10 Christmas Songs Written by Austinites

Ten homegrown tunes to put you in a holiday mood...

Willie Nelson performing during his 2011 Country Throwdown Tour. Flickr Creative Commons.

There's nothing like Christmas music to inspire a festive mood, but here in the Live Music Capital of the World, it's even better if Christmas music is homegrown.

If you're looking for some holiday-themed tunes, check out these 10 Christmas songs that were written by long-time Austinites or musicians who—for at least one time or another—called Austin home:

10. "From Texas for a Christmas Night" by Tish Hinojosa

9. "Kiss This Christmas Goodbye" by Sara Hickman

8. "Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas" by Okkervil River

7. "On Grafton Street" by Nanci Griffith

6. "Merry Christmas From the Family" by Robert Earl Keen

5. "Just Another Day" by Marcia Ball

4. "All I Want For Christmas" by Bob Schneider

3. "Pretty Paper" by Willie Nelson

2. "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" by Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)

1. "Christmas in Austin" by Shelley King

Whether it's Willie Nelson's heartfelt "Pretty Paper," Shelley King's proud "Christmas in Austin" tribute, or even Bob Schnieder's cray "All I Want for Christmas," we hope that you've discovered or been reminded of at least one Austin-based Christmas song that resonates with you.

From all of us here at, Happy Holidays and Happy Listening!


Know of any other Christmas songs written by Austinites? Let us know in the comments below!


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