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There are dozens of wonderful bluegrass Christmas albums. Here are some of the best:

And here are some good Christmas songs that appear on other albums:

  • Babe of Bethlehem
    • The McLain Family Band “Sunday Singin’” (CLR)
  • Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
    • James Alan Shelton “Road to Coeburn” (Copper Creek)
    • Ralph Stanley & Connie Smith “Clinch Mountain Country” (Rebel)
  • Call Collect on Christmas
    • Del McCoury “35 Years of the Best in Bluegrass, Disc Two” (Rebel)
  • Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
    • Billy Joe Foster and Special Edition “Before the Prairie Met the Plow” (Hay Holler)
  • Christmas Country Style
    • Larry Stephenson “Close My Eyes to Heaven” (Webco)
  • The Christmas Guest
    • Grandpa Jones “Poems and Songs” (Country Always)
  • Christmas Mandolin
    • Johnny Staats on Various Artists, “Believe: A Christmas Collection” (Giant) also on Prime Cuts, Vol. 48.
  • Christmas on the Farm
    • The McLain Family Band “McLain Family Band” (CLR)
  • Christmas Time Back Home
    • Various Artists “Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey” (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Christmas Time in My Home Town
    • Wil Maring “An Ocean From Home” (Bear Family/Prime Cuts Vol. 36)
  • Christmas Time in the Country
    • Carson Peters & Iron Mountain (single/no label)
  • Christmas Time is Coming
    • The Flat Ridge Boys “Christmas with the Flat Ridge Boys” (Heritage/Prime Cuts Vol. 12)
  • Christmas Time’s a Comin’
    • The Bluegrass Band “Once Again, From the Top” (Hay Holler)
    • Bill Monroe “Bluegrass Memories” (MCA)
  • Christmas Time in Texas
    • The Overall Boys (“The Overall Boys”; also on Prime Cuts, Volume 84)
  • Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over
    • Fiddlin” John Carson on “Back Roads to Cold Mountain” (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Coal in My Stocking
    • Williamson Branch “Branchin’ Out” (Enrichertainment)
  • Cradle to Cross to Crown
    • New Tradition “Cradle, Cross, Crown” (Mountain Home)
  • Daddy’s Old Guitar (Randy’s Christmas gift one year was his father’s guitar.)
    • Randy Waller “Randy Waller” (Lendel)
  • Fall Down Children
    • The Whites “Doing It By the Book” (Canaan)
  • Father I Know Why
    • Blue Highway “Blue Highway” (Ceili)
  • Follow the Light
    • The McLain Family Band “Kentucky Wind” & “Sunday Singin’” (CLR)
  • Follow the Star
    • Larry Sparks “The Last Suit You Wear” (McCoury Music)
  • Food on the Table
    • The Dillards “Take Me Along for the Ride” (Vanguard)
  • From the Manger to the Cross
    • The Stanley Brothers “The Early Years 1958-1961, Volume 2” (King)
  • Gettin’ Ready for a Baby
    • Volume Five “Gettin’ Ready for a Baby” (Mountain Fever Records)
    • Jerry Salley “All God’s Children Sing” (Very Jerry)
  • Happy Birthday Little Baby Jesus
    • Irene Kelley (single, Mountain Fever)
  • Heartbeat
    • The Rarely Herd “What About Him” (Pinecastle)
  • Here We Go A-Going
    • Frances Mooney & Fontana Sunset “I Didn’t See It Coming” (Blue Circle)
  • Hills of Old Judea
    • Wade Spencer “Grass Covered Tracks” (Model Music, Also Prime Cuts, Vol. 59)
  • I Still Pray
    • Kristy Cox “Ricochet” (Mountain Fever)
  • I Wasn’t There
    • Paul Williams “Ain’t God Good” (Rounder)
  • It’s Christmas Time
    • The Boys from Indiana (single/Rebel)
  • It’s Time to Hear Those Jingle Bells Again
    • The Larry Wallace Band (on Prime Cuts, Volume 84)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
    • Bluegrass Etc. “Travelin’ Band” (Sierra)
  • Let’s Live Every Day Like It Was Christmas
    • Randall Franks & Friends “Christmas Time’s a Comin’” (Sonlite)
  • Let’s Make a Baby King
    • New Grass Revival “Friday Night in America” (Capitol)
  • Light of the Stable
    • The McLain Family Band “Big Hill” (CLR)
  • Little Baby Child
    • Jim Hurst “Box of Chocolates” (no label)
  • Little Star
    • Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver “Sing Me a Song About Jesus” (Mountain Home)
  • Little Stranger
    • The Rochesters “Heaven’s Gift” (Mountain Home/Prime Cuts Vol. 30)
  • Mary, Merry Christmas
    • Ralph Stanley II “Listen to My Hammer Ring” (Rebel)
  • Mary’s Song
    • Cornerstone “Out of the Valley” (Folk Era/Prime Cuts Vol. 12)
  • My Greatest Christmas
    • Bill Grant “My Pathway Leads to Oklahoma” (KMB)
  • New Star Shining
    • Ricky Skaggs (with James Taylor) “Love’s Gonna Get Ya” (Epic)
  • O! Santa
    • Chatham County Line “Live from Yep Roc Sawyer Sessions” (Yep Roc)
  • Oh Christmas Candle
    • Stony Point Quartet “Christmas Time Back Home” (Cracker Barrel) Also Prime Cuts, #66
  • Old Fashioned Christmas
    • Jimmy Martin, Various Artists “Christmas Jamboree” (Highland Music)
  • On Christmas Eve
    • John Hartford “Headin’ Down into the Mystery Below” (Flying Fish)
  • On Christmas Eve (different from the Hartford tune above)
    • Wolfe Brothers “2001 An Old Time Odyssey” (Copper Creek)
  • One Christmas
    • Steve Kaufman “Circles” (Sleeping Bear)
  • Our Christmas Tree
    • Bill Price “Honoring the Father of Bluegrass” (Lanor Records)
  • Our Gingerbread House
    • Becky Buller “The Christmas 45, Volume 1” (Dark Shadow)
  • Santa, Baby
    • Patty Mitchell (Promotional Parody, No Label)
  • Santa Claus
    • Bill Monroe “Bluegrass Instrumentals” (Decca/Bear Family)
  • Santa Got Picked Up for D.U.I / Christmas Time
    • The Boys from Indiana (45 rpm single–Old Heritage Records)
  • Season of Joy (instrumental)
    • Scott Vestal, et al “Bluegrass 2000” (Pinecastle)
  • Set Apart
    • The Bullas “Set Apart” (Dominion Records)
  • She Cries
    • The Isaacs “Increase My Faith” (Horizon)
  • Strangest Christmas Ever
    • Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers “The Long Awaited Album” (Rounder)
  • That’s Christmas Time to Me
    • Bill Monroe “Bluegrass Memories” (MCA) Also on Bear Family Boxed Set 1970-79, Vol. 4
  • That Old Familar House on Christmas Day
    • Robin and Linda Williams “Back 40” (Red House Records)
  • The Christmas Train is Coming
    • Tommy Edwards “The Christmas Album” (Salisbury Street) Also on Prime Cuts Volume 90.
  • The First Time I Saw Mary
    • The Doug Dillard Band “What’s That” (Flying Fish)
  • The King as a Babe Comes Down
    • Cherryholmes “Cherryholmes III:Don’t Believe” (Skaggs Family)
  • The Savior Is Born
    • Becky Buller “The Christmas 45, Volume 1” (Dark Shadow)
  • Welcome Christ the Lord
    • Dan Boner (Daysight)
  • What’s the World Coming To?
    • Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out “Prime Tyme” (Rural Rhythm) Song’s first verse is about Christmas.
  • When the Time Had Fully Come
    • Northern Lights “Can’t Buy Your Way” (Flying Fish)
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