How to stream Christmas music this holiday season

Yes, Halloween was not that long ago and some may find it bad or weird to start playing Christmas music in early November.

With that said, 2020 has been a rough year and many people are looking to get into that Christmas and holiday season spirit a little earlier now.

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After all, Michael Buble has a new Christmas song with Dolly Parton this year on her new Christmas album, so I guess you could say it is that time of the year to get into the spirit.

Not much has changed since last year, but here are some methods of streaming Christmas music this year:

  • Apple Music: Apple will have plenty of Christmas music in its library. This also includes the music service’s Christmas playlists that have “Essential Christmas,” which includes classic carols from the 20th and 21st centuries. It also has “Holiday Hits” and “Sentimental Christmas” too for playlists. On top of playlists, Apple Music has its own radio stations that are similar to what you would find on traditional FM radio but without the ads. Of course, other brands such as Topsify, TuneIn and iHeartRadio have their own Christmas music playlists and radio stations to choose from as well.


  • Pandora Radio: This should be a no-brainer, but if you love that Michael Buble Christmas album and want to find a station or playlist just like it, Pandora, could be the way to go for that.


  • iHeartRadio and TuneIn: Have a specific local radio station you like to listen to on your phone, whether you’re in your car and out of reach of the FM radio signal, at the gym or at work? Both of these apps should help you find what you are looking for.


  • Spotify: While we love Apple Music, we have to give credit to Spotify for its well-known curated playlists. Over there, you can find ones that Spotify has made, other music companies and even Starbucks has its own holiday playlist to get you in the mood. Best of all, you don’t even have to go to one of its cafes to listen to it.


  • YouTube: Some of you may not have access to the premium music streaming services this year for whatever reason that might be. Still, YouTube does have plenty of Christmas music available in playlists and videos as a whole. It’s definitely something for people to look into if they do not have the financials this year to be on a music streaming service.

All of the services mentioned here can be streamed from the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac. When using iHeartRadio or TuneIn on the Apple TV, you’ll have to use AirPlay from your chosen Apple device, as neither of those services have tvOS apps.

Did we miss any big ones? Do you know how you’re going to listen to Christmas music this year? Let us know on Twitter at @appleosophy.

David Becker
Author: David Becker

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