SomaFM - Our perennial favorite for Christmas music is the listener-supported and DJ-programmed SomaFM, which has four live-stream holiday music stations. Christmas Lounge streams laid-back holiday vibes with "chilled holiday grooves and classic winter lounge tracks" that are family-safe. You'll find an eclectic seasonal playlist with tracks such as 'O Come All Ye Faithful' by GrooveOholics, 'I Believe in Father Christmas' by Cortex Cure, and 'Little Drummer Boy' by Groovy Waters.
If that's a bit too mellow for your taste, SomaFM has other holiday choices. Christmas Rocks! is an indie/alternative holiday rock channel with artists that include Gringo Star ('I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus'), Coldplay ('Christmas Lights'), and The Lovers ('Christmas Tree').
Xmas in Frisko is a "wacky and eclectic holiday mix, not for the easily offended" that this year is playing 'I Believe in Father Christmas' by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 'Blown Christmas' by Filthy Elvis, 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence' by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and 'Hark The Herald Angels Rap' by Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Jolly Ol' Soul, meanwhile, brings some soulful holiday music from the likes of Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery ('Baby, It's Cold Outside'), The Drifters ('I Remember Christmas'), Milly & Silly ('Getting Down for X-Mas'), and Honey & The Bees ('Jing Jing A Ling').
Pandora - You will find a lot of variety on Pandora, with holiday music in nearly any category you can think of. To find the holiday stations, select Browse from the menu at the top of the Pandora home screen, select 'View All" from the Moods and Activities section, then select Holidays. There you'll find 56 (at the time this article was written) holiday stations.
The station titled simply 'Christmas' was the most popular at the time of this review, showing a total of 63 million listeners. This station played 'Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!' by Michael Bublé, 'Carol of the Bells' by John Williams, and 'It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas' by Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters. Other popular stations include Today's Christmas, Christmas Traditional, Kids' Christmas and Country Christmas. Stations in more "niche" categories include Tropical Holidays (Jimmy Buffett, anyone?), Christmas Rappin', Reggae Holidays, Bluegrass Christmas, and Celtic Holidays.
TuneIn - To find the TuneIn holiday stations, go to the channel's home screen and select 'Music' under 'What do you want to listen to?', then scroll down to 'Music For The Holidays.' There you will find eight listening options: Holiday Hits, Country Christmas, Classical Holiday, Holiday Jazz, Holiday Standards, and Kid's Christmas. For more options, use the search function to search on "Christmas" which currently returns 76 results. You'll find Christmas radio stations from the U.S. and around the world.
iHeartRadio - iHeartRadio has six custom Christmas channels available: iHeartChristmas , iHeartChristmas Classics, iHeartChristmas Rock, North Pole Radio, iHeartChristmas Country, and iHeartChristmas R&B. To find these stations, select 'Radio' from the menu bar at the top of the iHeartRadio Roku app, then select 'Holiday' under the Music & Entertainment category. For even more content, use the search function to search on 'Christmas', which will return live stations, artists playing Christmas music, Christmas tracks, and even a selection of Christmas podcasts.
Those are our top recommendations for streaming holiday music on Roku. Even though we have only four Roku channels on our list - SomaFM, Pandora, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio - you'll find more than enough holiday music on these channels to keep you entertained throughout the season. Check out our Roku Christmas Channels list for all holiday-specific channels. A complete list of Roku music channels can be found here.