The Perfect Songs for A Perfect Christmas Party

The fresh holly bough is hung, punctuated by a crisp red bow. A variety of wine glasses and champagne flutes along with whiskey tumblers and chilled pint glasses are delicately aligned along the counter. Drinks are set out along with plates and platters of beautifully arranged appetizers and small bites. The tree is trimmed to perfection, all the Christmas ornaments are sparkling against the twinkling white lights. The stage is set for a spectacular Christmas party with one last detail to put in place: music. The right playlist creates an inviting environment, but the pressure to create one can paralyze even the most well-intentioned host. 

The perfect playlist for a Christmas party or to set the mood on Christmas morning doesn’t have to be left to chance. You can dial up a pre-planned playlist from one of the many major music streaming companies. There are plenty of holiday-themed playlists with all the popular songs, but leaving the playlist to chance might result in a few unsavory choices. Better to thoughtfully select a few pre-planned songs for any holiday party, and we’ll get you started. After all, no two Christmases are alike, better to have set the tone with well-picked songs for a memorable day. 

The Best Christmas Songs for A Fancy Christmas Party

For a fancy Christmas party, live music would be extra special. A string quartet playing traditional Christmas carols or a chamber group singing Christmas songs in four-part harmonies would delight your guests. Make sure their set list includes Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Joy to the World. 

The Best Christmas Songs for A Retro Christmas Party

When the disco ball is spinning, and the Christmas tree is decorated with light-catching reflector ornaments we recommend some “kitch” on your playlist. Judy Garland sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Dean Martin croons “Silver Bells,” and Rosemary Clooney’s silken voice on White Christmas never gets old on “Count Your Blessings.” 

The Best Christmas Songs for A Family Christmas Party

The Christmas story centers around a special family, and there are a lot of great Christmas songs for families. If all the regular songs are wearing out their welcome, opt for a new band or take on Christmas music. Pentatonix sings tight harmonies all acapella, many country artists have Christmas albums, and the Manheim Steamrollers or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra both offer new sounds of old favorites. 

The Best Christmas Songs for A Kid-Themed Christmas Party

So much of Christmas is centered around kids, so coming up with a magical kid-themed playlist won’t be too difficult. Start with “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch,” sprinkle in “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” and make sure the iconic Charlie Brown Christmas piano song solidifies the list. If you’re looking for something new, some popular musicians, who write songs for kids, have holiday albums or songs. Fresh Christmas songs are great to add to the mix. 

Let the music set the mood for an unforgettable Christmas party this holiday season. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with Christmas music, so think outside the box this year to other options. The possibilities are endless and a bit of research might open up a whole new set of favorite Christmas tunes. 

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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