Lasse Berre

Watch Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir on Monday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, is the magnificent setting for an all-new Christmas special with the renowned St. Olaf Choir.

Joy to the World 2004 with Bob Thompson
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Enjoy this version of Angels We Have Heard On High, performed by Bob Thompson and the Bob Thompson Unit. It was recorded live during our annual Joy to the World holiday concert.

Mike Powell / The Nature Conservancy

One of the most enduring traditions for many families at Christmas is decorating a live tree but one variety of fir found in West Virginia that is a popular Christmas tree is struggling in the wild.

The Canaan fir is a type of Balsam found only in the highlands of West Virginia and Virginia. But many Christmas tree farms in the region also grow Canaan firs.

Michael Daniel for Minnesota Opera

Watch Silent Night on Friday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. on WV PBS.2

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Merry Xmas!  How many times do you see that during the holidays?  And every time it appears, I hear someone complain that we should not take the Christ out of Christmas!

But putting an X in place of Christ is not sacrilegious at all. In fact, it is an ancient and sacred way to honor both Christ and the early Christian martyrs. 

West Virginia Morning
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West Virginia University Chief Diversity Officer David Fryson remembers Charleston social activist Leon Sullivan, WVU begins a partnership with a University in China to promote exchanges in language, culture and business,  and Beckley actress, playwright, and historian Karen Vuranch reads "Christmas in the Appalachian Mountains" by Richard Madison.

Anna Kucsma

Here's a glimpse into Christmases past -

Fayetteville actress, playwright, and historian Karen Vuranch brings us a lovely passage from a piece written by Richard Matteson called Christmas in the Appalachian Mountains.

It's a time when snow glistened across the roof of a small log cabin perched on a rocky slope, and smoke swirled out of a chimney from the old pot-bellied stove.

Celebrate Christmas in Seven Countries with Rick Steves

Dec 6, 2013
Rick Steves

Watch Rick Steves' European Christmas on WV PBS.2 (where available) on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

From manger scenes to mistletoe from Norway to Rome...Rick Steves and his family and crew are celebrating all over the Continent. Buon Natale! Frohliche Weihnachton! Joyeaux Noel! Merry Christmas! And thanks for joining us.

Ashton Marra

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin were joined by hundreds of West Virginians at the Capitol complex to celebrate their annual holiday gathering, 'Joyful Night.'

The evening was full of musical performances, a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and the lightning of not one, but two Christmas trees.

Performances included:

Kip Carroll

This week’s Christmas programs feature Celtic Woman, Celtic Thunder and a new Lawrence Welk memories show.

Download a printable file of the full month's schedule of programs.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 on WV PBS

Special New Year's Programming for Radio Fans

Nov 30, 2013

Mark your calendars for these special programs  from West Virginia Public Radio. We'll help you celebrate the year than was and  ring in the new one.

Let us know what you think about these shows! Go to our Facebook page, tweet us or e-mail

New Year's Eve

9 a.m. -- Inside Appalachia Year in Review

10 a.m. -- Former Governors Caperton and Wise on the Future of Education