Christmas Island
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 8, 1996 (1996-10-08)
RecordedJune–August 1996
StudioJavelina "The Big Pig" studio in Nashville, Tennessee
LabelMargaritaville Records, MCA
MCAD-11489 (U.S., CD)
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Banana Wind
Christmas Island
Don't Stop the Carnival

Christmas Island is Jimmy Buffett's first Christmas album and is his twenty-first studio album overall. It features covers of popular Christmas songs in Buffett's musical stylings as well as two tracks which Buffett wrote for the album. "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is a hidden track. It was his last release with MCA Records.

Critical reception

Reviews tend to be mixed for the album. In a positive review, a reviewer states that "[Christmas Island] will have you on your feet all through the holidays."[1] Rob O'Connor states that "this may not be the traditional Christmas fare of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but for those who enjoy ocean breezes and 'wasting away' to this most successful beach bum, Christmas Island is exactly what the cruise director ordered."[2] Thom Owens presents a more negative view of the album, describing Buffett as being "relaxed and entertaining" even though, "few of his new Christmas songs are remarkable and his rearrangements of classic carols are rather forced."[1][3] However, several tracks remain very popular around the Christmas season. "Ho Ho Ho & A Bottle Of Rum" was the track chosen to be played live for promoting the album when first released, and seems to remain the most popular off the album. Although no singles were released, "Jingle Bells", "Mele Kalikimaka", "Ho Ho Ho & a Bottle of Rum", "Merry Christmas, Alabama (Never Far from Home)" and the title track get considerable amount of radio airplay during the season. Another Buffett song, "Christmas in the Caribbean" (released as a single in 1985 and later on Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads) is also known to be a favorite on radio stations.

Track listing

1."Christmas Island"Lyle Moraine2:55
2."Jingle Bells"James Pierpont3:50
3."A Sailor's Christmas"
4."Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"John Lennon5:35
5."Up on the House Top"Traditional3:35
6."Mele Kalikimaka"Robert Alexander Anderson2:57
7."Run Rudolph Run"
8."Ho Ho Ho & a Bottle of Rum"
  • Marks
  • Brodie
9."I'll Be Home for Christmas"4:01
10."Merry Christmas, Alabama (Never Far from Home)"
  • Buffett
  • Matt Betton
Hidden track (begins at 5:07 of track 10)
11."A Visit from St. Nicholas"Clement Clarke Moore3:14
Total length:41:58



Adapted from AllMusic.[8]

Vocals and musicians

Production and design


  1. ^ a b "Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffet". Borders. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Rob. "Christmas Island: Jimmy Buffett".
  3. ^ Owens, Thom. "Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Buffett Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Buffett Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "Jimmy Buffett Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1997". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  8. ^ "Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 8, 2016.