Best Traditional Country Music Christmas Songs to Play This Christmas Eve

by Katie Maloney
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We’ve made a list of country Christmas songs for you to add to your holiday playlist just in time for Christmas Eve.

There’s one thing that both country music and the holidays have in common – they’re both centered around family values. And what else brings the family together like music? We know that you’ll probably be celebrating with family members with a wide variety of musical tastes.

So, we’ve compiled two lists for you. The first is a list of traditional country Christmas songs for anyone in the fam who enjoys the classics. The second list contains some non-traditional country Christmas songs for anyone who’s looking to switch up the classic playlist. Feel free to mix and match as you choose, and enjoy your Christmas Eve festivities with the family!

Traditional Country Christmas Songs

This list includes some of the most recognized holiday country classics including songs by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and more.

“Blue Christmas” By Elvis Presley

“Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley

Presley recorded “Blue Christmas” in 1957 for his album, Elvis’ Christmas Album. The song is about missing someone you love during the holidays. Presley sings, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you…Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree, won’t be the same, dear, if you’re not here with me.”

“Country Christmas” By Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn sings, “Country Christmas.”

In 2016 Lynn released her Christmas record, White Christmas Blue, which quickly became a holiday staple for fans. “Country Christmas” is a track from the album. Lynn sings while Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, plays the guitar. Lynn sings, “A good old country Christmas, that’s what it’s gonna be. With all the family gathered ’round our pretty Christmas tree.”

“Christmas Without You” By Dolly Parton And Kenny Rodgers

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers perform “Christmas Without You.”

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers teamed up in 1984 to release the Christmas album, Once Upon a Christmas. “Christmas Without You” is a track from the album about a couple missing each other during the holiday season. Parton and Rodgers sing, “Wherever you go, you light up the room. I hope that you’ll make it back home soon ’cause it won’t feel like Christmas without you.”

“Pretty Paper” By Willie Nelson

Nelson originally wrote this song for Roy Orbison. However, Nelson eventually recorded it himself for his album of the same name. The song talks about the true meaning of Christmas – not just giving gifts but spreading love to those who need it most.

“Winter Wonderland” By Martina McBride

For anyone who loves classic country Christmas songs, Martina McBride’s “Winter Wonderland” is a perfect playlist addition.

“Wexford Carol” By Alison Krauss And Yo-Yo Ma

Krauss lends her hauntingly beautiful vocals to this Christmas classic while Yo-Yo Ma works his Cello magic.

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

We dare you to try not to dance during this song. It’s impossible! Rockabilly star, Brenda Lee, recorded this song in 1958 and it still remains a classic country Christmas song.

Non-Traditional Holiday Country Songs

Now’s your chance to sneak in a few non-traditional songs to your playlist. These songs are just as festive as the holiday classics, with a few unique twists.

“All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan” By Kenny Chesney

For anyone missing the beach this holiday season, Kenny Chesney has you covered. The song is about making a plan to spend the holidays in a tropical location. Chesney sings, “All I want for Christmas is a real good tan. Take me to the beach, put my feet in the sand…Don’t you think it’s a pretty good plan?”

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas” By Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani perform a country Christmas song.

One of country music’s favorite couples performs “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” The couple sings, “Thought I was done for, thought that love had died. But you came along, I swear you saved my life. And I wanna thank you, baby. ‘Cause you make it feel like Christmas.”

“Christmas Tree Farm” By Taylor Swift

“Christmas Tree Farm,” took only five days for Swift to write, record and release. The song is about getting caught up in a Christmas frenzy, then coming back to yourself by imagining the warm cozy feeling of a Christmas tree farm.

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