Celebrate the Holidays with Us
The holidays are upon us and no matter what you’re in the mood for – music, food, travel or tradition – we’ve got something for everyone to enjoy this month. You can watch Mary Berry visit elaborate homesteads, visit the town where they filmed It’s a Wonderful Life, or even learn what it takes to become Santa himself.
Mary Berry’s Country House at Christmas
Thursday, December 8, at 9pm on CET
When it comes to Christmas food and entertaining, Britain’s country houses have always put on a show. In this sumptuous and heart-warming program, Mary Berry visits Harewood House in Yorkshire to meet its army of skilled staff and dedicated volunteers as they prepare the house for Christmas.
Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday, December 10, at 10pm on CET
The documentary examines small-town life in Seneca Falls, New York, and captures the excitement of the annual It’s a Wonderful Life Festival, and celebrates the enduring themes of the Frank Capra classic.
Christmastime in New Orleans
Saturday, December 10, at 10:30pm on CET
It’s a festive holiday special showcasing the music, sights and internationally acclaimed cuisine of New Orleans. Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s vast and unique musical influences.
Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Sunday, December 25, at 1pm on CET
Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 book, Alan Cumming recounts the origin story of how a prince got put into a nutcracker. Unlike the ballet, we also learn what happens when the young girl grows up, having saved the prince, and what they are doing today.
Monday, December 12, at 4pm on ThinkTV14
Friday, December 23, at 8pm on ThinkTV14
Sunday, December 25, at 7pm on ThinkTV14
It’s a heartwarming film that follows six would-be Santa Clauses as they take an intensive workshop to learn to dress, walk, and talk like Santa. But who are they and what inspires them to take this path?
O Holy Night: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir
Tuesday, December 13, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Saturday, December 24, at 8pm on ThinkTV14
Tuesday, December 20, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Saturday, December 24, at 9pm on CET
Tony Award-nominee Megan Hilty and television and film actor Neal McDonough join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for this Irish-inspired edition of this heartwarming annual celebration of music and holiday traditions.
Celebrate and Sing! Glory to the Newborn King
Friday, December 16, at 9pm on CET
Saturday, December 17, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Sunday, December 25, at 7pm on ThinkTV16
This spectacular Christmas concert of secular and sacred music is under the direction of Steven R. Jobman and performed by the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church’s renowned 150-voice Sanctuary Choir, orchestra, and Organist/Artist-in-Residence, Bradley Hunter Welch.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Love Devine
Saturday, December 17, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Friday, December 23, at 9pm on CET
Sunday, December 25, at 3pm on CET and ThinkTV16
First held in 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, and features more than 450 students from St. Olaf College’s renowned choirs and orchestra. Featuring familiar carols, beloved choral works, and exciting new compositions, the theme “Love Divine” is explored through words and music in this cherished, annual tradition.
European Christmas Markets
Wednesday, December 21, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
Saturday, December 24, at 3pm on ThinkTV14
Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.
Call the Midwife: 2022 Holiday Special
Sunday, December 25, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16
With Christmas approaching, the midwives move to their maternity clinic and are delighted when their first patient is a familiar face. Life in Poplar returns to normal after the tragic train crash, and everyone unites for a festive talent show.
Monday, December 26, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, December 28, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
Follow leaders of the South Carolina and Georgia Gullah/Geechee communities as they experience a homecoming to Sierra Leone in December 2019.
United in Song: A New Year’s Eve Special
Saturday, December 31, at 8pm & 9:30pm on CET and ThinkTV16
As we ring in the New Year, we celebrate the extraordinary cultural diversity of our country – from folk and rock to opera, country to hip hop, Broadway to bluegrass, and beyond. This special performance will also reflect on what brings us together as Americans, as we unite through the arts.
Josh Turner: King Size Manger
Saturday, December 17, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Saturday, December 24, at 10pm on CET
King Size Manger showcases Turner’s unmistakable baritone voice performing new songs as well as nostalgic classics including “Silent Night, Holy Night” and “Joy to the World.” Hosted by Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase, this concert features an intimate interview and performances by the Turner family and collaborations with special guests Pat McLaughlin, Rhonda Vincent and more.
There are also dozens of Christmas and Holiday specials airing as part of our PBS KIDS schedule. You can find all of those shows – as well as additional repeats of some of the shows above – on our online schedules at https://www.cetconnect.org/schedule/ or https://thinktv.org/schedule/.