"Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" (Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey) is a Christmas song recorded by the Beatles in 1967 and was only released to members of the Beatles' fan club who were willing to order the record through the mail.
The song was later released on the Free as a Bird single in 1995 and was cut from its original 6:17 to a shortened version of 3:03. The song opens with a lighthearted tune from all four of the Beatles and occasionally cuts to a tale of the Beatles arriving at the fictional BBC house. This part of the song was cut from the 1995 single version. The song then closes with a Christmas greeting from all four of the Beatles. At the end, "Auld Lang Syne" is played on the organ as Lennon reads one of his original nonsense free-verse poems.
Ringo Starr recorded his own cover of "Christmas Time Is Here Again" on his 1999 Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus. In 1993, R.E.M. released a cover version on a Christmas single from their fan club.
* John Lennon – vocals, bass drum
* Paul McCartney – vocals, piano
* George Harrison – vocals, acoustic guitar
* Ringo Starr – vocals, drums, tap dancing
* George Martin – vocals
* Victor Spinetti – vocals, tap dancing
* Mal Evans – spoken word