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Prog's Advent Calendar - Day Sixteen with Big Big Train

Big Big Train

So Christmas day inches ever closer, and Prog Magazine has been celebrating December by drawing on the genre's rich association with festive music, bringing you a proggy treat each day.

Today we've got Big Big Train and last year's Merry Christmas, their own festive offering. Featuring the prog-loving (and massive Big Big Train fan) Mark Benton in the video as you'd expect the overarching theme is goodwill to all, as Benton's central character rediscovers the joy of Christmas. Penned by Big Big Train frontman David Longdon, it's one seasonal prog song that really raises a smile.

Big Big Train recently announced their first large scale UK tour for 2019 and will be heading to the USA, Canada and mainland Europe in 2020.

So enjoy. And remember, this isn’t a “best of” list. We're not adhering to any numerical order. These are just 25 great seasonal songs for you to enjoy. It’s as simple as that. Season's greetings…

You can catch up with our previous Advent choices here.

Day Fourteen - Keith Emerson

Day Thirteen - King Crimson 

Day Twelve - Rick Wakeman

Day Eleven - Nightwish

Day Ten - Genesis

Day Nine - John Wetton

Day Eight - Camel

Day Seven - Heather Findlay

Day Six - Steeleye Span

Day Five - Procol Harum

Day Four - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Day Three - Moody Blues

Day Two - Gandalf's Fist

Day One - Jon Anderson

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.