WHRO Public Media has the soundtrack for your holiday! Set your dial to WHRV or WHRO FM, or stream it online


The holidays always bring memories—from childhood and the excitement of Christmas mornings to late night Christmas Eve as a parent assembling toys to festive meals and sharing. We’re happy to create a backdrop for your holiday gatherings while new memories are being made. Tune in all season for countless specials that are perfect to help get you in the holiday spirit.

The traditional Sunday before Christmas program airs this year on December 19 beginning at 6 p.m. with A Celtic Christmas. At 7 p.m. it’s all things holiday bluegrass on Pickin’. Local and regional artists return to the WHRV studio this year to perform original and Christmas classics at 9 and don’t miss the annual WHRO staff mash-up this year tackling the classic “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Jeff Sander takes the helm at 10 for Lost in the Holiday Shuffle and at 11 it’s a classic country Christmas with Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins and other greats of the genre. And at midnight we conclude with our traditional sets of instrumental tunes and acoustic artists performing many beloved seasonal favorites.

Our Friday night hosts are here on Christmas Eve to usher in Christmas Day. Tune in beginning at 7 with Jae Sinnett for a holiday edition of The R&B Chronicles followed by Paul Shugrue and A Shot of the Blues Christmas. At 10, its Lost in the Holiday Shuffle with Jeff Sander. At 11 we celebrate A Cowboy Christmas with the Riders in the Sky gang. And fear not as you wrap those gifts in the early Christmas morning hours, Jae Sinnett will provide a seasonal jazz showcase all night. It’s our musical gift to you. Start making new memories—it’s a wonderful time of the year. Happy Holidays from all of us here at WHRO Public Media.


This December, WHRO FM will be your holiday soundtrack as always, with bright and joyful music for the season including both returning favorites and new discoveries.

We’ll kick off our holiday specials on December 17 with a festive edition of Show Tune Cafe with Rebecca Weinstein at noon and a new 2021 version of A Soulful Christmas from American Public Media at 9 p.m. The weekend of December 18-19 brings Christmas episodes of your favorite weekend programs like Harmonia, With Heart and Voice, From the Parlor and Pipedreams. Highlights during the following week will include 2021 editions of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Welcome Christmas! and the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, and new offerings such as Christmas with Madrigalia and Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season. Wednesday evening on A Local Touch we’ll have holiday favorites from the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Chorale, the Virginia Choral Society, and Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg, plus Raymond Jones narrating A Cup of Christmas Tea.

On Christmas Eve we’ll once again partake in the beloved Christmas tradition, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England. We’ll also have a Christmas Eve Show Tune Cafe, and to wind down that evening we’ll enjoy All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas, followed by Christmas Eve Classics to keep you company as you wrap those last-minute gifts. For Christmas Day, we’ll offer joyous and beautiful music throughout the day, including encore presentations of many of the previous week’s specials; and since Christmas falls on a Saturday this year, we’ll end the day with some new releases for the holiday season on This Just In, including the album The Knights Before Christmas from new Virginia Symphony Music Director Eric Jacobsen.

To wrap up the month, we’ll see out 2021 with our annual broadcast of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, featuring a gala sequence of opera’s greatest stars, and welcome in 2022 on January 1 with a live broadcast of New Year's Day From Vienna. We look forward to celebrating with you! Please check whro.org for details, times, and the most up-to-date program information.