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POLL: What Kind Of Christmas Shopper Are You

Are you a calm and collected Christmas shopper? Or, do you stick your head in the sand until the last possible minute and then race around like a headless chicken on Christmas Eve, grabbing whatever you can find? Either way, you’re not alone! Take our poll to see who else agrees with your Christmas Shopper […]

10 Reasons Why Love Actually Is The Perfect Christmas Film

It has its detractors but we think Love Actually is a perfect example of a great Christmas film. After all, it deals primarily with love in all its forms and, at the end of the day, isn’t that what everyone wants for Christmas? The overriding message is that the holidays are better when you spend […]

Our top Netflix picks for Christmas

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas selection on Netflix is so delightful. From family films, and Netflix originals, to Christmas specials of our favourite TV shows, you won’t be bored this Christmas. The following are on our must-watch list this Christmas! The Christmas Chronicles This is Santa as we have never seen […]

Which Is The Best Christmas Cocktail Of Them All?

If you can’t indulge in a little something of what you fancy over Christmas, when can you? And if you’re looking for some creative drinks ideas for your holiday get-togethers, we’ve got you covered. Here are some incredible Christmas cocktail recipes for you to try out over the month of December. Let us know which […]

POLL: How Do You Create The Perfect Christmas Tree

It’s at the centre of our households every December but putting up the Christmas tree is a serious business. There are lots of things to consider and people have very different opinions on what the final product should look like. So, we want to know what your idea of the perfect Christmas tree is. Answer […]

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You can download one of these posters for your office/school/shop and spread the word. IT’S DONATION DAY – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19TH Click here to download this poster and add your own details or call to action! Download this poster to hang up anywhere     Our Sponsors and Partners    

POLL: Naughty or Nice: Christmas Cake

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Let’s talk about tinsel!

Despite the shreds of plastic that stay around the house for weeks after Christmas, tinsel is a firm favourite when it comes to Christmas decorations. Therefore, we were hugely surprised to discover, thanks to a poll on our Instagram account, that 70% of our followers do not use tinsel on the Christmas tree! With this […]

Elf Academy: How To Be A More Agile Elf

Hello and welcome to another class at Elf Academy! Today’s lesson is agility. Elves need to be bendy and agile so they are useful in any situation. Here are some suggestions on how to be a more agile elf: ● Touch your toes 10 times ● Make yourself really tall ● Make yourself really small […]

Elf Academy: How To Wrap The Perfect Christmas Present

Hello and welcome to another class at Elf Academy! Today’s lesson is all about wrapping presents. The first skill elves learn is to wrap Christmas presents as it is one of their primary duties as Santa’s Little Helpers. While wrapping has become more technologically advance in recent years, the Elves are keen for everyone to […]

Elf Academy: How To Have Fun While You’re Working

Hello and welcome to another class at Elf Academy! Today’s lesson is about learning to have fun while you are working. Elves love their jobs and make sure they have lots of fun while they are at work! Here are some Fun Elf Ideas to try out in work: Sing a Christmas song with your […]

POLL: What is the worst Christmas present to receive?

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Which Is The Greatest Christmas Song Of Them All?

Ok, people, it’s time to get serious. We know that everyone has their own personal favourites but there are some Christmas songs that stand the test of time more than others. And now we want to see what you, our Christmas FM listeners, really think. What is the greatest Christmas song of them all? We’ve […]

Amazon Has Unveiled The Top 100 Toys Of 2018!

You can’t have Christmas without toys and if you’re struggling with what to get for your nieces or nephews, Amazon is here to help. The online shopping website has released it’s annual Top 100 Toys List and it includes lots of new and different toys, alongside some old favourites! The comprehensive rundown has everything from […]

POLL: What Will You Be Having For Christmas Dinner?

Some people dream about Christmas dinner all year – and who can blame them? It’s amazing! But, what do you have as your main dish? Not everyone goes for turkey, you know! We want to hear what you, our Christmas FM listeners, will be having as your main dish on December 25th. Take our poll […]

Video Of Irish Pensioners Talking About Christmas ‘Long Ago’ Has Gone Viral

If you’re looking for the true meaning of Christmas, look no further than ‘Christmas In My Day’ published by Taller Stories. The four and a half minute clip shows Irish pensioners discussing what the holidays were like for them when they were growing up. They also comment on the vast difference between then and now, […]

POLL: Which Of These Is Your Favourite Thing About Christmas?

Christmas time is full of joyous occasions, family get-together, friend reunions and festive parties. It’s also a time of present-giving, turkey-eating, eggnog-supping that allows us to celebrate the year gone past and look forward to the one around the corner. But we want to know what you, our beloved Christmas FM listeners, love most about […]

Here Are Some Of The Best Christmas TV Episodes EVER!

We all have our favourite TV shows and it’s always fun to see what they do for their Christmas episode. And while some have come and gone without leaving much of an impression, others are etched in our memory for all time. We had a look around the internet to find out the ones people […]

The Christmas Chronicles Is The Must-See Festive Flick Of 2018

If you’re tired of the old reliable holiday movies and want something to satisfy all the family, look no further than the The Christmas Chronicles. The festive flick, which stars Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, was released on Netflix on November 22nd and was streamed 20 million times during its first week alone. TWENTY MILLION […]

POLL: Should The Family Contribute To Christmas Dinner?

Let’s call a spade a spade. As wonderful as Christmas is, there’s no denying that it can be a financial strain on many people. And even if it’s not a strain, it can feel unfair if you are landed with hosting a large Christmas dinner and expected to foot the bill. But how do you […]

Top Tips For Organising A Brilliant Family Christmas

If you’ve agreed to host the family Christmas in your house this year and are starting to freak out about how much you have to do, take a deep breath. It will all work out fine in the end, don’t worry! In the meantime, take the stress out of planning everything with these great tips […]

To tinsel or not to tinsel?

Dating back to 1610, tinsel is a popular choice for Christmas decorations. Originating from Germany, it was thought to emulate ice, and to also represent the starry sky over the Nativity scene, when added to the tree alongside candles. Originally made out of shredded silver, the tinsel quickly became discoloured from the heat of the […]

QUIZ: Think You Know Christmas Trivia? Take Our Quiz And Find Out!

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Here Are 8 Hollywood Stars Singing Gorgeous Christmas Songs!

Some actors are all-rounders and have an impressive set of vocal cords on top of their acting ability. And when it comes to making albums, those stars of the silver screen can’t resist Christmas music. Here are our top picks of well-known Hollywood faces who recorded some memorable Christmas classics, original festive tunes or had […]

Win €250 to spend on Books at Eason O’Connell St. Dublin

Eason O’Connell St. Dublin has been at the heart of Dublin for over 100 years, you could write a book on the things we’ve seen! You’ve probably got your first book from Eason, or the last one, so why not call in to pick up your next one. We have some great WOW and 3 […]

Brilliant Christmas Hacks That Will Have You Ready For Any Occasion!

It’s always incredibly busy in the lead up to Christmas which is why we have you covered when it comes to making it as fun as possible! Here are some seriously clever hacks for nailing wrapping, festive fashion, organizing and much more. Muffin tray    Have you ever wondered what else you might do with a […]

The Most Captivating Christmas Commercials Ever Made!

Christmas commercials are a huge part of the festive season and every year, we are treated to some great ones! But only a select few will truly stand the test of time and be played over and over again. Here are our picks of the most captivating Christmas commercials ever: Holidays Are Coming, Coca Cola […]

These are the best Christmas Dog memes you’ll see today!

They’re cute, they’re cuddly and they can wreak havoc on your house over Christmas! Our furry friends often don’t know what to make of the festive season – especially when its their first – leading to a series of hilarious consequences. Here are some of our favourite Christmas Dog memes from the internet that showcase […]

These Are Our Favourite Christmas Ads From 2018

We all have our personal favourites when it comes to Christmas ads from years gone by – The Cornflakes Christmas Eve one is at the top of most people’s lists! However, there’s no denying that the last few years have seen a host of great commercials on our telly boxes and this year has been […]

WATCH: Saoirse Ronan and Jimmy Fallon perform ‘Fairytale of New York’

US talk show host Jimmy Fallon joined Irish Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan for a rendition of Fairytale of New York and it was quite good! While we usually cringe at Americans doing Irish accents, Jimmy showed off a pretty impressive Shane McGowan impression as he led the pair of them in the festive favourite. Saoirse […]

11 Fun Festive Ideas To Try Out With All The Family!

There’s nothing better than getting the family together and doing something Christmassy in the lead up to December 25th! If you’re struggling for ideas, check out these fun festive ideas that are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. 1. Check out your neighbourhood’s Christmas lights Visiting all of the best decorated houses in […]

Elf Academy: Learning How To Read Animal Footprints

Hello and welcome to another class at the Elf Academy. Today’s lesson is about animal footprints. Knowing these will help you tell a REINDEER from a RED DEER and much more besides! Test yourself and see how many footprints you recognise in the picture below. Tricky, isn’t it? Now, see how well you did by comparing […]

Elf Academy: A Lesson In Memory Training

Hello everyone and welcome to another class at Elf Academy! Today’s lesson is about memory training. Elves go to school for over 400 years so they have to have really good memories. They strengthen their memories by: learning and developing new skills Playing memory games Getting Lots of sleep Here are some Memory Games to help […]

Elf Academy: A Lesson In Caring

Hello everyone and welcome to another class at Elf Academy! Today’s lesson is Caring. Showing someone you care about them brightens their day and a happy elf is a better elf. Here are some simple ways to show someone you care : Ask someone can you help them Share your last chocolate Give them a […]

Which Of These Is Your Favourite Christmas Movie Dad?

There have been some great Christmas movie dads down through the years but who is your favourite? We’ve compiled a list of six and we want you to tell us who should get the number one slot! Our Sponsors and Partners    

Chris O’Dowd Sings ‘Jingle Bells’ With School Choir At Dublin Airport

Students from a north Dublin primary school got a very pleasant surprise when Hollywood superstar Chris O’Dowd joined them for an impromptu performance of a Christmas classic! The pupils of Rush and Lusk Educate Together National School were performing in Dublin Airport when the Roscommon native showed up. According to the Dublin Airport Facebook page, […]

Elf Academy: Tips On How To Always Be Prepared!

Hello and welcome to another class at Elf Academy. Today’s lesson is about being prepared! Elves are always ready, organised and prepared for any situation Here are some elf quick tips to help you be more prepared in your everyday life: Pick your clothes out the night before Prepare the food you’ll eat Organize any […]

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The LanaiBLO Hairdryer – The ultimate Christmas gift!

Win 2 Personalised LanaiBLO Hairdryers in a colour of your choice for you and your best pal or loved one. You can choose from White, Pink, Black, Electric Candy or Rose Gold. The LanaiBLO is the lightest fastest hairdryer on the market. It is a salon quality, professional standard hairdryer for at home use to […]

The Five Best Christmas Movie Quotes Of All Time!

Some Christmas films come and go but others stay in our hearts and minds long after the festive season is past. When it rolls around again the following year, we find ourselves remembering scenes and quotes from these films that bring us back to where we were when we first saw them. Here are six […]

The Top Five Movie Santas Of ALL TIME!

It’s that time of year where you try to cram as many festive films into four weeks as humanly possible. And even though there are new Christmas films coming out all the time, sometimes you just have to go with your favourites! Here are our top five Movie Santas of all time… 5. Jack Skellington […]

Five Great Christmas Days Out To Enjoy With Your Family

When the weather is wet or cold, it can be tempting to just grab a box of chocolates and snuggle up on the sofa. And while we LOVE that idea for some days, it’s really important to make memories with your family or loved ones at this time of year if you can. There are […]

These 11 Christmas Songs Are Guaranteed To Make Us Cry!

As much as we love the ‘holly jolly’ vibe of Christmas music, there’s no denying that there’s a big market out there for sad Christmas songs too. In fact, some of the most beautiful festive songs ever written have heartache as the main theme. Here are eleven incredible songs that are guaranteed to make us […]

Mark Leen wins the 2018 Coca Cola Christmas FM Song Contest

‘Fly home for Christmas’ by Mark Leen has been announced as the winner of the Coca-Cola Christmas FM Song Contest 2018. Our Sponsors and Partners    

5 Cute Ways To Mark Your Baby’s First Christmas

There’s a new addition to your house and life will never be the same again. Here are some sweet ways to mark your little one’s first Christmas: 1. Get a special tree ornament marking the year https://www.instagram.com/p/BrGTIErFwQf/ There are so many different kinds of ‘First Christmas’ ornaments available now that you can buy now that […]

5 Great Things To Do On Your First Christmas In Your New Home

Finally moving into your new home is a momentous time in anyone’s life. Even more special is when you prepare it for your first Christmas – now you’re really a grownup! Here are five ways to make it memorable… 1. Make a day of it and go shopping for the perfect tree https://www.instagram.com/p/BrIT1TRjKKh/ There’s something […]

Five Things You Know If You’re A Christmas Grinch!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – or is it? Not for some people. For a certain few, the festive is something to be endured rather than enjoyed! If you’re a Christmas Grinch, you’ll find yourself agreeing with a lot of these points… 1. You hate Christmas music White Christmas, Rockin’ Around the […]

This Is EXACTLY What Kevin McCallister Ordered At The Plaza Hotel!

Home Alone 2 is one of our all-time favourite Christmas films but have you ever wondered what was in Kevin’s astronomical bill from The Plaza hotel? Well, wonder no more because we’ve got the answer. According to Shortlist.com, the pre-teen tearaway was charged $967.43 for the following: 2 chocolate cakes, 6 chocolate mousses with chocolate, […]

These Are The Seven Best Things About Christmas Day

Christmas starts earlier and earlier every year and it’s hard to believe that it’s all in aid of one day – the 25th of December. Christmas Day can be an anticlimax for some people after the frenetic build up, but we absolutely love it! Here are seven of our favourite things about that all important […]

The Five Things We Love Most About Christmas Eve

If you love Christmas, you’ll know that sometimes the day before the big event can be even more fun than the day itself! We’re big fans of Christmas Eve here on Christmas FM and here are five reasons why… 1. The incredible atmosphere in town! Whether you live in a village, town or city, the […]

6 Things We Love About Christmas Parties

When December rolls around each year, it can only mean one thing – you’re going to have several Christmas parties to attend! Whether you’re with your colleagues, your pals or your family, they’re always great craic and something you look forward to every year. Here are six of our favourite things about Christmas parties: 1. […]

7 Things We Love About Christmas Shopping

If you’re feeling stressed at the thought of all the things you have to buy before December 25th, don’t be. Christmas shopping can be a wonderful experience if you just look around you and savour the sights and sounds around you! Here are seven of our favourite things about shopping in December: 1. The Christmassy […]

6 Things That Always Happen When Putting Up The Christmas Tree

It’s one of the best moments of the lead up to Christmas and the official start to the festive season in your home. Yep, once the tree is up, Christmas is definitely around the corner! Here are a few things that always happen when you put it up… 1. It’s bigger than you think It […]

7 Songs That Will Get You Dancing This Christmas!

Christmas songs were made to make us feel good about the festive season but some are more upbeat than others. And while there are some incredibly beautiful slow songs that fill our airwaves each December, we’d be lying if we said we liked them the best! Our favourites are the toe-tapping, bell-jingling, feel-good floor fillers […]

Mark Byrne

I’ve had a long career in radio – from humble beginnings in my friends garage with a 50 watt AM transmitter to a very enjoyable time with Sunshine 101, Atlantic 252, Century Radio, FM104 and 98FM.  I loved it all, however I decided to follow another passion in life and became an airline pilot in […]

Win Exclusive Bumblebee Movie Merchandise!

Today’s Christmas FM Prize Bag is to celebrate the release of Bumblebee in Irish cinemas – SEE IT FIRST THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – IN CINEMAS DECEMBER 24. We’re giving away exclusive movie merchandise including a backpack, skateboard, mixtape speaker, a family ticket to the Movie and more. Directed by Travis Knight, Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld […]

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Gerry Healy

I have been on radio since the mid-eighties. My very first broadcast was done by using two record players and a mixer, from my bedroom (studio) through a speaker wired to the kitchen where Mum and Dad were my audience!  Later, I extended this to Carrick-on-Suir (my hometown) where I erected a PA system along […]

Wendy Grace

I have been working in radio for 12 years. When I am not on Christmas FM, I present a daily talk show and I often contribute on television panels. I sometimes write for the Sunday Independent. Your role at Christmas FMPresenterWhy Christmas FMI have been involved with Christmas FM in some shape or form from […]

Davin O’ Callaghan

I have had a love for music & communications since the early 80’s as a kid growing up on Dublin’s Southside.  My late father Donie Cal, a proud Cork man, introduced me to & bought me Walkie Talkies & CB radios in my teens, which led into mobile DJing & later into clubs.  I have […]

Adrian Nolan

I was introduced to radio at the tender age of eight, and I have been besotted by it ever since.  Having spent many years with the Pirates, I am now involved as a Radio Presenter and Radio Trainer.  When not doing my day job as Drivetime Presenter with Spirit Radio, you will find me deep […]

Liam Walsh

I am from Waterford in the Sunny South East and have been involved in radio since the pirate days. I spent some time working in RTE as a radio rroducer before joining WLRFM in Waterford in 1989 where I remained until 2001. Since then I have worked with Zenith Classic Rock, KCLR in Kilkenny and […]

Christmas FM – Survey 2018

The Results 55% of Irish people don’t stick to their budget when buying presents according to Christmas FM survey 16% of us start our Christmas shopping by late August 48% say that Christmas FM coming on air marks the beginning of their holiday season Saoirse Ronan, Bressie, Panti Bliss and Daithí Ó Sé have been […]

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Robbie Irwin

Since I was a tiny bunny I wanted to work in radio and after spells with Dublin pirates Vanessa Ard and Big D, I was lucky to part of the start of Radio 2 as it was – cominatcha! Here I produced many big names including Gerry Ryan, Marty Whelan, Dave Fanning, Ian Dempsey and […]

Five facts about your favourite festive songs

Christmas FM brings you continuous Christmas classics on the airwaves, and here, we reveal some fun facts about our favourites. ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham In the song, Wham were ‘once bitten, and twice shy’. In real life, they also fell shy, with this song becoming the biggest-selling single in UK chart history to not reach […]

Quiz: Can you guess the Christmas song by the lyric?

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A ‘Cracker’ of a story

Crackers are a feature at many Christmas dinner tables around the world. Not the edible ones, but the cardboard rolls, covered in paper and containing a joke and a small trinket or toy. We know what they are, but where do they come from? The first crackers are thought to have originated in Victorian times. […]

Dan McDermott

I studied radio at Ballyfermot College of Further Education and I’ve worked in many roles in the radio business – presenter, producer, promotions, sales & marketing, administration and management. Today, I bring those skills to the role of station manager! As station manager at Christmas FM, I am also the Radio Ambassador to the North […]

Ann Marie Walsh

This is my second year as a Christmas FM elf.  I started in radio in my teens, in Radio Kilkenny where I presented an award-winning show. After graduating from the Rock School Ballyfermot, I ran gigs at Project Arts Centre, worked as a club DJ and with 2FM on festival OB’s and on the Fanning […]

Lorraine Larkin

I was on Media HQ’s list of PR Pros to Watch and I was a Social Media Awards finalist for Christmas FM.  I’m a MII Qualified Marketer.  I won a Digital Media Award for my work with Christmas FM. As well as working on marketing strategies, I have created viral content for Christmas FM’s Facebook […]

Lucianne Hughes

This is my 10th year presenting with Christmas FM. I took a year out when our baby Daisy was born 2 weeks before Christmas FM aired! In my day job, I am a corporate travel consultant and now a newly graduated Nutrition and Lifestyle coach. I am usually found running after Daisy, dancing with her, […]

Keith Shanley

I have over 30 years broadcasting experience on many of the main radio stations in Ireland. I have been involved in everything from management to presenting Talk shows to every music driven programme possible. Currently, I present the longest running love songs programme in the country ‘Twilight Time’ (Bringing the Slow Set back…on your radio) […]

Katie Harrington

Otherwise known as Kris Kindle Katie, this is my fourth year volunteering for Christmas FM. This is by far my favourite time of year and anyone who knows me, knows that a conversation with me about Christmas is welcome at any point in the year! Bringing baked treats and festive cheer, I am so excited to […]

Emily Brew

From the very first time I saw fairy lights I have had a deep love for all things Christmas! I’ve even been found watching Christmas movies in the middle of June and there’s few things that make me cry quite as much as a classic Christmas TV ad. I feel like the luckiest little elf […]

Keane Harley

Having spent many years presenting (and producing) programmes on RTE Radio 1, 2FM, RTE1 television, Network 2, TV3, and Eurosport in the nineties and noughties, it is a real thrill for me to be part of the Christmas FM team. Quite simply Christmas FM is the best radio station in the world and for one […]

Bróna Waldron

As a young child I recorded my own radio shows onto cassette tapes and subjected many a friend to be my interview subject or co-host. I am happy to say that getting the chance to work with a real radio station has fulfilled a lifelong ambition of mine. At Christmas FM Ireland, I can be […]

Lisa Gernon

I  love Christmas, spending time with family, seeing old friends, cosy fires, helping others and eating your weight in turkey sambos & brussel sprouts! There is something about this time of year that even the Grinch’s can get on board with and you’ll see them tapping their toes along to the tunes on Christmas FM. I’ve […]

Damien Allen

I first became involved in radio at the age of 15 by becoming a presenter on the local radio station.  Since then I have done voice over work, sports presenting and worked as a presenter on a number of stations across Ireland including LMFM, Choice FM and 949 The Rock. Each December since 2010 I have been with Christmas […]

Karl Dawson

I am an actor & radio presenter on Dublin’s 98FM. I have appeared in a number of feature films notably ‘Turning Green’ & ‘Angela’s Ashes’. My TV credits include ‘The Clinic’ & ‘Murphy’s Law’. In recent times I am known for the satirical character ‘Dame Stuffy’.   As Stuffy I have performed for the past few years in […]

Ronan O’Brien

During the day I’m the CEO at TheCostumeShop.ie.  Be it Halloween or Christmas – if there’s a holiday mood to get in, I’ll be leading the charge with my two feet first wrapped in the silliest outfit I can find. A Christmas fanatic, I love the cheesiest of Christmas Music and when I’m not talking […]

Shay Harford

I have been involved with radio since the ‘Pirate’ days back in the 80’s. I worked with local stations in North Dublin before moving onto Radio Dublin and KICK FM. I then switched to Hospital Radio, joining Beaumont Hospital Radio in 2003 and after it closed, onto St Ita’s Hospital Radio. I joined Spirit Radio […]

Declan Ralph

I’ve been a presenter with Christmas FM since 2009, so I’m glad to say I’ve been here almost from the start.  During the rest of the year I volunteer on the largest Community radio station in the country Near FM where I present the CRAOL award winning weekly news/magazine talk programme ‘Week in Review’ and […]

Marty Miller

I’m a Dad, husband, family man.. on the radio since 1994! Wearer of a good Christmas jumper! Our Sponsors and Partners    

Claire Concannon

This will be my second year involved in Christmas FM, but my first year on air. Since being involved with Snow Day 2018, I’m so excited to be part of the team and Christmas can’t come quick enough! Having worked in charities for about 8 years, I am delighted to be part of something that […]

Kelley Bermingham

I was born and reared in Dublin, a true fan of all things Christmas and traditional.  I volunteered with the Christmas FM family in 2017 after undertaking radio training under the mindful eye of Head Elf Adrian Nolan. My elf is Marshmallow Gingertree – she makes tasty marshmallows and chocolate covered candy for all the […]

Allanah Scully

I’m 24, originally from Maynooth but now living in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath (but I’m really a Dub at heart, much to the dislike of my friends from Meath). Theatre and music are my two greatest loves, having most recently completed a Masters in Theatre in NUIG. Although animals and children are the two things they […]

Edel Corrigan

I’m a writer who’s also a film, book and dog lover. Our Sponsors and Partners    

Mark Manning

I’ve had the radio bug since the mid-seventies, as all I ever wanted to be was be a full-time radio broadcaster! Life took me in a different direction and the world of corporate sales beckoned. However, happening in the background were stints as a radio DJ, beginning with pirates Radio Dublin & Sunshine 101FM through […]

Claire Murrihy

I’m originally from Tralee, Co. Kerry but I’ve lived in Dublin since I moved for college at the age of 18. I’m the Wedding Editor of EVOKE.ie and my passions are writing, music, TV and reading. I’m a complete sucker for all things Christmas so this station is officially my happy place! I’ll be spending […]

Noel Shannon

I am from Kildare and I’m happy to say that I’ve been part of the on-air team at Christmas FM since the station first began 11 years ago. I can’t wait for this year! Our Sponsors and Partners    

Garvan Rigby

I am one of the co-founders and a Director of Christmas FM. Also known as ‘Gifting Garvan’, I am joint programme director focusing on the shows and music. I’m passionate about radio and particularly Christmas radio. I have worked in radio for 20 years, starting off on the pirates. I was with Spirit Radio and […]

Aine O’Neill

I’m a movie-mad Christmas helper here on Christmas FM. I have an abundance of Christmas movie facts stored in my brain such as – did you know that most movie snow scenes are created from potato flakes? Yummy! When I’m not obsessing about movie facts and trivia I dedicate all of my time to music; writing music, teaching music […]

Patricia Lane

I have been known to listen to Christmas music in the middle of the summer!  My weaknesses are a good gin and tonic, and coffee – just not at the same time. My background is in radio news and I have read news for Midlands Radio 3, 2FM, East Coast Fm & Spirit Radio in […]

Karen Winston

I worked in the film industry for 10 years in various different roles, both on and off camera. Movies I have worked on include The Commitments, Widow’s Peak, September, Rawhead Rex, Scarlett and others. At East Coast Radio I presented several shows, at a variety of different time slots. After I met my husband and […]

Gordon Hislip

Bringing the magic of Christmas to our listeners – when I’m not covering thousands of kilometres as a bus driver! Our Sponsors and Partners    

Philip Smith

I’m known as ‘Festive Phil’ and I first joined Christmas FM in 2017. When I was growing up it wasn’t unusual for me to pull out the Christmas tree for decoration in mid-summer! I first became involved in pirate radio in Limerick City, presenting music and sports shows on CCR and Sound Channel. The radio […]

Seán Coffey

It’s my second year involved with the crew at Christmas FM. I grew up in Wicklow but now I’m living in Dublin and working as a personal trainer and fitness coach. But when the Christmas season comes around the corner, it’s time to stop the cardio and start the carolling! I am a huge fan […]

Mark O’Hare

This is my third year on Christmas FM. I get such a great feeling from seeing all the messages from parts of the world I have never been to coming into the studio. It’s a pleasure reading those dedications out on air for people listening everywhere. Christmas is a real family time for me and […]

Aoife Whelan

I am a Guidance Counsellor in a lovely secondary school in South County Dublin. Previously I was a chef and I was very fortunate to work in many places all over the world and build my career over the course of eight years within the culinary industry. My career then moved in a different direction […]

Lar Flynn

I’ve had an interest in radio since I was about 10 years of age and that interest remains strong to this day. I’m involved with an Irish Music Show on 103.2 Dublin City FM, where I also present a weekly Travel show during the summers. I took part in the Christmas FM training course to […]

Tommy McCabe

I’m from Navan and I’ve been involved in radio broadcasting since 1982.  Over the years I’ve worked on many stations from the pirate days up to today, where I’m currently Station Manager at Tullamore Community Radio.  Since 1989 I’ve been living in Tullamore, County Offaly where I was involved in founding Radio 3.  The festive […]

Roger Lane

Like many, I started in pirate radio in 1978.  I worked at stations including Radio Dublin, ARD and Radio Leinster before moving to the original Sunshine Radio. More recently, I have worked on East Coast Radio – that was until my kids came along and demanded much more of my time! Now that they’ve grown up, I’ve […]

Craig McComish

I’m originally from Scotland and I was involved with Hospital Radio there and a local radio station where I presented my own show. I’ve been working in the aviation industry for many years so I love to travel and see new places.  I’m the proud Dad of a beautiful young girl who is my little […]

Fergal Mitchell

I’ve been involved in Irish radio since 1993.  I started with my first radio show on Dublin’s Kiss FM in 1993, which at the time was the first ‘commercial’ pirate station to operate since the ‘super pirates’ of the ’80’s. I’ve also been involved in radio in the US and Australia where I’ve worked the […]

Stella Bass

I’m working with Christmas FM for the first time in 2018, and I’m excited and proud to be part of this very special team at ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.   I’m from Dublin and I’m no stranger to a microphone as my ‘day job’ is being a professional singer. I’m a huge […]

Aisling Cuffe

I have worked in a variety of radio stations for the past 5 years. I’m particularly passionate about Gaeilge and of course Christmas! I love being involved in Christmas FM and having a direct line to Santa and the elves! Our Sponsors and Partners    

John Troy

I’m originally from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath (home of the great Joe Dolan).  These days home for me is Naas, Co. Kildare. I have always loved music and that’s what attracted me to being a presenter on radio. I started out on Radio West in Mullingar and later moved to other pirates in the Kildare area. […]

Mark Fennell

I love Christmas because I was born at Christmas! When Santa locks up Christmas FM after the festive season, I spend my time running my own photography and film business. I am passionate about helping people, so through my Instagram and Facebook profiles @MarksHappyPlace I try of offer lots of inspirational and positive stuff to […]

Mike Moloney

I began my radio career in 1978. In 2000 I left 2FM, having spent 16 years there. Since then I’ve worked in regional radio. In 2004 I moved to Sligo to help launch the then newly licensed Ocean FM. I presented 6 shows a week there and became Head of Music.  Additionally I was in […]

Brian Boyle

I’ve been nuts about Christmas ever since Santa delivered the Millennium Falcon to me as a nipper in the 80’s! I work in financial services and my hobbies include music, literature, art, Arsenal football club and travel. I started volunteering with Christmas FM in 2015 – presenting and producing shows on the online stations. I’m […]

Celine Weldon

Obsessed with all things yuletide, I was thrilled to join the merry band of Christmas FM Elves in 2016! On-air, I love nothing more than reading the gorgeous dedications our listeners send in for friends and family near and wide, as well as delivering the Christmas traffic on a Friday evening! I also work with […]

Paul Shepherd

I’m originally from the southside of Dublin and I’ve been living in Sutton for almost thirty years. This year I celebrated my fortieth year on air, the last ten of which have been on Christmas FM. Interestingly, over all those years I have generally ended up on the Friday evening 10 to midnight slot. Not sure […]

David Hynes

I love radio and especially I love Christmas FM which I’ve been involved in since the very start.  I’m 49 and married with 2 children. Our Sponsors and Partners    

Jennie Ridyard

Crocs spokesmodel. Champion disco dancer. Elephant tamer. Although actually I make stuff up for a living: I’m a writer of books, advertising copy, and newspaper columns. I’m Europe-born, South African-bred, mum to two grownup children, and a devoted dog-wrangler. Our Sponsors and Partners    

Sarah-Jane Fortune

I have a passion for radio and present a weekly show on community station, Near FM in Dublin. I have enjoyed presenting and creating content for Christmas FM over the past two years, all while raising money for good causes. Our Sponsors and Partners    

Laura Campbell

This is my first year volunteering as part of the Christmas FM team and I’m very excited to be part of the action! My background is in marketing management, but I caught the radio bug on a radio training course earlier this year. My main Christmas challenge this year will be trying to stop my […]

Zeinab Elguzouli

This is my fourth year as part of Christmas FM and I’m so happy to be part of the team for Christmas 2018. When I’m not in Christmas FM, I work as a singer-songwriter. My love of radio began when I first performed and was interviewed on radio. I feel at home on the airwaves […]

Amy Kelly

I’ve been counting down the days for the return of Christmas FM and I was delighted when I got the call to join the team this year – it was an early Christmas gift. I’m from the greatest country ever Kildare (I’m not biased!) and I’m a proud Lily white! I am a fluent Irish […]

Bernie Jameson

Bernie is a writer and broadcaster living in Kildare. She has been a presenter with Christmas FM since its inception, and presents ‘Listen While You Work’ on Fridays 1-4pm. Bernie has previously worked on the original Radio Nova, Today FM, Newstalk, Spirit Radio and Classic Hits. Our Sponsors and Partners    

Niall Cassidy

I love all things radio so when I was offered a position on Christmas FM in 2008 I jumped at the chance and I’m honoured to have been involved since the very beginning. I’ve been involved in radio since the days of the pirate stations in the 1970’s and I set up my own pirate […]

Mike Ryan

Outside of Christmas FM, I’m the Managing Director of Easy Media Broadcasting Ltd and the presenter of Ireland’s Country Television show.  I have been in and around radio since the early 80’s. I love what Christmas FM is all about and joined the crew a number of years ago. Our Sponsors and Partners    

Arthur Owen

A County Kildare native, this is my third year working with Christmas FM. I’ve always been drawn to entertainment and I’m heavily involved with musical theatre groups across Leinster.  I graduated from the Christmas FM training course in 2016 and I’m thrilled to be working once again with this wonderful group of people, and for […]

Greg Manahan

I am a veteran of the advertising industry, now working in the television and digital media sector as a director.  Previously I worked on Waterford’s ABC Power 104 on the weekend schedule but my voice is very familiar to anyone who watches TV and listens to the radio as a voice over artist. Our Sponsors […]

Andrea Hayes

I have been with Christmas FM for nearly a decade.  I am an Irish Times and Sunday Times best selling author.  My books include the best selling ‘Pain-Free Life: My Journey to Wellness’, ‘My Life Goals Journal’ and ‘Dog Tales’.  I’m also a well known Irish broadcaster and presenter whose TV shows include Dog Tales, […]

Naughty or Nice: Mince Pies

We want your opinion on these much-debated festive foods. First up: Mince Pies

Have yourself a Legendary Christmas

If, like us, you’ve worn out your copy of Michael Buble’s Christmas album, you’ll be delighted to hear of a new addition to the festive market this year. John Legend, whose past releases include ‘All of Me’, and ‘Ordinary People’, has released an album full of Christmas classics, entitled ‘A Legendary Christmas’. The fourteen-track album showcases […]

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves for 2018

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves this week to sprinkle lots of festive cheer and seasonal goodwill across Ireland in the run up to the Christmas season! Christmas FM is back on air on 28th November 2018 at 1pm. Our Sponsors and Partners    

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Brian Daly

I help out on the Digital Team working on christmasfm.com and our mobile apps. Part of my role is to coordinate our charity partner and sponsor activities across our social media platforms. Outside of Christmas FM I work in an advertising creative agency in Dublin. Radio has always been a great passion of mine and I […]

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Karl Tsigdinos

I have enjoyed a long career in radio, a medium I absolutely love. I currently present programmes on RTE Gold and on Dublin City FM, and was previously on Today FM, RTE Radio 1, 4FM, 2FM and several other stations. I am a four-time nominee for a National Radio Award and also I presented and […]

Gareth O’Connor

I first presented on Christmas FM in 2014 as a regular contributor to the breakfast show.  As a student, my radio career began on Christmas Eve 1987 when I submitted a demo tape to a pirate radio station in my home area of Monaghan and I was on air very soon afterwards! I have worked in […]

Laura Bury

I’m a Christmas-loving writer, who likes nothing more than giving the good folk out there the lowdown on what’s happening in the North Pole. As part of the Brekkie Crew I get the chance to do what I love: reporting back to boys and girls around the world everything that’s going on in Santa’s Grotto. […]

Aoife Carberry

I am a Library Assistant, a Gaeilgeoir, a Journalist, and a semi-professional Christmas Enthusiast. My bitmoji has worn a Christmas Tree since 2017, and I single-handedly ensure that Michael Bublé receives royalties from his Christmas album all year round. Your role at Christmas FMWebsite contributorWhy Christmas FMWorking with Christmas FM combines two of my greatest […]

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Temple Street to be the official charity partner for Christmas FM in 2018.

Christmas FM is delighted to announce Temple Street as the official charity partner for the festive radio station for 2018. Our Sponsors and Partners    

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Charity Partner Applications 2018

Charity Applications 2018 Charity applications for partnership with Christmas FM for 2018 In 2017 we had two extremely strong proposals, so much so that our committee felt they were equal in merit. On that basis we decided to work with both charities, one in 2017 and the other in 2018. We will announce our 2018 […]

€214,000 raised for Sightsavers in 2017

  We’re delighted to announce that we have raised €214,000 for our 2017 chosen charity. The funds raised will prevent over 5,000 people from living a life of blindness as Sightsavers provide them with sight-restoring operations. The 2017 fundraising figure brings to almost €1.5 million, the amount of funds we have helped raise for charities […]

Christmas FM – 11 Years old this year!

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Here’s why you should decorate early for Christmas

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Feeling lucky? You must be eating your mince pies!

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Feast your eyes on these festive eyebrows!

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Cadbury Cadvent Outside Broadcast

We had such a great time at the Cadbury Cadvent Outside broadcasts in Dublin and Kinsale, that we wanted to make sure you could listen back to all the fun. Our Sponsors and Partners    

Which Eartha Kitt Gift would you want?

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Which type of Christmas Shopper are You?

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Which of these is your favorite modern Christmas song?

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The ten best (or worst) Christmas jokes!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so we’re taking a look at some of the season’s best (or, depending on your taste, worst) jokes before we get our hands on the Christmas crackers! Q: Why did the elf go to the Podiatrist? A: Because he had mistletoe.   Q: Why did Santa ban fizzy drinks […]

Are you a ‘Love Actually’ Superfan?

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Christmas FM Ireland Survey 2017

Almost half of all Irish people purchase locally when shopping for Christmas according to Christmas FM survey 18% of us are very organised and pick up Christmas gifts throughout the year! 30% of us will spend between €250 and €500 on our Christmas gifts Barbie and Action Man bring back the happiest memories and take […]

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Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie?

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Mini Halloumi Burgers Anyone?

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A Perfect Turkey Everytime

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It’s not Christmas Without…

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Christmas Dinner Leftovers

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What’s your Favorite Christmas Sauce

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Christmas Turkey – To stuff or not to stuff

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Have yourself a record-breaking Christmas

The Guinness Book of World Records is full of fascinating – and sometimes strange – achievements. So if you’re looking to make your Christmas more memorable this year, why not try your hand at besting one of the many festive feats? If you’re a dab hand at decorating, then there are plenty of options. Maybe […]

Five festive phrases as Gaeilge

If you’d like to use your píosa Gaeilge this Christmas, here are five key phrases that might be useful. 1 – Nollaig Shona Pronounced – Null-ig Hun-ah Meaning – Happy Christmas. There’s lots to learn with this term. Sona is the Irish word for happy, and Nollaig is the Irish word for both Christmas and […]

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2016 Volunteers roll call

Did you know that Christmas FM is entirely staffed by volunteers over the 30 days that the station is on-air? You are probably familiar with many of our on-air presenters but there’s a whole team who work behind the scenes keeping Christmas FM and our 3 online only stations on-air. A total of over 100 people kept […]

The Big Christmas FM Ireland Survey 2016

The results of the Annual Christmas FM Ireland survey (2016) are in! We’re still a generous lot! It’s revealed that we are a generous nation with almost one in every two (48%) donating to charity every month throughout the year. A further 40% of people make the effort to donate to charity at Christmas and […]

Here’s How To Make Your Own Snow Globe!

IT’S SNOWING! As in, it could be. In the jar. That you make. With fake snow. Ok, I’m sorry that was mean. Let’s start again. Would you like to make your very snow globe? Well, once again we have you sorted. There are many different ways to make these but here is a general idea […]

Christmas Around the World
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While Christmas in most parts of the Anglophone world is a winter festivity, with origins in celebrating the coming of spring, the holiday is celebrated a little differently in Australia. In Australia, Christmas comes in the towards the beginning of the summer holidays because of the climate difference in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, children […]

9 Fantastic Facts About Christmas Trees

Oh Christmas trees, oh Christmas trees. On the surface, it’s a little difficult to see what the association is between the seasonal celebration and our favourite festive firs. You might know that Christmas trees were first popularised in Germany, or that the tradition was brought to the UK by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. But do you know why we […]

How about a game of Christmas Charades!

Charades is a classic game. There is no denying it. It is a game we all play growing up and is synonymous with big groups of people laughing their heads off. It involves channeling our imagination, inner child and goofiness. It is imperative that you leave all sanity and ‘caring of what people think of […]

Review: Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition.

Kylie Minogue unleashed her first ever Christmas album last year titled Kylie Christmas. A little over a year since that initial release, Kylie has released a revamped version, Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition. Featuring all 16 tracks of the deluxe edition from last year’s album, adding 6 brand new recordings, all sprinkled with her joyful […]

Why ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is an unmissable Christmas classic!

Everyone has heard of It’s a Wonderful Life, if you haven’t, it’s probably because you live in Antarctica or you have purposely avoided watching an old corny rerun in black and white. I command you to watch it, and if you have a heart, you will cry with joy. This film has endured as a […]

The Magic of a Brown Paper Bag!

School is nearly finished for the festive season but there is still time to add a bit of Christmas Pizzazz to the school lunches. All you will need is a brown paper bag and a few other bits and bobs. More specifically, you are about to build a portable Rudolph! Not only does this make […]

A Christmas Family Tree!

The best way to calm children down when they have raided the Cadbury Roses tin and are running around high on sugar is a simple arts and crafts task. This one is for the whole family and can be added to, each year or you can make a brand new one. A Christmas Tree made […]

Why Is Holly Associated With Christmas?

After mistletoe, holly is probably the most festive flower there is. Its evergreen nature means its leaves are more thick-skinned than most other flowers and shrubs, giving it an ability to survive the harshness winter. It has become a symbol of the season, having Christmas carols written about it, while it’s also constantly seen on Christmas cards. But given how many different […]

These are our 5 favourite Christmas songs about the WEATHER!

It may not be snowy everywhere in the world for Christmas but it’s fair to say that we associate the festive season with frosty weather! And while many songs contain topics like Santa, Rudolph, coming home for Christmas and looking forward to the big day, there are plenty of songs devoted solely to the elements. […]

The Amazing Science Behind the Wise Men’s Gifts

As told in the Bible, Jesus was visited by Magi (although not specifically three) in Bethlehem, who gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But while gold is well-known as a valuable metal, what are frankincense and myrrh? According to Simon Cotton for Chemistry World, frankincense and myrrh are both forms of sap, which derive from the Boswellia sacra […]

5 Things You May Not Know About Christmas Nativity Scenes

While they’re not ubiquitous, nativity scenes are a common feature throughout Christian homes during the festive period. For many, they’re a reminder that Christmas was originally intended as a celebration of the birth of Jesus, and some places even go as far as having “live cribs” with real animals and actors to play shepherds and the wise men. But how […]

You’ll Never Give a Present the Same Way Again!

Why just hand someone a Christmas present when you can make it fun, hilarious or ridiculously difficult for the recipient. Here are a few ideas of exchanging gifts this festive season: The Rotating Gift Box: Wrap up a box with a few little bits for a friend, along with a note. Post it off. This […]

You’ll Wonder Why You Didn’t Start This Tradition Sooner!

If you are like me, you probably have numerous moments through the week when you say ‘Ugh, to be a kid again’. At no other time in the year is it more prevalent than at Christmas time. Well just a warning for what is about to come, this tradition idea won’t help the ‘wanting to […]

Christmas Around the World – Germany

In Germany, Christmas celebrations are largely based around the period of Advent in December, and several types of Advent calendars are used in German homes. As well as the traditional style made of card that’s used in many countries, German people also like to go all out and create more elaborate calendars from a wreath of Fir tree […]

The Meaning Behind the 12 Days of Christmas

Arguably the best known Christmas carol that nobody knows the words to, the 12 Days of Christmas has become so popular in recent years that it’s inspired parodies, pub crawls, football chants, and mashups. Thought to be of French origin and originally published in in England in 1780 without music as a rhyme, it’s been recorded by artists […]

Why Pentatonix Are The Masters Of Holiday Albums!

  Pentatonix has three of the best Christmas Albums of all time. If you are looking for some fresh festive cheer this year Pentatonix is exactly what you need. The 5-piece two time Grammy award winning a Capella group bring their unique spin to the Christmas genre. The group first made its name as a […]

You Will Get Props For This One!

Do you want to be the hostessessessess of all hostesses? Well we have the icing on the cake, the thing that will tip it over the edge and bring your host status to an unbeatable level. Let’s face it, Props make everything more fun. From a party popper to a crown made of balloons, they […]

Everybodies favourite? Christmas Pictionary!

So, if you were tuning in on Tuesday’s Breaky Show with Gift Giving Garvan, Lapland Laura and myself then you would have heard the topic for discussion; Board games or Card Games? It’s a very important question. It got me thinking, what games do I actually play on Christmas day with my family and I […]

You’ve got to have them…Edible Decorations!

What could possibly be better than spending an evening decorating the tree, sipping on some mulled wine, listening to….well, Christmas Fm. How about eating your Christmas decorations? To be honest that would defeat the purpose of making them as decorations for the tree if they don’t make it to the tree. So, maybe limit the […]

The Best Covers Of Your Favourite Christmas Songs.

It is a dangerous thing to tinker with a holiday classic, but the following artists are risk takers! From soulful covers of up-tempo tracks to punk versions of classical songs these are the cream of the crop for Christmas covers. Weezer, “O Holy Night” “O Holy Night” is the third track on Christmas with Weezer […]

Christmas Around the World – Sweden

Christmas time in Sweden is celebrated a little differently to the rest of Europe. Instead of having the 25th of December or the Feast of the Epiphany as the main holiday, the biggest celebration is St. Lucia’s Day (or St. Lucy’s Day) on December 13th. The celebration comes from stories that were told by Monks who first […]

KFC – A Very Japanese Christmas Tradition

As Christmas meals go in the Anglophone world, poultry is pretty standard. If there’s no turkey on the table at dinner, it’s almost guaranteed that chicken, duck, pheasant, or a combination of all of the above will feature. And what’s even more certain is that these birds will be roasted and stuffed, not least because no other annual holiday is worth […]

Underrated Christmas film you need to see!

If you are like me by now you have watched all your favourite Christmas films twice over, so what about adding a few new gems to the list. Plenty of Christmas movies exist that aren’t the traditional holiday fair. It just so happens that the most underrated ones are sometimes the best. From “Gremlins” to […]

Bob Dylan Reads “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

His Jewish heritage might make it seem like he’s not the most Christmassy of types, but singer-songwriter Bob Dylan still likes to embrace the holiday season like the rest of us. As well as releasing a lesser-known Christmas album, ‘Christmas in the Heart’ in 2009, he also played a variety of festive music for the Christmas special of his former satellite […]

Why Does Rudolph Have A Red Nose?

While Santa’s sleigh has always been pulled by reindeer, it wasn’t until 1939 that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer joined the team. But while Rudolph’s bright red nose has always thought to be unique, it’s recently been discovered that he is not alone. That’s because a group of European researchers have found something unusual about the species of reindeer known as […]

Christmas Around the World – Italy

Christmas in Italy is a largely Catholic celebration, with much made of the feast days in both the run up to Christmas and after Christmas Day itself. The Christmas celebrations properly start on December 17th, with special ‘Novenas’ (a series of prayers) and church services held every day. Some families light their ‘Creppo’, or Yule Log, on this […]

Krampus – Central Europe’s Christmas Demon

Although bold children in some parts of the world are afraid of what Santa might bring, at least they don’t have to deal with central Europe’s most feared Christmas Character: Krampus, a half-goat, half-demon, horrific beast who beats children into being nice. Krampus appears in many variations across Europe, but most share the same characteristics: he is hairy, […]

8 Alternative Christmas Decoration Ideas For Small Spaces

When you live or work in a confined space, it can be difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. As much as you try to embrace the festive cheer that seems to be going on all around you, the lack of decorations can make everything seem a bit flat. With no space for lights or tinsel, […]

It’s the most wonderful time to Declutter and Decorate!

Ever wondered what to do with your old CDs? Gone are the days that we would pop an album into our disc man and trot off, happy as Larry. Whether you still listen to CD’s (you retro little thing you) or you would like to readily destroy all evidence of an embarrassing music phase (we’ve […]

Christmas Around the World – Poland

As a predominantly Catholic country, Christmas is celebrated widely in Poland. Advent marks the beginning of the festive season, and people try to be peaceful and not have too much of things, not dissimilar to Lent: people give up their favourite foods or drinks, while some people attend mass quite frequently. During Advent, people get their houses ready for Christmas, doing plenty of cleaning in preparation for Christmas day. Poles […]

The Caganer – Catalonia’s Naughty Nativity Figure

As seen in the our ‘Christmas Around the World’ series, the world is full of varying Christmas traditions. While traditions are often carried from place to place as generations of immigrants leave their home countries, others are confined to small parts of the world and escape the global gaze at this time of year.  One of the world’s more unique Christmas traditions […]

This Unique Christmas Tree Idea is Egg-cellent!

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to Christmas I’m a traditionalist. I don’t appreciate change at this time of year. So if a friend were to casually approach me to tell me they have built a Christmas tree out of egg cartons…well I think I would firstly question how much mulled […]

Time to brush up on your Bingo Lingo!

Now, I am a big fan of Bingo and funnily enough it always reminds me of Christmas. It’s a family tradition to attend the Christmas Bingo festivities at our local golf club. We dress in our Christmas jumpers, maybe a casual piece of tinsel in the hair and stuff our faces with Cadbury Roses. To […]

Vegan Nut Roast

This one is one for sharing! Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian a meat-eater gluten free or just a human you are bound to love this one! It’s a great alternative to meat for the non-meat eaters and is a great side addition for the meat lovers. Now I know it looks like there’s a lot of […]

Mulled Wine

Lets be honest it’s not Christmas without a steaming glass of this ruby elixir! For me it’s one of the best ways to invoke that festive feeling. Use liberally on any whom are lacking in Christmas spirit throughout December, for example on any scrooges, Grinch’s or pesky in-laws, serve one glass hourly or as required. […]

Christmas Pudding

This, my darlings is the piece de resistance! I don’t know about you guys but it really is not Christmas in our house unless there’s a Christmas pudding and this one ….. I promise you is the best one you will ever …. ever… ever have!! Just like my mince pies the recipe for my […]

Christmas Chocolate Truffles

These little puds are one of my favourite things to give as gifts at Christmas! They have the power to impress even the pickiest of eaters and make a great inexpensive, tasty and thoughtful pressie. They’re super simple to make and are a great one to do with kiddies too. The truffles can be made […]

Balsamic Roasted Parsnips and Brussel Sprouts

Now I know what you’re thinking, Brussels sprouts aren’t for everyone…. That is until you’ve tried these little beauties! I must confess that I really don’t like Brussels sprouts in general unless they’re dripping with bacon fat however that was until I made these and now I am definitely converted! I can assure you they […]

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favourite Christmas Songs

What do the Grinch and Tony the Tiger have in common? What’s so special about ”Silent Night”? Here are ten surprising facts you didn’t know about your favourite Christmas songs 1.Silent Night” Inspired A Truce During World War I. On Christmas Eve 1914 —British troops spotted Christmas trees on the German side of the fight. […]

A Beginners Guide to Christmas Soundtracks

There’s no denying that there’s no better way to spend the month of December then watching a good Christmas movie! But what about the film music? Soundtracks are a big part of that seasonal feeling so where do you start? Here is a beginner’s guide to Christmas Soundtracks   The Polar Express The soundtrack to […]

Dunk The Bells!

This is a very festive innocent version of a game many of us know too well. It is such an easy set up. All you will need are red plastic cups, Christmas baubles and a table. This is a game for the more energetic family members and for those who somehow managed to pace themselves […]

Do you want to build a snowman?

Every year we wish for a white Christmas, most years we do not receive. Even though if it did snow we would probably find someway of struggling to complete our daily lives or complain about it after two days; ‘I mean, it’s great until is turns to grey sludge!’ or ‘I slipped on the ice […]

How St. Nicholas Became Santa Clause

December 6th marks St. Nicholas’ Day – the feast of the saint who we all know and love as Santa Clause. St. Nicholas’ Day is widely celebrated throughout Europe as a Christian festival, with particular regard to his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Many people also attend Mass, and in Germany and Poland, boys traditionally dress as bishops […]

Top Nine Christmas films to watch on Netflix

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! By that I mean it’s cold enough outside for it to be acceptable to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and watch your favourite films on Netflix!  From ‘Home Alone’ to ‘Jingle All The Way’ we’re telling you our top nine picks for […]

Christmas Around the World – Canada

Canada is a vast country with people of many different cultural backgrounds, and there are lots of different Christmas traditions there. Indeed, many of the traditions and celebrations come from French, English, Irish, Scottish, German and native/first nation influences. The Eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia is known all over the world for its fir and pine Christmas […]

Get inspired with these tree-mendous Christmas conifers

It’s now less than three weeks until Christmas Day, which means you can probably stop worrying about whether it’s too soon to stick your favourite piece of December decor in the living room corner. And if it’s hard for you to start thinking about clearing a space and getting your baubles and tinsel out, you might take some inspiration from some of […]

5 Festive Films That Are More Naughty Than Nice!

While we all know that Christmas is a time to celebrate the innocence of children, it’s safe to say that adults love it too. From heading out for a Twelve Pubs get-together to making full use of the mistletoe at the office Christmas party, there will always be elements of the holiday season that are suitable for adults only! […]

9 foods we only eat over the Christmas season!

When you think of Christmas, the first thing you think of is family celebrations and presents but the second thing that springs to mind is food. After all, there’s a reason most of us over-indulge during the holiday season – it’s because we get to eat so many things that we don’t eat at ANY other time […]

Was the Star of Bethlehem a real astronomical event?

The Star of Bethlehem appears just once in the Bible, in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, yet is now synonymous with the holiday season. However, astronomers are still asking what could have inspired that part of the Christmas story, and whether the bright Star of Bethlehem was actually real. But unearthing the origins of the story Star of Bethlehem […]

Get Decorating With These Great Christmas Pine Cones

Go out for a walk near a park or wooded area and you’ll see that pinecones seem to be everywhere at our feet this time of year. Amazingly, there’s plenty of fun and easy ways to repurpose them as Christmas decorations, and what better excuse to start the Christmas season than to start with a few pinecones? Now that […]

Magic Movie Moments

We’re taking a look at the best Christmas movies of all time: Elf Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to […]

The 5 Worst Christmas Films*

5. Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure (2003) IMDB rating: 2.7 stars Though Eddie’s fired right at Christmastime, his boss sends him and his family on a South Pacific vacation, hoping Eddie won’t sue him after being bitten by a lab monkey. When the Tuttle family winds up trapped on a tropical island, however, […]

The Toys of Christmas Past – Did Santa bring these to you?

Did Santa bring you these toys when you were younger? or maybe you’re still waiting for some of them to arrive! 😉 The Christmas FM elves have put together this list of the most loved toys from our childhoods.   Did we miss one of your favourites? Send us a tweet and let us know what […]

Christmas Around the World – USA

As Christmas celebrations go, the United States of America has a huge range of different traditions and customs because of its multicultural nature. Many are similar to ones in the UK, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Mexico, but because of overlaps with other holidays like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, the period is referred to as the “Holiday Season” […]

Eyes down, it’s time for Christmas Bingo

A game of Christmas bingo can make any Christmas party a whole lot of fun, whether it’s for a party or just to play at home. Here, you can download special Christmas bingo cards for free, as well as everything you need to play Christmas bingo for four people too. You can print them out […]

The Story of the Babushka

When people hear the word ‘Babushka’, they usually think of the small Russian dolls that open in the middle and contain smaller versions of themselves. But ‘Babushka’ – which means ‘grandmother’ in Russian – is also a famous Christmas story in Russia about the story of an old woman who met the Three Wise men […]

Christmas Around the World – Great Britain

In Great Britain, Christmas is celebrated very similar to Ireland, with families usually getting together to watch each other open their presents. Most gather around a Christmas Tree in their house, which will have already been decorated as a family occasion. Children believe that Santa leaves presents in stockings or pillow-cases, which are normally hung up […]

Christmas Around the World – Ireland

In Ireland, the first tingle of Christmas feeling usually marks the start of the festive period for people, but officially, Christmas doesn’t start here until December 24th. And while many Christmas traditions are similar to those in Britain and the US, Ireland has plenty of unique ways of celebrating. Technically, the holiday season in Ireland […]

Pink Ginger Fizz

Healthy Holiday Kitchen. During the holiday season it is pretty much just accepted that we will all attend quite a few parties in the name of festivities. I mean that’s what the holidays are all about really isn’t it? Getting together with friends and loved ones and even sometimes not so loved ones! Well if you’re […]

Healthier Mince Pies

Healthy Holiday Kitchen. This recipe was originally a recipe that my granny used and then she passed it on to my mom and from my mom on to me so to me it is super precious! But when I started trying to be better to my body I was so sad as I thought Christmas […]

Christmas Ham

Healthy Holiday Kitchen. This has to be the one recipe that I get asked for most! It is hands down one of my favourite recipes and definitely one of my proudest achievements! If you only try one of my recipes this is definitely the one to try. I promise you, you will love it! So […]

Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Holiday Kitchen. I don’t know about you but it just isn’t Christmas for me without cranberry sauce. It’s so zingy and sweet and perks up any leftover Christmas leftovers, specifically my Santa Sandwich (Basically left overs from Christmas day, bread, mayo, stuffing, ham, turkey and CRANBERRY SAUCE!!!) my god its good! This recipe uses […]

Christmas FM prepares to return to the airwaves for 2016

Christmas FM prepares to return to the airwaves with An Post, Cadbury and Tesco Ireland on board as on-air sponsors for 2016 The station will raise funds and awareness for charity partner Focus Ireland by sprinkling lots of festive cheer across Ireland in the run up to the Christmas season! It’s that time of year […]

Gingerbread Decorations

Healthy Holiday Kitchen. Well it certainly is that time of year again! And im SOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITEDDDDDDD!!! So one of the first things I make every year in December is a big batch of ginger bread and I usually make a gingerbread house and some edible Christmas tree decorations! Why? Cause I’m a Christmas fiend! And […]

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Apply to be our 2016 charity partner

UPDATE: Please note that the application process is now closed. Please do not submit an application as we will be unable to review it. We are now taking submissions with the view to partnering with us as the official Christmas FM charity for 2016. We don’t have an application form as such, so we usually […]

Christmas FM’s 2015 fundraising campaign breaks all records for Make-A-Wish

Christmas FM’s 2015 fundraising campaign breaks all records by raising over a quarter of million euro for children’s charity  Make-A-Wish Ireland Christmas FM, the hugely popular charity radio station, is delighted to announce that it has exceeded all previous fundraising targets by raising over a quarter of a million euro (€265,000) for this year’s charity […]

2015 Volunteers roll call

Did you know that Christmas FM is entirely staffed by volunteers over the 30 days that the station is on-air? You are probably familiar with many of our on-air presenters but there’s a whole team who work behind the scenes keeping Christmas FM and our 3 online only stations on-air. A total of almost 90 […]

Christmas Survey 2015

The results of our annual Christmas survey are in! has revealed that the biggest Christmas taboo involves eating the second layer of biscuits or sweets in the Christmas tin before the first layer is finished (38%). This was closely followed by opening presents on Christmas Eve (37%) and telling children that they are on Santa’s bold […]

Christmas News – December 23

A vacuum company is helping to spread some Christmas cheer with a new futuristic Christmas tree. Six engineers at Dyson have worked to build a 12 foot Christmas tree, whose ornaments float in the air (below). The tree was created by using transparent hoover tubes as a base, with air sent up through the tubes to help nine purple ornaments hover in […]

10 Hilarious Obscure Christmas Album Covers

It won’t surprise you to know that we at Christmas FM have a VERY large catalogue of Christmas songs and albums. And while everyone knows the classics, and a few besides, some compositions inevitably fade into obscurity. With that in mind, we searched our vault to try and find a few of the zanier releases that have appeared over the […]

8 Christmas Movies That Aren’t Really About Christmas

Every good Christmas contains its fair share of movie watching, and every person has their own favourite Christmas movies. Most of the time these movies are thought to be festive because they’re set in the holiday season, or simply because they capture the Christmas spirit. But sometimes our festive favourites are only Christmassy because of the time of year at which we watch […]

Donation Day for Make-A-Wish Ireland

Today, is Christmas FM’s annual Donation Day where we ask listeners and their friends to dig deep and help our charity partner, Make-A-Wish Ireland. Make-A-Wish Ireland grants wishes to children aged 3-17 who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Really difficult illnesses. A wish is a true gift to these children who miss out on normal things […]

Another Delicious Holiday

Having just about recovered from the indulgence that was Chocolate Covered Anything Day, we at Christmas FM are rearing to go with another food-themed holiday. And while some say that it’s still *technically* an unofficial holiday, we appreciate that such celebrations can only become more widely recognised with some support. So make a note in your diary, because today is National Bake […]

Christmas News – December 18

Every year there’s mention that the makers of Quality Street have been shrinking their tins over the years, but now it seems that there’s finally evidence to back up the claim. English woman Charlotte Hook has photographed four Quality Street tins from the 1980s to the present side by side, emphasising how the festive favourite has decreased […]

Christmas News – December 17th

While it might not seem like the most festive of holiday releases, Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks set to break cinema box office records this Christmas. The latest episode in the block-busting franchise opened to acclaim across the globe last night, following its premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The highest grossing film of all time Avatar, had […]

Today Might Be The Greatest Made Up Holiday Ever…

At Christmas FM, we know that December can be a month of indulgence. Whether you choose to gorge on Christmas dinner, meet people for drinks a bit more often than usual, or simply don’t bother counting calories because of the season that’s in it, there’s always the feeling that you’re in safe company in letting loose over the holiday […]

The Top 10 Irish Biscuits Revealed!

In a nation that drinks more tea per capita than any other country in the world, there’s a lot to be said for the biscuit. It’s the crumbly sidekick to our unofficial national beverage, beloved by milk and sugar takers alike. Indeed, it’s a well-known fact that the tin of biscuits is a staple in pretty much every […]

Simple Hot Chocolate

If you’re looking for something special to warm you up during the cold winter nights, then look no further! This Christmas-themed recipe is as tasty as it is simple… Prep: 20 minutes Serves 1 Marshmallows and strawberry laces transform into a snowman in this cute edible gift idea – a hot chocolate kit in a jam jar […]

Christmas News – December 15

NASA have confirmed that the Christmas night sky will have a full moon for the first time in 38 years. The last time this occurred was in 1977 — when Mull of Kintyre by Wings was top of the chart. The next Christmas full moon won’t appear until the year 2034. Of course, even rarer than a […]

December 14 – Happy Roast Chestnut Day!

As dates on the Christmas calendar go, December 14th doesn’t usually take much prominence. But at Christmas FM, we’re hoping to change that – even if it’s only for this year! That’s because, in the U.S. at least, today is known as Roast Chestnut Day – a day that celebrates our favourite arborous by-product. Chestnuts are the edible […]

You Won’t Believe What These U.S. Troopers Did To Save Christmas

We’re well used to it as an annual threat, but it’s been confirmed that the Grinch won’t be stealing Christmas this year after 12 state troopers in the U.S detained the character. The Huffington Post reports that an arrest took place at a toy drive in Georgia last Friday morning, with a photographic of the Grinch being handcuffed proffered as evidence. “For anyone […]

14 Christmas Cards We’d Love To Send

At Christmas FM, we know how much thought goes into giving at this time of year. Getting the right gift or card for someone important requires far more than expense; to use the old cliché, it’s the thought that counts. So if you’re looking to give someone something small that’s just a little bit different, you could do worse than to take inspiration […]

Christmas News – December 11

New research has revealed that almost half of Irish mums will pay their babysitter an average hourly rate of 10 euro and with some 40 per cent of mums enjoying three or more nights out over the festive season — they’ll be splashing out a whopping €150 to €250 on babysitting fees. And with 71% […]

Christmas News – December 10

A new advertising campaign by the Government will encourage returning Irish emigrants to remain here permanently, according to The Irish Times. Posters and advertisements at Irish airports such as Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Knock are set to appear in the coming days. One such poster (below) shows an emigrant arriving back to Ireland, accompanied with the tagline: “Make your Christmas commute shorter […]

Edam of God!

Everyone knows that Christmas is a unique occasion in the culinary calendar. Turkey, stuffing and sprouts briefly come out of hibernation and land on our dinner tables, and the festive season is so special that it even has its own holiday cake! But a food artist in England has defied that trend to put an […]

Christmas News – December 9

Tennis ace Andy Roddick might be on his wife’s naughty list this Christmas after he posted an embarrassing video of his wife Brooklyn Decker. The sports star tweeted a video of Brooklyn singing along to Bing Crosby’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. And when she realised he was secretly filming her she […]

Christmas Around the World: December 9th – England

If you’re looking for an excuse – or need a reminder – to start sending your Christmas post, then December 9th is as good a day as any. That’s because December 9th is Christmas Card Day, which honours Sir Henry Cole (1818 – 1874), an Englishman who created the first commercial Christmas card in 1843. Cole was […]

Canberra Family Sets World Record…For Most Christmas Lights On A Tree

  For many people, December 8th means finally being able to put up their Christmas tree without having to worry that it’s still a bit too early for that kind of thing. And if you’re the kind of person who’s more about lights than tinsel, you might take inspiration from the residents of Canberra, Australia who […]

14 Christmas Jumpers We Wish We Owned…

At Christmas FM, we like to encourage any attempt to dress a bit more seasonally for the time of year that’s in it. That’s why we’re so happy that Christmas jumpers have become a bit of a festive tradition in recent years. So when we came across the following jumpers, needless to say we were more than a little impressed… 1. Space Invaders […]

Christmas Around the World: December 8th – Lyon, France

In Ireland, December 8th is perhaps best known as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Catholic celebration of the Virgin Mary’s virtuous origins. As a Holy Day of Obligation, many people traditionally take the day off to attend mass – or in more recent years to do a bit of Christmas shopping. In fact […]

When is the best time to shop in Dublin this Christmas?

Yes it’s that time of year! The Christmas shopping. It has to be done, it can’t be avoided but when is the best time to go into Dublin city? A Dublin digital agency In The Company of Huskies have come up with an interesting and useful website that uses live public data to work out when is the […]

Christmas FM Song Contest 2015

Calling all aspiring singers and songwriters……. Christmas FM, Ireland’s favourite charity radio station, wants to put your song on the air this Christmas! Enter your recording to be in with the chance of being named the Official Christmas FM Song of the Year Are you a singer or songwriter who would love to hear your […]

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What should you get him for Christmas…?

Christmas time, mistletoe & wine…the children singin…Oh hello! I got lost in my own thoughts there starting this blog post because it is that time of the year again, CHRISTMAS! Every Christmas we gather around the fire, we sing and chat and reminisce…was that just my family? What normally happens every Christmas is we exchange […]

Make-A-Wish Ireland To Be 2015 Charity Partner

We are very excited to announce that Make-A-Wish Ireland will be our charity partner for Christmas FM 2015! We have many special wish stories to share and we hope that listeners will dig deep to support Make-A-Wish and enable them to grant many more magical wishes for brave children across Ireland. Christmas FM will return […]

Christmas FM exceeds 2014 fundraising target for Age Action

Christmas FM is delighted to announce that it has exceeded its 2014 target by raising over €100,000 for this year’s charity partner Age Action Ireland. Age Action Ireland promotes positive aging and better services and policies for older people. The funds raised by Christmas FM will facilitate 30,000 home repair and maintenance jobs for vulnerable […]

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