For centuries we’ve celebrated this time of year as the end of harvest, beginning of the winter solstice, Christmas, and the many traditions that it entails. Musicians and composers from all time periods have delighted in the magical and mysterious qualities the season brings each year. Some of these wonderful songs, melodies, and choruses and have endured since the beginning and some have become classics even this year.

Picking classical music for the holidays can be difficult. The term “classical” is broad in terms of a music genre since it encompasses centuries and many, many countries and composers. Not to mention you want all your popular favorites, but also a taste of the past from the medieval to the present with some of our favorite stars. Let this list be your primer and let the celebrations, mystery, and magic of the season begin!