Holiday Playlist Ideas for Merry Parties and Joyful Travels

Celebrate the Season with a Holly Jolly Travel and Party Playlist

The holidays are fast approaching, and while the weather outside may be frightful, the season is ripe for feasting and festive revelry.

Whether you’re throwing a party, traveling, hitting the slopes, or indulging in a tropical Christmas getaway, a well-crafted playlist can add a magical touch to any holiday occasion.

Make Your Own Holiday Playlist

By now, you’re likely wrapped up in festive preparations—making travel plans, elbowing mall crowds, perusing a Christkindl market, or shopping for gifts the smart way: online and in your pjs.

With so much going on, things tend to pile up during the holiday season. With the right tunes, however, you can instantly shift the mood in any setting, but don’t make the mistake of relying on generic playlists or Christmas CD’s.


Craft a Holiday Soundtrack for Every Festive Occasion

When it comes to holiday-themed events, it’s all about the vibe. Variety is important, but not at the expense of yanking your guests, track after track, across the genres. Shuffle is notorious for making bad choices and ruining everything, so you’ll need a hand-picked playlist that is fit for the occasion.

Tailored for a Holiday Party

It should go without saying that songs like “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” is not a top choice for your cocktail dance party, and it shouldn’t be all holiday songs either. Instead, make a killer soundtrack you could use all year, then, add seasoning.

Go with holiday-themed originals like “Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit” by Dan Hicks or “Naughty Christmas (Goblin in the Office)” by Fat Les.

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Songs for Traveling

Traveling during the holiday season, whether driving or flying, can be overwhelming. To ease the stress, create an airport or road trip-worthy playlist from tracks that make you feel chill, happy, and relaxed. Emotions run high at airport terminals, especially during peak travel season.

Best to keep things mellow with something like Steel Drum Island’s “Jingle Bells” or “Happy Holidays” by Janet Devlin.

Good to Know: Sound of your Stay – Your Vacation Soundtrack

If you’re hitting the snowy slopes of Lake Tahoe or Davos or planning a warm all-inclusive getaway, Hard Rock Hotels will hook you up with carefully curated playlists for your holiday escape.

As part of the Sound of Your Stay music program, you can stream Tracks during your stay at any Hard Rock Hotel or download the playlist using a code at check-in and take your vacation soundtrack home with you.

Staying Local

With the holidays come the glittering lights, joyous parades, seasonal attractions, and classic holiday tunes—all of which inspire an undeniable nostalgia for the Christmases of yore.

If you’re hitting up the local scene, the event is likely to feature a blend of classic and popular carols, so you’ll want to craft a playlist with alternative versions of popular songs. A good alt-Christmas soundtrack will get you in the holiday spirit while offering a fresh approach to the mainstream canon of holiday songs.

For instance, there are over 30 different renditions of “Go, Tell It on The Mountain,” including the popular 2006 version by Little Big Town. Compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr., 1907, this holiday hymn has been sung by everyone from Frank Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel, to Hanson, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and choirs like Gay Men’s Chorus.

Then, there are the pop-punk classics by bands like Weezer and Fall Out Boy who offer us a slightly grungier take on the classics. Consider Weezer’s “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

Good to Know: Hard Rock Hotels Celebrate the Holidays in Style

No matter what part of the globe you plan to be in this season, you can partake in Hard Rock Hotel holiday celebrations! Explore Hard Rock Destinations and look at their calendars for upcoming event information.

For example, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is hosting “Holidays at Hard Rock,” featuring Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated artist Matthew Morrison from Glee and Neverland on Broadway.

Many locations are also offering seasonal specials. Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is offering a holiday discount of 35% off with special holiday events including a Christmas Eve Gala and even a visit from Santa!