Top 10 Classical Music Christmas Albums

Classical Music for Holiday Traditions and Playlists

Almost every popular recording artist has a Christmas album, and almost everyone owns one. But do you own a classical music Christmas CD? Classical music Christmas CDs are great to play while celebrating the holiday. This year, add a symphonic Christmas album (or choir or brass or solo piano...) to your holiday traditions and playlists! Looking for more classical music Christmas CDs? Here are 10 more highly rated classical music Christmas CDs.

Nothing beats sitting back in a comfy chair next to the warmly lit Christmas tree late at night while listening to classic Christmas songs played on a solo piano. Chemayne Micallef performs your holiday favorites with such ease and simplicity, there's not a song on the album you'll find unlovable.

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops created a marvelous classical music album that gives a large orchestral voice to many of the most beloved and familiar Christmas songs. Each carol is performed with aplomb, and the grandiose nature of the orchestra brings forth a sense of gravitas.  If you don't already own it, you need to!

Another large orchestra Christmas album, the just as famous Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy released this The Glorious Sound of Christmas in 1991. With familiar classics as Handel's "Joy to the World" and Mendelssohn's "Hark! The Hareld Angels Sing," this album features music that almost everyone will know.

Westminster Choir is one of the United State's premier choirs. Performing regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, the Westminster Choir found time to record a fantastic Christmas album. More intimate than the previous Christmas albums, you'll enjoy listening to the Westminster Choir late in the evening, when the freshly fallen snow silences the sounds of the outside world.

This unique Christmas album is for all the brass lovers of the world, though, anyone can easily fall in love with it! If you haven't guessed already, it's 100% pure brass, and unlike you may think, the sound is very smooth and lyrical - almost as intimate as the choir - but impressively regal. Listen to a recording of "Angels We Have Heard on High" found on YouTube.

Another favorite choral album of mine, I find myself listening to Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers randomly throughout the year. Like the Westminster Choir, the Dale Warland Singers are highly respected in the choral field. Their warm and well-rounded sound creates an atmosphere so peaceful and relaxing, you may end up celebrating Christmas all year round. Listen to "Il est ne, le divin enfant" on YouTube.

I get that everything-is-right-with-the-world feeling while listening to Beegie Adair's Winter Romance, and I'm sure you will too. Beegie Adair is an extremely gifted and accomplished jazz pianist, and her lighthearted Christmas album features her remarkable piano performances, each accompanied by orchestra and drums. Add a little spring to your step while listening to Adair's jazz envisioned Christmas.

Here's another Christmas music album by Beegie Adair you'd be silly to pass up this holiday season. As stated by its to-the-point title, you'll hear fantastic music performed by a solo piano and jazz band. The music performed is mellow and laid back, perfect for a Christmas cocktail party or lounging by the fire.

There's another instrument that fits perfectly with the holidays - the guitar. The Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection features various guitarists performing traditional Christmas songs. Like Christmas Piano listed above, the simplicity of the this Christmas guitar album is quite peaceful. Listen to a recording of "What Strangers are These" on YouTube.

You can't go wrong when you play A Charlie Brown Christmas on your Christmas playlist. Similar in sound to Beegie Adair's Jazz Piano Christmas, you'll love the familiar tunes from one of the holiday's most memorable movies. Listen to a recording of "Christmas Time is Here" on YouTube.