If you're tired of listening to the same Christmas songs on repeat year after year but you still want to get into the holiday spirit, you can put your Alexa speaker to work for you.
Enable iHeart Santa
There are two ways to.
First, you can simply ask for the skill by saying, "Alexa, open iHeart Santa." But this doesn't always work. You can also try saying, "Alexa, enable iHeart Santa."
If that doesn't work, you can manually enable the skill by opening the Alexa app on Android or iOS, opening the side menu by tapping the hamburger button and selecting Skills. Search for "iHeart Santa" in the search bar, select the skill in the results and click Enable.
There's a catch to this skill, however. It only works on second-generation hardware. So if you happen to have a first-generation Echo or Echo Dot, the skill will not work. But it will work on the Echo Plus ($150 at Adorama), Echo Show ($230 at Crutchfield), Echo Spot ($100 at Amazon) and within the Amazon shopping app on Android and iOS.and , as well as the
Asking iHeart Santa for tunes
Once enabled, using iHeart Santa to play music is very simple. You can say one of two commands to open the skill: "Alexa, open iHeart Santa," or, "Alexa, ask iHeart Santa for Christmas music."
Santa will take it from there by asking you a series of questions to which you will answer "Yes" or "No." Below are a few examples of the questions he will ask you:
- "Are you in the mood for reindeer jokes, silly songs and Christmas fun?"
- "Can I interest you in the best Christmas songs from 1 to 92?"
- "Can I interest you in a bunch of Christmas songs millennials have never heard of?"
- "Do you have a hankering for country holiday favorites?"
Continue answering "No" until you come across a style of Christmas music that interests you. When you answer "Yes," Santa will begin playing a related and commercial-free iHeartChristmas Radio station.
If Christmas music isn't your bag, don't worry. We've already covered seven fun Christmas things to do with Alexa.