Question: Do you play Christmas songs?

Answer: Yes!

Why Do Musicians Like Christmas Music?:

     Christmas is the only time of year when jazz becomes main stream in North America. Jazz is considered by many to be America's only truly independent contribution to the art world and most holiday tunes are written with harmonic progressions and melodies more associated with jazz than any other music genre.


     While many Christmas songs are intended to appeal to young children, many are written with far more interesting music than is typically found in pop, rock, country, hip-hop, or bluegrass.

A Month of Music:

     Christmastime is also colloquially referred to as the holiday season. This is an appropriate interpretation because although Christmas Day is only one day, there is usually a month of preparation and celebration leading up to that date. Corporate parties, school dances, and community celebrations often occur during the weeks prior to December 25th. No other U.S. holiday lasts this long.

     Since the Christmas holiday essentially lasts for a whole month starting right after Thanksgiving, it is common for musicians to start entertaining Christmas themed parties immediately in the last week of November. Most American holidays last only one day like Independence Day only celebrated on July 4th, as are New Year's Eve, Cinco de Mayo, Valentine's Day, and Halloween. During the weeks leading up to Christmas musicians could potentially play dozens of Christmas shows in one holiday season.

New Year's Eve:

     Songs about New Year's Eve are commonly interspersed with Christmas repertoire during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Many songs that are considered Christmas classics are actually more about the winter seasons and are suitable to still be played between Christmas and NYE.

Christmas Holiday Songs:

(Carol of the Drum) The Little Drummer Boy-Matt McCallie*

(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays

A Holly, Jolly Christmas     

All I Want for Christmas Is You-Mariah Carey

Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)

Angels We Have Heard on High

Aspenglow-John Denver

Away In a Manger

Because It's Christmas (For All the Children)-Barry Manilow

Blue Christmas-Harry Connick, Jr., Elvis Presley, Matt McCallie*

Carol of the Bells

Celebrate Me Home-Kenny Loggins*

Christmas for Cowboys-John Denver

Christmas Mornings-Richard Marx

Christmas Secret-Matt McCallie*

Christmas Spirit-Richard Marx

Christmas Time Is Here

Coventry Carol

Deck the Halls/Twist & Shout

Elfish-Matt McCallie*

Feliz Navidad-José Feliciano

Frosty the Snowman

Go Tell It on the Mountain

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-Matt McCallie*

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Happy Holiday

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas-Matt McCallie*

Here Comes Santa Claus

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day-Richard Marx

I Just Hitched a Ride on a Magic Sleigh (To Be With You on Christmas Day)-Matt McCallie*

I Saw Three Ships

I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas-Bon Jovi

I Wonder As I Wander

I'll Be Home for Christmas

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle Bells-Matt McCallie*     

Joy to the World

Last Christmas-George Michael, Wham!, Taylor Swift

Let It Go-Frozen

Let It Snow!-Matt McCallie*

Let There Be Peace on Earth-Richard Marx & Kenny Loggins, Matt McCallie*

Little Saint Nick-The Beach Boys

My Favorite Things-Matt McCallie*

O Holy Night

Please Come Home for Christmas-Bon Jovi, The Eagles

River-Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Matt McCallie*

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

Run, Run Rudolph-Chuck Berry, Bon Jovi*

Santa Baby-Michael Bublé

Santa Claus Is Back in Town-Richard Marx, Elvis Presley

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/Run Run Rudolph-Bon Jovi*

Silent Night

Silver Bells

Sleigh Ride-Harry Connick, Jr.

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

The Christmas Waltz

The Dreidel Song

The First Noel

This Christmas-Donny Hathaway, Matt McCallie*

Today-John Denver

Up on the Housetop

Walking In the Air-Matt McCallie, Kenny Loggins*

We Three Kings-Matt McCallie*

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

What Child Is This-Matt McCallie*

White Christmas-Matt McCallie*

Winter Wonderland-Matt McCallie*

Yellow Snow-Matt McCallie*

New Year's Eve:

Auld Lang Syne-Matt McCallie*

It's Just Another New Year's Eve-Barry Manilow

Nothin' New for New Year-Harry Connick, Jr.

What Are You Doin' New Year's Eve

Jingle Bell Rock

Central West End Window Walk 12-1-2012

Violin Duo | Christmas Music

Corporate Club Cocktail Holiday Party

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Central West End Window Walk 12-1-2012

Holly, Jolly Christmas

Central West End Window Walk 12-1-2012

I Just Hitched a Ride on a Magic Sleigh

Matt McCallie Original

Let It Snow!

Christmas Orchestra

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Truman State University Christmas Dance 12-1-2018

Celebrate Me Home

Truman State University Christmas Dance 12-1-2018