Holiday Music

The holidays are upon us! From Thanksgiving to Chanukah, and from Christmas to Kwanza, we have you covered. You can check out our music CDs and find downloadable music on Freegal.

Freegal is Alachua County Library District's resource for free downloadable music. Freegal offers access to about 15 million songs (including Sony Music’s catalog) and over 40,000 music videos. Patrons can download up to five songs per week. Use the website or download the Freegal app from Google Play or the App Store. You'll be prompted to enter your zip code, select your library, and enter your library card number and PIN.

Thanksgiving Music: 30 Timeless Piano Songs
Thanksgiving Maestro

From autumn leaves falling to a Thanksgiving waltz, listen to soft piano melodies to get into the holiday spirit.

Long, Long Ago (A Jazz Celebration of Christmas, Chanukah & Kwanza)
Lynette Washington

Award-winning jazz vocalist Lynette Washington celebrates the whole December holiday season including Christmas, Chanukkah and Kwanzaa with six original holiday songs. Featuring the dynamic saxophonist Gerry Niewood (Chuck Mangione),bassist Cameron Brown (Joe Lavano, Archie Schepp) and Gold/Platinum award-winning producer/pianist Dennis Bell (U2, Dave Valentin) this tour de force of jazz is a unique, critically acclaimed CD and should be in everyone's holiday celebration library.

Season of Light
Essential Voices USA

At the season of the winter solstice, light diminishes in our world. To counteract the onslaught of the darkness, traditional religions have created festivals to hold fast to a small steady flicker of illumination. Essential Voices USA presents a sampler of music celebrating this effort to infuse light and joy into the holiday season. We go from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Chanukah and to the New Year, with both new music and traditional carols - an emotional journey through the holiday seasons.

Songs of Joy & Peace
Yo-Yo Ma

This 2008 release is Yo-Yo Ma's first-ever holiday album. Features once-in-a-lifetime performances with incredible guest artists including James Taylor, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Chris Botti, and more. Imagine a party, a musical party inspired by the holiday spirit. A party that celebrates the universal hopes, dreams and joy animating festivals the world over: Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Yule and New Year's Day. That is what brought Yo-Yo Ma together with a remarkable group of friends to create Songs of Joy & Peace. It is Yo-Yo's hope that everyone who listens to this album will hear a song familiar and beloved to them as well as discover and fall in love with music that is brand new.

Merry Christmas
Mariah Carey

Five times platinum, this classic is available on CD and through Freegal. Plus, bonus feature - Freegal offers music videos too! It takes three credits to download a video, so be sure to keep that in mind when choosing!

Michael Bublé

Winner of a Juno Award for Album of the Year, Michael Bublé's Christmas was the #2 Album of the Year in 2011. Produced by David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica, the album features favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

Social Christmasing
Straight No Chaser

The band's first holiday album in over four years! Featuring reimagined hits like "A Long December" and "Silver Bells."

We Need a Little Christmas

This Pentatonix Christmas collection is available on CD and Freegal. Sing along to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)," "Jingle Bell Pop," and more.

Winter Stories
Judy Collins

Available on CD and Freegal, Judy Collins and Jonas Fjeld blend folk, bluegrass, and country music into an unconventional holiday release centering on wintry vignettes rather than carols and hymns. Yet, it carries the spirit of the holidays throughout.

Rob Halford

Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford releases his second holiday album, which sees him give Christmas classics a heavy metal makeover. There are also four brand new songs recorded just for this release.

Moonlight, Mistletoe & You
Keb' Mo'

Fresh off the Grammy-winning album TajMo, his collaboration with Taj Mahal, and the critically acclaimed 2019 solo album Oklahoma, prolific blues musician Keb' Mo' presents his first holiday album. Featuring covers of holiday classics by the likes of St. Louis blues legend Charley Jordan, Eagles, and Koko Taylor, the albums also features a handful of originals full of Keb's signature sound and cheery observations, including the tongue-in-cheek (and soon to be holiday standard) “Christmas Is Annoying.” It’s the holiday season, Keb’ style.

Baby Shark's Thanksgiving Day

From mashing the potatoes to roasting the turkey, celebrate Thanksgiving with Baby Shark's family.

Absolute Disney Holiday
Walt Disney Records

A collection of eight Christmas songs from various Disney movies.

Kidz Bop. Christmas party! [2020]
Kidz Bop Kids

The perfect holiday soundtrack for festive parties, cozy hot chocolate nights, or baking cookies! Featuring 25 of today's biggest holiday hits sung by kids for kids like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Santa Tell Me," "Jingle Bell Rock," plus an original song, this is sure to be an instant favorite among families everywhere.

Descriptions adapted from the publisher.
By VictoriaR on December 2, 2021