Top Nova Scotia Christmas Albums Of All Time

Lots of big names have come out of Nova Scotia. From Anne Murray to Sarah McLachlan. But there are plenty of local artists who deserve radio play too! From John Gracie, David Myles and The Town Heroes to Heather and Jimmy Rankin.  These artists all have produced Christmas albums that bring the joy of holidays into your home or perhaps your car on a snowy winter’s drive.

We’ve compiled our favourite Nova Scotia artist’s Christmas Albums.  In no particular order here they are!

#1 The Barra MacNeils – The Christmas Album

Hailing from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, The Barra MacNeils have been making music since they were children. The group was barely into their teens when they started making music professionally. Their first album, The Barra MacNeils was released in 1986.

One of our favourite Christmas songs is their rendition of Christmas In Killarney.

#2 Rita MacNeil – Now The Bells Ring

Hailing from Big Pond, Cape Breton, Rita MacNeil won 11 East Coast Music Awards, three Juno Awards and four Canadian Country Music Awards.

Her album Now The Bells Ring is a staple in many Nova Scotia houses during the holiday season.

#3 John Gracie – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

John Gracie is a three time East Coast Music Award Male Artist of the Year. Born in Glace Bay, Cape Breton... maybe you're starting to see a theme here. There is plenty of amazing music that comes out of Cape Breton Island.

Our favourite Gracie Christmas song is Cape Breton Christmas Morn. His lyrics take you back to a Christmas morning that you likely had as a child.

#10 Heather Rankin – Imagine

Another piece of the ever successful Cape Breton group, The Rankin Family. Heather Rankin's Christmas album Imagine has original hits as well a some traditional holiday songs.

She told iHeartRadio, “One of my favourite things about Christmas back then is that my mother had a tradition of preparing a hot meal and serving it after midnight mass,” Rankin shared. “It was one of the few times we would go and do something together, the 14 of us. We would go to the church and then come home and have a meal and sometimes open gifts early."

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