This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations! Enjoy a variety of traditional and new programs and music, a special holiday playlist from VPR Music, Favor Johnson, VPR Classical's "Messiah Watch" and more.
Listen Online: Favor Johnson & Other Holiday Classics
Listen on-demand to VPR's Christmas classic Favor Johnson by Willem Lange, the story of a hound named Hercules, a flatlander doctor, homemade fruitcake and the real spirit of Christmas. You'll also find Lange's Rona & Alice, Christmas On The Party Line and his reading of Dicken's A Christmas Carol as well as The Loudest Voice read by Grace Paley.
Tuesday, Dec. 26
12 p.m. on VPR News – A Season’s Griot
Public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program with host and acclaimed storyteller, Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African people.
7 p.m. on VPR News – A Season’s Griot
Wednesday, Dec. 27
12 p.m. on VPR News – But Why? Podcast Sampler
7 p.m. on VPR News – But Why? Podcast Sampler
Thursday, Dec. 28
12 p.m. on VPR News – Brave Little State
7 p.m. on VPR News – Brave Little State
Friday, Dec. 29
12 p.m. on VPR News – Live From The Fort: Mixtape Volume 6
Hear local bands and musicians from all genres who recorded in VPR's studios over the past year as part of the VPR music video series, Live From The Fort.
7 p.m. on VPR News – Live From The Fort: Mixtape Volume 6
Sunday, Dec. 31
11 p.m. on VPR News – Toast Of The Nation
A New Year's Eve tradition with jazz, all night from to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones.
Monday, Jan. 1
11 a.m. on VPR Classical – New Year’s Day: Live From Vienna
12 p.m. on VPR News – Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday
The Capitol Steps roast 2017 in humor and song.
7 p.m. on VPR News – Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday
Whatever your celebrations, VPR Music has you covered with a "genre-free" playlist, sure to make your holidays merry and bright.
The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.