Colour Chart Christmas Special (Saturday 21 December 11.30am)
Join Matthew Burke (10) for the Colour Chart Christmas Special exploring all the magical colours of Christmas: red, silver, gold and white. Matthew will be out having snowball fights in the a winter wonderland and finding out what snowflakes are actually made from. He'll be looking at beautiful Christmas trees and exploring where all the different colourful decorations come from, tracing them back to different countries all over the world. Brown is the colour of boxes!, and we'll be finding out just how many parcels and presents make their way around the globe in the run up to Christmas and how they make the journey from the sender to the foot of your Christmas tree.
The Time Traveller's Christmas Survival Guide (Monday 23 December 7pm)
The Time Traveller's Christmas Survival Guide takes you back in time to the American Revolutionary War, where the British army are settling down to their turkey and ham, while the Americans have very different Christmas plans. After that it's off to the trenches of World War I for a quick game of football. We'll also have a look at some of the weirdest Christmas traditions in history and count down the most important historical events that happened on Christmas Day!
The Word (Christmas Eve, 24 December 7pm)
Hans Christian Andersen's classic 'The Snow Queen' is featured read on 'The Word' this Christmas Eve. This Christmas Eve, the bells are ringing, the snow is falling and what better way to spend your evening than listening to the tale of terrible and magical Snow Queen? This beautiful new book from PJ Lynch retells the story first written by Hans Christian Andersen, one of the most famous authors of fairy tales.
A Kraken Christmas (Christmas Day, 25 December 11am)
A Kracken Christmas is an original Christmas play set under the sea in a ship wreck with guest appearances from Ryan Tubridy and Larry Gogan. Poseidon's legendary Christmas parties are the talk of the sea, but when a socialite mermaid decides to screen the guest list, only the popular fish are allowed in. After the Kraken is refused entry, he hatches a plan to get back at them. Written by Niall O' Flynn and Kate Lalor featuring cameo appearances from Ryan Tubridy and Larry Gogan.
The Most Beautiful Letter in the World (St Stephen's Day, 26 December 7pm)
Follow Poppy as 'The most beautiful letter in the world' makes its mark in her life in this beautiful story read by Karl Henry.
The Word (New Year's Eve, 31 December 7pm)
It's New Year's Eve and on The Word everything is starting anew with a look at brand new books that talk about new beginnings and how people can often be more than they first appear.
School Playtime (Thursday, 2 January 11.30am)
This week School Playtime features six individual plays thought up and performed by six national schools in Cork produced by Victor Hayes written especially for RTÉjr Radio.
The Audio Sunshine Show (6pm Sunday 25th)
It's Tom's last show of the year and he celebrates by playing a selection of festive jams and upfront tunes mixed in true Audio Sunshine style.
Maurice, A Final Journey (Sunday, 22 December 5pm)
This is a story of life and death - of a man, his partner and his family. Maurice Sullivan left his home in Galway for Malaysia in August 2010, never to return.
Curious Ear: The Joy at Christmas (Christmas Eve, 24 December, 5.45pm)
In this Curious Ear, a prisoner in Mountjoy takes us behind the walls of the prison at Christmas time. (Due to Prison Service regulations, the prisoner cannot be named.) He recorded prisoners building dolls houses for children, meals at Christmas, Mass and individual comments from prisoners and staff about life in prison during Christmas.
A Palestrina Christmas (Christmas Day, 25 December 5pm)
This documentary follows the director of Palestrina Choir of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Ite O'Donovan, for her last weeks in charge around Christmas 1995.
The Wexford Carol (St Stephen's Day, 26 December 2.30pm)
This programme traces the history of 'The Wexford Carol', a traditional religious Irish Christmas carol originating from County Wexford. The documentary features musicians and listeners speaking about what makes this famous carol special, and what gives it its distinctly Irish character.
Arena Classic Movie Special (Friday 27 December 10am)
Sean Rocks and guests discuss the films Brigadoon, Robocop, Ruby in Paradise, Shock Corridor and The Thin Blue Line.
I Was Hungry (Sunday, 29 December 5pm)
This documentary from 1972 explores breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger in Ireland.
Food for Thought (Monday 30 December 6.15pm)
Today's episode of 'Food for Thought' contrasts the Irish way of marking the onset of Lent - Pancake Tuesday - with the parallel tradition of Carnival.
Maeve: A Celebration (New Year's Eve, 31 December 8.30pm)
In this programme from December 2012, friends and fellow writers of Maeve Binchy talk about her life and work and just how important she was to Irish life.
10 Years On - The Special Olympics World Summer Games (New Year's Day, 1 January 1pm)
Aonghus McAnally looks back on the Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, a decade on.
World Book Club (New Year's Day, 1 January, 8.10pm)
Harriett Gilbert talks to Colm Toibin about his book Brooklyn. A haunting tale of love, loss and familial duty, and winner of the 2009 UK Costa Novel Award, Brooklyn follows the fortunes of a young Irish woman who leaves home to make a new life for herself in 1950s New York.
Hear how Colm's own painful memories of homesickness in America and Spain inform Eilis' experiences in Brooklyn and how her ambivalent relationship to the small town Ireland she's left behind also echoes Colm Toibin's own.
Tusk: Hunting for Irelands Wild Boar (Thursday 2 January, 5pm)
On this remarkable journey Shane Dunphy encounters boar on a Kilkenny farm, on a pitch black hillside while hunter's guns boom close by, on his plate in a restaurant in Wexford and in a glass case in the Dead Zoo. The Wild Boar became extinct in Ireland during Celtic times, hunted into legend by our ancestors, but could it be making a comeback?