3 Holiday Playlists for Your Restaurant

Posted on December 2, 2013
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Nailing the holiday menu and putting up the decorations is all part and parcel of bringing the seasonal cheer into your restaurant, but have you thought of creating a personal playlist to share with your customers while they dine?

The highlight of a planned playlist is that you can control the atmosphere in your restaurant. You can keep the energy right where you like, be it fast-paces or slow and schmoozy, it’s all up to you.

Here are some suggestions we came up with to help you get started!

Fine Dining

This playlist hinges heavily on jazz versions of holiday classics for a smooth and relaxed atmosphere. Whether sipping on a cocktail or sharing a bottle of wine, your patrons will sink into the holiday season with these cozy numbers.

1. Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio

2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra

3. Silver Bells – Beegie Adair

4. The Christmas Song – Vince Guaraldi Trio

5. I’ve Got My Love  to Keep Me Warm – Dean Martin

6. Let It Snow – Ella Fitzgerald

7. Up on a Housetop – Beegie Adair

Listen to the Full Find Dining Playlist Here!



If Goldilocks was looking for a holiday playlist, she’d choose this one because it’s just right. Not too uppity and not too slow, these jams keep the mood casual without sacrificing any holiday components.

1. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – She & Him

2. White Christmas – Bing Crosby

3. Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

4. Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

5. Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby

6. Let it Snow – Dean Martin

7. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

8. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschannel

Listen to the Full Casual Playlist Here! 


Fast Casual

Between scouring shelves and hunting for parking spots, the only solace some patrons have is the quick lunch break before returning to the retail world. This playlist was made with the on-the-go shopper in mind, featuring upbeat and well-known tunes that will keep your patrons movin’ and groovin’.

1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5

2. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

3. Step Into Christmas – Elton John

4. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys

5. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald

6. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

7. Jingle Bell Rock – Hall & Oates

8. Last Christmas – Wham!

Listen to the Full Fast Casual Playlist Here! 

Be sure to add your holiday playlist below! All of these songs are available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

photo credit: LisMB ♥ via photopin cc

John Garcia John Garcia (51 Posts)

Amateur cook, expert eater. Originally from Granby, Colorado, I'm a mountain boy who enjoys the simple things in life...like cheeseburgers and pet cats. I'm also a blogger for Food Service Warehouse who enjoys writing about food just as much as eating it.

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