Well, to be frank – it has been a difficult year for everyone and some cheer and good news is badly needed……. which is why you will be delighted to hear that Christmas FM is returning to the airwaves this weekend! The hugely popular Christmas themed radio station will switch on Christmas in Ireland with its annual FM broadcast starting Midday this Saturday, 28th November 2020 to help lift the spirits of the entire nation.
Turn on Christmas FM to hear all of your festive music favourites, played by a host of familiar voices! The presenters, who are volunteering their time to bring a smile to everyone’s faces, will be broadcasting around the clock to keep the population smiling. So, whether it’s Mariah Carey you want to belt out or Shakin’ Stevens you’re dancing to, Christmas FM will bring the magic of Christmas to your home for you and your loved ones!
Christmas FM wants to “Give the Gift of Home” this year by raising over €200,000 which will go directly to ALONE, the Christmas FM charity partner for 2020. This year Christmas FM aims to raise funds to enable ALONE to provide over 20,000 hours of vital support to older people in Ireland enabling them to live happily and independently in their own homes and communities, as there is no place like home – especially at Christmas time.
Christmas FM will be celebrating its 13th year on air this year and, since it began broadcasting, has raised almost €2.5 million for a range of charities. The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and listener donations will go directly to ALONE. Cadbury, Coca Cola and An Post are premier FM sponsors for 2020 and the radio station will broadcast from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, who have kindly given the studio space for free.
The station will be broadcasting live on FM, on smart speakers, the Christmas FM app and online at www.christmasfm.com
Christmas FM also has a number of sister stations that are available globally, helping to sprinkle Christmas cheer right across the globe!
- Christmas FM Classical plays ‘Classical and Carols’. The station brings you the best in Classical Christmas music mixed with a wide range of festive carols
- Christmas FM Classics plays ‘Classics and Crooners’. It’s a mix of classic, pre-1970s Christmas songs from Bing to Frank and Nat to Eartha
Garvan Rigby, the co-founder of Christmas FM, says:
“We are delighted to bring Christmas FM back on-air for our thirteenth year. We are beyond delighted to have reached this mark and want to thank each and every one of our listeners who have supported us and in turn, supported each of our chosen charities. We would like to thank Cadbury, Coca Cola and An Post who have come on board as premier FM sponsors for 2020. We’re excited to switch on Christmas in Ireland and begin our fundraising for our charity partner Alone, so we can reach our aim of providing over 20,000 hours of vital support to older people in Ireland”.
Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE says:
“Christmas FM has been such an incredible journey for our organisation so far as we have finally arrived at launch day. We’ve reflected on our work through storytelling and conversation with our older people, volunteers and staff. As we work alongside Christmas FM to ‘Give the Gift of Home’ this Christmas, we encourage the Country to listen in as we come together to make this the most meaningful Christmas yet.”
The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are available on our FM frequencies page. You can also listen via Virgin Media Digital TV Channel 900, online, smart speakers and via mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.