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Here’s all the music you need for a hopping holiday

For the past four years, JT Griffith has been OPB’s guide to the niche genre of holiday music. He spoke with “All Things Considered” host Crystal Ligori about being on the hunt for Christmas music year-round, new takes on old classics and a 40-year-old holiday tune that's still Japan's most popular Christmas song.


‘Black Santa’ brings holiday magic to Portland

Among the things Kriss Kringle has learned over his six winters in Portland: Christmas season is hard on Santa's suits, but soft on his heart.

What’s new, what’s old, and what’s on our OPB holiday playlists

There is no denying that holiday music has staying power: just ask Mariah Carey whose 30-year-old song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," is back on the charts this month. And for the third year in a row, OPB's Christmas music guru, JT Griffith, is here to guide us through this very niche musical genre.

Christmas spirit comes to life in Sumpter, Oregon

The Eastern Oregon mining town of Sumpter is officially known as a "ghost town." But every Christmas, the old steam engines of the Sumpter Valley Railroad bring the spirit of the season to life for hundreds of visitors.