Find your perfect Christmas soundtrack for any occasion with everything from soft piano and soulful classics to K-pop and metal. You can even round out the holiday ambiance with the soothing crackle of a virtual fireplace.
The best free Christmas music streaming services
Google Play Music
Google Play has a massive selection of 70 different holiday stations to choose from.
Soothing instrumentals and chilled out acoustic selections are perfect for warming up and winding down during the season. And when it comes time for holiday gatherings you’ll have access to a range that spans from electronica to sing-along stations.
A modest selection of Christmas stations are available on iHeartRadio, making it easier to decide when you know what you’re in the mood for. It features a special channel to delight the young ones in your life — North Pole Radio hosted by Santa.
Choose from 44 curated holiday playlists by Spotify to suit any situation. From religious to rocking, you’re set to find a playlist — or three to fit the vibe for your sit-down dinner, office party or bring cheer to your commute.
Two Christmas radio stations are on offer for free from Deezer. You’ll be limited to skipping six tracks per hour on a free plan, so if you’re not feeling inspired by either station you may want to check out another service.
Best Christmas music station for kids and families
North Pole Radio by iHeartRadio
Best Christmas music playlist for Millennials
Christmas Coffeehouse by Spotify
Best Christmas music playlist for Boomers
Classic Christmas Hits by Google Play Music
Best Christmas music playlist for a cocktail party
Jazz Christmas by LiveXLive
Best Christmas music playlist for an open house party
Retro Holiday by Spotify
Best Christmas music playlist for starting an argument
Die Hard Soundtrack on Spotify
Bonus! 3 places to stream Yule Logs
A crackling, open flame can really complete the holiday ambiance when an actual fire is out of the question. Bundle up and cast one of these beautiful scenes to your favorite screen as a second-best option. If you have another screen available, you can even set up the ultimate cozy atmosphere for watching your favorite Christmas movies.
Pro tip: Turn off annotations to avoid getting any brief but potentially annoying messages over your HD flame.
Relaxing fireplace sounds by Cat Trumpet
The soothing snap, crackle and pop of this well-looped flame is perfect if you want to set it and forget it. You’ll get 12 hours of a 1080p high-definition fire burning in a lovely brick hearth.
Interruption-free Yule log by PBS
PBS offers a shorter loop — only one hour — but for that time you get a beautiful wood-burning fire in stunning 4K. It’s another clean loop, and one you can watch without messing with annotation settings.
No-loop fireplace by TheSilentWatcher
For a slightly more authentic feel, you can get a three-hour fireplace scene. The logs burn and crumble rather than being on a loop, and its quality goes up to 4K so it’ll stay looking crisp up on the big screen.
You won’t be wanting for ways to stream Christmas classics and more contemporary tracks for free this holiday season. Complete the ambiance with a big blanket, warm beverage and crackling fire — digital or otherwise. Check out your streaming service options by checking out our guide.
How we picked the best playlists and Yule logs
The best playlists and stations were chosen based on the popularity and uniqueness of included tracks, overall flow in the case of playlists and additional features. Yule log videos were selected based on looping and streaming quality, length, user ratings and general atmosphere.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. iHeartRadio and LiveXLive offer free stations without commercials. If you’re willing to subscribe to premium, you can get commercial-free access to Spotify.
Depending on the service you use, yes. Many streaming services allow you to play music from smart TVs directly or through TV-connected devices like Apple TV or Amazon Fire.
Rhys Subitch is a writer and editor at Finder who tackles topics across the site. With half a decade of experience researching, editing and writing for a Fortune 500 company, university and several independent publications, Rhys brings readers the most up-to-date and curated info on all things finance.
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