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Monday, December 03 2018 16:27

Holiday Music: Amazon Echo devices can play SiriusXM’s Holiday Channels for Free

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If you love holiday music like I do (and I make a list that's checked more than twice) and have an Amazon Echo device (something else that I love) at home, this is for you! SiriusXM wants to enliven your home with the perfect holiday music this season – FOR FREE. Now through December 25, anyone in the U.S. and Canada who is not a SiriusXM streaming subscriber (this includes those who are currently satellite radio-only subscribers) can tune in and listen free to SiriusXM’s suite of 15 commercial-free holiday channels on Amazon’s popular Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices. No email, credit card or credentials are required - it's just FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC!

Simply enable the SiriusXM skill on your Amazon Alexa device either on the web or the Alexa app on your phone, and after clicking "link account," click the “Enjoy Free SiriusXM” button (you don't actually have to link an account). Then tell Alexa to play any of these SiriusXM channels below. For instance, “Alexa, play Rockin' Xmas on SiriusXM.” 

SiriusXM’s holiday channel lineup features:

  • Holly - Contemporary holiday hits.
  • Holiday Traditions - Traditional holiday music from the ‘40s through the ‘60s.
  • Hallmark Channel Radio - Timeless Christmas carols and music.
  • Radio Hanukkah - An extensive collection of Hanukkah-themed music, as well as daily reflections and prayers. (Available through December 10)
  • Country Christmas - Traditional holiday favorites and original sounds of the season from classic and contemporary country stars.
  • Holiday Soul - R&B Christmas classics.
  • Acoustic Christmas - Acoustic holiday classics from well-known singers and songwriters.
  • Christmas Spirit - Christmas music and holiday favorites from contemporary Christian artists.
  • Mannheim Steamroller Channel* - Featuring Mannheim Steamroller, known for their blend of symphonic music with elements of new age, rock and modern Christmas music.
  • Holiday Pops - Classical Christmas carols and other holiday favorites performed by the world’s most popular classical performers.
  • 70s/80s Christmas - Familiar Christmas and holiday hits from the 70s and 80s.
  • Rockin’ Xmas - Classic Christmas songs that rock including hits, rarities and live tracks.
  • Holiday Chill-Out - Downtempo electronic holiday music.
  • Jazz Holidays - Christmas favorites from classic legends and contemporary jazz stars.
  • Navidad - A festive blend of contemporary and traditional Latin classic favorites.

If you don’t currently own an Alexa device, you can always grab one from Amazon (an associate) and pair that with a SiriusXM subscription as a way to enjoy SiriusXM’s 200+ channels through the holidays and beyond.

*Note: The Rock Father™ cannot endorse any music by Mannheim Steamroller - somehow Chip Davis has been able to trick millions into thinking that what they're doing is good. It is not. 

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

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