Walmart Stores Begin Playing Christmas Music

Joel Sackey in San Antonio, TX reports that both his local Walmart and Sam’s Club, effective November 1st, have started playing Christmas music. (Photo: vidaarctique)


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  1. MissPeacock says:

    Blargh. One of our local radio stations here in Birmingham has started playing Christmas music 24/7 as well. Thank God I have XM in my car!

    • TVGenius says:

      @MissPeacock: I was in our Super KMart years ago at midnight Halloween night, and sure enough, at the stroke of midnight, they started with the Christmas crap.

      And if you’re an XM subscriber you won’t be happy with the channel changes they’re expected to announce tomorrow…

    • RedwoodFlyer says:


      Hope you’re not planning on flying Delta by the way…their clogging their in-flight entertainment system with a ton of holiday crap, and they’re changing the boarding music to religion-neutral holiday sounds as well!

  2. JohnDeere says:

    well it is the christmas season.

    • teh says:

      @JohnDeere: Perhaps you were being sarcastic. Hopefully you were being sarcastic. It is not Christmas season. Christmas season does not begin just after Halloween. The current push to move Christmas shopping earlier and earlier each year makes be absolutely sick long before December 25th.

      • JohnDeere says:

        @teh: its always been the christmas season in the south as soon as it starts getting cold. just b/c someone wants to sell me something earlier doesnt mean im gonna buy more of it. ive got certain people to buy for and i prefer to have a few months to do it instead of a month.

    • GastonNardwuar says:

      @JohnDeere: @JohnDeere:

      I’m really tired of all these Christmas Creep posts. Every single store in my mall has Christmas windows, the entire mall already has their tinsel and christmas banners, and there’s a santa claus set up already.

      Half the stores in the mall have had Christmas decorations up since mid-October.

      It’s no longer creeping, it’s crept.

      Please just stop, it isn’t any sort of news anymore.

  3. WoodyXJS says:

    Yeah the heck with Thanksgiving, lets skip straight to Christmas.

  4. Fatty Shcock says:

    It’s like they want us to be depressed as soon as humanly possible. They’re playing Christmas music at my Walmart as well, and I had to run away with my fingers in my ears, saying “LA-LA-LA-LA…”

  5. proskills says:

    They were playing Christmas music in the Starbucks where I was drinking my free coffee today.

  6. SkokieGuy says:

    Is there a big library of Thanksgiving music that is being overlooked?

  7. illtron says:

    When I worked at Best Buy in 2002, the Christmas music started on Nov. 1, but then they took it off for a few weeks, and I think they started it back up right after Thanksgiving.

    Some people hate Christmas music. I love it. But I absolutely refuse to listen to it until after Thanksgiving, and even then maybe not, if Thanksgiving comes particularly early.

    One holiday at a time, please. They might be trying to sell Christmas presents, but the rest of us have turkeys to worry about first.

  8. asten77 says:

    Ahh.. yet another reason to avoid Wal-Mart. Let’s tak it one holiday at a time people. No christmas music for me until we get past the big turkey dinner.

  9. snoop-blog says:

    They are trying hard to get us to spend money this year. They know a lot of folks were looking to scale down their x-mas spending due to the unstable economy. I have this fantasy about everyone boycotting the Holiday.

    • GuinevereRucker says:

      @snoop-blog: Done. I’ve already told everyone I’m not buying them any presents, and not to get me any either. I’m done with treating Christmas like a time of year devoted to spending money. I’ll enjoy the music while not spending a dime on presents.

  10. chrisjames says:

    Why do the mini-greeters appear to be clapping in all the Christmas Village Walmarts? “Congratulations, you’re a consumer whore?”

  11. Jonbo298 says:

    Once Target starts this, I’ll have to avoid it until at least after Thanksgiving. Though I do my grocery shopping elsewhere and anything non-grocery at Target or internet anymore to avoid the people that shop at our Walmart…I just can’t stand it.

  12. RedShirt says:

    Lord and Taylor started as well. I heard it this weekend at the one in Chevy Chase, MD.

  13. Kishi says:

    They were playing Christmas music at the Barnes and Noble I went to yesterday. Between that and not having any of the books I was looking for, yeah, not really feeling the need to go back there anytime soon.

  14. jsnorcal says:

    I took my son on Saturday to spend his Halloween money from Nana at WalMart and heard the Christmas music playing and boy I was IRRITATED! I even said something to the drone working the floor and got a mumbled answer before they shuffled off…frigging retailers

    • MercuryPDX says:

      @jsnorcal: You hear it for 30 or so minutes. They cannot escape it until 12/26….

      • tmlfan81 says:

        @MercuryPDX: I worked at Toys R Us right out of high school. The Christmas music started in mid-November if I remember correctly. It was honestly refreshing because it was better than hearing “Don’t rock the boat” 12 times a day.

    • TVGenius says:

      @jsnorcal: You think the drone enjoys listening to it all day? I’d mumble something too…

    • gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

      @jsnorcal: drone? come shop at my Walmart. We are not drones and we like our jobs and most of our customers. Just not ones who call us drones and yes we hate the constant Christmas music as well.

  15. Git Em SteveDave loves this guy--> says:

    So does this mean if I get an email saying WalMart won’t mention Christmas, it’s BS?

  16. MercuryPDX says:

    The sad thing, it’s never stuff like this:

  17. karmaghost says:

    Wife called me from walmart the other day, and the first thing I said was “is that Christmas music?” I thought it was before Nov 1st when this happened, but now that I think about it, it was Saturday, so it was right on the money.

  18. gerbilsoutofexile says:

    Garden Ridge ( giant garden/home goods store) in Chesapeake, VA had their Christmas crap out in JULY. Yep. That’s right.

  19. Outrun1986 says:

    Its all a conspiracy to make you buy that Ipod so you can listen to your own music on that instead of the store’s Christmas music!

  20. Jewlz4Prez says:

    Target in Massachusetts was playing Christmas music ON Halloween as I was shopping for a costume.

  21. res ipsa pasta says:

    I went in to CVS this morning to see if I could score any 1/2 price Halloween candy. Too late. It had already been replaced by Christmas candy. So I just finished a nice bag of mint chocolate M&Ms.

  22. lizzybee says:

    Heh, got my dose of Christmas music at Lucky, a *grocery store* on Sunday. I was ready to shoot the place up.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The internet radio station “soma” (San Francisco South of Market) notified its contributors today that it was offering not one, but TWO, channels of Christmas tunes starting today. Sigh…

  24. scoobydoo says:

    Christmas music is one of the things I love most about the season. It doesn’t bother me one bit :)

  25. FlashbackX01 says:

    The Walmart in Olathe Kansas is playing Christmas music also.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I generally don’t like hearing Christmas music this early either. However, i will say i appreciate the fact that my local Walmart’s are playing it low and the versions that’s just the music, no singing. So it’s not quite as irritating, yet. ;)~

  27. LoriLynn says:

    Mine too! Southeastern Pennsylvania.

  28. lwslade says:

    Well, I don’t know about Wal-Mart, but my free Starbucks today came in a red holiday cup.

  29. edicius is an acquired taste says:

    Noticed this the other day at Walmart myself. Was in an aisle with the wife and I stopped mid-sentence, looked up and then just shook my head.

  30. ben_linus says:

    Yeah, I can confirm that the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market (grocery store) in Tucson had Christmas music playing on November 1. 91 degrees outside that day. I could feel Christmas in the air!

  31. MrsLopsided says:

    Same with my Walmart and Sams.

    But my main complaint is that nobody has plain not-pre-lit artificial trees this year. They’ve been slowly disappearing over the post 3 years.

  32. B says:

    I’m getting one of those Wal-Mart Christmas village stores, and next door I’ll put the boarded up mom & pop store with no lights. Now, if only I can find a liquor store to add to the set up.

  33. Burgandy says:

    I mentioned it to the cashier on Sunday night, she didn’t seem happy about it either.

  34. audiochick says:

    I work for a company that provides background music for many of the stores listed here. Most of our clients requested that holiday music begin on Nov. 1st, and not just some holiday songs here and there, but 100% holiday music from 11/01 to 12/31. They are trying to get everybody in the spending, er… holiday spirit asap. It’s the bad economy. This is just one more way it will bite you in the ass.

  35. gskelding says:

    I was in a Loblaws grocery store here in Canada, and blaring away was christmas music. I made a horrid face when I recognised the tune, and I think some woman with a baby thought i was making the face at her. See what christmas music this early does to people???

  36. cwicseolfor says:

    Same story in Hooksett, NH. The morning after Halloween, they’re playing Xmas music. And then the day after Xmas, you’ll probably start seeing Easter garbage.

    If only people didn’t actually buy into it, it might stop.

  37. moore850 says:

    Sears is also playing xmas music, and Garden Ridge is overrun with xmas decorations alongside “halloween” sale items.

  38. gamabunta says:

    The local Save Mart has been playing it since mid October. One of the cashiers told me she gets numerous complaints but management won’t do anything since it’s a directive from corporate.

  39. econobiker says:

    At Walmart in Nashville region last night and X-mas music playing plus the actual x-mas theme merchandise was being put out… (as opposed to the toy area being restocked in preparation for x-mas)

  40. lizk says:

    They were playing Xmas music at the Wal-Mart in my city, too, and I found myself staying longer and buying more. It’s like an evil money-sucking conspiracy where the money only goes to the Big Giant Heads.

  41. Wubbytoes says:

    I hate Christmas music played too early. I prefer keeping my holidays separate from each other.

  42. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    Don’t they realize that instead of encouraging consumers to buy more/earlier in the season, they are going to alienate them and as a result, they will buy LESS?

  43. sashazur says:

    Xmas music in stores doesn’t bother me – I just stay away from the stores. What drives me nuts is xmas music on TV ads.

  44. gatewaytoheaven says:

    At the electronics retailer that I slave away for, management thinks that Christmas music motivates customers to buy more.

    Last year, they increased the volume of the music so loud that customers complained for us to turn it off.

    What sucks is that our sound systems are hooked up to play only where the cashiers work, and nowhere else in the store (which means that the music has to be played loudly for the entire store to hear). Everytime I walked past that area, I felt a little part of my holiday cheer burn away.

    Holiday music for me is now on par with country.

  45. HogwartsAlum says:

    Oh yes, I was in WalMart last night and I didn’t notice it at first, but then I was like “What the crap!?!”

    Since all the figure skaters at my rink are getting ready for the Christmas show, I’ve been hearing it already, way before WalMart started it.

  46. altryan says:

    damn christmas creep

  47. brodie7838 says:

    I was in a local SAM’s club 2 or so weeks ago, and one of the employees had just gotten a whole Christmas display put up, and Christmas music blaring to the whole store. I unplugged it once she had left the aisle ;)

  48. davekoob says:

    Here in Iowa too.
    Confirmed in Waterloo and Cedar Falls today.

  49. IrvCrapper says:

    Mine, in Commack, NY, started playing it this weekend.

    What boggles me is that the Christos all want to declare war on those who try to make money on Christmas. That’s what O’Reilly and his “Culture Warriors” are always doing. Why isn’t Fox jumping up Wal-Mart’s ass?


  50. arkangel says:

    I just came from my local Wal-Mart here in CT, and I couldn’t get out of there fast enough! It’d be one thing if it was Christmas music mixed with regular music, but 100% holiday cheer is more than I can bear right now. I pity the poor employees!

  51. says:

    the same thing happened when i worked at toys r us. i hate that place. my kids are never going there.

  52. battra92 says:

    Yeah, I was thinking of sending this in. They’ve done it for about a week. Heck, they even were playing Hallelujah from Messiah by Handel.

    Nothing like buying razor blades and being reminded that “He shall reign for ever and ever”

  53. thisisasignin says:

    The malls here started playing x-mas music in August. I am serious.

  54. pyehac says:

    The AAFES mall I worked at put up their christmas decorations on October 27th – and they started playing their first christmas song (Jingle Bells) a few days later!

  55. Cafezinha says:

    I frequent a local Borders to enjoy a little free reading, and they’ve been interspersing Christmas music with everything else, for about 3 weeks now.

    I actually secretly love Christmas music, but this is too friggin’ early.

  56. ottawa_guy says:

    I can confirm as well, here in Canada at Wal-Mart they have the Christmas music full force, and a few grocery stores have the decorations up, but no christmas music yet.

    Fa la la la la :) Too early. I put my holiday channel on 11/1 and people are actually listening to it!

    If you put it, they will come, or whatever that saying is.

  57. RedwoodFlyer says:

    Ugh…last year, the Newport News Sam’s Club had Alvin on loop at the Checkpoint Charlie

  58. michelsondl says:

    I went to my local Wal Mart in Arroyo Grande, CA yesterday and right across the aisle from the clearance Halloween stuff was the new stock of Xmas items. Crazy…

  59. ChChChacos says:

    I work in a Borders Books & Music in Massachusetts. My manager requested that we started playing Christmas music a week before Halloween. I’ve had numerous customer complaints but she does not care. The music continues..

  60. bassbeast says:

    Best Buy in downtown Toronto has started, too, but it’s the most obnoxious 30-second loop that plays NON-STOP while you’re in there. Now I know why half the employees there are rude jerks.

  61. ZitaAstydameia says:

    Is Christmas music really that bad? I don’t find it any worse than the stuff they play normally. I certainly don’t think it is bad enough to send people out of a store. Certainly people are complaining but if it weren’t for the Christmas music then it would be for something else.

  62. oreth says:

    I was in Wal-Mart in Garland, Texas on Saturday morning. They began their Christmas Barrage with music while I was in there.

    First song, “Carol of the Bells” by Mannheim Steamroller.

    Worst. Saturday. Ever.

  63. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    When do they start this kind of thing in other countries where they don’t have Halloween and Thanksgiving?

  64. ganzhimself says:

    Yes, WalMart here in Stevens Point, WI started playing Xmas music on Nov. 1 as well. Makes me sick, as I despise Xmas music. Ugh. The joke is on them, as everyone this year on my Christmas list is getting a framed wedding photo! No real need to “cut back,” but since I got married this fall it’s a no-brainer to just give everyone a nice framed photo.

  65. grimdeath9740 says:

    haha, I just posted about this in the other christmas creep topic. They were playing it at my Walmart as well :/


  66. pschroeter says:

    I noticed this Saturday, I made a sarcastic remark to a couple of store employees. I wish I hadn’t, they are very sympathetic and have to put up with this for their entire shift. It was funny too, because it is Indian Summer here and I am walking around outdoors in a tee shirt.

  67. Android8675 says:

    I can vouch for Best Buy, if it hasn’t been done yet. I tell customers to complain about it constantly. I think someone will get the message eventually. Hopefully this year people will listen to the recession and go for thoughtful homemade gifts instead of crappy overpriced electronics.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear, dear dear…this story just reminds me of a fall concert I performed in (as a chorus member) in my senior year last year. When the chorus and I were done performing, the band (consisting of our school’s concert band as well as some random wind and percussionists from a few middle schools) played arrangements of the songs “Believe” and “Russian Bell Carol.” I can readily identify the two songs holidaywise because:

    1. “Believe” is from the Warner Bros. animated feature, THE POLAR EXPRESS, which is a Christmas film (it premiered in cinemas on november 10, a day before Veterans Day and a 15 days before Thanksgiving, and

    2. “Russian Bell Carol” is a Christmas song, as you may know already.

    Worse, the concert took place late October. Scary.