Best Christmas Albums to Download for the Holidays

That's right, some of the best Christmas music still comes in MP3 format. Enjoy!

Whether you're planning a party or prefer to relax this Christmas, finding that perfect Christmas album can be a challenge. There are many digital music services that offer an overwhelming supply of Christmas music, but how do you find one that's suitable for a particular occasion? To help you, we've compiled a list of essential Christmas albums.

Once you've downloaded your MP3s, you can then burn to CD, copy to a USB Flash drive / Flash Card, sync to your MP3 player / media player, etc. And remember, you don't have to download a complete album. If you prefer, just choose the tracks you want. Happy Christmas!

Spanning 3 CDs, this album for children contains 60 Christmas carols performed by the St. John Children's Choir. There's a wide selection of well-known carols in this collection which includes: Frosty The Snowman; The Twelve Days of Christmas; Silent Night, and many more. Overall, a great compilation of classic Christmas carols that is sure to keep any child entertained for hours over the Holidays.

BONUS! Amazon Prime members can stream this album free after downloading the free Amazon Music App for iOS and Android on the album apage.

Kids Xmas Party Hits is a great collection of upbeat kid-friendly tracks suitable for any festive celebration. This compilation includes 30 entertaining songs such as: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Frosty The Snowman, and other tracks to dance to. If you're looking for party music to keep the kids entertained this Christmas, then this album is well worth considering.

If you're looking for a Christmas album to suit almost any occasion, then NOW Christmas Vol. 4 has got it all. This double CD collection has a total of 36 tracks with a playing time of almost 2 hours. The artists featured on this album are a mix of old and new. Classics such as White Christmas (Bing Crosby), Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid), are mixed with modern recordings performed by artists like Rihanna (A Child is Born), Lady Gaga (Christmas Tree), Kelly Rowland (Wonderful Christmastime), and even Alvin and The Chipmunks! Overall, a very good compilation of songs for all the family.

Have you got a cell phone that needs a Christmas ringtone? If you want to make Christmas complete by having a ringtone too, then this compilation of sounds by Dr. Sound Effects is a good resource. Even though you may not want to download all 162 tracks (over 4.5 hours worth) in this wild and wacky collection, there's some excellent festive sounds to use on your cell phone -- or even on your home answer phone perhaps to surprise your callers?

If you like listening to classical music, then this Christmas music compilation is for you. With a staggering 99 tracks, this monster Christmas album is almost 6 hours long! The tracks are performed by top orchestras and choirs from around the world which provides a great classical ambiance for Christmas. Whether you want a festive album to play for yourself, or as background music to play throughout the Holiday season, this album is certainly recommended considering its low cost.