The Most Beautiful Instrumental Christmas Music

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Looking for some beautiful instrumental Christmas music to help get you into the holiday spirit? Look no further! Here are some of our favorite pieces to get you started.

The Different Types of Instrumental Christmas Music

When it comes to Christmas music, there are a lot of different types of songs that people love to listen to. Instrumental Christmas music is a type of music that is perfect for people who want to get into the Christmas spirit without all of the lyrics. This type of music can be perfect for background noise while you are wrapping presents or cooking dinner. It can also be great to listen to while you are driving to look at Christmas lights. There are a lot of different types of instrumental Christmas music, so let’s take a look at a few of them.

Solo Piano

Piano solo Christmas music often consists of beautiful improvised melodies over traditional harmonies. This type of Christmas music is perfect for creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere. If you’re looking for some solo piano Christmas music to help you get into the holiday spirit, here are some of our favorite pieces:

“Silent Night” by Franz Gruber
“Away in a Manger” by William J. Kirkpatrick
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Lewis Redner
“The First Noel” by Traditional
“Joy to the World” by George Frederic Handel
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley


The harp is a beautiful sounding instrument that can be used to play a number of genres, including classical, pop, and rock music. Harps come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from small handheld harps to large floor-standing harps. If you’re looking for some beautiful sounding Christmas music to listen to this holiday season, look no further than these 10 tracks!

1. “Silent Night” by Brian Crain
2. “What Child is This?” by Lisa Lynne
3. “O Holy Night” by Anne-Marie davidson
4. “Joy to the World” by Eimear O’Grady
5. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Celtic Woman
6. “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Craig Duncan
7. “The First Noel” by David Nevue
8. “Jingle Bells” by Kevin Kern
9. “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Julie Reaction strandberg
10. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Candida


The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is held between the player’s hands and played by plucking or strumming the strings with the right hand while fretting with the left hand. The guitar is a type of chordophone, traditionally constructed from wood and strung with either gut, nylon or steel strings and distinguished from other chordophones by its construction and tuning. The modern guitar was preceded by the gittern, the vihuela, the four-course Renaissance guitar, and the five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument.

There are many different types of guitars, including acoustic guitars, electric guitars, classical guitars, flamenco guitars and bass guitars.

The Most Relaxing and Peaceful Instrumental Christmas Music

It’s that time of year again! Time to get into the holiday spirit with some of the most beautiful and relaxing instrumental Christmas music. Whether you’re cooking dinner, wrapping presents, or just spending time with family, this music is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

“Silent Night”

One of the most popular Christmas carols of all time, “Silent Night” was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr. The song was first performed that same year on Christmas Eve at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria, where Gruber was the assistant organist and Mohr the priest.

The lyrics of “Silent Night” reflect the simplicity and humble beginnings of the Christmas story. The first two verses are about the birth of Jesus Christ, while the third verse is a prayer for world peace.

Today, “Silent Night” is sung in churches and homes around the world during Advent and Christmas. It has been translated into hundreds of languages and is one of the most recorded songs of all time.

“Away in a Manger”

One of the most popular traditional Christmas carols, “Away in a Manger” was written in the 19th century by American composer James R. Murray. The lyrics of the carol tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, and it is often sung by children in choirs and churches during the holiday season. The melody of “Away in a Manger” is believed to be based on a traditional English folk tune, and the song has been recorded by many artists over the years, including Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Josh Groban.

“O Holy Night”

One of the most popular and well-known Christmas songs, “O Holy Night” was composed in 1847 by French composer Adolphe Adam. The lyrics to the song were written by Placide Cappeau, a wine merchant and poet from southern France. The song was first performed on Christmas Eve of that year at Cappeau’s church in Roquemaure, France.

The Most Uplifting and Joyful Instrumental Christmas Music

We’ve all heard the classic Christmas songs time and time again, but what about instrumental Christmas music? This type of music can be just as festive and joyful, but without the lyrics. It’s the perfect background music for your holiday gatherings or for simply getting into the Christmas spirit. Here are some of the most beautiful and uplifting instrumental Christmas songs.

“Joy to the World”

One of the all-time greatest and most popular Christmas songs, “Joy to the World,” was originally penned by English hymnwriter Isaac Watts in 1719. The American composer Lowell Mason set it to music in 1836, and since then it has been recorded countless times by artists from all genres, including Bob Dylan, Mannheim Steamroller, Pentatonix, Whitney Houston, and Alter Bridge. It is truly a timeless classic that embodies the spirit of Christmas.

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is a Christmas carol that first appeared in print in 1739. The original text was written by Charles Wesley, and the carol was first published in Hymns and Sacred Poems. The music to which it is now invariably sung was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1841 for a performance of the oratorio Elijah.

The herald angels mentioned in the first line are those mentioned in Luke 2:13–14, who announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

The text of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” has undergone several modifications since its inception. In particular, the third stanza (“Pleading Lamb of God appeared”) was added in 1800 by Wesley himself.

Though it was not originally intended as a Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” has become one of the most popular and cherished Christmas carols of all time. It is frequently performed and recorded by choirs and soloists throughout the holiday season.

“The First Noel”

“The First Noel” is a popular Christmas carol, with words and music attributed to English composer John Stainer and intervalle d musical arranger David Willcocks. It was first published in 1870, in The Oxford Book of Carols. Though the carol is said to be of Cornish origin, the earliest known version dates from 1833, when it was printed in Yorkshire. The carol has been recorded by many artists and choirs over the years, including Anna Sui (1999), BarlowGirl (2005), Boney M. (1981), Celtic Woman (2004), Chloe Agnew (2007), Danny Gokey (2009), David Archuleta (2008), Gladys Knight & The Pips (1967), Harry Belafonte (1957), Il Divo (2008), Jackie Evancho (2010), Jim Brickman featuring Lady Antebellum (2011), Josh Groban featuring Faith Hill (2007), Pentatonix (2016) and Seeking Indigo featuring Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat (2012).

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