When does the Radio Times 2017 Christmas issue go on sale?

It wouldn't be Christmas without it... so when exactly does Christmas start?

Christmas Radio Times 2017

Turkey, presents… a highlighter pen and a copy of the legendary Radio Times Christmas double issue. Now that’s a proper Christmas!


And as we begin to look forward to a festive feast of television, there is only one question on the lips of TV lovers across the land – when does the bumper 2017 issue go on sale?

The Christmas Radio Times is so big (nearly 300 pages) and so jam packed full of interviews, features and the best TV, film and radio listings for a full two-weeks that we can’t print all two-million or so copies at once! So it will begin to appear on shelves from Saturday 9th December in London and the South East and will be available nationwide by Tuesday 12th December.

What’s going to be on the cover of the Christmas Radio Times this year?

You can meet our 2017 cover star in this very special Christmas video.


Find out how to claim your Paddington book with the Christmas edition here

Radio Times Christmas Cover 2017

The Radio Times Cover Stars of Christmas Past

The 1997 Christmas double issue of Radio Times brought us both Santa and an energetic snowman. On television, Men Behaving Badly’s Christmas special did well while Spice Up Your Christmas, highlights of a Spice Girls concert, didn’t.