Christmas in Dixie

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"Christmas in Dixie"
Single by Alabama
from the album Alabama Christmas
B-side "Christmas Is Just a Song For Us This Year" (original)
"Thistlehair the Christmas Bear" (re-release)[1]
Released December 6, 1982
Format 7"
Genre country
Length 3:42 (Single)
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Jeff Cook
Teddy Gentry
Mark Herndon
Randy Owen
Producer(s) Harold Shedd
Alabama singles chronology
"Close Enough to Perfect"
"Christmas in Dixie"
"Dixieland Delight"

"Christmas in Dixie" is a Christmas song made famous by the country music band Alabama. Originally released in 1982, the song was included on Alabama's 1985 Christmas album (titled Alabama Christmas), and has since been included on many Christmas compilations in both the country and all-genre music fields.


The song is a celebration of Christmas in the southern United States. Each verse begins with two references to non-Southern areas (New York City, California, Chicago and Detroit which is referred as "Motown") followed by two references to Southern cities (Memphis and Atlanta, Jackson, Mississippi and Charlotte) and a final reference to Fort Payne, Alabama (the group's hometown).

The original single release was part of a double A-sided holiday release issued by RCA Records, paired with "Christmas Is Just a Song For Us This Year" by Louise Mandrell and R.C. Bannon. A 1997 rerelease had "Thistlehair the Christmas Bear" as its b-side.[1]


In 2010, Allan Caswell initiated a lawsuit against ATV/Sony, who published both his song, "On The Inside" and the Alabama song "Christmas In Dixie", because he thought that it plagiarized the theme song he wrote for Prisoner, On the Inside.[2] This action was based on ATV Sony commissioning a copyright expert to provide advice as to whether a plagiarism had taken place.

Chart performance[edit]

The original version spent seven weeks on the charts between late 1982 and early 1983, peaking at number 35. It re-entered the chart three times between 1997 and 2000.[1]

Chart (1982-1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 35
Chart (1997-1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 47
Chart (1998-1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 40
Chart (1999-2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 37


The song was covered by Kenny Chesney on his 2003 album All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan and featured Alabama's lead singer Randy Owen joining him on the track.


  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 20. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "US group 'ripped off' Prisoner theme tune". 8 May 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 

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