2023 Holiday Highlights

2023 Holiday Highlights

With Thanksgiving behind us, lights going up throughout neighborhoods and Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies happening this weekend, we think it’s safe to say it’s officially the holiday season! We’re inviting you to grab your cookies and hot chocolate and cozy up with our holiday specials to celebrate.

We’ve curated a list of some of the programming available on CET and ThinkTV this season to make sure you don’t miss a thing!  Deck the halls with some of your favorite characters from shows like All Creatures Great and Small and Call the Midwife, or celebrate holiday cheer by learning about musical festivities and culinary traditions across the globe. PBS KIDS also has a slew of holiday-themed shows available to watch on our channels as well as on demand on the PBS KIDS App.

All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas in the Dales

Sunday, December 3, at 9:30pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Celebrate the heartwarming MASTERPIECE series with clips and behind-the-scenes memories of its Christmas finales. Experience the kindness, empathy and love in the magical village of Darrowby and the stunning Yorkshire Dales during the holiday season. Watch a preview:



Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Monday, December 4, at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 17, at 4pm on ThinkTV16

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas – from carols to turkey, gift-giving to mistletoe and mulled wine – has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity. Watch it now with Passport:



Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 6, at 8pm on CET ARTS
Sunday, December 10, at 3pm on CET
Thursday, December 21, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Celebrate multicultural communities with Urban Nutcracker as Anthony Williams puts a modern spin on the 19th-century fairy tale and transports viewers to an enchanted world not unlike their own. Drawing upon classical ballet, urban tap, hip-hop, swing, flamenco, step and jazz, the performance uniquely retells a Christmas classic. Watch it now with Passport:



Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

Saturday, December 9, at 9pm CET
Friday, December 15, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 24, at 3pm on CET

Enjoy an evening celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s entire iconic album of holiday classics presented by the American Pops Orchestra. Featured appearances include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Nova Payton, Dave Detwiler and Morgan James. Watch it now with Passport:


Beyond the Stage: The Urban Nutcracker

Sunday, December 11, at 2:30pm on CET
Monday, December 26, at 9:30pm on CETARTS

View behind the scenes footage of Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker along with commentary on how accessibility and representation in the arts creates community and empowers youth in this 30-minute companion piece, Beyond The Stage. Watch it now with Passport: https://video.thinktv.org/video/beyond-the-stage-the-urban-nutcracker-community-the-arts-vkrMsa/


Season of Light: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

Tuesday, December 12, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Wednesday, December 13, at 4pm CET
Wednesday, December 20, at 8pm on CET Arts
Saturday, December 22, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 24, at 3pm on ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 24, at 4pm on CET

Join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with award winning artists Lea Salonga and Sir David Suchet for Season of Light: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir, a festive and uplifting Christmas special. This concert will illuminate your holiday experience with timeless carols, treasured songs and a story of heroic service. Watch a preview:



Christmas at Westminster: An Evening of Readings and Carol

Saturday, December 16, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 17, at 2pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, December 20, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
Friday, December 22, at 9pm on CET
Monday, December 25, at 8pm on CET Arts

Join Westminster Choir College for a performance of their annual holiday music concert, recorded in the Princeton University Chapel. The hour-long special includes performances that encompass a variety of styles, including traditional Christmas carols and contemporary arrangements that both surprise and delight. Together with a number of secular readings, the evening brings beauty and comfort to viewers at this special time of year. Watch it now:



Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas

Monday, December 18, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Tuesday, December 19, at 5pm on CET
Saturday, December 23, at 9pm on CET
Tuesday, December 26, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Follow along with Mary Berry as she spends Christmas in her mother’s homeland of Scotland to enjoy a winter break soaking up her Scottish heritage and enjoying traditional festive delights with familiar faces, as well cooking up some of her own indulgent dishes. Learn more:



Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Wednesday, December 20, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Experience the real story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King with Alan Cumming and the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. Featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri, this new version is a rare holiday treat. Recount the original story and learn what the young girl and the prince are doing today. Watch it now with Passport:


Nature: Santa’s Wild Home

Wednesday, December 20, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Thursday, December 21, at 4pm on CET
Monday, December 25, at 8pm on ThinkTV14

Journey to Lapland, where tales mingle with hearty wildlife. Get an intimate look into life in the fabled land of Santa Claus and actual home of tenacious wildlife such as reindeer, wolverines, Brown bears and more. Watch it now with Passport:



George Perris – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Thursday, December 21, at 8pm on ThinkTV14
Friday, December 22, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 24, at 5pm on ThinkTV14
Sunday, December 24, at 9pm on CET Arts

From his home country, Greece, get ready to spend the holiday season with George Perris and his luscious 18-member band! In addition to Christmas carols, George and the band perform spiritual and uplifting songs every family loves to hear and holiday classics with a Greek flair. Filmed at the Piraeus Theater, this special transports viewers to a magical, wintery and inspiring world! Watch it now:



Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas

Friday, December 22, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
Sunday, December 24, at 7pm on ThinkTV14

Witness the vocal and instrumental musical ensembles of Concordia University Irvine and friends as they perform a festive collection of music that celebrates, rejoices, and finds hope in the gifts of Christmas. Experience the classic, “Silent Night”, and traditional carols from other cultures.

Watch a preview:


Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2023

Monday, December 25, at 8pm and 9:30pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Tuesday, December 26, at 4pm on CET

Tune in as the midwives of London’s Nonnatus House deliver more babies and drama during the festive period, in this Christmas special. Catch up with four previous Holiday Specials from Call the Midwife as we count down the days until the Dec. 25 premiere of the newest Holiday Special! https://video.thinktv.org/video/stream-all-month-long-holiday-marathon-83fqfd/


Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa

Tuesday, December 26, at 8pm on CET Arts
Wednesday, December 27, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
Friday, December 29, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 31, at 6pm on CET HD

Honoring the heritage, unity, culture and rich contributions of African Americans, Kwanzaa is more than just a celebration; it’s a way of life. Explore the seven foundational principles of Kwanzaa through seven real-life stories of impact in this hour-long documentary. These stories reveal how each principle plays a role in the Black community, enhanced by cultural elements of dance, storytelling, music and spoken word. Watch it now with Passport:



We’re also airing the programs below. Visit our schedule page and click on the search box to see when they’re scheduled: https://thinktv.org/schedule/.

  • The Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Family Christmas Show
  • Roald and Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse
  • European Christmas Markets
  • Carols at the Cathedral
  • A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
  • Crane Candlelight Concert 2022 ‘Let it Shine!’
  • Spirit of Christmas with Kevin Pauls and Friends
  • America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays
  • Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers
  • Holidays at Murray State 2023
  • Savoy at Christmas
  • Noel Triumphant
  • Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace
  • Magic of Christmas in Alsace
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Love Divine
  • The American St. Nick
  • Christmas on the Danube
  • Craft in America ‘Holiday’
  • Christmas at Belmont 2021
  • Karamu: Feast for the 7th Day
  • The Man Who Saved 669 Children
  • Real Bedford Falls: It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Happy Holidays!