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The Best Holiday Podcasts to Listen to this Festive Season

Are you on the hunt for the perfect holiday podcasts to elevate your festive playlist? We Edit Podcasts has got you covered with our list of the Best Holiday Podcasts to listen to this festive season! 

As twinkling lights illuminate the streets, trees transform into dazzling spectacles, and hot cocoa flows abundantly, lists are being made.

And there are far more than the infamous “Naughty or Nice”…

There are shopping lists, baking lists, Christmas movie marathon lists, and things-to-do-in-the-holidays lists. But there’s one more list to add to the…well…the list! Your Best Holiday Podcasts list!

Whether you’re commuting to work or looking for a little holiday audio magic for gift wrapping or some holiday baking, these holiday podcasts are perfect for ushering in some festive cheer.

So, let’s bring on the holiday magic with our…

Best Holiday Podcasts for The Festive Season

1. Deck The Hallmark 

First up on our list of best holiday podcasts, a fan favorite when it comes to Holiday podcasts, Deck the Hallmark.

Join Bran, Dan, and friends as they attempt to watch and review made-for-tv movies! Just a bunch of pals…watching made-for-tv movies. The hosts share laugh-out-loud moments as they unpack the often outrageous (and super-cheesy, but that’s why we love them, right!) plots, and appreciate the unique charm that defines Christmas movies. A fun-filled, cheery addition to your holiday podcast playlist!

2. The Holiday Season Podcast 

Best Holiday Podcasts: The Holiday Season

Is watching The Holiday part of your holiday traditions? Then do we have the perfect podcast for your holiday podcast playlist! For fans of The Holiday, the beloved 2006 (yes, 2006!!) Christmas classic directed by Nancy Meyers in 2006, The Holiday Season is a must-listen. 

Together with host, Sam Clements, throughout the episodes, you’ll dive deep into the intricacies of the film, exploring various angles, and key elements (aka THE COTTAGE!), and engaging conversations with those integral to bringing this cinematic gem to life. It’s a delightful and cozy listen, and we’re sure it will become a holiday tradition…just like the film.

3. The Calm Christmas Podcast with Beth Kempton 

The Calm Christmas Podcast with Beth Kempton

The Holidays are all about fun and festivities…but there can also be a lot of stress, anxiety, and even loneliness. So, amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, find solace with The Calm Christmas Podcast hosted by bestselling wellbeing author Beth Kempton. In these episodes, you’re transported to Beth’s kitchen table in the English countryside, where she shares soothing wintery words from her favorite poets and writers, tips for a stress-free holiday season, and advice for taking care of ourselves at this time of year. 

Beth also explores ideas for a natural and sustainable Christmas, she looks into the origins of some of our most-loved traditions, and she also explores how winter is endured and celebrated around the world. This holiday podcast is the perfect companion for unwinding this holiday season and a wonderfully cozy podcast for the darkest season of the year.

4. Christmas Countdown 

Christmas Countdown podcast

Amidst the chaos of the holiday season, Christmas Countdown steps in to help with all those lists that need making. Hosted by actor Eric Petersen and TV producer Danny Jordan, this jingle-bell-filled show counts down holiday-themed lists, offering a merry and organized approach to the festive frenzy.

On every episode, Eric and Danny count down all kinds of holiday-themed lists. These range from the top 10 Christmas movies, the top 10 stocking stuffers to the top 10 holiday traditions and top 10 Christmas songs. If you love lists, and you love the holidays, put this holiday podcast on your festive playlist.

5. The Midnight Carols

The Midnight Carols podcast

Next up, a unique entry on our list of best holidays podcasts…If you like your holiday podcasts with a little fantastical spookiness, then you need to check out The Midnight Carols. Listen in as four friends share strange tales of terror on Christmas Eve to join the Venerable Order of St Nicholas of Myra. 

But who are the mysterious Merry Gentlemen? What if their stories were more than made-up tales? The Midnight Carols is a thrilling new dark fantasy Christmas audio drama with a full cast of talented voice actors, perfect for curling up on a wintery night with some yummy holiday treats.

6. Christmas Creeps 

Christmas Creeps

For a unique twist on holiday cheer, delve into Christmas Creeps — a one-stop shop for holiday madness all year round. Hosts Joseph Wade, Johnny-5, and Mr. Bradford dissect holiday movies with wit and humor, exploring both familiar and obscure titles. 

Don’t be fooled by the name; this podcast is a fantastic addition to your festive playlist.

7. The Lost Christmas Podcast 

The Lost Christmas Podcast

Merge fun and information with The Lost Christmas Podcast — a delightful exploration into holiday history. Each episode invites you to delve into characters, stories, traditions, and culinary delights from around the globe. 

The added bonus of passages from The Lost Years of Santa Claus book fills gaps in the Santa Claus mythos, making for a captivating and fun-filled holiday listening experience.

8. A Cozy Christmas Podcast

A Cozy Christmas Podcast

If you’re looking for a Christmas podcast that celebrates the coziest time of year, then look no further than A Cozy Christmas Podcast

If you’re looking for a podcast to fill your space with the Christmas spirit, this is it. Host Art has the most soothing of voices.

This holiday podcast is full of all things cozy and Christmas, and it’s a wonderful show to have wafting through your home while all the scents of the holiday season fill the air.

9. Christmas Past 

Christmas Past

Next up on our list of the best holiday podcasts is Christmas Past. Embark on a journey through the captivating stories behind holiday traditions with Christmas Past. Host Brian Earl combines nerdy deep dives with warmhearted celebrations, uncovering forgotten tales that breathe life into the most wonderful time of the year. Because behind every Christmas tradition is a story, often a forgotten one. 

And every year, as we put up a tree and pour the eggnog, we’re continuing generations-old narratives, while being mostly unaware of their starting chapters. That’s where Christmas Past comes in.

Christmas Past is also one of the longest-running Christmas podcasts, now in its eighth season.

10. Tinsel Tunes – The Christmas Music Podcast

tinsel tunes - the Christmas Music Podcast

Do you love Christmas music? Then you’ll love Tinsel Tunes – The Christmas Music Podcast. The Tinsel Tunes podcast goes into great detail about Christmas music. Full of fun and interesting facts, it will get you into the Christmas Spirit!

Hear about classics, modern songs, songs you love, and even those songs that you dislike. We go deep into the history of Christmas songs, explore the compositions, and play lots of music!

11. Tis the Podcast 

Next up, on our list of the best holiday podcasts for the festive season is Tis the Podcast. This holiday podcast will help you keep the Christmas Spirit alive 365 days a year. On each episode, join hosts Anthony, Julia, and Thom on a magical journey filled with debates and discussions about different Christmas movies, specials, and television episodes each week. 

It’s a festive experience that, when added to your playlist, ensures the holiday spirit is ever-present.

And wrap up (get it?) this list, some holiday podcasts for the whole family…

12. A Christmas Carol Podcast

A Christmas Carol Podcast

A Christmas Carol is – obviously – a holiday classic. And while curling up to watch the film appears on many a holiday to-do list, listening to this next holiday podcast should be on that list, too!

Check out A Christmas Carol Podcast and immerse yourself in the audio version of this timeless classic. This audio drama podcast abridges Charles Dickens’s ghostly tale into nine heartwarming episodes. Perfect for family listening during bedtime or those cozy evenings that demand a classic holiday story, beautifully told.

13. Welcome to Tinsel Town: A Christmas Adventure 

Welcome to tinsel town

For the young and young at heart, Welcome to Tinsel Town is the perfect holiday podcast for the whole family. 

After making a wish on the Christmas Star, Holly finds herself popping in and out of Tinsel Town, a magical place where it’s Christmas every day. But after getting stuck there, her friends – a giant candy cane, a mysterious ornament, and a polar bear Queen – need to band together to help her get home. As things start to fall apart in Tinsel Town, the curmudgeonly Conductor accuses Holly of ruining Christmas and does everything in his power to try to ban her from celebrating ever again. Will Holly and her friends figure out where her wish went wrong in time to get her home for the holidays? Listen to this fiction festive podcast to find out!

14. ‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Podcast

tis the Grinch holiday podcast

And finally, our last (but NOT least) enter on this list of the best holiday podcasts is ‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Podcast, brought to us by Wondery.

Cuddly as a cactus and charming as an eel, he’s your new favorite snarky talk show host. Join The Grinch (and his faithful dog Max) each week as he rants against Christmas cheer and roasts celebrity guests like chestnuts on an open fire. Starring Saturday Night Live’s James Austin Johnson as the notorious curmudgeon and broadcasting straight from Who-Ville, will The Grinch send these famous folks back down Mt. Crumpit, or will they soften his stance against Christmas and grow his heart three sizes? Grab your hot cocoa and cozy slippers and listen along to find out!

Let These Best Holiday Podcasts Bring on the Festive Cheer!

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and, of course, the magic of festive podcasts! These carefully curated picks on our list of the best holiday podcasts are some of the best out there, designed to envelop you in the warmth of the holiday spirit.

So, slip into your favorite Christmas sweater, grab a steaming cup of cocoa, settle into your favorite spot, and embark on a journey through these truly festive holiday podcasts. We guarantee they’ll warm even the grinchiest of hearts.

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