Marian McPartland’s Christmas Piano Jazz 8pm – 9pm

From the Piano Jazz archives, this 2006 special features host Marian McPartland looking back at some favorite Christmas and holiday songs performed on the show throughout the years. Melissa Walker sings “The Moon on Christmas Eve,” written by Kathryn Williams and Vana Gerig, who stop by to talk about the song’s genesis. Pianist Cleo Brown evokes the style of Duke Ellington as she plays the traditional Christmas hymn “Silent Night.”

Selected Shorts Holiday Gift Set – “Passages”: 3pm-4pm

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love, friendship, and passages through life. In William Goyen’s “The Texas Principessa,” the narrator is trying to tell us the story of the life and death of her best friend, if only she could keep to the point! The reader is the robust and sassy Doris Roberts.  A dreamy afternoon on the river is recalled by Rick Bass’s “The Canoeists,” The story shimmers with vivid details and sensual recollections, and is read by Neil Patrick Harris.

Saturday Night Christmas Jazz! 9pm – 1am

Mike Cornette celebrates the season with favorites and some fun, original holiday songs by a variety of great jazz performers, including the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite.

Jazz Night in America: Merry Merry Big Band: 8pm-9pm

Jazz Night in America celebrates the holidays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing highlights from their holiday songbook.  Cozy up with members of the orchestra and learn about their arrangements and their favorite holiday moments.  Guest vocalists include Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, and Rene Marie. 

Song Travels: Home for the Holidays: 9pm-10pm

Join Michael Feinstein for an hour of yuletide cheer and music, as host, Michael Feinstein  journeys from Hollywood’s vintage silver screen to New York City’s iconic Birdland club. The Michael Feinstein Big Band performs selections from the classic movie White Christmas, and Feinstein shares rare recordings from some of his favorite performers.

Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol: 7pm– 8pm

Join us for 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. This WUSF annual tradition also features Mimi Kennedy.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites: 7pm – 8pm

Lynn Neary hosts this program that features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.  David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  Highlights include Jay Allison’s, “Dad and Sam,” Baily White’s “Low-Glamour Christmas Party,” and Scott Simon’s, “Modern Day Joseph and Mary.”

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert: 9pm – 11pm

Celebrate the Return of the Sun -- and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter's Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, head back to New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.