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Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming up. Then comes Christmas.
Yes, it’s that time of year again: weekends are spent planning for a stress-free holiday, baking cookies, watching Christmas movies, tempting Xmas treats, seasonal decorations in every store and cheesy songs on the radio.
If you want to get into the mood with music you enjoy or accompany your Christmas celebrations with a quality selection of songs, check out the following best websites to listen to free online Christmas music.
Jingle Bell Jukebox allows you to listen to entire albums worth of free online Christmas music.
The archive contains nine albums, including Dean Martin’s “My Kind of Christmas”, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”, and Amy Grant’s “A Christmas Album”.
You can skip songs and switch between albums. Each album is played in a loop.
Radioio has launched three channels dedicated to holiday music. They are Christmas Traditions, Country Christmas, and Today’s Christmas.
The player is simple and easy to use. You can choose a bitrate (64 or 32), see which song is being played, which other songs were played recently, and quickly change to another holiday channel through a menu on the left (not shown below).
6. AOL Radio Christmas Music
AOL radio features a great selection of radio stations, including Christmas music.
The link above directs you to a site listing them all. Click the play button next to a station to launch the player.
Inside the player you can also switch between categories and stations.
If you like a channel, you can add it to your presets through the menu at the bottom right. All your presets are listed on the right (not shown in the image above).
SHOUTcast is powered by AOL music, but the selection of stations is different. There are actually less Christmas-themed stations, however I prefer the options. You can use the web player or listen to the stations in Winamp and other players.
The web player allows to switch between related stations.
4. Web-Radio Christmas Player
Web-Radio also has a selection of stations dedicated to Christmas.
Click on the Web-Radio Player to open it in a new tab or window, then select your Christmas station and enjoy.
Web-Radio offers a Toolbar for IE and Firefox, which comes with a lot of ad material and does not include its Christmas stations.
Last.fm radio stations can be played without creating an account. You can use the radio station I linked to or search for your own. Other Last.fm Christmas-themed stations include Christmas, Weihnachten (German), Noel (French) or Navidad (Spanish). Perhaps you could find some classic Disney Christmas movie songs!
If you want to block a song you can’t stand, such as Wham’s Last Christmas, you have to log in.
The easiest to use site to listen to free online Christmas music is Christmas Radio.
You can choose from nine different Christmas-themed radio stations, including Christmas Classics, Christmas Rock, and the Top 40 of Christmas songs.
Songs are played on site through JW FLV Media Player.
A neat little extra is the word cloud to display the headline in different languages.
AccuHolidays features a long list of holiday music radio stations, for example Holiday on Broadway, Quiet Christmas Eve, Blue and White Christmas, and Celtic Christmas.
Select a station from the site to launch the AccuHolidays player. Alternatively, you can build your own music mix, i.e. mix all your favorite stations. The player shows the current song and you can quickly switch to other channels or modify the list of artists (read: ban artists) used for this station.
I love the option to remove artists from the playlist. Goodbye Mariah and Celine!
If you’re looking for Christmas midis check out Christmas music from All Things Christmas. Looking for even more? Take a look at these legal online sources to download free Christmas tunes.
What is your favorite Christmas song and which one do you hate the most? I have to admit I don’t mind Last Christmas at all. My favorite, however, is a different one each year.
And don’t forget the others in your life who love music as much as you do this holiday season! Here are some great gift ideas just for music fans. We’ve also looked at sunlight lamps for beating the winter blues.
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