Sit by your Christmas tree, sip some hot chocolate, and listen to some tunes! Our annual Christmas music playlist is here! // Dreams, etc.

Christmas Music Playlist 2018

Of course, I had to come back in December if only to post my annual Christmas music playlist. But to be honest… for a little while I wasn’t sure if I would actually put it together. You all know how much I absolutely love Christmas music, but this month I’ve been listening to a different album on repeat.

But I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t get my annual dose of Christmas music in. (It’s usually playing 24/7 this time of year!) And while it would be an understatement to say that I threw consistency out of the window this year with my blog, the one thing I have done for as long as I can remember on Dreams, etc. (before it was even called that!) is post a Christmas music playlist. So. Here are the playlists I put together for you this year.

Sit by your Christmas tree, sip some hot chocolate, and listen to some tunes! Our annual Christmas music playlist is here! // Dreams, etc.

That’s right! I said playlistS. I always throw music I’m listening to into the playlist and then narrow it down before I post it so that it’s a nice, reasonable size. But this year I culled a few songs, but didn’t want to take out anything else. That playlist has a little over two hours of Christmas goodness for you! But it was a little difficult to organize the songs to tell my story–as I do each year–so I rolled up my sleeves and was ruthless! Kind of. The abridged version clocks in at just over an hour. (I tried to get it under an hour. I really did.)

You’ll find the staples: it starts with Harry Connick Jr.’s “Sleigh Ride” as it does every year. (It’s the first Christmas song I listen to every year!) And it’ll take you into New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini’s “Auld Lang Syne.” (If you’re not a fan of the song, be sure to give this version a listen!) And Mahalia Jackson’s “Silent Night, Holy Night” marks the night of our Savior’s birth.

Tell me what Christmas songs you’ve been listening to this year! I might have to make our full playlist just a little bit longer.

Sit by your Christmas tree, sip some hot chocolate, and listen to some tunes! Our annual Christmas music playlist is here! // Dreams, etc.

PS – Check out the playlists from 2017 and 2016!


  1. Kimmy Ripley

    December 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Love your list! Carol Of The Bells by Thans Siberian Orchestra is my all-time favorite though. Just something about that song that puts me in the Xmas spirit!

  2. Rebecca @ Strength & Sunshine

    December 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Christmas music 24/7 over here!

  3. Clare Kennedy

    December 19, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    yeah pink martini!! thanks for this xx 🙂

  4. Miss ALK

    December 19, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Love seeing some Trans Siberian orchestra on your playlist! Their music just makes the holiday season. 🙂

    xoxo A

  5. Becky @ Disney in your Day

    December 19, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I love Christmas music! I have lots of classics on my playlist, but also the Muppets and some country Christmas 🙂

  6. amy40

    December 19, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I love your list! Mine is mostly full of classics and The Piano Guys.

  7. Alexandra Cook

    December 19, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Christmas music is my favourite – I love a real variety, old and new! I love anything from Mariah Carey to Nat King Cole, to Bing Crosby!! Fun! 🙂

  8. Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    December 19, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Yes to all of these, Crystal! I love the older Christmas songs – they’re so dreamy.

  9. Courtney Heathcock

    December 19, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Christmas music is my FAVORITE, I play it year round. Great playlist!


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