SomaFM - Our perennial favorite for Christmas music is the listener-supported and DJ-programmed SomaFM, which has five 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 'Snowbound' by Sarah Vaughan, 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear' by Vince Charles, and 'Snowfall' by Manhattan Transfer.
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 Atlanta band Gold Bears ('Xmas Song'), The Who ('Christmas' from the album 'Tommy'), and British singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn ('Tinsel & Lights').
Xmas in Frisko is a "wacky and eclectic holiday mix, not for the easily offended" that this year is playing 'I Wanna Spend Christmas with Elvis' by Marlene Paule, 'Somebody Stole My Santa Claus' by Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks, 'Rudy, The Big Booty Reindeer' by Big Freedia, and 'The Bell That Couldn't Jingle' by Burt Bacharach.
Jolly Ol' Soul, meanwhile, brings some soulful holiday music from the likes of Harvey Averne Band (Let's Get It Together This Chrismas'), The Impressions ('I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause'), Smokey Robinson ('A Child Is Waiting'), and 2 Men 4 Soul ('Ribbon In The Sky').
Department Store Christmas, billed as "Holiday Elevator Music from a more innocent time. However, the music is a step above the tinny canned background music you might expect. Examples include 'He Is Born The Holy Child' by Joy of Christmas Orchestra, 'A Christmas Sleigh Ride' by Radio City Music Hall Singers, 'Good King Wenceslas Medley' by Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and 'Jingle Bells' by 101 Strings.
TuneIn - On TuneIn, go to the Music selection and scroll down to Hear The Holidays where you'll find 8 great stations (descriptions courtesy of TuneIn):
- Holiday Hits - "Santa's sleigh gets a new coat of paint on Holiday Hits, playing fresh seasonal jams from stars like Ariana Grande, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, alongside modern classics from Mariah Carey, Wham! and more!"
- Holiday Standards - "Soak in the sentimental vibes of the season with all the classic holiday standards you know and love, performed by legends like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett."
- Classical Holiday - "Give your holiday music a grander scale with our sweeping selection of symphonic Christmas classics—arranged just for the season. Hear everything from ballet and operatic standbys, like Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker, or bring a bit of class with holiday masterworks from all of the greats."
- Country Christmas - "The holidays are here! Add a little twang to your tinsel with new and classic Christmas hits performed by country music stars like Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and more."
- Holiday Jazz - "Spice up your holiday season with soothing sounds from the jazz legends of yesterday and today, including classic Christmas standards by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Vince Guaraldi—all streaming on Holiday Jazz."
- Navidad Latina - "¡Feliz Navidad! Get into the holiday spirit with Navidad Latina’s mix of holiday hits from stars like Ozuna, Víctor Manuelle and KYEN?ES? and Christmas classics from legends like José Feliciano, Yuri and Luis Miguel."
- Rock Holiday - "Rock around the Christmas tree with this awesome set of holiday tunes! From classic rock and new wave to alternative, indie and beyond, amplify your yuletide traditions with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Coldplay and Elton John—all streaming on Rock Holiday."
- Kids Christmas - "Bring cheer to the whole family with this kids-friendly station featuring holiday hits, perfect for everyone. Listen to family-friendly pop tracks from Top 40 artists like Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen, or keep things fun with playful versions of Christmas classics—recorded just for kids."
iHeart - iHeart has several holiday playlists featured on the Roku app's home screen. iHeartChristmas Playlist is "100% Christmas Favorites" with songs from Mariah Carey, Jose Feliciano, Andy Williams, Wham!, Eagles, and many more. Christmas Mix & Variety features artists from a variety of genres and decades with Luke Bryan, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, and The Beach Boys. Also available are kids' playlists from Nickelodeon and Disney, along with curated playlists from Dolly Parton and Mariah Carey.
You'll find many more holiday channels on iHeart by selecting "browse" from the left-hand menu bar and then going to the Holiday genre. You'll find all of your favorites from past Christmases, including iHeartChristmas, iHeartChristmas Classics, iHeartChristmas Rock, North Pole Radio, iHeartChristmas Country, Christmas Jazz, and iHeartChristmas R&B. 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.
Pandora - You will find a lot of variety on Pandora, with holiday music in nearly any category you can think of. However, we've moved Pandora down in our Christmas favorites this year because Pandora's Roku app has whittled the "browse" screen down to the point where it provides direct access only to Top Stations, Top Decade Stations, and New Music Stations. Gone is the old Moods and Activities section with its list of Holiday stations. To find Christmas music on Pandora, you will now need to use the search function. Or you can go to the Holiday section of Pandora's website and select the stations you want to stream. If you are logged into the Pandora app on Roku with the same user name, you'll find those selections now available on the Pandora home scree on your Roku device.
Those are our top recommendations for streaming holiday music on Roku. If you have other suggestions, please share them in the comments section below.Check out our Roku Christmas Channels list for all holiday-specific channels. A complete list of Roku music channels can be found here.