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Check out the entire schedule of special holiday programming on WNYC.

Hanukkah Lights - December 1, 3-4pm on 93.9FM           

On this perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah stories and memoirs, written by acclaimed authors expressly for Hanukkah Lights, are read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Hanukkah Lights celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with four brand new works:  "Finding Golda" by Margot Singer, "Legacy" by  Lev Raphael," "Geek Week" by Rebecca O'Connell, and "Moon Landing," by Shira Nayman. 

In "Legacy," Lev Raphael reflects on the Hanukkah celebrations of his youth, and the miracles of a dark time that, quite literally, brought his family to life. In Shira Nayman's "Moon Landing," two young girls find common ground in the age old miracles of their vastly different cultures. In "Finding Golda," by Margot Singer, a middle-aged man, adrift in a troubled and violent city, finds new hope in the hearts of those who love him. In Rebecca O'Connell's "Geek Week," two teens meet at a high-school science fair, and stumble on a formula to reunite a divided family.

A Great Miracle Happened There: A Hanukkah Special – December 5, 6-7am on 93.9 FM and 9pm on AM820

A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and Host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals, foods and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance to American Jews in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.

A Chanukah Musical Celebration – December  5, 10-10:30pm on 93.9 FM

The spirit of Chanukah, a holiday joyous at freedom's triumph and spiritual rededication, is richly reflected in the folk melodies and songs from countries across the globe where Jews have lived and worshipped for centuries. Host Naomi Lewin presents this music for all to enjoy in A Chanukah Musical Celebration.

Soundcheck Critics Week – December 13-17, 2-3pm and 10-11pm on 93.9FM

Our end of year wrap up of film, books, technology, classical/opera, rock/pop/hip-hop.

The Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show – December 19, 12-4pm on 93.9FM

Watch a live video webcast from The Greene Space. Guests include John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Tierney Sutton, Sarah Vowell, Rebecca Luker, Deborah Solomon, Howard McGillin, Hilary Kole, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart,  Charles Osgood, Frank Vignola, Gene Bertoncini, John Guare, John Weidman,  Andrew Bergman,  Marie Brenner, Mark Simone, Loston Harris, Tony Monte, Larry Fuller, Martin Pizzarelli, Christian Jacob, Steve La Spina, Tony Tedesco, Harry Allen, and Aaron Weinstein.

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert  December  21, 8-10pm on 93.9FM and January 1, 8-10pm on 93.9FM

From the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, WNYC's John Schaefer hosts Paul Winter's unique exploration of the solstice tradition in cultures near and far. Paul Winter is joined by musicians from all over the world, including Russia's Dimitri Pokrovsky Ensemble and gospel singer Theresa Thomasson.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites December  23, 8-9pm on 93.9 FM

This program 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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein December  24 – 8-9pm on 93.9 FM. December 25, 4-5pm on 93.9FM and 8-9pm on AM820

This hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook features nearly 30 rare and unusual tracks culled from Michael Feinstein’s personal collection of 20,000 recordings, including rare performances by Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs December  24, 9-10pm on 93.9 FM. December 25, 10-11am on 93.9FM

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

The Leonard Lopate Annual Christmas Gospel Hour – December 25, 11-noon on 93.9FM

Leonard’s annual Christmas Eve presentation of an hour of gospel music for the holiday.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol – December 25, 2-3pm on AM 820 and 5-6pm on 93.9FM; December 26, 8-9pm on AM 820

Produced from the live production of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” in The Greene Space.  Directed by Elliott Forrest and starring David Hyde Pierce with WQXR and WNYC hosts including Kurt Andersen, Jad Abumrad, Jeff Spurgeon, Robert Krulwich, Brooke Gladstone, Leonard Lopate, John Schaefer, Soterios Johnson and David Garland.  With Prairie Home Companion sound effects artist Fred Newman shaping the audio atmosphere and John Forster playing piano. Watch the video from the live performance in The Greene Space.

Selected Shorts “Happy Holidays from Selected Shorts” – December 25, 10-11pm on 93.9FM

A mix of cozy Christmas cheer and cheerful Xmas irony make up this holiday special, which includes: Ron Carlson's tale of family closeness and shenaniganery, "The H Street Sledding Record," read by Keith Szarabajka, James Thurber's wacky revisionist take on the classic Christmas poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas in the Ernest Hemingway Manner," and Christmas from the point of view of a happy-go-lucky elevator operator in a big-city apartment building, as only John Cheever could write it, Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor," read to hilarious perfection by Malachy McCourt.

Spinning On Air – December 26, 8-9pm on 93.9FM

Recharge your holiday batteries with the tuneful fun of Common Rotation. This L.A.-based band of New Yorkers is home for the holidays, and join host David Garland for a festive performance with special guests, including guitarist Dan Miller of They Might Be Giants, and Tom Lenk of Broadway's "Rock of Ages." Common Rotation's Adam Busch and Tom Lenk met on the set of the TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and also guesting on Spinning On Air is Amber Benson, who also had a role on "Buffy." Amber and Adam have co-directed a feature film, "Drones," and they'll tell us about that. Tom Lenk will tell us about Tuba Christmas, and help bring the oom-pah to the new year.

Soundcheck Best Live Performances of 2010 – December 27-31, 2-3pm and 10-11pm on 93.9FM (Friday at 9pm). Special encore, nighttime presentation starting at midnight New Years Day until 4am on 93.9FM. 

The annual “Best of Soundcheck Live Performances from 2010” all week long.

Radio Deluxe – December 31, 10pm-midnight AM & FM simulcast

Radio Deluxe returns for another New Year’s Eve program on WNYC.  Join musician John Pizzarelli and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, as they get together in their "deluxe living room" to make music, play CDs and have fun with their musical guests and introduce listeners to a new generation of performers who know the greatness of the American songbook.