Languages › French "Vive le Vent" : A Popular French Christmas Carol Learn How to Sing "Jingle Bells" in French Share Flipboard Email Print Sami Sert/Getty Images Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated August 10, 2019 The song, Vive le Vent is the equivalent of "Jingle Bells" in French. It is sung to the same tune, but the words are completely different. It's a fun song and one that you'll want to learn and sing during the holiday season. Vive le Vent Lyrics and Translation Below you can read the lyrics for the French Christmas carol Vive le vent. The English is a literal translation and, as you'll notice, it only has one reference to bells. Yet, it does celebrate all the joys of the holidays, including time with family, snowy days, and all the things that add to the festive fun. Vive plus a noun is a common construction used to honor someone or something. Most often, it is translated into English as "long live." You may recognize it from the popular expression Vive la France. French English (Refrain)Vive le vent, vive le vent,Vive le vent d'hiver,Qui s'en va sifflant, soufflantDans les grands sapins verts, oh ! (Refrain)Long live the wind, long live the wind,Long live the winter wind,Which goes whistling, blowingIn the big green Christmas trees, oh! Vive le temps, vive le temps,Vive le temps d'hiver,Boules de neige et Jour de l'AnEt Bonne Année grand-mère !(Fin du refrain) Long live the weather, long live the weather,Long live the winter weather,Snowballs and new year's dayand happy new year Grandma!(End of refrain) Sur le long cheminTout blanc de neige blancheUn vieux monsieur s'avanceAvec sa canne dans la main.Et tout là-haut le ventQui siffle dans les branchesLui souffle la romanceQu'il chantait petit enfant, oh ! Along the long pathAll white from the white snowAn old man advancesWith his cane in his hand.And all above the windWhich whistles in the branchesBlows on him the romanceThat he sang as a young child, oh! Refrain Refrain Joyeux, joyeux NoëlAux mille bougiesQu'enchantent vers le cielLes cloches de la nuit.Vive le vent, vive le ventVive le vent d'hiverQui rapporte aux vieux enfantsLeurs souvenirs d'hier, oh ! Merry, Merry ChristmasTo the thousand candlesWhich delight toward heavenThe night's bells.Long live the wind, long live the windLong live the winter windWhich brings to old kidsTheir memories of yesterday, oh! Refrain Refrain Et le vieux monsieurDescend vers le village,C'est l'heure où tout est sageEt l'ombre danse au coin du feu.Mais dans chaque maisonIl flotte un air de fêtePartout la table est prêteEt l'on entend la même chanson, oh ! And the old manGoes down toward the village,It's the time when everyone is goodAnd the shadow dances near the fire.But in each houseThere's a festive airEverywhere the table is readyAnd you hear the same song, oh! Refrain Refrain Continue Reading Lyrics for the French Carol "Le P'tit Renne au Nez Rouge" Lyrics for "Falalalala" - A Traditional French Christmas Carol Enjoy the French Christmas Carol Noël Nouvelet Learn How to Sing O Holy Night in French What's the Meaning of the French Patriotic Phrase 'Vive La France?' What Is the History of 'The First Noel' in French? Learn How to Sing 'Silent Night' in Both French and English The Most French Famous Christmas Song: 'Petit Papa Noël' French Lyrics of "O Christmas Tree" How to Wish Someone a Happy Birthday in French Do You Know the Words to France's National Anthem? Faux Amis: French-English False Cognates Starting with A Improve your French with These Listening Exercises Learn Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Ouvrir' Conjugating the Most Important French Verbs: Avoir, Être, Faire How Has French Influenced English?