These Atlanta radio stations are playing Christmas music

Lawrenceville has adapted its Christmas traditions and made them COVID-19 friendly. Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, families can say hello to Santa Claus, who will be sitting on his sleigh on the Bicentennial Plaza. There will be live music and carolers at the Historic Courthouse Gazebo throughout the night. The city’s holiday celebration will also feature socially distant outdoor attractions and a fireworks show viewable from inside your car. Local shops and restaurants will also have special sales and offers for the event

The holidays are upon us and Christmas is around the corner.

To get into the spirit, many enjoy listening to their favorite holiday tunes.

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Streaming and online radio stations such as Pandora allow people to choose exactly the kinds of Christmas music they want to hear. But some may wonder if they’ll hear “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” should they turn on their local radio station.

Not many radio stations are pumping out holiday tunes, but a handful have some in rotation.

B98.5

Atlanta’s home for hits from the ’80s, ‘90s and now hasn’t completely done away with those songs in favor of Christmas tunes. Still, it has sprinkled in a few standards between numbers from Niall Horan and Avril Lavigne. Some songs that have played include “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney and Wings as well as Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow.”

Kiss 104.1

The city’s R&B station is mostly sticking to playing ‘90s and contemporary R&B, but it has put some Christmas music into the mix. Chris Brown’s cover of “This Christmas,” Luther Vandross’ “At Christmas Time” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” are some songs that have been spun.

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94.9 The Bull

Another station playing Christmas music intermittently is The Bull. The country radio station has played Alan Jackson’s “Honky Tonk Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry. Plus, “Christmas Cookies,” which features an all-star lineup of country stars including Jackson, Randy Travis and Brooks & Dunn has been spun.

Praise 102.5

Atlanta’s inspiration station Praise 102.5 is intermittently playing Christmas songs this season.

102.1 The King

Christmas music is playing 24/7 on this classic hits station.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK

Thanks to Clark Atlanta University, Atlantans can listen to classic, cool and contemporary jazz year-round. This season, they can get Christmas tunes in the form of jazz, too.

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Star 94.1

The station that recently made the shift to include hip-hop and R&B in its pop-heavy rotation isn’t shifting gears when it comes to its Christmastime tradition. Feel Good Christmas Weekends begin Fridays at 3 p.m., so tune in through Sunday to exclusively hear your favorite holiday songs.

104.7 The Fish

A go-to station for everything inspirational, 104.7 The Fish is strictly playing Christmas tunes around the clock. Amy Grant’s rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and The Eagles’ “Please Come Home For Christmas” are among the songs that are in the station’s rotation as well as more religious ones such as “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Aaron Shust.

The Joy FM

Contemporary Christian station The Joy is playing Christmas music around the clock. Songs have included Josh Groban’s “Believe” and Perry Como’s “Here We Come A-Caroling.”

K-Love

The former Talk 106.7 turned Christian pop station K-Love is playing religious Christmas songs this season. Among the songs that have played are “Silent Night” by Needtobreathe, but they’re still playing non-Christmas tunes, too.

Have you heard Christmas songs on some radio stations we missed? Email kiersten.willis@ajc.com and we’ll add them.

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