Through the decades it has been recorded by over 200 different artists.
The original recording was by Richard Himber and his Hotel Ritz-Carlton Orchestra on RCA Bluebird in 1934. At the end of a recording session with time to spare, it was suggested that this new tune be tried with an arrangement provided by the publisher. This excellent "studio" orchestra included many great New York studio musicians including the legendary Artie Shaw. The biggest chart hit at the time of introduction was Guy Lombardo's orchestra, a top ten hit. Singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer took the song to #4 in Billboard's airplay chart in 1946. The same season, Perry Como hit the retail top ten. Como would record a new version for his 1959 Christmas album.
Sleigh bells ring are you listening in the lane snow is glistening A beautiful sight we're happy tonight walking in a winter wonderland
Gone away is the bluebird here to stay is a new bird He sings a love song as we go along walking in a winter wonderland
In the meadow we can build a snowman Then pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say: Are you married? we'll say: No man But you can do the job when you're in town
Later on we'll conspire as we dream by the fire To face unafraid the plans that we've made walking in a winter wonderland
In the meadow we can build a snowman and pretend that he's a circus clown We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman until the the other kids knock him down
When it snows ain't it thrilling Though your nose gets a chilling We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland walking in a winter wonderland