It’s early November and you’re a theme park nerd so MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone !
A while ago I posted a list of my favorite Underrated Disney Park Music, featuring all the greatest lesser known soundtracks of your favorite parks. This time, as the holiday season is starting in Disney parks—I mean those that are not closed due to COVID—I’m in the mood for sharing my favorite Christmas background music from the Disney parks. These are the cheerful atmospheric audio loops you can hear in various areas, attractions, queues and boutiques during the holiday season. They will bring a little bit of Disney Magic™ to your living room for the holidays.
There is a ton of Christmas background music loops in the eleven Disney parks around the world so remember this is not a comprehensive collection but a selection of our favorite tunes. Those we like to play when we’re just chilling at home.
If you like this selection, I’ve also created a YouTube playlist out of it for your convenience. Enjoy!
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
This boutique located in the Magic Kingdom offers a selection of holiday decoration and ornaments. The background music is reminiscent of musicals from the 50’s and 60’s. It’s equally delightful and kitsch. It’s also our most played Christmas music loop at home.
Main Street Christmas Music – Disneyland, Magic Kingdom
This classic music loop has the same vintage qualities and brings typical 60’s / 70’s orchestrations of US Christmas classics. Definitely the most quintessential holiday music from the Disney parks.
Jingle Cruise Queue
Since a few years the famous Jungle Cruise ride is getting a yearly holiday overlay : Jingle Cruise. The audio loop from the queue is in fact the “Global Broadcasting Service : The Voice of Civilisation” radio. It features swing and boogie woogie versions of Christmas classic songs including the Andrew Sisters and in typical Jungle Cruise fashion, some pretty quirky songs too. If The Twilight Zone – Tower of Terror had a holiday overlay, it would probably sound like this.
Buena Vista Street Christmas Music
From the same 30’s/40’s era, the holiday music from Buena Vista Street is just as exquisite, but with a big band twist.
EPCOT entrance holiday music
And now something completely different. These are basically symphonic orchestrations of Christmas songs. Epcot’s entrance area holiday music is so classic it’s almost generic. In fact it’s so generic they use the same audio loop here and there in the Walt Disney Studios “theme park”. But it will definitely get you in a festive mood nevertheless. Or at least, your mom.
Main Street U.S.A. Christmas music – Disneyland Paris
Unlike its american counterparts, the christmas loop of Main Street USA really puts the Euro in Disney. From the songs to the instruments and orchestration it really feels like Europe’s old tradition of Christmas markets. You can smell the muled wine just listening to it.
Echo Lake Christmas Music – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Another big favorite here. It features 50’s legendary jazz and easy listening artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Dean Martin, to Nat King Cole. It just feels like Christmas in the lobby of a mid-century modern grand hotel.
World of Disney Christmas Season music – Disneyland Paris
The large boutique located at the front of Disney Village in Paris is packed with symphonic versions of the Christmas classics you need.
American Waterfront Christmas music – Tokyo DisneySea
If you never had the chance to experience Christmas in New York in the early 20th century, Tokyo DisneySea’s American Waterfront holiday background music gives you some joyful ragtime orchestrations of Christmas standards.
Wilderness Lodge Christmas Loop
After all the fuss, the eating, the gift-giving and the child-screaming, if you need some quieter tunes to relax on December 25th, the holiday music from Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge hotel has a bunch of soft versions of Christmas classics to offer. You can almost hear the snow outside while you’re getting warm and cozy near the fireplace.
That’s it folks! If you liked our selection, you can also access it on this playlist.
Merry Christmas nerds!