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KVPR celebrates the holidays 2021 with special programming

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KVPR is celebrating the holidays for 2021 with a collection of special programs celebrating the season from NPR and other public radio program producers. Tune in to get in the spirit of the season with these special shows.

2021 Holiday Specials:

Sunday, November 28 – 12pm – Candles Burning Brightly

A one-hour celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with an exploration of Hanukkah foods and traditional activities, and plenty of music. Hosted by Classical 24’s Mindy Ratner.

Saturday, December 4 – 1pm – Hanukkah Lights 2021

The NPR favorite returns for 2021 with the best of the best Hanukkah Lights stories from the last 30 years. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Saturday, December 18 – 8pm – Jazz Night in America: A Holiday Celebration

Enjoy first-person stories and memories from the musicians and hear festive originals and new takes on classics in this special episode.

Wednesday, December 22 – 8pm – Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk and other bring us stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22 – 9pm – Welcome, Christmas!

An hour of joyful, classic holiday music from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups, singing traditional carols and new discoveries.

Thursday, December 23 – 8pm – Tinsel Tales 2: More Christmas Favorites

Hear moments of joy, hope, and childhood memories as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Thursday, December 23 – 9pm – A Chanticleer Christmas

This one-hour program of holiday favorites, new and old, will be presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

Friday, December 24 – 1pm – Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites

Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special.

Friday, December 24 – 7pm – Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.

Friday, December 24 – 8pm – Jazz Piano Christmas 37

Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music, captured live in concert with a small audience. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

Friday, December 24 – 9pm – Hollywood Holiday

Host Lynne Warfel takes listeners on a one-hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies. Selections feature scores from “Scrooge, the Musical”, “A Muppet Christmas Carol”, “The Polar Express”, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and more.

Saturday, December 25 – 1pm – Selected Shorts: Holiday Hurdles with David Sedaris

Selected Shorts features great stories by well-known and emerging writers, and brought to life by terrific actors of stage and screen. In this special, author and humorist David Sedaris reimagines holiday rituals.

Saturday, December 25 – 2pm – A World Café Holiday

World Cafe is celebrating 30 years by revisiting special holiday performances from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Los Lobos, Andrew Bird, The Bird and The Bee, Pink Martini, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more.

Saturday, December 25 – 3pm – Festivo Alt.Latino feat. Gaby Moreno

Songwriter/performer Gaby Moreno and her band performing tracks from her popular holiday album Posada - recorded live at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

Friday, December 31– 9pm – Toast of the Nation