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Ambient Xmas

Ambient Xmas

Chart positions

This show was 4th in the global ambient chart and 6th in the global chillout chart.

Thanks to a wonderful album from Matt Borghi I decided to give a holiday ambient a shot. Matt's album is called simply - "Ambient Guitar for Christmas."

Happy Holiday everyone!

00:00 Matt Borghi - The First Noel
03:40 Fuzzy Lights - Snowstorm in a Snow Globe
06:12 Dollboy - Look Darling, It's Starting to Snow
08:22 Clem Leek - Away in America
14:40 Rachel's - NY Snow Globe
17:00 Voces8 - Winter
20:15 The Green Kingdom - Sleep, Snow
28:20 Casino vs Japan - Christmas Morning
28:43 Matt Borghi - Shchedryk
31:35 Wil Bolton - Coventry Carol
33:54 Bill Nelson - The Christmas Gift
35:05 Sara and Adam - Wonderful Christmastime
38:35 Takahiro Kido - Christmas Song
44:04 Helios - Sunes Christmas
47:52 John Zorn - Christmas Time is Here
52:22 Voces8 - For Now I Am Winter
56:40 Matt Borghi - Silent Night



I thought I'd share some of my favorite Christmas ambient music . . .

For Christmas evocative music that is primarily not based on traditional/popular Christmas melodies, I recommend the Windham Hill Compilations Winter Solstice 1-5. They are great!

Here are my recommendation for instrumental/ambient covers of traditional Christmas songs:
-Michael Allen Harrison (a local Portland, OR artist) has a number of Christmas albums, but my favorites are The Golden Child and Snowfall.
-Deuter-Celebration of Light
-Cyrus Chestnut-A Charlie Brown Christmas (his jazzy cover of the classic Vince Guaraldi album, which is also jazz, but classic)
--David Arkenstone-Visions of Christmas
-David Arkenstone-Christmas Spirit
-Paul Horn-The Peace Album (I fall asleep to this)
-Paul Winter-Wintersong
-Brian Crain-A Traditional Christmas
-Georgia Kelly-Winter Classics
-Ekimi- The Next Noel (a more obscure and older album and a bit more lively at times, but it's got really interesting covers)

These are not quite as out there as most of what you have on your compilation, but I still think they mainly qualify as ambient Christmas music.

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Any list with Paul Horn & Paul Winter is worth checking out! Thanks again for your excellent list.


Here are some of my favorite Christmas ambient albums. For "Christmas evocative" music that is not based on actual Christmas song melodies I recommend the Windham Hill Winter Solstice compilations, particuarly Winter Solstice 1-5.

For ambient/instrumental Christmas albums, my faves are:
-Michael Allen Harrison (Portland artist) The Golden Child
-Michael Allen Harrison Snowfall
-Cyrus Chestnut A Charlie Brown Christmas (more jazzy, but it's great)
-Deuter-Celebration of Light
-Paul Winter-Wintersong
-Brian Crain-A Traditional Christmas
-David Arkenstone-Christmas Spirit
-David Arkenstone-Visions of Christmas
-Georgia Kelly-Winter Classics
-Ekimi-The Next Noel (more obscure and also a little more rocking/energized, but quite distinct)

Those are some of my favorites!

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Thanks for this list! I'm making a Spotify playlist from your recommendations as I type this. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Cosmo Spacemonkey

Jackie Gleason (yes, the great actor and comedian Jackie Gleason who was also a great conductor and arranger) has to be the godfather of ambient christmas. My mom would play this his "Merry Christmas" album every year and it created a great soundtrack for the magical aspects of Christams Eve - the fireplace, sparkling snow, the stary night sky, etc. It's some of the most dreamy xmas music I have heard - Haunting choruses, dreamy strings, delicate bells, and mellow vibraphones ake this my favorite Xmas album of all time. "Snowfall" & "Christmas in Paris" are standout tracks on this album. Mixing major and minor keys and the super high saprano vocals on both tracks towards the last half of the pieces are ambient bliss: -

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Wow! This is spectacular! Thanks so much for the heads up on this awesome recording. I'm definitely going to see if I can find it on vinyl someday. Thanks!

Malc Parry ( D.J Anorak )

Genius. Have a chilled Christmas


This is magical :) Merry Christmas!

Andrew j Long

Beautiful session my friend ;)

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Thanks for checking in & Happy Holidays!


This is great! Thanks for posting!

Daniel Layman

Fantastic mix. Thank you!