Ringing in the festive season of cheer with programmes galore!

The festive season of Christmas is here once again to perk up everyone’s spirits and spread love and joy all around us. Television channels, Radio stations and Food channels are contributing like never before to make this Christmas one you will not forget in a long time. Their interesting line up will keep audiences and listeners entertained right through their celebrations leading into the New Year 2014.

Radio City 91.1 FM has come up come up with ‘Radio City Christmas’ on web radio, PlanetRadiocity, this Christmas.  India’s premium web radio and multi-content portal, PlanetRadiocity is all set to enthrall listeners with a brand new stream this Christmas – aptly called Radio City Christmas. Listeners can tune in to their favourite Christmas carols and songs, all day long, on this exclusive dedicated stream. The month-long stream went live from the 12th of December.

Christmas hymns and carols are a quintessential part of Christmas, which brings in the spirit of warmth and festivity. Ancient or new, every hymn has a meaning associated with it, making Christmas special. They are works of art glorifying the spirit of Christmas. Now with Radio City Christmas, PlanetRadiocity is making sure that listeners do not miss out on the spirit of festivity.

Radio City Christmas includes a collection of Christmas songs, carols and including popular ones like ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. It  is dedicated to all the music-lovers, who scout the internet during Christmas for songs, hymns and popular Christmas music. The special section on PlanetRadiocity.com also offers specially created wall-papers and slideshows on Christmas.

PlanetRadiocity has always been dedicated to bring its listeners exclusive relevant content. The content is designed after extensive research and keeping the tastes of a global audience in mind. PlanetRadiocity kicked off the festive season with the ‘Deep Jyoti’ initiative in association with Sunkalp Energy, pledging to light up an entire village in Uttar Pradesh. Radio City Christmas makes the festivities brighter.

This year Radio Mirchi X’mas special brings Mirchi par dhoondo Santa ki hansi!! On 24th & 25th December the station will air a 2 day  fun contest where listeners are asked to look out for Santa’s laughter i.e  "ho ho ho" in songs. They are meant to call in as soon as they hear the word "ho" in the lyrics of any song. Citing an example "kyunki tum hi ho or Aaye ho  meri zindagi mein tum bahar ban ke" etc. Those listeners who identify the songs correctly will receive attractive goodies from the RJ’s of Radio Mirchi.

Fever 104 FM, the fastest growing radio company has lined up innovative programming initiatives around Christmas this year. The station has planned activities with great listener engagement across its Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata station. The Delhi station, which is also the No.1 station in the city, has planned a campaign called ‘Santa Claus nahi Santa Clues’. Most of us wish something or the other from Santa, but this time the station is asking listeners to guess the location of Fever Santa. Clues will be given out on air for people to guess where Santa is and those who get it right will walk away with exciting gifts.

Fever 104 FM Mumbai is taking a fun imaging this Christmas and is sending musical wishes to Santa. From rising petrol prices to traffic issues, Mumbaikars have made wishes right through the year to Santa, the station is creating a musical wish list and asking Santa to fulfil these this year. Fever 104 FM Kolkata in association with Development Action Society is going the CSR way. The breakfast show RJ, Shekhar, will become Santa himself and will give away gifts to underprivileged children of Bidyadhar School, Haltu. The station is also inviting listeners to be a part of this celebration. The talented kids from the school will make canvas paintings, which will be put up on auction and the auction money will go to the society.

Now coming to television channels Comedy Central has lined up  an interesting and entertaining  programmes for their viewers. The channel  is launching a special show for the last week of the year called ‘Laugh 2013 Off’. The show will see five best shows of 2013 airing Wednesday, December 24 – Tuesday, December 31 from 5.00pm – 10.00pm. The five shows that will air include Anger Management, Suits, Whitney, Awkward and Outsourced which will air for one hour each.
Where music channel Vh1 is concerned it has associated itself with many parties across cities in India. Also, the Vh1 Supersonic is the biggest party happening this year at Goa.

Commenting on the same Mr. Ferzad Palia Sr. Vice President and General Manager – English Entertainment, Viacom18 Pvt Ltd says, “Each year-end, the parties get bigger and the TG gets more enthusiastic. Vh1, being India’s Premier International music & lifestyle channel, has further strengthened its leadership in the on-ground entertainment space by tying up with the best year-end parties featuring a host of local and international artists across the country. With Vh1 Supersonic & Vh1 Fab New Year Parties, we’re showing the country how to close 2013 in style!”

Celebrate the Magic of Christmas and New Year with your favorite shows and movies.  Star Movies and Star Movies Action bring you exciting specials this festive season.

The Star Network is all set to take you through a joyous and action- packed ride! With a unique line- up of specials, Star Movies will spread the Christmas spirit by gifting fans a fantastic line-up of their favorite movies.

Star Movies will air a special segment titled ‘Jingle All The Way’, on 25th December as they broadcast a line-up of  the biggest movies aired in 2013 including Bolt, The Incredibles, Tangled, Brave, UP and the Adventures of Tin Tin.

Star Movies Action the channel which airs some of the biggest action blockbusters brings viewers back-to-back hits including Broken Arrow, Face Off, Predator, Rambo III, Men In Black and Wanted on 1st January from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Also on the anvil is The Star India Network’s   thrilling line up of must see movies and shows devoted to the festive season. The Network will be airing all holiday themed old favorites, series marathons, holiday special movies suitable for family viewing all the way up to 2014.

It’s the holiday season and bringing in the festive cheer, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Hungama TV and Disney Junior will be unwrapping a joyous slate of holiday specials for kids and their families to celebrate this festive season beginning December 25 right up till December 31.

With a special Happy Holiday themed packaging, Disney Channel will be bringing in a merry cheer with the much loved animated television movie, ‘Sofia The First: Once Upon A Princess’, the story of an average girl, Sofia, whose life changes suddenly when her mother marries the king and she is whisked off to live in a castle as a royal. Adding to the holidays treats is ‘Mickey’s Once Upon  a Christmas’ as Disney's most loved Mouse - Mickey along with Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy celebrate laughter and friendship  during this magical time of the year. The channel also invites you to join the duo Phineas and Ferb in their quest to make it an unforgettable Christmas along with Disney Channel’s latest offering OyeJassie! asJassie and the Malhotra’s celebrate the true meaning of Christmas as one big happy family.

Hungama TV will also celebrate the festival of Santa Claus with a special movie festival featuring themost loved notorious little kid - Shinchan. The channel will showcase Seven Shinchan movies all week, starting with The Golden Sword at 1 pm on Christmas day.Disney XD too promises an action packed Christmas with special episodes of Kid Vs Kat, Kick Buttowski and American Dragon: Jake Long.Disney Junior will also usher in the Holiday season with Christmas themed specials with the beautiful Princess Belle in a beautiful castle in ‘Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas’ and a very special holiday-themed episode of Yo ho ho!

‘Jake And The Never Land Pirates’ as part of the Christmas Special.

Celebrate Christmas & bring in the New Year with loads of  Love & Laughter! Catch the best of Hollywood all day long on Christmas and New Year’s on Romedy NOW India’s exclusive English channel for Love and Laughter, The channel presents its viewers with the best lineup of warm and cheerful entertainment beginning 7 am onwards this Christmas day, December 25th  right from animation to musicals and love stories. ’Tis the time to hang up those stockings, bake chocolate cookies and indulge in these Christmas and New Year’s treats only with Romedy NOW.

Kids can enjoy Little Manhattan, The Sound Of Music, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, Deck The Halls, Happy Feet and Shrek

The New Year lineup which includes Sex and the City 2, The Devil Wears Prada, Step Up 3D. You’ve Got Mail, Water For Elephants and Little Miss Sunshine invites viewers to have  ‘A Merrimerryly Christmas and an AwesomeJoysome New Year’s!’The gifts of all movies have been wrapped and kept under the Christmas tree – pick up your choice of gift now only on ROMEDY NOW.

Among Hindi television channels SAB TV too sees full participation in the season’s fever. Various artistes from the channel have spoken about their upcoming plans to celebrate the eagerly awaited festival. Following are some of the Christmas quotes from the artistes:

Shubhangi Atre Poori aka Koel of ‘Chidiya Ghar’ says, “Every year on Christmas I bake a cake for my daughter, this year also I will bake unfailingly, even though I will be shooting for Chidiya Ghar this year. I play Santa to my daughter and my husband plays Santa to me. I am very vocal about my wishes; I announce my wishes aloud so that I don’t miss the gifts from my Santa due to any communication gap.”

Dev Joshi aka Balveer of ‘Baalveer’ says, “I write a letter to Santa and keep it under my pillow along with a pair of stockings and I get all that I wish for. I know my parents are my Santa but still I like to pretend as if I don’t know who keeps the gifts for me. My favorite Christmas present till date is the life size Teddy Bear that I got last year. Baalveer’s directors birthday also falls on 25th December so we party on the sets.”

Rubina Dilaik aka Jeannie of ‘Jeannie & Juju’ had this to say, “I’ve never celebrated Christmas but given a choice I would just pamper myself. I don’t have a Santa, so I will become my own Santa and gift myself all the goodies.”

Shama Sikander aka Bhayankar Pari of ‘Baalveer’ said, “I didn’t celebrate Christmas in a very fancy way in my childhood the way people celebrate it now. I’m Santa to my nieces and nephews and I want to make Christmas grand for them and make them experience what we did not when we were children. I’ll get a Christmas tree at my place, decorate it and get everyone gifts. I don’t have any Santa but I’m a blessed soul. I have more than I had ever wished for and the people around me are my angels who make me feel special always.”

No celebration is complete without mouthwatering delicacies to pamper your palates. A special festive treat is in store for all those diehard foodies.  Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas & New Year with a Special Spread just for you!

Christmas is a joyous time of the year and nothing defines a family more than how it celebrates the festival together. Family traditions bind the different relationships together and strengthens it linking generations in a way that little else can. Traditions are constant in an ever-changing world, and Christmas meal is the most eagerly anticipated meal of this season.

FOODFOOD, India’s No 1 food lifestyle channel, celebrates the spirit of the season for its discerning viewers, in a very special way. The channel will be airing a range of programmes featuring some of the most trusted chefs with their Christmas classics, from gloriously fragrant home-made cakes and savories, special wines to your special festive breakfast and more…

This year’s schedule spreads the season’s cheer with over several hours of scrumptious specials from popular chefs of the channel. This season’s latest entrant to raise the spirit of the season is Chef Shipra Khanna, the winner of Masterchef 2, who who has opened her new restaurant and has also authored a cookery book She makes her debut in the channel this Christmas with the most sinfully delicious delights -- from cookies to cakes and savories that are tempting and mouthwatering - in Deliciously Christmas.

The Santa Claus Chef Shantanu obliges his loyal fans and enthusiastic viewers as he himself takes on the role of Chef Santa and assures those, who aren’t prepared for the season. His healthy Last Minute Christmas Cake is just for you!  So forget the sugar plums and imagine an easy-to-make Christmas cake!

House Cake at Hi Tea! What is a Christmas celebration without cakes of all shapes and sizes! Raise your culinary skills, by preparing some delightful special recipes, along with Chef Ajay Chopra. This delightfully indulgent-looking Christmas cake is so simple that even the children can lend a hand in making the most charming Christmas House, complete with chocolate ornamented rooftop, and not to forget some of the best sparkling wine recipes, just for the season.
Wake up to a bubbly breakfast!  Bubbly breakfast champion, MadhuSneha, spreads the joy of this season with a sumptuous Christmas breakfast spread, that will help kick start the festive celebrations.

Enjoying the season’s delicacies is incomplete without Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s enchanting and magical recipes this joyous festive season. Also Pooja Makhija’s Festive Special tells you how to stay healthy during the festive season.

In Food This Week-- Christmas Special you can jingle all the way through lunch, dinner and dessert, exploring the traditional western Christmas Lunch the traditional and cultural relevance of the Indian Goan-Catholic Christmas Dinner and much more.

New Year’s Eve is about ringing in all that is NEW. In Food This Week New Year’s Special Chef Saransh explores the party favorites for New Year’s eve…while looking back at the winning food trends of the year, he tells you what to watch out for in the coming year. Also, celebs talk about their New Year’s food resolutions.

“The countdown to Christmas and New Year is well and truly on, and if you're looking for inspiration, you'll find it right here. From cakes, cookies, breakfast, wines and more… all our recipes are handpicked and brought to you by our famous chefs. This season we want to create a unique celebration for you and your family and reinforce our vision and welcome everyone to be a part of FOODFOOD’s special festive spirit and celebrations,” said S. K. Barua from FOODFOOD. So stay tuned to FOODFOOD on December 25th to catch up with the most popular and tempting festive delicacies.

So forget all your cares and worries and ring in Christmas & New Year with joyous celebrations lined up specially for you!

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