It’s the best time of the year. Not only do some local radio stations switch over to Christmas music 24 hours a day, but Sirius / XM Radio dedicates five channels of its entire lineup to the holidays.
This year, the chestnutty goodness starts Monday, November 16. Making the return are:
Holly (Sirius 3 / XM 23): Contemporary favorites with a mix of traditional Christmas music. Playing November 16 – December 31.
Holiday Traditions (Sirius 4 / XM 4): My favorite. Traditional Christmas music from the 40s-60s. Playing November 16 – December 31.
Holiday Pops (Sirius 79 / XM 77): Classical style with choirs, Pavarotti, and more. Playing December 7 – December 31.
Country Christmas (Sirius 62 / XM 10): Country style from Country starts past and present. Kenny, Dolly, and the whole gang. Playing December 7 – December 25.
Radio Hanukkah (Sirius 76 / XM 28): Hanukkah music and special segments celebrating Jewish culture. Playing December 7 – December 19.
For the Twin Cities locals:
KOOL108 (107.9 FM) goes wall-to-wall Christmas music starting the day after Thanksgiving and running through December 25.
WLTE (102.9 FM) also goes Christmas music wall-to-wall. They dub themselves “The Christmas Superstation”. They tend to surprise their listeners by not publishing a date, but I have seen it happen anywhere from November 15th to the day before Thanksgiving.
WLTE 102.9 FM in the Twin Cities switched over to Christmas music (24/7) at midnight.