Christmas

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Looking for festive entertainment during the holidays? KCBX has loads of music and spoken work programming for you. Many of our regular shows will feature holiday music and talk, and we are also offering the following specials.

Christmas Eve, Thursday 12/24/20

Finnish Tourist Board

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland--the land of reindeer, husky dogs and snowmobiles where he meets up with Santa Claus. Wilmer arrived at Santa Park on the outskirts of Rovaniemi to witness Santa’s arrival to prepare for Christmas. Santa pulled up behind the wheel of a vintage Lincoln Continental. More than a 1,000 little people gleefully cheered and clapped as Santa gave a short “queen” wave and slipped into his headquarters.

Angel Russell

Locally-based stores and companies are hoping for big crowds this weekend on Small Business Saturday, with many of them looking to recoup for losses due to the pandemic.

Downtown SLO

After 44 years, the organization Downtown SLO is canceling the city’s annual holiday parade due to COVID-19 concerns. But the group has some other ideas on keeping the holiday spirit alive.

Playing With Food: A Brussels holiday

Dec 23, 2019
Fr. Ian Delinger

It’s the holiday season, and what goes with the winter holidays better than Brussels sprouts? So many people hate them, yet they adorn many a holiday table across the country. There is an endless supply of the cute, tiny cabbages here on the Central Coast, and in this episode of "Playing With Food," Father Ian tries to help you fall in love with them or love them even more.

Photo by Zadl Diaz / Flickr

KCBX has piles of gifts for you this holiday season--in the form of great programming. Many of our regular shows will feature holiday music and talk, and we are also offering the following specials.

Friday, 12/20/19

Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

New holiday banners have gone up around downtown San Luis Obispo, part of a city beautification effort to highlight diversity in the community and raise cultural awareness.

Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, some families get more into the festivities than others. There’s one San Luis Obispo resident who thinks about Christmas decorations year round, and turns his family’s house into a nightly lights and music show.

Photo by Maurice Reeves / Flickr

KCBX has gifts galore for you this holiday season--in the form of great seasonal programs. Many of our regular show hosts will feature holiday music and talk, and we are also offering the following specials.

Sunday, December 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Hanukkah Lights

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Featuring authors Lynne Bronstein, R.L. Maizes, Susan J. Gordon, Jennifer Lang, and Kate Schmier. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Sunday, December 9, noon-1:00 p.m. Candles Burning Brightly

Photo by Zadl Diaz / Flickr

KCBX offers up a stocking full of special programs to accompany your holiday activities. Many of our regular show hosts will feature holiday music and talk, and we'll also offer the following specials between now and New Year's Day.

Randol White - KCBX News

The weekend before Christmas is among the busiest airport travel days of the year with crowded flights at all Central Coast airports, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.

Friday evening, the FAA showed delays into San Francisco of more than two hours because of low clouds. Flights heading connecting through SFO from the regional airports were affected.

In addition to the weather delays, there is also a pilot shortage issue affecting Central Coast airports.

Tom Wilmer

Founded as a Danish colony more than 100 years ago, Solvang has been a popular year round destination for tourists who come to experience a taste of Denmark right here on the California Central Coast. 

When the Marissa Waddell, the program manager at NPR affiliate, KCBX, told me that Solvang was recently named by Time Magazine as one America’s Most Christmassy towns, well I just had to find out for myself just why this quaint Danish village is in close company with other Most Christmassy contenders such as Santa Claus, Indiana, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.