Christmas features

Best Christmas classical music releases of 2019

The best Christmas classical music recordings of 2019

Test your knowledge of Christmas carols with our tricky quiz.

Most people can’t remember the iconic lyrics in this Christmas carols quiz

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Brandon Lawrence and Céline Gittens in ‘The Nutcracker’ with Birmingham Royal Ballet

What makes The Nutcracker the perfect Christmas ballet? Catherine Bott asks Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Brandon Lawrence

Derek Jacobi narrates The Nutcracker on Christmas Day

Listen to Sir Derek Jacobi’s narration of The Nutcracker on Classic FM this Christmas

Christmas hit

How to make a Christmas No.1 hit: the perfect formula has finally been found

Baby sings O holy night

This tiny baby can sing ‘O Holy Night’ better than you

Bach's Last Christmas

What if Bach had written Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’?

O Little Town of Bethlehem

What are the lyrics to ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ – and why are there two versions?