Dec 1, 2023

Holiday Harmonies: Elevate Timeless Traditions With the Perfect Sound System

Article written by SARAH JONES

A group of people opening gifts.

From spirited singalongs to cozy evenings by the fire, the most memorable holiday events start with the right soundtrack. Whether you’re hosting a film fest, supervising a baking bonanza, or seeking a serene escape from the bustling shopping season, explore ways Polk sound systems bring maximum merriment to all of your holiday traditions.

Christmas Karaoke Dance Party

Transform your living room into a concert stage by hosting a Christmas karaoke jam where friends and family can show off their vocal chops while they jingle and jive to their favorite festive tunes. (Need a little song-spiration? Here’s a Spotify playlist to get the party started.)


A dynamic speaker system that fills the room with crystal-clear sound is essential to keep things lively and engaging. Amplify the holiday spirit with Reserve R700 towers: These Hi-Res Audio Certified speakers feature key acoustic innovations found on our award-winning Legend Series, like Turbine Cone woofers and Pinnacle Ring Radiator tweeters, for rich, clear sound that provides the backdrop for belting out the holiday hits.

A woman singing into a microphone with friends laughing and singing with her.

Eggnog by the Fire Pit

Whether you're nestled in a snowy landscape or basking in the warmth of a tropical paradise, sipping a bevvy by a crackling fire is a magical moment. Enhance the festivities with a curated soundtrack, elevating the joy of the season as you toast to the holidays over the flickering flames.


Bring great sound outdoors with all-weather Atrium 8 SDI loudspeakers, featuring a dual tweeter array for an ultra-wide stereo field and vented cabinets for clear, effortless bass. Round out the low end with the SUB100 subwoofer, which does double duty as a handy table for cocktails and snacks or a stand for your Charlie Brown tree. 

A group of people sitting outside by a firepit, one is playing a guitar.

Atmos Adventures: A Holiday Film Fest

Nothing turns frowns upside down faster than a warm and fuzzy holiday movie. While everyone loves a quaint Christmas classic, when it’s time to take things up a notch, queue up big, bold blockbusters in Dolby Atmos, like The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Jingle Jangle, and The Grinch (2018 version). (For movie inspiration, check out our guide to four iconic holiday films and the perfect sound systems to pair with each.)

With Polk’s great holiday deals on Dolby Atmos systems, you might be asking yourself if it’s a good time to upgrade. The great news is, it’s easy start simple and add components over time. For the simplest sound setup, start with a stereo pair of Signature Elite ES60 floorstanding loudspeakers, powerful, four-way towers that’ll fill the room with high-resolution, cinematic sound. ES60s can be outfitted with ES90 height modules to add lifelike Dolby Atmos overhead sound; modules fit securely atop Signature Elite speakers and feature upward-angled drivers that reflect sound off the ceiling for enveloping height effects.

Add the ES35 center channel and ultra-compact S10E surrounds for a 360-degree sound field and beef up the bottom end with an HTS 12 12” subwoofer. It’s like having a movie theater in your living room!

A woman watching a movie from a projector.

Bake a Batch of Cookies

Baking Christmas cookies isn't just about the delicious treats; it's a nostalgic tradition that ignites the holiday spirit. The aroma of spices, the shared moments with loved ones, and the strains of vintage carols infuse any kitchen with warmth and cheer.

Elevate the experience with the sleek, streamlined Signa S2D, which delivers high-performance Polk sound at an incredible value. Signa S2D lets you wirelessly stream your holiday playlists over Bluetooth; or, set the scene with a classic movie in Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound. Sleek and streamlined, the Signa S2D is the perfect sonic companion for all of your culinary adventures.

A mom and her son baking cookies.

A Little Holiday “Me Time”

As the chaos of year-end deadlines and party obligations kicks in, it’s important to carve out some alone time to relax, recharge, and hit the reset button on your mind and body.


Whether your idea of the perfect escape from all the madness is cozying up with a snack and your favorite music playlist or binging your favorite shows, elevate even the humblest hideouts with rich, enveloping sound with the Polk MagniFi Mini AX.


Our most compact sound bar/subwoofer combo lets you experience movies, TV, and games in cinematic Dolby Atmos sound and stream music via Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, and Bluetooth, all in a system measuring less than 15 inches wide. (For greater immersion, add Polk SR2 wireless surround speakers, available separately or included with the MagniFi Max AX SR 7.1.2 Sound Bar System.)

So put on your yoga pants, pour yourself a warm beverage, and put on Love, Actually for the eleventy-millionth time, and pretty soon you’ll feel rested, restored, and ready to slay the holiday social scene.

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