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"Spirit of the Season" is a song from the 2004 film, The Polar Express. The elves sing it at the North Pole Square while helping the reindeer to the sleigh and hanging silver bells on their harness. The song is heard as an instrumental throughout the film, including when Hero Boy, Hero Girl and Billy get carried to the Square in the big bag by the zeppelins.

During the end credits after "Believe", a medley of the film's songs plays in which "Spirit of the Season" is the fourth and final song after "Hot Chocolate". It is also the sixth track on the film's official soundtrack.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has done a cover version of the song for its 2006 Christmas concert of the same name with Sissel Kyrkjebø as a guest singer. 2007 saw the released of a DVD version of the concert and an album also of the same name based on the concert, containing the song as the tenth track, which has been nominated for two Grammys: Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Engineered Album - Classical.

Lyrics

It's the spirit of the season
You can feel it in the air
You can hear it if you listen
Everywhere, so much care, like a prayer
Whatever it is, you need to share it
It's the spirit of the season
You can feel it in the air
People smile as they pass you by
The day will be here soon
Dreams are dancing in the children's eyes
Hearts are singing, bells are ringing, too
It's the spirit of the season
Filling hearts with love and care
Let the shining star increase it
Everywhere, feeling there, like a prayer<
Whatever it is, you need to share it
It's the spirit of the season
It's the spirit of the season
(instrumental break)
Snow is falling as you rush downtown<
The city seems to glow
Laughter reaches from the happy sounds<
Hearts are singing, bells are ringing too
It's the spirit of the season
Healing hearts with love and care
Like a shining star, it glistens
Everywhere, feeling there, like a prayer
Whatever it is, you need to share it
It's the spirit of the season
You can hear it in the air
It's the spirit of the season
You can hear it everywhere
Fa la la la la!

Trivia

  • "Suite from the Polar Express" features the song as an instrumental.
Music
Original songs The Polar Express When Christmas Comes to Town Rockin' on Top of the World Believe Hot Chocolate Spirit of the Season It Takes Two
Christmas carols Santa Claus is Comin' to Town White Christmas Winter Wonderland It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Silver Bells Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Frosty the Snowman Deck the Halls Good King Wenceslas I'll Be Home for Christmas Jingle Bells
Score Seeing is Believing Suite from the Polar Express
Albums Original Motion Picture Soundtrack For Your Consideration
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