Finding Christmas songs to listen to online helps make the holidays merry without breaking your bank. You can find a wealth of Christmas tunes online for free or low-cost.
Free Streaming Christmas Music
A number of websites broadcast holiday songs year-round, allowing you to get your Christmas music fix on the Fourth of July if you want!
To listen to free Christmas music on Pandora, you'll need to create a free account first. Then you can choose the music genre you wish to listen to and create a personalized station that includes your favorite Christmas musicians and songs. You also have the ability to positively or negatively rate songs to determine how often they are played and the ability to purchase each played tune. For a monthly fee, you can upgrade your account and receive commercial free access.
WebRadio offers listeners the option to listen to broadcast radio stations with Christmas music and online webcasters. To listen live, click the "LIVE" button in the Live Streaming column of either section; a few have a choice of listening options, like RealPlayer, Windows Media, and WinAmp. You can click the call letters in the broadcast section or the webcast name to reach your desired site as well. The station info and slogans can help you determine the specific genre of Christmas music each plays.
The Christian Broadcasting Network website offers streaming Christian and secular Christmas music from artists of many genres. You do not need to create an account to listen and there is no charge. CBN Radio also features a Christmas music app that can be downloaded to your smart phone or tablet.
Over 40 different holiday categories to choose from are available on AccuHolidays, including options like a Latin-themed station and a Celtic Christmas selection. You can customize your play lists on various channels to get just the artists and songs you enjoy. AccuHolidays has an extremely clear broadcast and little to no lag time between songs. Buy the CDs on Amazon.com if you like the songs from the link provided in the playlist area.
Shoutcast gives you the opportunity to listen to Christmas music for free from hundreds of Internet streaming radio station from all over the world. Every genre is covered from rock and country to oldies and the blues. To access their Christmas music, scroll down to "Seasonal and Holiday" and then choose "Christmas." From there, you can choose which specific station you want to listen to online.
To use AOL Radio, visit their website and click on "AOL Stations." Scroll down to "Holidays" and choose your genre from country to pop to classics and more. You can also search for a specific musician and AOL will come up with a play list based on your search. You do not need an account to listen but creating one gives you the ability to save your playlists and rate songs. If you upgrade to a paid account, you can choose which songs you want to listen to, determine when they play instead of having AOL play them randomly, and avoid commercials.
Local Radio Stations
Don't forget to check your favorite local radio stations. Many stations play holiday music starting in November and stream their feed on their website. You may need to register on their website or subscribe to their newsletter to access the online song stream. Log onto your local station's website to see what options are available.
Tips for Online Holiday Listening
Before you get excited about Christmas songs to listen to online, you should make sure you have your computer ready. Follow these tips:
- Make sure your speakers are connected and turned on.
- Have a media player on your computer. RealPlayer can be downloaded for free if you do not have software already.
- Allow ActiveX controls to be installed on your computer if the website requires it.
- Disable pop-ups.
Be sure that you trust the websites you are using if you chose to disable pop-ups or download programs or files.
Enjoy Christmas Tunes Year-Round
Once you have everything in place, you can sing along with your favorite Christmas songs the whole season long. In fact, you can listen to them any season if you're streaming online or choose to download Christmas music for listening at your leisure.