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Winter isn’t the same without Christmas FM so it is safe to say we cannot wait for it to return to the airwaves later this month.

The festive radio station is set to return very soon. They confirmed that they will be back on air on November 28.

Tune in to sing along to some of your favourite Christmas classics and hear a host of familiar radio voices, who will be volunteering their time to bring you round-the-clock Christmas tunes and sharing special Christmas memories and festive updates. The station will be broadcasting live on the radio and online at www.christmasfm.com.


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Christmas FM will be celebrating its 12th year on air this year and, since it began broadcasting, has raised almost €2 million for a range of charities. The stations charity partner for 2019 is Barretstown and Christmas FM wants to "press play" on over 850 days of life changing programmes at Barretstown, rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children.

The costs of running the festive station are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Barretstown.

This year, Christmas FM is generously supported by the premier FM sponsors Cadbury, Coca Cola and An Post. The radio station will be broadcasting from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin who have kindly given the studio space for free.


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The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are Dublin City and County 105.2FM, Cork 106.7FM, Galway 87.7FM, Kildare 88.1FM, Sligo 95FM, Kilkenny 104.3, Letterkenny 105.7, Limerick 105.5FM, Midlands North 101.6FM, North East 99.4FM, South East 103.8FM, Tralee / Killarney 105FM, Wicklow North 99.5FM, Wicklow South 106.6FM, and Ennis/Clare 105.2FM.


Christmas FM is delighted to announce Barretstown, the organisation that serves children and families affected by serious illnesses, as the official charity partner for the Christmas radio station for 2019.

The radio station is aiming to raise over €250,000 which will go directly towards Barretstown’s mission of rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children and their families, through life-changing Therapeutic Programmes in a safe, fun and supported environment.The services provided to all of the children and families who attend Barretstown are entirely free of charge, so donations and fundraising efforts are vital for the charity to help more seriously ill children to experience the magic of Barretstown each year.


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Christmas FM will be celebrating its 12th year on air this year and, since it began broadcasting, has raised almost €2 million for a range of charities. The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Barretstown.

Seen by many as the official soundtrack to the festive season, Christmas FM plays round-the-clock Christmas tunes, spreading an abundance of festive cheer and seasonal goodwill every single day in the run up to Christmas.

Broadcasting almost nationwide, Christmas FM is listened to by almost one in three adults. It is entirely funded through sponsorship and run each year by more than 100 volunteers on-air, devoting hundreds of hours of their time. The station is also available online.

Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM, says: “Barretstown is a very special organisation and we are delighted to be partnering with them for Christmas FM this year. The radio station creates a feel-good festive factor that is unrivalled anywhere else, and we look forward to sharing that with everyone at Barretstown – campers, parents, staff and volunteers – as well as our listeners. As sponsorship pays the running costs of the radio station, this means that all monies raised on air through donations can go directly to Barretstown and we look forward to raising as much as possible this year for such a worthy cause”

Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor and philanthropist Paul Newman in 1994 and is modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Barretstown has served over 50,000 campers since it opened its doors to the Irish public.

Through its free, specially-designed camps and programmes, Barretstown brings back the fun of childhood – its services help children affected by serious illness to ‘press play’ on childhood again. To mark its 25th anniversary, the organisation unveiled a nationwide Press Play campaign, with the aim of achieving its vision that by 2024, every child with a serious illness in Ireland will have the opportunity to avail of one of Barretstown’s therapeutic programmes.

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Commenting on the charity partnership with Christmas FM, Dee Ahearn, CEO of Barretstown, said: “We are so thrilled to be chosen as Christmas FM’s charity partner for 2019 and it really will be the perfect end to what has been a hugely exciting year for us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. Every year we need to raise €5.8 million to run our therapeutic programmes to serve children who suffer from serious illness, and their families.

"The services provided to all of the children and families who come to Barretstown are entirely free of charge, so fundraising efforts are vital for us to help more seriously ill children to experience the magic of Barretstown each year. It’s initiatives like Christmas FM that help us to do that and I would like thank the Christmas FM team on behalf of the Barretstown campers, volunteers and wider Barretstown community for their support and generosity.”



The twinkly lights have gone up in the city, tinsel is starting to appear on every shop window, coffee shops are selling festive beverages in those iconic red cups- Christmas is approaching, everyone and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

This time of year never fails to make us smile. There’s a buzz in the air (as well as a chill) and we just can’t get enough of it.

Once Halloween was over we were ready to whip out the Christmas jumpers and Michael Bublé’s Christmas CD- it’s simply infectious.

Listening to Christmas music just seems to make the day that little bit more bearable. Christmas lovers will be overjoyed to hear Christmas FM will soon be gracing the airwaves yet again and making our commute to work a hell of a lot more bearable.

The festive station will return on November 28 and will fill your ears with merry tunes up until Christmas Day.

The station has partnered up with the wonderful Temple Street Hospital as their charity partner this year.

They’re hoping to raise a whopping amount of money for the children’s hospital and we’re sure they’ll reach their target.

“We are delighted to announce that Temple Street Hospital is the official charity partner for Christmas FM for 2018. We aim to raise over €200,000 to give the gift of life to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street Hospital,” they stated.

This year the radio station are on the hunt for talented singer/songwriters to enter the very special Christmas FM Song Contest.

Simply write and record your very own Christmas song or cover version and fill out the online entry form at www.christmasfm.com and you could be hearing your song played across the airwaves this Christmas! You can find out all the information you need here.


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Closing date for entries is 10pm on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

We are so ready for Christmas FM to make it’s long-awaited comeback.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…



Everyone stop what you're doing and prepare to get festive, because Christmas FM is back on the airwaves tomorrow! 

No, really. 

The calendar might say it's March, but the scenes outside look like something off the Coca-cola Christmas ad – and to mark the occasion, the lads and ladies down at the station have decided to treat us to a special one-off broadcast.

The charity station made the announcement on Twitter this afternoon, confirming that they will indeed be pumping out the Christmas tunes from 8am-8pm tomorrow, Thursday, March 1. 

It won't be available on radio, so listeners will need to tune in via the Christmas FM app, website or Wi-Fi radio if they want to hear their favourite festive hits. 

Could this day get any better? 



Like it or not, the festive season is well and truly upon us, and with nowhere to turn you might as well get into the spirit.

And what better way to get into the holiday mood than a good old-fashioned sing-along to your favourite Christmas songs?

Well, we've got some good news.

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves at 1pm on November 28 on the following FM bands:

  • Dublin City and County 105.2FM

  • Cork – 106.7FM

  • Galway – 87.7FM

  • Kildare – 88.1FM

  • Kilkenny – 104.3FM

  • Letterkenny – 105.7FM

  • Limerick and North Tipperary – 105.5FM

  • Midlands North – 101.6FM

  • North East – 99.4FM

  • South East – 103.8FM

  • Tralee / Killarney – 105FM

  • Wicklow North – 107.3FM

  • Wicklow South – 106.6FM

Listeners can also find the station on Christmasfm.com and on Virgin Media channel 900.

This year, all proceeds will be donated to Sightsavers, a charity which provides sight-saving operations for people in the developing world.

Speaking about this year's launch, co-founder Garvan Rigby said: “We are delighted to bring Christmas FM back on-air for our tenth year.”

“We are beyond delighted to have reached this point and want to thank each and every one of our listeners who have supported us on our journey and in turn, supporting each of our chosen charities.”

Warm up those vocal chords, ladies! 


Whether you love Christmas, or dislike it, you will ALWAYS have a little bop to Christmas FM when it comes on in the car, especially when it's your fave festive tune.

And in the festive season just gone, Christmas FM made a lot of people happy, and not just the ones dancing along in the back seat.

The volunteer radio station made over a quarter of a million Euro in their fund raising efforts last year; nearly double of what it has made in years gone by. 

The stations nominated charity is Make-A-Wish Ireland, who received €265,000 this week.

Most of the money raised was made on 'Donation Day', where the radio DJs urged the public to donate what they can. On that day alone, the charity station made a massive €125,000.

“We are completely blown away by the generosity of our listeners this year with over €265,000 donated over the course of the campaign,” station co-founder Garvan Rigby said this week.


Jingle Bells, Driving Home For Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You… plus a thousand more carols we've definitely never heard before.

Christmas FM has been providing us with familiar and not-so-familiar festive tunes for eight years now, and it returns this Saturday November 28 at midday.

With the Late Late Toy Show taking place tonight and the radio airwaves getting a festive makeover tomorrow, Christmas has well and truly arrived. Even if you'd rather it hadn't.

Whether or not you're a fan of Christmas FM's annual month-long broadcast, we'll bet you can't resist tuning in even for one or two songs. After all, they have to play Mariah Carey at least once a day, surely?

The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM this year are:

-Dublin City and County: 94.3FM
-Dublin Commuter Belt: 88.1FM
-Limerick: 105.5FM
-Galway: 89.5FM
-Cork: 106.7FM
-South East: 103.8FM
-North Midland: 101.6FM
-North East: 99.4FM
-North Wicklow: 99.5FM.

Over the last eight years, the not-for-profit station has raised over €600,000 for ISPCC, Barnardos, Simon, Focus Ireland, Age Action and Aware.

In the spirit of giving, Christmas FM is funded by sponsorship and manned by a team of over 100 volunteers, with each devoting between 20 and 50 hours of their time.

Only a Scrooge would argue with that, we reckon.