It’s time to rock out to some holiday tunes while shopping, wrapping, and general Christmas-ing. Here are some of the best online streaming stations to get your holiday fix.
Pandora Radio is a household name for streaming radio, so it’s no wonder they have a wide array of stations dedicated to Christmas. Pandora is available on a wide variety of internet connected devices, allowing you to spread holiday cheer with your in-car audio system, WiFi speakers, and smart TVs.
- Rockin’ Holidays Radio
- Today’s Christmas Radio
- Christmas Traditional
- Hipster Holiday
- Family Christmas
- New Holiday
iHeart Radio is another solid streaming platform that, of course, has Christmas stations available for streaming. This service is available on a wide range of gadgets, like the Amazon Echo, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, car stereos, tablets, and smartphones.
Perhaps not as well known as Pandora and iHeart, LiveXLive Radio (formerly Slacker Radio) provides great streaming holiday music with regular DJ updates and news breaks (which you can turn off if you wish). Slacker Radio is available on smartphones, tablets and many in-car audio systems.
Even if you don’t subscribe to Spotify’s service, you can take advantage of their free tier to get in the holiday spirit. While Spotify is available on a wide varieties of devices and smart speakers, some of the features of the free tier are limited to desktop/laptop computers.
Alexa and Amazon Echo Devices
If you have an Alexa-enabled device in your home, here are some Christmas music skills to fill your home with the sounds of the season.
Alternatively, you can simply ask Alexa to play one of the stations mentioned above.
- “Alexa, play North Pole Radio on iHeart Radio.”
- “Alexa, play Today’s Christmas Radio on Pandora.”
Apple’s streaming service isn’t free, but if you have a subscription, you have access to a good variety of holiday music. Open the “Music” app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the Browse section, and look for the “Holiday” banner.
- Holiday section on Apple Music
Amazon Prime Music
If you’re an Amazon Prime member (who isn’t now-a-days?) who is in the mood for some holiday tunes, be sure to check out the Prime Playlists dedicated to Christmas and holiday music. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the Indie for the Holidays playlist.
This list is by no means exhaustive, so please be sure to let me know where your favorite streaming Christmas music resides in the comments below.