When you think of Christmas classics, you probably think about “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Grinch” or “A Christmas Story.”
But before TVs were commonplace, families of all sorts would gather around the radio and listen to stories read by the stars of the era.
Those days may seem long gone, but thanks to the Internet Archive, you can now enjoy more than 500 Christmas shows and radio programs dating all the way back to the 1930s. These are the same people who brought you more than 2,000 old computer games for free, a great collection of vintage cartoons, fascinating historical science magazines and much more.
Internet Archive has stories from Walt Disney and friends, full Christmas concerts from Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, a reading of “A Christmas Carol” with Lionel Barrymore, several performances with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and many others. Shows range from 20 minutes to around an hour long.
To get started, all you need to do is head to the 500 Christmas Shows page and select what you want to listen to. Then click the play icon, sit back and enjoy. It will look like this:
If you’re a fan of old-timey radio, The Internet Archive also has a collection of old radio shows from Sherlock Holmes and “Dragnet,” to “The Lone Ranger” and World War II news broadcasts. Click here to check it out.