There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit then listening to Christmas songs all day and with digital radio it couldn’t be easier with a host of festive stations to choose from.
Since 3 November, Heart extra has been turning up the festive feel good by transforming into Heart extra Xmas, with a playlist devoted entirely to playing the best festive hits all the way through until midnight on Boxing Day.
From Friday 30 November, Magic Radio will embrace the season and turn the station 100% Christmas playing all Christmas music with a selection of much-loved Christmas pop hits from the last fifty years’ – including 80s and 90s classics from WHAM!, The Pogues, Mariah Carey, Elton John and Paul McCartney.
Magic Breakfast’s Ronan Keating, said: “We’ve had this under wraps for three months and I am so excited that the news is out there. I can’t wait to kick Christmas off with our first Christmas song voted for by our listeners.”
Harriet Scott, added, “No major station has ever done this before, what a way to get into the festive spirit!”
Heart extra Xmas and Magic Christmas are available on DAB nationwide.
And that’s not all- there are 17 Christmas stations available on DAB digital radio in the UK and many more online and from around the world that you can listen to via Apps and on your smart and voice-controlled speakers. These include Eagle Christmas, KL.FM Christmas, Pirate FM Christmas, Mix Christmas, Spire FM Christmas, Stray FM Christmas, Wessex FM Christmas, Yorkshire Coast Radio Christmas, plus Mince Pie FM in York and Christmas Spirit in West Sussex.
In addition, Wireless spin-off stations Signal Christmas, Wave Christmas and Pulse Christmas returned on DAB, along with new online Christmas services for Peak FM, Radio Wave, Signal 107, Wish FM, Wire FM, Tower FM and U105 from November 16th.
Other stations include Scottish Sun Christmas and Radio Marsden Christmas.
To find out which Christmas stations are available on DAB digital radio at your address click here.
To listen to stations online visit Radioplayer.
Make your true love's Christmas sound even better this Christmas, with the gift of digital radio. From DAB radios, to smart and voice-controlled speakers, there are so many ways to give the gift of digital radio...
A DAB digital radio
With over 90% of the country now able to receive DAB digital radio and over 40 national stations to choose from in most of the country, this Christmas give the gift of digital radio.
DAB digital radios make perfect gifts and there are so many to choose from, to suit every taste and room in your home – such as a portable, kitchen, bedside or clock radios or integrated into a home audio system or hi-fi.
DAB digital radios tune at the touch of a button, display station and track information and lots have additional features such as Bluetooth, and you’ll find a range of prices to suit all budgets.
If you’re buying a digital radio as a gift, look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark. It means the product has been tested and approved and is future ready. You’ll find the digital tick on a wide range of products from leading manufacturers including Pure, Ruark, VQ, Sony, Philips and Panasonic.
Find out more here.
Smart and voice-controlled speakers
Who wouldn’t want to find a lovely new smart speaker under their tree?
Smart and voice-controlled speakers, such as Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos, make fantastic presents and give access to a world of radio stations. As well as all their favourite stations, there are hundreds of stations, right there, for your lucky true love to discover.
All they need to do is ask!
Find out more here.
Smartphone and tablet
If a new smartphone or tablet is top of your true love's Christmas list, then make sure they download their favourite station app, Radioplayer or BBC Sounds to take their favourite stations with them wherever they go.
They can listen through headphones, or if they have a connected or smart speaker, they can connect with Bluetooth to listen out loud too.
Find out more here.
In their car
How about giving your true love the joy of digital radio in their car? Then they can take all the stations they enjoy at home with them when they're on the road.
There are lots of digital radios and adapters available, including for under £100, plus fitting, which can be easily and neatly fitted to the dashboard and connects via the car's existing radio. Find out more here.
Some radios will require professional installation and there are registered tick mark installers at Halfords and independent retailers.
Find your nearest registered digital radio installer here.