2017 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 12th @ 8pm (Tuesday)
Hanukkah Lights 2017​​

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. 

December 13th @ 8pm (Wednesday)
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 14th @ 8pm (Thursday)
Candles Burning Brightly
Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.

December 21st @ 8pm (Thursday)
Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the Return of the Sun - and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Fabiana Cozza, Gary Booker, Theresa Thomason, Paul McCandless, Eugene Freisen, the percussion troupe Forces of Nature.

December 22nd @ 8pm (Friday)
Tinsel Tales 4: So Much More NPR Christmas Favorites
In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

December 23rd @ 8pm (Saturday)
Messiah With The PSO 2017
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 – 12pm (Sunday)
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 25th @ 8 – 10pm (Monday)
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 (Tuesday)
A Season's Griot 2017
This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for nearly 22 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

December 27th @ 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 28th @ 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 29th @ 8pm (Friday)
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 encore 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 31st @ 6pm (Sunday)
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday New Year's Edition

If only the Capitol Steps had some funny material to work with in 2017...is something that will never cross your mind when listening to their Year In Review New Year's special.

January 1st @ 11am (Monday)
New Year's from Vienna 2018

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.