Public Access Christmas - Atlas Obscura

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Public Access Christmas

Holiday magic from the public access dimension.

Wanting a more off beat holiday season? Tired of the same old cartoons, movies and yule log channels?  Well you have come to the right place with a screening of rare, holiday themed cable access television nuggets!

In 1969 the FCC enacted legislation requiring cable television operators to provide free production services and channel space to the community—a true non-commercial platform for the people. The result was Public Access Television, the locally driven, often bizarre, and charmingly amateurish homemade TV programs occupying space at the far end of the dial. In the age of YouTube, many of these rogue television pioneers have acquired legendary status for their innovation and creativity. Now it’s time to celebrate the holidays with them.

Join Atlas Obscura for a special screening of rare public access holiday classics. Field Agent Adam Papagan has reached deep into his personal collection of community television clips to curate a program of oddball yuletide videos you won’t see anywhere else. Adam is an outspoken supporter of community television and has been collecting clips and producing his own shows since he was a teenager. He is also a professional tour guide and creator of The O.J. Simpson Tour and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Tour.


Look forward to off-key Christmas carols, unusual decorating ideas, musical whistling, and even a public access Santa Claus, all presented in their lo-fi analog glory.

Current and past public access producers will also be in attendance to add insights and stories of their adventures in Public Access. The only way to tune in is in person. No cable subscription required!

For those interested in a little more personal perks, VIP tickets are available.

The VIP ticket includes:

  • Priority seating
  • Free libations (2 drink max)

The General admission tickets include the presentation. Seating is first come, first serve. Libations are an additional charge. 


  • Must be 21+ to attend. 
  • Parking: Street parking or $5 lot next to the venue.
  • Make sure to ask any questions before purchasing tickets.
  • All sales are final.


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Advance tickets only. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.