Christmas Island (album)

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Christmas Island
Christmas Island (album).jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Buffett
Released October 8, 1996 (1996-10-08)
Studio Javelina "The Big Pig" studio in Nashville, Tennessee
Length 43:31
Label Margaritaville 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 the last release with MCA Records.

Critical reception[edit]

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 writes 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[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Christmas Island" Lyle Moraine 2:55
2. "Jingle Bells" James Pierpont 3:50
3. "A Sailor's Christmas"
4. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" John Lennon 5:35
5. "Up on the House Top" Traditional 3:35
6. "Mele Kalikimaka" Robert Alexander Anderson 2:57
7. "Run Rudolph Run"
8. "Ho Ho Ho & a Bottle of Rum"
  • Marks
  • Brodie
9. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"  
10. "Merry Christmas, Alabama (Never Far from Home)" (hidden track; A Visit from St. Nicholas)   4:01
Total length: 39:31


Adapted from AllMusic.[4]

Vocals and musicians

Production and design

  • Alvin Booth – photography
  • Jimmy Buffett – arranger
  • Milton Dean – photography
  • Rob Eatonengineer, mixing
  • Joe Hayden – second engineer
  • Abi Hodes – photography
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Russ Kunkelproducer
  • Joe Lizzi – second engineer
  • John Lovell – horn arrangements
  • Tom Mitchell – horn arrangements
  • Jean Pagliuso – photography
  • Michael Ramos – production coordination
  • Sunshine Smith – coordination
  • Michael Utley – arrangements, producer, string arrangements
  • Brad Wilson – photography


  1. ^ a b "Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffet". Borders. 
  2. ^ O'Connor, Rob. "Christmas Island: Jimmy Buffett". 
  3. ^ Owens, Thom. "Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ "Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2016.