Check below for the complete list of holiday programs that fill WKSU's schedule through New Year's Day. Along with classical and folk music, there are commentaries and stories about family, consumerism, traditions, food and other themes that are tied to the season of Christmas, Chanukah and the New Year.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
10:00 am — Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Aired live from King's College Chapel in Cambridge, this program blends scripture, song and readings in a unique celebration of the birth of Jesus.
7:00 pm — All Songs Considered for the Holidays
A wacky holiday tradition has begun. The not so plump but jolly Santa Bob and his cantankerous elves are in their workshop, trading holiday cheer and barbs. They're checking the list for the best fresh holiday songs from emerging and breakout bands. Don't miss all time favorite holiday classics like "Santa Lost a Ho" , "Santa Fixed My Toys For Christmas" and "How Do You Spell Hanukkah?". Check out Bob Boilen and friends as they host the first All Songs Considered holiday special from NPR Music.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
9:00 am — Handel's Messiah from Boston
Noted choral conductor Harry Christophers leads Boston's Handel and Haydn Society in a historically informed performance of the world's best-known classical Christmas work. Soloists are Karina Gauvin, Daniel Taylor James Gilchrist, and Sumner Thompson.
12:00 pm — St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Join us in Northfield, Minnesota as we welcome over 600 student musicians for this year's annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a 100-year-old tradition, and cherished in this part of the country, as well as listened to raptly by millions throughout the world.
2:00 pm — Tinsel Tales
This year a radio tradition continues - stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk--these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.