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, which seems to always show the largest number of listeners, stream laid-back holiday vibes with "chilled holiday grooves and classic winter lounge tracks" that are family-safe. As I update this article for 2017, DJ Rusty Hodge is playing an eclectic seasonal playlist that includes Jackie Gleason ("It's Christmas Time All Over the World"), John Zorn ("Christmas Time is Here"), J-Boogie ("Under the Christmas Tree"), and Dean Martin ("White Christmas").
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 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ("Rockabilly Christmas"), Tom Waits ("Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis"), Eleanor Friedberger ("Santa, Bring my Baby Back") and Katrina Stone ("Deck the Halls").
Xmas in Frisko is a "wacky and eclectic holiday mix, not for the easily offended" that this year is playing Cyndi Lauper ("Feels Like Christmas"), Stanley Adams ("Let's put the Ch back in Chanukah"), Brian Dolph and Larry Tilander ("Cedric the Christmas Elf") and Jethro Tull ("A Christmas Song").
Jolly Ol' Soul, meanwhile, brings holiday music from Otis Redding ("White Christmas"), Stevie Wonder ("Christmastime"), Salsoul Orchestra ("The Little Drummer Boy"), and Mahalia Jackson ("Silent Night Holy Night"), and many other soul artists.
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, then scroll down to the Moods and Activities section. There you'll find 48 (at the time this article was written) holiday stations. The station titled simply 'Christmas' is currently the most popular, showing a total of 55 million listeners. Other popular stations include Christmas Traditional, Today's Christmas, and Country Christmas.
But if you want something more specific in your holiday tunes, you'll also find specific music types like Electronic Holidays, Gospel Christmas, R&B Holiday, Celtic Holidays, Hipster Holidays, and 70s Christmas (who can resist the Carpenters singing Silent Night?) Or, if the Polar Express comes calling this season, warm up with Caribbean Christmas, Reggae Christmas, Tropical Holidays, or Navidad Tropical.
iHeartRadio - iHeartRadio has dozens of holiday music stations. Most are live local stations playing their seasonal playlists, but you'll also find several iHeart-created stations: iHeartChristmas, iHeartChristmas Classics, North Pole Radio,iHeartChristmas Country, iHeartChristmas R&B, and iHeartChristmas Rock. To find these stations, select Live Radio from the menu bar at the top of the screen, scroll down to Music & Entertainment, then scroll right and select Holiday.
TuneIn Radio - You'll find dozens of Christmas radio stations from the U.S. and around the world (go to Music the scroll across to Christmas). Both Internet and local live stations, representing many different genres, are available. Listen to Christmas FM from Cork, Ireland, Radio Christmas from the UK, or Radio Noel from France.
Those are our top recommendations for streaming holiday music on Roku. Check out our Roku Christmas Channels list for all holiday-specific channels. A complete list of Roku music channels can be found here.