Special Holiday Programming

Wednesday December 9th @ 8pm- A Mountain Stage Holiday

Join Mountain Stage host Larry Gross for an hour filled with beautiful music to mark the season. The show features special guests Holly Cole, Joan Baez, Bruce Cockburn, Loudon Wainwright III, The Roches, Kathy Mattea and more. All performances were recorded live on the Mountain Stage.

Friday December 11th @ 8pm- Horns and Harmonies

An encore presentation of the 2019 concert, “Horns and Harmonies” featuring the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble and The Spirit of Syracuse Chorus.

Monday December 14th @2pm- Tinsel Tales

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. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Wednesday December 16th @ 8pm- All Songs Considered for the Holidays

For this holiday party, Bob and Robin return to the cozy cabin where it all began. The special guests include Taylor Swift, Jenny Lewis, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, Lucy Dacus and more. What could possibly go wrong?

Friday December 18th @ 8pm- Hanukkah Lights

The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Monday December 21st @2pm- Christmas Spirits: High and Low

From holiday excellence to borderline disasters this hour-long holiday special delivers them both and plenty in-between. These stories, presented by guest host Cynthia Nixon, do deliver good cheer in the end (and Nixon shares a few of her own holiday traditions).

Wednesday December 23rd @ 8pm- Sound Opinions: 2020 Holiday Extravaganza

Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kit welcome out crate-digging Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan to share great holiday songs that aren’t played-out.

Thursday December 24th @8pm- Jazz Night in America Holiday

Jazz Night in America provides the perfect complement of swinging holiday classics featuring The Sherman Irby sextet recorded live at Dizzy's Club at Jazz At Lincoln Center. Christian McBride hosts.

Friday December 25th @ 8pm- Jazz Piano Christmas

Join us for a twist on the classics you love! This year, the holiday tradition spotlights three of today's most prolific jazz pianists: REDWOOD, Cory Henry, and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron. Felix Contreras hosts.