From Noddy Holder’s drawn out Chriiiistmas to Mariah Carey’s whispery voice… every year festive playlists in shops, pubs and bars pump out the best, and worst, of the seasonal songs through the ages.
Seeing as this is a holiday blog, we thought we’d offer up some festive music ideas with a slight travel theme; although we’ve made sure we haven’t completely forgotten the classics!
Fairytale of New York – the Pogues
A travel Christmas playlist or any festive song collection just wouldn’t be complete without Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan singing and arguing about their infamous night out. New York is an ideal Christmas destination with its snow-strewn Central Park and party spirit, but then most places in the states know how to throw a festive party. Even in some of the more sunny southern states, you can find fake snow, and huge street processions to mark this time of year.
Little Saint Nick – the Beach Boys
The Beach Boys could probably sing about sub-zero Siberian winters and we’d still be able to summon images of long beaches, sparkling seas and surfers thanks to their summery tones. So this has been included in our playlist as a bit of an alternative to the usual Christmas musical extravaganza. Even if you’re warming your feet by the fire in the UK you could still find yourself being transported to a beach haven– ideal if you have planned a winter break to Tunisia!
O Little Town of Bethlehem
This Christmas carol is a classic that everyone from Bob Dylan to Mariah Carey can’t resist covering! As it’s been recorded by so many different artists you can choose the one you like the best. Also if you’ve booked a winter break, so somewhere Tenerife or Lanzarote, then even the kids can join in so you can bring a party atmosphere to your break. The sun-soaked Canary Islands come alive over Christmas anyway so you won’t have to look far to find the Christmas Spirit.
Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby
The travel theme here is anywhere Christmassy, from Paris city breaks, to weekends in London; this festive favourite brings all those warm images linked to this time of year, like winter woollies and toasty fires. But that’s not to say you can’t swap your standard winter wonderland for a warmer version. Holidays to Egypt over Christmas can bring a whole different feel to the festive time, from Christmas morning on the beach to garlic and rice festive meals.
Christmas in Hollis – Run-DMC
Another American export, this tune isn’t played as often as Noddy Holder’s classic, but its hip-hop style can liven up the usual Christmas playlist and might give everyone the chance to try out some different dance moves! Queens in New York might not be your ideal place to be transported to over the festive time but if the song’s good enough for the Simpsons it might get you on the dance floor too.
So while some of us may feel the same as Wizzard and “Wish it could be Christmas everyday”, for many of us the next big break will be our summer holiday. Why not use the festive season to start making plans and check out the latest deals to Cyprus and Florida. And if you are tired of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” and the concept of “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” is filling you with dread, why not banish the winter blues and book a beach break. Merry Christmas!