The Classic FM Christmas playlist

Christmas features

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen lyrics Christmas carol

What are the lyrics for ‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’ – and what is the Christmas carol about?

Joy to the World

Music geeks are tearing apart this ‘Joy to the World’ cake and it’s hilarious

White Christmas

Policeman ends armed standoff by singing ‘White Christmas’

Chorister Rehearse For A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols At Kings College Cambridge

What is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – and what is the order of service?

Joy to the World in D Minor

‘Joy to the World’ in a minor key sounds incredibly dreary

Santa instrument quiz

Quiz: What’s Santa getting you for Christmas (according to your instrument)?

New Zealand Police singing carols

New Zealand Police go viral singing ‘Silent Night’ and other Christmas carols

All I Want For Christmas Is You

A music theory analysis of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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 (1874-1934 : England) 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 (1838-1921 : U.S.A) Conductor: James O'Donnell Ensemble: ;Choir of Westminster Cathedral Record label: Hyperion Catalogue ID: CDA 66668