It’s finally time to get into the festive swing as Christmas FM returns today to Switch Christmas On right across the island of Ireland for 2023.
Five year old twins Ben and Louis McPhillips from Mullingar were on hand to officially turn on the radio station for 2023. The brothers won a competition run by Christmas FM to find a very special little helper to visit the Christmas FM studio and officially Switch Christmas On for 2023.
The much-loved station, which marks the start of the official Christmas season for many, will play round-the-clock Christmas hits, spreading an abundance of festive cheer and seasonal goodwill in the run up to the big day. Listeners can look forward to hearing all of their favourites including Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé and Slade as well as newer Christmas hits to add to their Christmas party playlist. Meanwhile the radio station presenters will be spreading lots of seasonal joy and fun, keeping the spirits of the nation merry and bright as we embark on the big countdown to Christmas Day.
Christmas FM, which is celebrating its 16th year on air this year, has raised over three million euro for a range of charities since it began broadcasting. This year, Christmas FM will be continuing with their hugely successful ‘Magic of Christmas’ appeal, raising funds for Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-A-Wish Ireland and a range of children’s charities around Ireland making a difference in local communities through Community Foundation Ireland.
Last year, The Magic of Christmas appeal raised almost €300,000 for the charities and the fundraising initiative is hoping to raise over €1,000,000 between 2022 – 2024 for Ireland’s Children’s charities and to maximise the impact of the funds raised by helping more children in need.
So, by donating to The Magic of Christmas, you will be giving the Gift of Childhood to those who need it most, because every child deserves Magic at Christmas.
The station is presented on air each year by up to 100 volunteers who devote hundreds of hours of their time assisted by a core management team. Meanwhile, the costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring listener donations go directly to the fundraising initiative. This year the station’s premier FM sponsors are Coca Cola, An Post and Cadbury.
Christmas FM is broadcasting from The Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley who have kindly donated their studio space again this year.
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