Warm up to these tunes this Holiday season. There’s nothing better then snuggling up to your significant other with a warm cocoa, and Christmas jazz music filling the air. Here’s a handful of our favorites. Make sure you have the volume maxed out. Hope you enjoy!



Go Tell It On The Mountain, James Taylor

We love this wonderful version of Tell It On the Mountain. And James Taylor is a LEGEND.


A Holly Jolly Christmas, New York Jazz Trio

If you like smooth, quiet jazz music; The New York Jazz Trio has got you covered.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Sam Levine

If you like Bosa Nova style jazz, Sam Levine is the master.





Jingle Bell Rock, Sam Levine & Jack Jezzro

These two bring the 50s back with this instrumental version of a classic Christmas song!

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Jack Jezzro

Who knew Bosa Nova and Christmas mixed so nicely? Yes please!

Baby Its Cold Outside, James Taylor & Natalie Cole

These two are adorable together. It truly ruined all other versions of this song for us…


Holly Jolly Christmas, Michael Buble’

Why is Michael Buble’s name so fun to say? It’s more stuck in my head more than this uplifting holiday song!


Up On The Housetop, Denis Solee

We love a good Saxophone solo. We love Christmas Music. Why not put them together?

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jaimee Paul

Woo! Get it Jaime! A really groovy spin to a timeless classic

Silver Bells, Tony Bennent

You have to give it to the rhythm section for this one. So smooth. And Tony Bennent’s voice is perfect for this song.

Sleigh Ride, Mason Embry Trio

The upbeat tempo is perfect for this song!


Jingle Bells, Michael Buble’ 

This version is epic. And The Puppini Sisters sound so good!


Merry Christmas Darling, Beegie Adair

Finish you playlist with this romantic song.


Add to the list!

If you feel like something is missing from this list, please speak up! Comment your favorite Christmas song and we will gladly throw it up there with the others.

You can email us at admin@soundoftheriver.com

Comments (14)

  1. Reply

    This list is pretty awesome! I can’t wait to start listening to these songs. I’ve heard of some of them, but there is a lot here that I haven’t. I’m always looking for new music and my Christmas music lists are a little worn out. I play the same country Christmas songs every year. This will help mix it up a little or maybe even a lot!
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Reply

    oh my, lots of great Choices you got there. my all time favorite though is ” Grandma got run out by a reindeer” i love the country version. i just don’t know who sang it. i find it pretty funny.

  3. Reply

    Great list! All these tracks bring up feelings of Christmas. I hear Jingle Bell Rock in my head every year when December rolls around.

    I’ll certainly be listening to these tracks over the coming weeks.

    Thanks for the info,


    • admin


      Jingle Bell Rock will always be one of my favorites. No matter what version it is.

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Reply

    I love the list, even though I had to Google the ones I didn’t recognise. It would have been nice to at least add some audio media next to the songs if possible. I know it’s a lot of work :D. But still thank you for this.
    Oh I also love love love We Walking In the Air from Snowman. Even though I never get the lyrics right!

    • admin


      Thank you for your input! I really do appreciate it! I’ll start adding audio media right away.

      Your song suggestion is noted and will be thrown up on the list 🙂

  5. Reply

    So glad I found your site! I first listened to ‘Up On The Housetop, Denis Solee’ as it was one I hadn’t heard and I absolute love the Sax. From the new to the familiar this is a warm feel-good collection tunes for the Winter days.

    • admin


      Denis Solee is one of the best! Thank you for taking time to listen. Happy Holidays!

  6. Mick


    Great Christmas jazz music. This list is getting me in the mood for the holidays. Some great versions here that I hadn’t heard before. Thanks for sharing these.

    • admin


      Of course! Thank you for listening! I hope some of these songs will find their way into your Christmas playlist! 🙂

      Happy Holidays!!

  7. Reply

    What a great playlist! I’m currently working on Christmas music with my violin, ukulele, and guitar students. I think I’ll send them this link to give them some ideas of a song for our upcoming recital.

    Thanks a lot!

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