Hanukkah: Let There Be Lights

This program offers a fresh look and a new understanding of this popular but somewhat misunderstood holiday. Traces the roots, considers the traditions past, and looks at the evolution of Hanukkah in today’s world.

Great Performances "Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas"

Everyone's favorite "Hitman" David Foster joins GP superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics as they share the stage to present an elegant collection of seasonal favorites. Showcasing Bocelli's unmistakable soaring vocals are lush new arrangements given the distinctive Foster touch for an inspiring concert performance. Recorded at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the program also features special guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, and The Muppets, as well as a visit with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Memory of a Large Christmas

Memory Of A Large Christmas recounts the heartfelt and heartwarming memories of renown Southern writer Lillian Smith's turn of the century childhood and her family's celebrations of Christmas. Smith's friend and one of the great ladies of American theater, Eugenia Rawls, reads Smith's nostalgic account of simpler times. A masterful storyteller, Miss Rawls affectionately captures the writer's recollections of a large and loving family, their surprising holiday traditions and the joy that comes of sharing the season with friends and neighbors.

Giving Thanks with John Birge

A music-and-stories celebration of Thanksgiving. Host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday—perfect for broadcast while families gather at the table to share common blessings.

Chanukah in Story and Song

A returning one-hour Chanukah favorite, a celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes with host Leonard Nimoy.

Connie Talbot's Holiday Magic

Filled with holiday classics and fan favorites, young Connie Talbot possesses the voice of an angel that melts your heart with a purity of talent that is just simply great programming. The exciting special is the first in the United States for Connie, who initially came to worldwide attention two years ago as a finalist on the mega-popular, Simon Cowell hosted entertainment program Britain's Got Talent. Connie's videos have been viewed over 125 million times on YouTube which ranks her in the Top 20 Artist videos viewed on YouTube.

Hanukkah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite, now well into its second decade. Acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories written expressly for Hanukkah Lights. Hosted by Murray Horwitz and Susan Stamberg.