Top 6 Classical Music Christmas Albums

For Holiday Traditions and Playlists

Christmas themed record player

parameter / Getty Images

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 six more highly rated classical music Christmas CDs.

of 06

A Christmas Festival - Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops

A Christmas Festival by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops cover
The Boston Pops

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!

of 06

The Glorious Sound of Christmas - Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra

The Glorious Sound of Christmas cover
Philadelphia Orchestra

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.

of 06

Christmas With the Westminster Choir

Christmas with the Westminster Choir cover
Westminster Choir College of Rider University

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.

of 06

Winter Romance - Beegie Adair

Winter Romance by Beegie Adair cover
Spring Hill Music Group

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.

of 06

Jazz Piano Christmas - Beegie Adair

Jazz Piano Christmas by Beegie Adair cover
Spring Hill Music Group

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.

of 06

Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection

Windham Hill Holiday Guitar Collection cover
Windham Hill/Legacy

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.