585 620-2) - USA, 2001
Various artists -- Very Best Of Christmas Songs
Various artists -- Very Best Of Christmas Songs

CD - Berlin Records / Sony Music (BLN 504454 2) - Germany, 2001
Various artists -- The Very Best Of Christmas
Various artists -- The Very Best Of Christmas

CD - Sony Music / Columbia ‎(505441 2) - Indonesia, 2001
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2002 December
Various artists -- Hit's A Sony 2002 December

CD - Sony (SDCI 80089) - Japan, 2002

Promotional album, also includes LONESOME DAY.
Various artists -- Love Christmas
Various artists -- Love Christmas

CD - Sony Records Int'l (SICP 272) - Japan, 2002
Various artists -- RTL Christmas Megastars
Various artists -- RTL Christmas Megastars

2xCD - EMI Music Media (7243 543700 2 1) - Germany, 2002
Various artists -- The Best Christmas Album Ever!
Various artists -- The Best Christmas Album Ever!

2xCD - EMI ‎(7243 596337 2 5) - Holland, 2003
Various artists -- Christmas Hits: 60 Festive Favourites
Various artists -- Christmas Hits: 60 Festive Favourites

3xCD - BMG / Sony Music ‎(82876650602) - Europe, 2004
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten

2xCD - Sony Music Media (519167 2) - Germany, 2004

This album was issued every December from 2004 to 2008, with the same tracks, but different artwork and catalog number.
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten

2xCD - Sony BMG (82876 75602 2) - Germany, 2005

This album was issued every December from 2004 to 2008, with the same tracks, but different artwork and catalog number.
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten 2006
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten 2006

2xCD - Sony BMG (88697 03003 2) - Germany, 2006

This album was issued every December from 2004 to 2008, with the same tracks, but different artwork and catalog number.
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten 2007
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten 2007

2xCD - Sony BMG (88697 17223 2) - Germany, 2007

This album was issued every December from 2004 to 2008, with the same tracks, but different artwork and catalog number.
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten
Various artists -- Die Hit-Giganten Weihnachten

2xCD - Sony Music (88697172282) - Germany, 2008

This album was issued every December from 2004 to 2008, with the same tracks, but different artwork and catalog number.
Various artists -- Elton John's Christmas Party
Various artists -- Elton John's Christmas Party

CD - Hip-O Records ‎(B0007747-2) - USA, 2005
CD - Hear Music / Universal Music (LMM-642) - USA, 2005
Various artists -- God Jul Og Godt Nyttår!
Various artists -- God Jul Og Godt Nyttår!

2xCD - McMusic ANS (MCCD 145) - Norway, 2006
Various artists -- So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2006
Various artists -- So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2006

2xCD - Sony BMG Music Entertainment / Universal Music (88697019682) - Australia, 2006
Various artists -- Sampler Claus 2006
Various artists -- Sampler Claus 2006

CD - Columbia (88697 01961 2) - USA, 2006

Promotional album, also includes Bruce Springsteen's cover of MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY [Live 31 Dec 1980 version].

Other versions of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story
The live 08 Dec 1978 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was released on The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set in 2010.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009
The live 22 Nov 2009 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include one version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN.

  1. 18 May 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Live History: on-tour

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN is known to have been performed at least twice during what is considered The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle Tour (September 1973 to March 1975). Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates in December 1973.

  1. 20 Dec 1973 at Bristol Motor Inn, Bristol, RI
  2. 23 Dec 1973 at Rova Farm Function Center, Jackson, NJ

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN is known to have been performed at least 12 times during the Born To Run Tour (73 know dates / 81 known shows, July to December 1975). Some of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates in December 1975. The live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was distributed promotionally to radio stations and was released commercially in 1981 (see the "Official Releases" section above for more details).

  1. 02 Dec 1975 at Music Hall, Boston, MA
  2. 03 Dec 1975 at Music Hall, Boston, MA
  3. 05 Dec 1975 at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  4. 07 Dec 1975 at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  5. 10 Dec 1975 at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  6. 11 Dec 1975 at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  7. 12 Dec 1975 at C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY
  8. 16 Dec 1975 at State University Of New York, Oswego, NY
  9. 17 Dec 1975 at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
  10. 19 Dec 1975 at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Montreal, Canada
  11. 20 Dec 1975 at National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
  12. 21 Dec 1975 at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN is known to have been performed at least 23 times during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour (111 dates, May 1978 to January 1979). A few of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour from September 1978 onward. The live 08 Dec 1978 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was released on The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set in 2010.

  1. 20 Sep 1978 at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
  2. 21 Sep 1978 at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
  3. 25 Sep 1978 at Boston Garden, Boston, MA
  4. 30 Sep 1978 at Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
  5. 27 Nov 1978 at MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, WI
  6. 28 Nov 1978 at Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI
  7. 29 Nov 1978 at St. Paul Civic Center Arena, Saint Paul, MN
  8. 01 Dec 1978 at University Of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  9. 03 Dec 1978 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  10. 05 Dec 1978 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LO
  11. 07 Dec 1978 at University Of Texas, Austin, TX
  12. 08 Dec 1978 at The Summit, Houston, TX
  13. 09 Dec 1978 at Dallas Convention Center Arena, Dallas, TX
  14. 13 Dec 1978 at Tucson Community Center Arena, Tucson, AZ
  15. 15 Dec 1978 at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
  16. 16 Dec 1978 at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
  17. 19 Dec 1978 at Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR
  18. 20 Dec 1978 at Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA
  19. 27 Dec 1978 at Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
  20. 28 Dec 1978 at Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
  21. 30 Dec 1978 at Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
  22. 31 Dec 1978 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
  23. 01 Jan 1979 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed 13 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981). These were 13 consecutive shows. The live 31 Dec 1980 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.

  1. 04 Dec 1980 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
  2. 06 Dec 1980 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  3. 08 Dec 1980 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  4. 09 Dec 1980 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  5. 11 Dec 1980 at Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
  6. 12 Dec 1980 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  7. 15 Dec 1980 at Boston Garden, Boston, MA
  8. 16 Dec 1980 at Boston Garden, Boston, MA
  9. 18 Dec 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  10. 19 Dec 1980 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
  11. 28 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  12. 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
  13. 31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed 43 times during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour (156 dates, June 1984 to October 1985). The circulating audience recording from the 13 Dec 1984 show in Memphis, TN, is not complete and is missing SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN, but the song was most likely played on this show as it did on all other shows in November and December 1984.

  1. 18 Sep 1984 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 22 Sep 1984 at Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  3. 25 Sep 1984 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
  4. 15 Oct 1984 at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
  5. 19 Oct 1984 at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
  6. 22 Oct 1984 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
  7. 31 Oct 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  8. 02 Nov 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  9. 04 Nov 1984 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  10. 08 Nov 1984 at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  11. 11 Nov 1984 at McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO
  12. 12 Nov 1984 at McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO
  13. 15 Nov 1984 at St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO
  14. 16 Nov 1984 at Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  15. 18 Nov 1984 at University Of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  16. 19 Nov 1984 at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
  17. 23 Nov 1984 at University Of Texas, Austin, TX
  18. 25 Nov 1984 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
  19. 26 Nov 1984 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
  20. 29 Nov 1984 at The Summit, Houston, TX
  21. 30 Nov 1984 at The Summit, Houston, TX
  22. 02 Dec 1984 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  23. 06 Dec 1984 at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena, Birmingham, AL
  24. 07 Dec 1984 at Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, FL
  25. 09 Dec 1984 at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  26. 11 Dec 1984 at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
  27. 13 Dec 1984 at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
  28. 14 Dec 1984 at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
  29. 16 Dec 1984 at The Omni, Atlanta, GA
  30. 17 Dec 1984 at The Omni, Atlanta, GA
  31. 04 Jan 1985 at Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
  32. 05 Jan 1985 at Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
  33. 07 Jan 1985 at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
  34. 08 Jan 1985 at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
  35. 10 Jan 1985 at Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
  36. 13 Jan 1985 at Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC
  37. 15 Jan 1985 at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
  38. 19 Jan 1985 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  39. 24 Jan 1985 at Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
  40. 26 Jan 1985 at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
  41. 28 Mar 1985 at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
  42. 01 Sep 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
  43. 06 Sep 1985 at Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed 9 times during World Tour 1992-1993 (104 dates, June 1992 to June 1993); these were the last 9 dates of the 1992 leg of the tour.

  1. 02 Dec 1992 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
  2. 03 Dec 1992 at St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO
  3. 05 Dec 1992 at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
  4. 07 Dec 1992 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  5. 08 Dec 1992 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
  6. 13 Dec 1992 at Boston Garden, Boston, MA
  7. 14 Dec 1992 at Boston Garden, Boston, MA
  8. 16 Dec 1992 at Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  9. 17 Dec 1992 at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed twice during what is known as The Reunion Tour (132 dates, April 1999 to July 2000).

  1. 28 Nov 1999 at Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  2. 29 Nov 1999 at Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed 7 times during The Rising Tour (120 dates, August 2002 to October 2003); these were the last 7 dates of the 2002 leg of the tour.

  1. 04 Dec 2002 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  2. 05 Dec 2002 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
  3. 08 Dec 2002 at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
  4. 09 Dec 2002 at Carolina Center, Columbia, SC
  5. 13 Dec 2002 at Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
  6. 16 Dec 2002 at Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
  7. 17 Dec 2002 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed once during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour (72 dates, April to November 2005), on the last date of the tour, 22 Nov 2005 in Trenton, NJ.

  1. 22 Nov 2005 at Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed 10 times during the Magic Tour (100 dates, October 2007 to August 2008).

  1. 01 Dec 2007 at Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  2. 02 Dec 2007 at Sap Arena, Mannheim, Germany
  3. 04 Dec 2007 at Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
  4. 10 Dec 2007 at Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
  5. 12 Dec 2007 at Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
  6. 13 Dec 2007 at Kolnarena, Cologne, Germany
  7. 15 Dec 2007 at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  8. 17 Dec 2007 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  9. 19 Dec 2007 at The O2 Arena, London, England
  10. 11 Jul 2008 at Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed 7 times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009). The live 22 Nov 2009 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was released on the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY 11/22/2009 official live download in 2016.

  1. 02 Jun 2009 at Ratinan Stadion, Tampere, Finland
  2. 13 Jun 2009 at Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN
  3. 26 Jul 2009 at Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
  4. 15 Nov 2009 at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
  5. 18 Nov 2009 at Sommet Center, Nashville, TN
  6. 20 Nov 2009 at 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
  7. 22 Nov 2009 at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed 9 times during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013); these were the last 9 dates of the 2012 leg of the tour.

  1. 15 Nov 2012 at Centurylink Center, Omaha, NE
  2. 17 Nov 2012 at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
  3. 19 Nov 2012 at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  4. 26 Nov 2012 at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada
  5. 28 Nov 2012 at Rose Garden, Portland, OR
  6. 30 Nov 2012 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  7. 04 Dec 2012 at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
  8. 06 Dec 2012 at Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ
  9. 10 Dec 2012 at Palacio De Los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed once during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014), on the last date of the tour, on 18 May 2014 in Uncasville, CT. Audio recordings for most High Hopes Tour shows are officially available for purchase. See the live 18 May 2014 version for more details.

Live History: off-tour

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 28 Dec 1983 at Monmouth Arts Center in Red Bank, NJ, during a guest appearance at La Bamba's "Holiday Hurrah" Christmas benefit concert in aid of Monmouth County Big Brother.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 18 Dec 1988 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, during a guest appearance with local musicians.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 20 Dec 1994 at Tradewinds in Sea Bright, NJ, during a guest appearance with Tim McLoone's Holiday Express.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 21 Dec 1998 at McLoone's Rum Runner in Sea Bright, NJ, during a guest appearance with Bobby Bandiera and his band.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 20 Dec 1999 at McLoone's Rum Runner in Sea Bright, NJ, during a guest appearance with Bobby Bandiera and his band. The exact date has not been confirmed but it seems like the party took place on 20 Dec 1999.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 15 Dec 2001 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, during a guest appearance with Tim McLoone's Holiday Express.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 19 Dec 2003 at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Rumson, NJ, during the funeral of Wall Street trader John Mulheren, who Springsteen had known since the sixties. The song was played at the request of Mulheren's widow, in a solo acoustic arrangement.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 02 Dec 2004 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA, during the "Flood Aid '04" benefit concert.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 19 Dec 2004 at Harry's Roadhouse in Asbury Park, NJ, during both holiday jam shows that took place that day.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 12 Dec 2006 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during "The Bobby Bandiera All Star Holiday Concert".

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 22 Dec 2008 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during a guest appearance at Bobby Bandiera's Hope Concert. Bruce Springsteen performed the song with Southside Johnny and backed by Bobby Bandiera's band.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed off-tour on 19 Dec 2015 at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, NY, during a TV appearance on Saturday Night Live. The song was played in its E Street Band arrangement, with Sir Paul McCartney, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and the full Saturday Night Live cast (and some of the crew) joining the band on stage. See the live 19 Dec 2015 version for more details.

  1. 28 Dec 1983 at Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ
  2. 18 Dec 1988 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  3. 20 Dec 1994 at Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ
  4. 21 Dec 1998 at McLoone's Rum Runner, Sea Bright, NJ
  5. 20 Dec 1999 at McLoone's Rum Runner, Sea Bright, NJ
  6. 15 Dec 2001 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
  7. 19 Dec 2003 at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Rumson, NJ
  8. 02 Dec 2004 at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
  9. 19 Dec 2004 (early show) at Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park, NJ
  10. 19 Dec 2004 (late show) at Harry's Roadhouse, Asbury Park, NJ
  11. 12 Dec 2006 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
  12. 22 Dec 2008 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
  13. 19 Dec 2015 at 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed during both 2000 Asbury Park holiday shows, all five 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows, and all three 2003 Asbury Park holiday shows. These concerts were billed as "Bruce Springsteen with The Max Weinberg 7 and Friends", with The Max Weinberg 7 serving as the house band, and Springsteen bringing guests on and off the stage throughout the shows.

  1. 17 Dec 2000 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 18 Dec 2000 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  3. 03 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  4. 04 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  5. 06 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  6. 07 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  7. 08 Dec 2001 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  8. 05 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  9. 07 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ
  10. 08 Dec 2003 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN was performed during the seventh (2006) annual Light Of Day benefit. The song was played with all of the night's performers onstage, including Bob Benjamin who joined Springsteen on lead vocals.

  1. 02 Dec 2006 at Starland Ballroom, Sayeville, NJ (during the seventh annual Light Of Day benefit)

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for transcribing these lyrics and for the additional help on this page. Thanks Massimo Truchet for the help with some of the official releases

Request

Please contact me if you have scans for or info about any official release containing the live 12 Dec 1975 version of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for:

  • Bruce Springsteen -- "My Hometown / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" || 7" single - Columbia (13-08414) - USA, mid-1990's
  • Bruce Springsteen -- Tunnel Of Love || 12" EP - CBS (651295 6) - Spain, 1987

Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN on this website:

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 12 Dec 1975 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 08 Dec 1978 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 18 May 2014 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Live 19 Dec 2015 version]
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN [Original Harry Reser And His Orchestra version]

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