F. Melius Christiansen started the Christmas Festival in 1911 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota as a simple service in word and song for students, faculty, friends and family. In the 109 years since, it has grown to include more than 500 student musicians who share their gifts with more than 12,000 audience members at the four live concerts – tickets for which always sell out months in advance.

APM’s distribution of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a chance for listeners across the country and around the world to participate in one of the nation’s most treasured holiday celebrations.

Due to COVID-19, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival will not be performed live. The special may be a retrospective; details are TBD.


Valerie Kahler
Valerie Kahler grew up in a musical family and started playing cello and piano in 3rd grade. She began her radio career in 1989 as a volunteer at KNAU (now Arizona Public Radio) in Flagstaff, Arizona. She worked there as a classical host and music director for more than a decade before moving to Minnesota to work for MPR. In addition to classical music, other passions include sewing, singing and cooking. She shares her life with her partner, John, an artist.


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Preview audio available: November 26, 2020
Playlist Available: December 15, 2020
Promo spot available: December 15, 2020
Program rundown available: December 15, 2020
Date content will be uploaded: December 15, 2020


Broadcast Window

December 15, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Broadcast Rights

Unlimited broadcasts between December 15-31, 2020. Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before January 1, 2021. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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