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Listen to Pulse Christmas for 2016

Try this listen live link: launched 14th November @ 12 midday: Pulse Christmas

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas - UK stations ramp up for festivities

Wednesday, 9th November 2016 [updated 21 Nov 2016]

STOP PRESS Check out our article about Christmas radio stations for the 2017 festive period. The article from 2016 follows below:

Getting into the Christmas 2016 spirit? A bunch of stations clearly are, already available online and digital radio, they are providing 24-hour Christmas music to help you tune up to the big day.

Christmas has come early, as Unforgettable Radio has been broadcasting nonstop festive jazz, big band and swing to get you in the mood since 31st October, providing a little light relief from the wall-to-wall pop of other stations. Tune in on DAB+ digital radio in Portsmouth or listen online to Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Doris Day and Peggy Lee, with a smattering of xmas jazz from Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington. Harry Connick Jnr and Diana Krall will also provide a more contemporary musical festive twist.

Wave Christmas 2016 logoSignal Christmas logo 2016
Pulse Christmas logoUnforgettable Radio is playing Christmas swing, jazz and big band
Listen to Heart Extra Xmas instead of Smooth Christmas, which is not on air this yearScottish Sun Xmas radio for 2016

Try these listen live links - Unforgettable Radio, Heart Extra Christmas and Wireless Group stations, including The Wave, Pulse, Signal and the Scottish Sun playing Christmas tunes

Not to be outdone, running from a 'nice and early' 14th November at 12 midday to just after Christmas, Swansea's The Wave Christmas promises 'round-the-clock seasonal pop and Christmas rock in stereo on DAB digital radio in and around the Swansea Bay region.

Similarly, in Stoke-on-Trent, Signal Christmas brings an early start to the festive season from 14th November for a whole month-and-a-half, playing very familiar Christmas tunes in stereo all day.

Bradford & Huddersfield DAB radio listeners can tune in to Pulse Christmas, broadcasting in stereo throughout the season from 14th November, ending shortly after Boxing Day.

If you can get local stations The Wave, Pulse 1 & 2 or Signal 1 & 2 on your DAB digital radio, look for these extra stations - Pulse Xmas, Wave Xmas, Signal Xmas - on your DAB station list from 27th November, by tuning to them first and looking for these special xmas editions in your DAB station list. You can also retune your DAB digital radio if you're having problems seeing the stations in your list. You can also listen online to these xmas stations by clicking on the station logos (note that you may experience problems in Firefox with these links, so try an alternative browser if no sound plays).

Although Smooth Christmas is not on-air this year (with Smooth Extra picking up the mantle for festive hits, but without its usual name change to Smooth Xmas), never fear as sister brand Heart Extra becomes Heart Extra Xmas, offering a way to listen to nonstop Christmas hits on DAB, via the national Digital One multiplex (that's the bundle of stations that can be heard across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Heart Extra Xmas is the only UK-wide Christmas station on national DAB this year.
So when do Christmas tunes start on Smooth?
So, when do Smooth Christmas tunes start in 2016?

Is it on DAB digital radio this year? Which songs will be played? How do I get my festive fix? When should I listen? We have all the answers in a dedicated news article

The Scottish Sunís Xmas Radio station went live on air on 21st November, with 'round-the-clock festive hits up until the big day and beyond - until 27th December, in fact. The station is available to listen to online and on DAB digital radio across Central Scotland on the regional DAB digital radio bundle serving Edingburgh, Glasgow and surrounding areas and in Aberdeenshire on the local DAB digital radio bundle for Aberdeen and surrounds.

Listeners to Scottish Sun Xmas Radio will have the chance to win cash prizes and support The Scottish Sun's chosen charities, including cancer charity Rainbow Valley and motor neurone disease charity MND Scotland.

Want to try listening online, instead? Well, Ireland's charity station Christmas FM is broadcasting on some FM frequencies around Ireland, as well as online. The station has a world version called Global Christmas FM, as well as Classic Christmas FM for older Christmas hits. Bored with pop and rock? Try Classical Christmas FM for carols.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a newer type of radio which can pick up both DAB and DAB+ digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial, to make sure you've a future-proofed way of listening to DAB digital radio. We've links to good models on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and DAB+, and internet radio, receivers.

Related links:
DAB Buyers' Guide, on this website.
radio stations, on this website.

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