'Tis The Season: 2017 VPR Holiday Programming

Dec 6, 2017

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

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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 

A gift from VPR Music: The perfect soundtrack to the holiday season

Whatever your celebrations, VPR Music has you covered with a "genre-free" playlist, sure to make your holidays merry and bright.

Open VPR Music's Holiday Playlist in Spotify

It's that time again: 'Messiah' Watch 2017

George Frideric Handel's 'Messiah' was first performed at Eastertime in 1742 and features his famous "Hallelujah" chorus.
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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.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area.