These Are Special Times is the sixth English-language studio album and the first English-language Christmas album by Canadian singer Celine Dion. Released by Sony Music Entertainment on 30 October 1998, it features cover versions of popular Christmas tunes and original material. Dion worked with David Foster and Ric Wake, who produced most of the tracks for the album. Other producers include R. Kelly and Bryan Adams. Critics praised Dion’s commitment to the recorded material, as well as the production of the songs.
These Are Special Times was released after two of Dion’s most successful albums, Falling into You (1996) and Let’s Talk About Love (1997). It includes the US number-one single, “I’m Your Angel” (duet with R. Kelly) and the Golden Globewinning song, “The Prayer” (duet with Andrea Bocelli). The album has sold 5.44 million copies in the United States as of November 2016, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been certified five-times Platinum by the RIAA. In Canada, the album has sold one million copies and been certified Diamond by the CRIA. The album has sold 12 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time.