Tinsel Tales 2: NPR Christmas Favorites

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Town program last year, here is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season

An Afro Blue Christmas

Join us for this very special Christmas eve concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of-a-kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions.

Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

Jazz Piano Christmas XXX

NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and The "Master" Harold Mabern take the stage to perform their favorite holiday songs. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

Florida Matters: Best Segments

Highlights from shows from throughout the year in 2014.

Florida Matters: Best Segments

Highlights from shows from throughout the year in 2014.

Joy to the World

Veteran pianist Bob Thompson brings us his annual concert for the holidays, Joy to the World, this year featuring guest vocalist Heather Masse (one of The Wailin’ Jennys, heard frequently on A Prairie Home Companion). The band plays original arrangements of old favorites, and her selections include an original song called ‘Mittens’.

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM)

Paul Winter's all new 34th Winter Solstice Celebration brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz . On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ.

Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz

George Shearing was a friend and frequent guest of Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz, and on this special edition of the show from 2001, they celebrate the holidays with music and conversation. The two reminisce about seasons gone by, in their native England and the U.S., and perform both traditional and contemporary holiday songs.

“Selected Shorts” Holiday Gift Set

Selected Shorts offers a special episode called, “Eccentrics” this holiday season featuring guest host Stephen Colbert presenting stories with anarchists and oddballs by John Sayles and George Saunders. Fierce old lefties fight everything from the fruit cup to the manager at a banquet in Sayles’ “At the Anarchists’ Convention,” read by Jerry Stiller, and two inadequate men are faced with a rescue in Saunders’ “The Falls,” read by Rene Auberjonois.