Although ‘It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas’ has been recorded by many artists, our favorite is the Bing Crosby version recorded October 1, 1951.
Originally titled “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”, this holiday classic was written by Meredith Willson in 1951. It is believed that Willson wrote the song while visiting Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The song makes reference to a “tree in the Grand Hotel” believe to be in the Yarmouth’s Grand Hotel and “one in the park as well” located directly across from the hotel in Frost Park. Another possibility is that the song lyrics were inspired by the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Willson’s hometown of Mason City, Iowa. The Park Inn Hotel, situated in downtown Mason City overlooking central park, is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.