The Best Classical Christmas Music to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Looking for the best classical Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit? Look no further! We’ve rounded up some of the most festive and beautiful classical pieces to get you feeling merry and bright.


Christmas is a wonderful time of the year when we all come together to celebrate. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by listening to some classical Christmas music?

There are so many great pieces of classical Christmas music out there, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our favorites. From traditional carols to more modern pieces, there’s something here for everyone.

We hope you enjoy listening to these pieces of classical Christmas music as much as we do!

Best Classical Christmas Music

If you’re looking for the best classical Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular classical Christmas songs to get you started. From “Silent Night” to “Joy to the World,” these timeless classics are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

“The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky

“The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky is perhaps the best known and most beloved piece of classical Christmas music. The Suite is actually a compilation of eight pieces of music from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker,” which premiered in Russia in 1892. The ballet tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll as a gift from her godfather, Drosselmeyer. That night, Clara falls asleep in front of the Christmas tree and dreams that the nutcracker comes to life and does battle with the evil Mouse King. The nutcracker emerges victorious and is transformed into a prince who whisks Clara away to the Land of Sweets, where they dance together in celebration.

While the entire ballet is amazing, it is the “Nutcracker Suite” that has truly stood the test of time. This wonderful collection of music has been performed and recorded by countless orchestras and soloists over the years, and has become one of the most popular pieces of classical music ever written. It is the perfect way to get yourself (and your family) into the holiday spirit!

“The Messiah” by Handel

One of the most popular pieces of classical Christmas music is “The Messiah” by George Frideric Handel. This choral work has been performed for centuries and is a beloved tradition for many people during the holiday season.

“The Messiah” tells the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, as told in the Bible’s New Testament. The work is divided into three parts, each containing several movement. The first part, which is about Christ’s birth and foretelling of his coming, features the famous “Hallelujah” chorus. The second part tells of Christ’s suffering and death, while the third celebrates his resurrection and triumph over death.

Despite its religious subject matter, “The Messiah” is enjoyed by people of all faiths and has become one of the most popular pieces of classical music in the world. If you’re looking for a piece of classical Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit, look no further than “The Messiah”!

“The Christmas Concerto” by Corelli

One of the most popular pieces of classical Christmas music is “The Christmas Concerto” by Corelli. This piece is often referred to as “Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8,” and it is a staple of many holiday concert programs.

The concerto was written in 1685 and first published in 1714. It is scored for a small orchestra known as a concertino, which consists of two violins and a cello, along with the ripieno, which consists of the rest of the orchestra.

The concerto has three movements, which are played without pause:
1. Vivace (“Largo e spiccato”)
2. Largo
3. Allegro (“Pastorale”)

The first movement is written in typical Baroque concerto grosso form, with the concertino playing 1st and 2nd violins playing in alternation with the ripieno strings playing in unison. The second movement features a beautiful lullaby-like melody played by the first violin, accompanied by sustained chords from the rest of the strings. The third movement is a lively dance-like pastorale featuring all of the instruments playing together.

This piece has become so popular that it has been arranged for many different instrumentations, including solo piano, brass quintet, and even wind ensemble. No matter what version you hear, “The Christmas Concerto” is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

“The Four Seasons: Winter” by Vivaldi

“The Four Seasons: Winter” by Vivaldi is one of the most beloved pieces of classical Christmas music. This piece is often used in commercials and TV shows set during the holiday season. The reason why this piece is so popular is because it captures the essence of winter perfectly. The music is elegant and beautiful, and it will instantly put you in the holiday spirit.

“The First Noel” by Traditional

The First Noel is a traditional English Christmas carol dating back to the sixteenth century. The Story behind the carol is that it was first published in England in 1833, but it is possible that it was written earlier. The music was composed by William B. Bradbury and the lyrics were written by John Stainer. The song tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.


Well, there you have it – our list of the best classical Christmas music to get you into the holiday spirit! We hope you enjoyed listening to these festive tunes and that they helped get you into the Christmas spirit. If you have any other favorite classical Christmas pieces, be sure to share them with us in the comments below. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

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