If you're looking for something a little more classical in terms
of Christmas music this year, or if you're bored of the usual
saccharine sweet Christmas music, why not try something from our
list of classical Christmas songs? Comprising of a mixture of
symphonic music, orchestral numbers and choral numbers, this
Christmas compilation is perfect for unwinding to at the end of a
long day. All of the music on this list is also very family
friendly, so try these tunes if you're looking for something a
little more suitable for the whole family this year.
1) Orchestra Manhattan - The Christmas Song
This lovely cover of Nat King Cole's classic is taken from
Orchestra Manhattan's Digital Christmas album. It's a lovely
laidback, jazzy version of the classic, full of plinky plonky
piano. Perfect for playing whilst you eat Christmas dinner.
2) Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops - Little Drummer
Arthur Fielder was a conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra for
a number of years, and was both praised and criticised for
popularizing the orchestra's music, especially when they adapted
popular songs. This version of classic song Little Drummer Boy is a
light, building version that it still very traditional.
3) A Charlie Brown Christmas - Linus & Lucy
If you're a fan of Charlie Brown, you'll love this album full of
classics from the show. Perfect for sticking on if you're feeling
nostalgic for your youth, our favourite song from the album is
Linus & Lucy but the whole record is packed full of
4) Beegie Adair - Frosty the Snowman
This jazz version of Frosty the Snowman, taken from Beegie
Adair's Christmas jazz piano album is a brilliant version of the
original - laidback, mellow and perfect for sitting back and
listening to with a glass of mulled wine.
5) Robert Page with Temple University Choir - Silent Night,
This is a wonderfully peaceful version of the classic Christmas
carol Silent Night, Holy Night, with a rather lovely wind section
and some sweeping violins. Listen to this if you want to relax into
the Christmas spirit or if you're looking for slower-paced music
6) Henry John Gauntlett - Once in Royal David's
It can be truly lovely to get back to basics with your Christmas
music and this choral version of Once in Royal David's City is a
beautiful, breath-taking Christmas number.
7) Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride for Orchestra
This adaptation of Sleigh Ride is a lovely Christmassy romp -
light, upbeat, up-tempo and is really a face-paced tune that will
instantly have you feeling warm and Christmassy inside from the
first few seconds. This song has also been used in a huge number of
films and advertisements, so you'll definitely recognise it.
8) John Francis Walde - O Come All Ye Faithful
This stunning instrumental version of O Come All Ye Faithful is
like a song of two halves - one part of the song is fast and
frivolous violins, and the other part is deep trumpets for the
chorus of the song - but the two blend together perfectly to create
a lovely Christmassy tune. Another song to put on your Christmas
9) Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas
Conducted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, an extremely talented
conductor, we have a very traditional Christmas song 9th on our
list, with a male voice choir and a low, low strings section. A
stunning song to add to your Christmas playlist.
10) The Westminster Choir - I Wonder As I Wander
Westminster Choir is one of the top choirs in the whole of the
United States, and they regularly perform with the Philadelphia
Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. This version of I Wonder
As I Wander is breath-taking in its simplicity and perfect for
sticking on whilst you decorate the Christmas tree.
11) The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble - We Three Kings of
This brass version of classic Christmas carol We Three Kings of
Orient Are is a really different take on the usual string quartets
and full orchestras you usually hear at this time of the year.
Another classic for your driving playlist.
12) A Charlie Brown Christmas - Christmas is
Another song from a Charlie Brown Christmas this time, Christmas
is Coming is a familiar romp that will instantly transport you back
to your youth.
13) Dale Warland Singers - Patapan
Choral group Dale Warland Singers are next on our list this time
with this dramatic song full of sweeping, soaring vocals and a
faint musical accompaniment. Sung by the Dale Warland Singers, a
highly respected choral group, the warm and peaceful style of this
song will mean you'll slip right into the Christmas spirit.
14) Christmas Traditional - Deck the Halls (Welsh)
A lovely orchestral version of yet another classic Christmas
song, this version of Deck the Halls is uplifting, upbeat and very,
very festive. Play it when you're sitting in front of the fire with
a mug of cocoa, wrapped up in a blanket.
15) Adolpe Adam - Cantique de Noel
A stunning orchestral and choral number at number 15 on our
list, this song will instantly transport you back to Christmases
past. It's been used in film, in advertising and on the radio for
years and so you'll immediately think happy, festive thoughts when
you have a listen to this.