Christmas on Classic FM

Classic FM Christmas is back – here's how to listen

Classic FM Christmas

Listen to all the greatest Christmas music in one place online - it's Classic FM Christmas!

Click To Listen To Classic FM Christmas

If you can't get enough of Christmas music at this time of year, we've got a treat for you. The Classic FM Christmas playlist is back by popular demand.

We've created a whole separate radio station purely for the most festive classical Christmas music - it's basically Classic FM's Christmas playlist, but all the time. Bliss.

Or listen on the app

You can also access Classic FM Christmas through the new Global Player app, which you can download here. Just select 'Music for... Christmas'.

Getting into the Christmas spirit with sheet music

7 of the most beautiful Christmas pieces you can play on the piano

Christmas features

O Little Town of Bethlehem

What are the lyrics to ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ – and why are there two versions?

Bach's Last Christmas

What if Bach had written Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?

In the Bleak Midwinter

What are the lyrics to ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ – and which version is better?

Christmas hit

The perfect formula for a No. 1 Christmas hit has been discovered

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing sheet music

What are the lyrics to ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ – and what's the story behind the carol?

New Releases: The Nutcracker – LA Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel, An Ely Christmas – The Girl Choristers & Lay Clerks

New Releases: The Nutcracker – LA Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel, An Ely Christmas – The Girl Choristers & Lay Clerks

Alto line in Christmas

The alto line from ‘All I Want For Christmas’ is the most boring and painful thing

Sleigh Ride on handbells

Leroy Anderson’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ played on handbells is the best thing that ever happened to Christmas

Sheku Kanneh-Mason In The Bleak Midwinter

Watch Sheku Kanneh-Mason perform a beautiful version of In the Bleak Midwinter

Silent Night lyrics

What are the lyrics to ‘Silent Night’ – and who composed the carol?

O Holy Night

What are the original lyrics to ‘O Holy Night’ – and who has recorded it?

Descants are a choral Christmas tradition

What actually are descants – and why do we sing them at Christmas?

The nation's favourite carols: listen & download

'O Holy Night' artwork

'O Holy Night' Adolphe Adam Conductor: John Rutter Ensemble: Bach Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 278 2129

'Silent Night' artwork

'Silent Night' Franz Gruber Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Nigel Hess Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMD 17

'In the bleak mid-winter.' artwork

'In the bleak mid-winter.' Gustav Holst Conductor: Stephen Darlington Ensemble: ;Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Record label: Nimbus Catalogue ID: NI 7021

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' artwork

'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847 : Germany) Conductor: Harry Christophers Ensemble: ;The Sixteen Record label: Coro Catalogue ID: COR 16043

'In the bleak mid-winter' artwork

'In the bleak mid-winter' Harold Darke Conductor: John Rutter Ensemble: Bach Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 278 2129

'O Come, All Ye Faithful' artwork

'O Come, All Ye Faithful' Traditional Conductor: Steven Baker Ensemble: London Session Orchestra Soloists: Friar Alessandro Record label: Decca Catalogue ID: 481 0507

'O little town of Bethlehem' artwork

'O little town of Bethlehem' Anon Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Nigel Hess Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMD 17

'Away in a Manger' artwork

'Away in a Manger' William James Kirkpatrick Conductor: James O'Donnell Ensemble: ;Choir of Westminster Cathedral Record label: Hyperion Catalogue ID: CDA 66668