MTV is set to launch a new dedicated Christmas music channel in the run-in to the festive season.

MTV Xmas - which will be devoted to playing Christmas-themed music - will be taking the place of what is currently MTV Classics from Saturday, November 23 up until Christmas Day.

A special countdown show called It's Christmaaas will be presented by Slade's Noddy Holder and will air during the afternoon of the channel's launch.

Two days later on November 25, X Factor winners Little Mix will front a similar show entitled Merry Little Mixmas.

Stars such as Olly Murs, Tony Christie and Carol Vorderman have also been announced as hosts of their own specials, which will showcase their favourite festive hits.