If you’d like to hear holiday music on Pandora, here’s some tips to get you started! Just start by entering the name of a holiday song you like (for example, ‘Winter Wonderland‘). Pandora will ask you to pick from a list of artists that we know performed that song. Pick a version that you’d like to hear, and Pandora creates a station for you that will play other similar holiday music. We’re not able to play that specific song immediately, but it will play eventually so keep listening!
Or, start a station from an artist name instead of a song title: just enter the artist’s name followed by the word ‘holiday’ (for example, ‘Ray Charles Holiday‘). Pandora will use that input to build a holiday station for you based on the musical qualities of that performer’s holiday tunes.
I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to think of artist or song names right off the top of my head, so here’s a handy list of a few holiday artists and songs to get you going. Just click on a name to start your own station. As you listen, add more songs and artists to your station; make it your own. (Don’t forget to thumbs down the tracks you don’t like!) If you’d like to try out some pre-mixed stations, see the end of this post…
Holiday Artist examples:
Harry Connick Jr. (Holiday)
Frank Sinatra (Holiday)
Bing Crosby (Holiday)
Ella Fitzgerald (Holiday)
Louis Armstrong (Holiday)
Vince Guaraldi Trio (Holiday)
Dave Brubeck (Holiday)
Manhattan Transfer (Holiday)
B.B. King (Holiday)
Brian Setzer Orchestra (Holiday)
The Supremes (Holiday)
Nat King Cole (Holiday)
Stevie Wonder (Holiday)
Diana Krall (Holiday)
Elvis Presley (Holiday)
Chet Atkins (Holiday)
Loretta Lynn (Holiday)
Johnny Cash (Holiday)
George Strait (Holiday)
The Roches (Holiday)
Whitney Houston (Holiday)
Destiny’s Child (Holiday)
Mariah Carey (Holiday)
Celine Dion (Holiday)
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir & Singers (Holiday)
Barenaked Ladies (Holiday)
Los Straitjackets (Holiday)
The Beach Boys (Holiday)
John Lennon (Holiday)
Vienna Boys Choir (Holiday)
The Cambridge Singers (Holiday)
The Choir Of King’s College (Holiday)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Holiday)

Holiday Song examples:
Santa Baby
White Christmas
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Jingle Bells
Joy to the World
Deck the Halls
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silver Bells
It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
O Tannenbaum
The First Noel
Angels We Have Heard On High
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Ave Maria
Silent Night
O Holy Night
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Good King Wenceslas

If you’d like to try some pre-mixed holiday stations, check these out. I’ve been molding these for awhile…I hope you like them! Feel free to share your own holiday station-makin’ tips in the comments.
Rockin’ Holidays
A Motown-y Holiday
Jazz Holiday
Country Christmas
Swingin’ Christmas
R&B/Pop Holiday
Christmas Blues
A Classical Christmas

Enjoy your holiday stations!
And if you’re like me, maybe a little taste of The Grinch is in order as well?
Ho ho ho, Lucia

Comments

  1. Jacques
    December 29, 2006 at 5:59pm
    To volcutt, There is home wifi hardware out there somewhere that allow you to add your stereo to a wifi network and broadcast to it from your computer.
    Reply
  2. Saskia
    December 30, 2006 at 5:49am
    Hi Pandora Team ! Great work ! Here are some ideas to improve Pandora: it woul be nice, when bookmarking a song or an artist, to be able right away to add a tag or a note for futher reference. Happy holidays !
    Reply
  3. Nolan
    January 07, 2007 at 3:34pm
    Just to let the Pandora.com folks add my voice to those eagerly awaiting the introduction of classical music here.
    Reply
  4. abc
    October 08, 2008 at 7:52pm
    I had a radio station with regular music (Cars, Sheryl Crow, Bare Naked Ladies) and then Pandora switched me to nothing but Christmas music. The only way I see to fix this is to delete the station and start over. I see no way to contact Pandora other than this forum.
    Reply
  5. Lucia @ Pandora
    October 10, 2008 at 1:53pm
    Thanks for your interest in Pandora, abc. I'm happy to tell you that this is an easy problem to fix. :) You've probably got some (holiday) inputs on your station. So now Pandora thinks you'd like some holiday music interspersed with your other stuff. To get the holiday music off the station, just edit the holiday music inputs you've entered. (Click on the arrow next to the station, select 'edit this station,' and remove things at will!) Whenever you have questions or comments, you can email pandora-support@pandora.com. Thanks! Lucia, at Pandora
    Reply
  6. JoAnne VerMulm
    February 06, 2009 at 9:38am
    Why are you still playing Christmas music on my station?
    Reply
  7. Alee – Listener Advocate
    February 06, 2009 at 10:11am
    @JoAnne--The reason you still have holiday music, is that you have a "U2 (Holiday)" seed in your U2 station. To remove this, just click on the "station options" link beneath the station you are listening to and select "Edit station details"--now you can view and edit anything you've done to your station at this point: thumbed songs, station seeds, bookmarks, and you can add or remove them at will! Hope that helps. Let me know if you need any further assistance. -A
    Reply
  8. Beth
    November 30, 2010 at 1:41pm
    Lucia, I tried two different methods of making a station I liked, and neither is working?? First I tried adding the Folk station since I like the relaxed music on it, but it's too instrumental for me. I then added song crumbs of indie rock artists I like. The station continued to play only the folk instrumental core. Then I decided to add a new station using the method you described above (jack johnson holiday). I added several artists all with 'holiday' attached, but got a whole bunch of non holiday songs. So then I switched to using specific song crumbs instead, (someday at christmas by jack johnson, etc)... I'm still getting alot of non-holiday music?? What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance!
    Reply

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