Holidays

Wondering when stores will start playing Christmas tunes? Here’s a list

It’s early-mid-November, and Christmas music is already greeting shoppers at many stores.

While some enjoy more than a month of holiday tunes, others aren’t as enthusiastic.

One British psychologist, Linda Blair, spoke with Sky News about how worker productivity can be dampened by Christmas music.

“You simply are spending all your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing,” Blair said.

In December 2016, however, Mayo Clinic released a video touting the potential benefits of music, which could include pain reduction and emotional benefits for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The effects on retail and restaurant workers who are exposed to the jingles throughout their workday might be a different story.

So if you want to avoid holiday tunes, or if you’d love to hear them while shopping, here’s a list from a Tampa Bay Times study on when major retailers plan to turn on the Christmas jingles:

  • Oct. 22 – Best Buy. No other retailers said they started in October, according to CBS Sacramento.
  • Nov. 1 – Kmart, Lane Bryant, Maurice’s, Michael’s, Sears
  • Nov. 5 – Ulta beauty
  • Nov. 9 – Belk, H&M
  • Nov. 11 – Office Depot, Office Max
  • Nov. 13 – Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart
  • Nov. 16 – Verizon
  • Nov. 18 – Staples
  • Sometime in mid-November – AT&T stores, Macy’s
  • Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving) – J.C. Penney, Giant Eagle
  • Nov. 24 (Black Friday) – Albertson’s, Foot Locker, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Publix, Sprouts, Target, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma
  • Late November – Petco
  • Dec. 1 – Stater Bros.
  • Stores that depend on franchisees’ or manager’s decision – Sherwin Williams, True Value, Ace Hardware, Kroger, 7-Eleven, Subway, Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell), Hy-Vee, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Dunkin Donuts, Wegman’s.
  • Stores that didn’t say when they’re starting: Apple, Ikea, Ross, Starbucks, TJ Maxx
  • Stores that don’t play music: AutoZone, Costco, GameStop, WinCo Foods

The Tampa Bay Times says stores are tending to cut down on holiday music.

Danny Turner with Mood Media, a provider of music to large retailers, told the Tampa Bay Times that stores are mixing up music instead of solely playing holiday songs. There are some that are choosing to wait longer and some that skip the music entirely.

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