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The Christmas Radio team has the most extensive knowledge of Christmas music in Finland. Who are the people behind this year-round Christmas music station? We work with Christmas music because Jouluradio #kuuluujouluun (#ispartofxmas).

The easiest way to submit feedback and request songs is through the form at the bottom of this page! If you have problems listening to the stations, the best way to inform us is by filling in the fault message form.
Katri Ketola

Katri Ketola

Executive Producer

Christmas music has a delicate but deeply resonating powerful touch.

katri@jouluradio.fi

Joni Hartikainen

Joni Hartikainen

Music Director

"...And so this is Christmas... What have you done ?" - John Lennon

joni@jouluradio.fi

Katri Ketola

Katri Ketola

Executive Producer

Christmas music has a delicate but deeply resonating powerful touch.

katri@jouluradio.fi

Joni Hartikainen

Joni Hartikainen

Music Director

"...And so this is Christmas... What have you done ?" - John Lennon

joni@jouluradio.fi

Our story

The original Christmas Radio is a family of ten Christmas music channels and an online medium. The versatile main channel is broadcast on traditional radio frequencies and on the cable network from the Helsinki metropolitan area to Rovaniemi and from Turku to Joensuu. Nine online stations that specialise in different kinds of Christmas music complement the range – check out the stations! Christmas Radio is the parishes’ present to radio audiences.

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Music Director Joni Hartikainen makes sure that the Christmas Radio playlist for 2023 is fresh and comprehensive. Katri Ketola started as an Executive Producer in 2023. Explore the history of Christmas Radio:

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The story begins. The idea for Christmas Radio came to Riitta Kalliorinne in Helsinki 18 years ago, and it immediately attracted an audience of faithful listeners. The FM frequencies reached 11,000 listeners, surpassing even her wildest dreams.

2003

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Just a year after its launch, Christmas Radio became available online, although not yet on its own website but through a separate service.

2004

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”Oh, people elsewhere want to hear this?” In 2006 and 2007, Christmas Radio expanded its coverage to Oulu, Turku, Tampere, Rovaniemi and Seinäjoki. In 2006, Christmas Radio also launched its first website, shown in the picture here.

2006

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The second decade of the new millennium saw Christmas Radio grow into a family of stations. First, in 2010, two online channels were set up alongside the main station: Rakkaimmat joululaulut (now Kauneimmat joululaulut, ‘the Best-loved Christmas Songs’) and Pikku Jouluradio (now Lasten Jouluradio, ‘Christmas Radio for Children’), and a year later the Swedish-language Julradion. These channels could be listened to through a mobile app. The record-breaking expansion on the FM frequencies brought Christmas Radio to eight new regions and about 3 million Finns.

2010

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To celebrate Christmas Radio’s 10th anniversary in 2012, the vibrant ‘Hoosianna’ tradition was launched, with the band Rajaton as the first act to rearrange the classic hymn ‘Hosanna, Son of David’. A Christmas song contest was also organised that year, and 266 new songs were submitted. Jouluiltana, sung by Marko Maunuksela, was announced as the winner at the gala at Hartwall Arena.

2012

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Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi created a catchy version of ‘Hoosiana’, which attracted a lot of attention, not least because of the music video, which was directed by Susanna Kuparinen. The family of stations was extended by the English-language station Xmas and Rouhea joulu, which focuses on heavy metal.

2013

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The number of likes that Christmas Radio received on Facebook grew from about 20,000 to 86,000 in just a couple of years, and it was at the request of our listeners that we created two new stations: Klassinen joulu (‘Classical Christmas’) and the Estonian-language Jõuluraadio. ‘Hoosianna’ was performed by Lenni-Kalle Taipale and Jesse Kaikuranta.

2014

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The Jouluyö, Bailuyö party held at Tavastia, Helsinki, made news. Sointi Jazz Orchestra turned ‘Hoosianna’ into instrumental jazz.

2015

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2016 was all about communal spirit. The magnificent ‘Hoosianna’ was a joint effort as it was compiled from versions sent in by our listeners. In the same year, Joululaulupäivä (‘The Christmas Song Day’) appeared in the calendar for the first time.

2016

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In 2017, the focus was on improving the quality of the entire family of stations, starting with the main station, and it paid off: during the Christmas week, Christmas Radio reached a record number of listeners: one million. ‘Hoosianna’ was rearranged by Tuure Kilpeläinen, and Happy Holidays was added to the family of stations.

2017

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For the first time in its existence, Christmas Radio is accessible to people as its office moved to the REDI shopping centre in Kalasatama, Helsinki. The musical theme of the year was equity, and the number of female artists on the main station was increased to 50 per cent, including the great performance of ‘Hoosianna’ by Nina Tapio and Katja Lappi.

2018

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The theme for the year 2019 was multiculturalism and internationality. Jouluradio played even more Christmas music from outside of Finland this year.
Hoosianna was taken to 2020s and the original hymn was rearranged as a rap version by PastoriPike. Jouluradio was the 4th most listened radio station in Finland in December 2019.

2019

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Jouluradio turned 18 years old. Living in a pandemic, we believed in the power of music and Jouluradio invested in young Finnish musicians. The chamber choir of Vaskivuoro Upper Secondary School performed Hoosianna in a beautiful and peaceful way and made the religious hymn viral online. A competition called UBV (Uusien biisien viikko), ”The week of new songs” was launched. Solina-choir won the competition with a song called ”Lapsenkokoinen”.

2020

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Jouluradio was feeling nostalgic in 2021 and had a retro theme.
Hoosianna was performed by a legendary singer with ”a blue and white” voice –Katri Helena. Jouluradio invested in video making and filmed a nostalgic video of Jouluradio’s and Haaga Church’s heart-warming meeting, for example. Muistojen joulu, ”The Christmas of Memories”, was played on Jouluradio every Saturday. Listeners of Jouluradio told their own Christmas song related memories and the song was played on the radio.

2021

Meet our family of radio stations!

It includes Kauneimmat Joululaulut (‘The best-loved Christmas songs’), Indiejoulu (‘Indie Christmas’) as well as the other seven online stations – not forgetting the original Christmas Radio!

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Christmas Radio’s super-popular main channel is a mix of traditional Christmas songs, surprising new arrangements and brand-new Christmas music – Christmas Radio #kuuluujouluun (#ispartofxmas).

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New in 2018! Pikkujouluradio (‘Christmas Party Radio’) is a glittering soundtrack for pre-parties before you head for your Christmas do – contemporary songs as well as nostalgic pop classics to get you ready for the Christmas party dance floor.

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Kauneimmat joululaulut is the channel of peacefulness: Finnish songs and Christian Christmas – and it’s perfect for singalongs!

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Lasten jouluradio (‘Christmas Radio for Children’) plays songs that all family members are familiar with, and the station guarantees Christmas spirit for everyone, from babies to grandparents.

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Rouhea joulu (‘Heavy Christmas’) is the station for lovers of slightly heavier Christmas music, featuring anything from British rock to heavy metal: dreaming of a black Christmas!

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‘Happy Holidays’ is like a Christmas film soundtrack: perfect for a romantic kiss in the snowfall or under the mistletoe.

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Julradion är en radiokanal som bjuder på de vackraste julsångerna från svenskfinland och Skandinavien. Julradion plays Swedish-language Christmas music from Finland and the other Nordic countries to entertain the whole family!

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Klassinen joulu with its classical Christmas offering is a leisurely, atmospheric and festive radio station.

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Indiejoulu is a Christmas channel with an indie touch: traditional Christmas songs with unconventional arrangements, not forgetting the less familiar Christmas songs.

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Jazzjoulu is a stylish and swinging channel with playlists that are created to keep jazz lovers happy over the festive season.

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For media use

Images and documents for media and partners. The photos are free to use in a context of media coverage or marketing of Jouluradio or its staff. The name of the photographer must be mentioned. Contact katri@jouluradio.fi for more information!

 

Press images

Christmas Radio Staff 2021. Photo: Jani Laukkanen

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Christmas Radio Press Image: tape player with cassettes. Photo: Jani Laukkanen

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Christmas Radio Press Image: tape player. Photo: Jani Laukkanen

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Christmas Radio Press Image 2019 pink. Photo by Janne Simojoki.

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Riitta Kalliorinne, Christmas Radio’s editorial manager. Photo by Jani Laukkanen

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Riitta Kalliorinne, Christmas Radio’s editorial manager. Photo by Jani Laukkanen

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Aura Neuvonen, Christmas Radio’s music director. Photo: Jani Laukkanen

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Aura Neuvonen, Christmas Radio’s music director. Photo by Jani Laukkanen

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Katri Saarela, Christmas Radio's producer. Photo: Jani Laukkanen

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Logos

Christmas Radio logo in .pdf format

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Christmas Radio logo in .png format

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Message templates

Sent to you as requested! Contact katri@jouluradio.fi for more information

Press releases

Jouluradio reached more listeners online than before

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Jouluradio 2019 (in Finnish)

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Jouluradio soi monikulttuurisempana kuin koskaan (in Finnish)

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