2016 Holiday Programming

Make plans to tune in for one, or all, of these favorite and new holiday programs from NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media.

December 21st @ 8pm (Wednesday)
Echoes Winter Solstice 2016
Inspired by the first Windham Hill Winter Solstice albums and Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration, we play music inspired by the season in all its quiet majesty and interior warmth. With mostly original music, we'll hear sounds that evoke the longest night of the year from artists like George Winston, Agnes Obel, Kate Bush and many more. 

December 22nd @ 8pm (Thursday)
Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

December 23rd @ 8pm (Friday)
Messiah With The PSO 2015
Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression. 

December 24th @ 10am (Saturday)
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (click here to download the service booklet)

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

December 24th @ 8pm (Saturday)
Hanukkah Lights 2016

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by Kathryn Blume, Leah Lax, Eric Kimmel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Jonathan Safran Foer as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

December 25th @ 7pm (Sunday)
St. Olaf Christmas Festival

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event - which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN - are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

December 26th @ 8pm (Monday)
A Season's Griot 2016
This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

December 27th @ 8pm (Tuesday)
Chanukah In Story And Song

This hour-long Chanukah favorite returns: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. 

December 28th @ 8pm (Wednesday)
Welcome Christmas

The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

December 29th @ 8pm (Thursday)
A Chanticleer Christmas

A one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

December 30th @ 7pm (Friday)
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday New Year's Edition

If only the Capitol Steps had some funny material to work with in 2016...is something that will never cross your mind when listening to their Year In Review New Year's special. All your election favorites will be there: President Elect Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin...wait, what?!?

Let's not let the election divide us any further. Tune in, and let's unite in laughter! 

December 30th @ 8pm (Friday)
Occasional Shivers

"Occasional Shivers" is a brand new holiday special with music that harkens back to an earlier age. Hosted by jazz great Branford Marsalis, and composed by Southern pop icon Chris Stamey, "Occasional Shivers" is a unique radio drama set in 1960s Manhattan. With music, song and dialogue, this special tells the story of two young lovers who meet at a pair of Christmas parties. 

December 31st @ 8pm (Saturday)
The Dinner Party Download Holiday Special

This December, we're making a special episode of The Dinner Party Download stuffed with holiday goodness. You'll hear: a Yuletide playlist; etiquette tips to save you from a work party snafu (or maybe create a memorable one?); a little-known chestnut of holiday history; conversations with special guests both nice and (delightfully) naughty; and lots more! 

January 1st @ 11am (Sunday)
New Year's from Vienna 2017

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. Presented by NPR Music.