Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of four of our favourite seasonal stations for your holiday listening pleasure. Best returns of the season from Net Radio Blog.
Stream URL: http://ice31.securenetsystems.net:80/XMASFM (AAC)
This Irish FM network plays a range of contemporary English-language Yuletide hits, along with the mic presence typical of broadcast radio. And also the stubborn hiding of its stream URL. (Not a very seasonable attitude; somebody's getting coal in their analytics this year.) We found it at last (and many other interesting stations as well) at http://www.listenlive.eu/christmas.html.
The Cutting Edge of Christmas
Stream URL: http://streaming.shoutcast.com/CuttingEdgeofChristmas (128 kbps MP3)
Located in Brooklyn, New York, The Cutting Edge of Christmas streams a provocative selection of indie and alternative English-language holiday tracks. Their website offers an embedded player and a Winamp button that downloads a clickable launch file for the MP3 stream.
Stream URL: http://220.127.116.11:7552 (128 kbps MP3)
Part of the Polskastacja Polish Internet radio network. Koledy proposes a full playlist of beautiful Polish-language Christmas songs and carols. Its website features an embedded player and a range of clickable launch files, including AAC and MP3.
Stream URL: http://rivendell.mediaradioplayer.com/64 (AAC)
With the best interface of the lot, Toronto's Neige-Folle rolls out nonstop French-language holiday hits from the past hundred years. Most are Canadian, which, as we've mentioned before, is good news. Its active, colourful website provides clickable launch files for every imaginable format; if you can't find yours here, you won't find it anywhere.
(Photo of Sky Tower, Auckland, in holiday livery courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and a generous photographer.)