Latin Music Christmas Albums

Whether you're in the mood for traditional Christmas carols, sung in Spanish or Portuguese, or something with a little more Latin grass roots flair, there's something for every taste in this list of Christmas albums.

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'Una Navidad Con Gilberto' - Gilberto Santa Rosa

If you're a fan of Gilberto Santa Rosa, then you already know that his style of Christmas music will be hot and danceable.

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'Navidad Colombiana - Para Cantar Y Bailar La Novena De Aguinaldos'

The aguinaldo is traditional folk Christmas music. Originating in Puerto Rico, it's gained a popular foothold in a number of South American countries. This two-disc set contains 28 aguinaldos from Colombia performed by various artists and could easily be one of my favorite Christmas albums.

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'Navidades Luis Miguel' - Luis Miguel

The popular Luis Miguel gives us an album of Christmas music that is a compilation of standard Christmas fare, but sung in Spanish.

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'Christmas Spirit' - Los Lonely Boys

Add a little Texas flavor to your Christmas! Los Lonely Boys have a Christmas album that mixes the traditional with their own brand of rock.

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'Navidad A Ritmo De Bachata'

Who says you can't sing about Christmas in bachata rhythm? Here's a selection of Christmas bachatas, performed by various artists, including the popular Aventura.

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'Una Navidad A Mi Estilo' - Victor Manuelle

Puerto Rican salsero Victor Manuelle does Christmas his way in this new seasonal album.

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'Feliz Navidad' - Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano first recorded this popular Christmas album in 1973 and you can still get the original, although the CD was remastered in 2002 and is also available. The album contains Feliciano's classic version of "Feliz Navidad."

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'Navidad En Las Americas'

This album has a little bit of everything from Ricky Martin singing "Que Hermoso Nino" (What Child is This) and Celia Cruz crooning "Arbolito" to Jose Feliciano singing "Noche de Paz" (Silent Night). The big finale is worth the wait: "La Virgen Lava Panales" performed by Placido Domingo.

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'Asi Es Nuestra Navidad' - Gilberto Santa Rosa & El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

For salsa fans, it's tough to come up with a better album than this pairing of El Gran Combo and Gilberto Santa Rosa. In fact, the album is so good that I play it all year round.

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'Tejano Christmas Party'

If you're a tejano music fan, this 1998 album is a surefire winner. It features artist like La Mafia, Jay Perez, Los Palaminos, Fama and more, making the season bright with Tex-Mex at its best.

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'Navidad 100% Duranguense'

There are many types of Mexican music, but the sounds that come from the Mexican province of Durango seem to be gaining in popularity at a meteoric pace. Here's an album for fans of this musical meteor.

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'Playboy Latin Jazz Christmas'

If you're in the mood for a jazzy Christmas, here's a CD guaranteed to please. It boasts lots of traditional Christmas music with instrumentals by Pancho Sanchez, Pete Escoveda, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle -- the list keeps going on.

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'Hard Salsa Christmas'

You might not naturally link salsa dura with Christmas, but you would if you lived in Colombia. Here's a Christmas CD with great performances of Colombian salsa from Fruko Y Sus Tesos, Sonora Carruseles, Luis Alberto and more.

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'Feliz Navidad' - Hector Lavoe, Yomo Toro, Daniel Santos

If you're a Fania fan, here's a remastered gem that was re-released in October 2006, featuring Hector Lavoe, "El Cantante." Even if it didn't have such great early salsa Christmas tunes, it would be worth it for the album cover.

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'It's A Cuban Christmas'

Mostly traditional Christmas carols sung by wonderful Cuban musicians.

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'Natal De Amor' - Sergio Reis

Popular Brazilian singer Sergio Reis mixes traditional carols and familiar holiday songs for those who want their Christmas music in Portuguese.

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'Asalto Navideno 2' - Willie Colon

Here's another newly remastered Fania album, this one featuring Willie Colon and friends. I wish we could all be having as much fun as these fellows sound like they're having.

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