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Christmas Songs: Cheery Holiday Music

Updated on April 4, 2012

Time to deck the halls once again!

Can you feel it in the air!? The smell of freshly cut pine boughs... warm cookies just out of the oven and the sound of snow lightly falling... and... hmm, something is missing... CHRISTMAS MUSIC!

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, it is officially Christmas time in my family... and the very first thing we do is dig around for all of our favorite holiday tunes. Here are some all time favorite Christmas songs to help you gear up for the holiday season.

The songs have been divided up into 3 categories:

  1. Religious - hymns, carols, songs typically heard in church
  2. Secular - can be heard on the radio around Christmas time
  3. Cheery Christmas Songs - upbeat, favorites of children


In recent studies, some Christmas songs have shown to cause:

  • Spontaneous singing and, in rare cases, dancing among those who participated.
  • Long-term use of some Christmas songs can cause the song in question to become lodged in the mind.
  • Christmas songs can be extremely contagious and be passed to others within a close proximity.

Wonderful Instrumental Artists


O Holy Night - Josh Groban

Joy To The World - Nat King Cole

The First Noel - University of Utah Singers

O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Enya

Silent Night - Sixpence None The Richer

We Three Kings - amazing hand drum version

O Come, All Ye Faithful - Amy Grant

Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night - Kings College Choir, Cambridge

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Glee Cast

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day - MercyMe

Away In A Manger - Michael W. Smith

The Little Drummer Boy - Sean Quigley

Mary Did You Know - Donny Osmond

O Come, All Ye Faithful - Celine Dion

What Child Is This - Josh Groban

Children Go Where I Send Thee - choir


Felize Navidad - Jose Feliciano

Grown Up Christmas List - Amy Grant

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -Judy Garland

Baby It's Cold Outside - Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire - Nat King Cole

Here Comes Santa Claus - Gene Autry

Believe - Josh Groban

Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Buble

There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays - Perry Como

I'll Be Home For Christmas - Rascal Flatts

We Need A Little Christmas - Johnny Mathis

We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Muppets

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby

Let It Snow - Michael Buble

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams

Mr. Grinch - Themesong

O Christmas Tree - Charlie Brown

Walking In A Winter Wonderland - Dean Martin

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree - Home Alone Soundtrack

Santa Baby - Joan Javits

All I Want For Christmas Is You - Love Actually Soundtrack

Silver Bells - John Denver

Deck the Halls - Mannheim Steamroller

When Christmas Comes To Town - Polar Bear Express Soundtrack

White Christmas - Bing Crosby

Carol Of The Bells - The Bird And The Bee

Cheery Christmas Songs


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