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Holiday Specials on WETA Television

My Music: A Classic Christmas

My Music: A Classic Christmas

Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 pm

Join hosts Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) for this festive special of favorite carols and popular standards. Performers include Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters and many other musical artists. Repeats Fri 12/6, 3pm; Sun 12/8, 9am, 7pm; Tue 12/10, 4pm 

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Sunday, December 8 at 11:00 pm

A reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s classic score set in contemporary New York City features hip hop choreography. Dancers, a DJ, an electric violinist and emcee Kurtis Blow bring the Nutcracker story to life, celebrating love, community and the magic of the holiday season. Repeats Fri 12/13, 3pm

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir featuring: Kristin Chenoweth

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir featuring: Kristin Chenoweth

Monday, December 16 at 9:00 pm

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer, for a traditional Christmas performance featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling. Repeats Fri 12/20, 10pm; Tue 12/24, 9pm; Wed 12/25, 5pm

Lidia Celebrates America: The Return of the Artisans

Lidia Bastianich

Friday, December 20 at 9:00 pm

Join Emmy and James Beard Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels America to meet people mastering the art of meat curing, coopering, jam-making, cider-making and more and to fi nd out what inspires and motivates them. Repeats Sat 12/21, 1am; Sun 12/22, 7pm; Wed 12/25, 9am

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Sunday, December 22 at 9:00 pm

A docudrama by filmmaker Lee Groberg (Joseph Smith: American Prophet; First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty), and narrated by Jane Seymour, tells the story of prodigious musical genius George Frideric Handel; how he was discovered in Halle, Germany at age nine, his meteoric rise to celebrity com-poser at age 18, and the turning point that came in his career with the debut of his great oratorio, Messiah, in Dublin, Ireland in 1742. Repeats Mon 12/23, 3pm

Christmas at Belmont 2019

Christmas at Belmont Logo

Monday, December 23 at 9:00 pm 

The special features Belmont University students in performance along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children’s Choir. Taped in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes holiday songs and festive tunes. Repeats Wed 12/25, 4pm

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sutton Foster & Hugh Bonneville

Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville

Tuesday, December 24 at  8:00 pm 

Join Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and "Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville, guest musical artist and narrator for this year's Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazón

Rolando Villazón

Tuesday, December 24 at 10:00 pm 

The 2017 season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazón, performing seasonal favorites with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special

Chef's Life Holiday Special

Wednesday, December 25 at 8:00 am 

American chef and television personality Vivian Howard explores tastes of the holidays as she serves up the best of her Southern heritage: simple corned ham, upscale oyster dressing, humble Hoppin’ John, elegant red velvet cake and more.

Christmas at St. Olaf

Anton Armstrong, conductor of St. Olaf Choir

Wednesday, December 25 at 10:00 AM 

Recorded on the campus of St. Olaf College, Christmas at St. Olaf: Ris'n with Healing in His Wings features lively and festive music, including “Gloria” by André J. Thomas — a work arranged for massed choir, soloists, and a full orchestra in a gospel musical style. Other music includes familiar Christmas carols, beautiful and contemplative choral anthems, and rollicking orchestral flourishes.

A Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society

A Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society

Wednesday, December 25 at 11:00 AM 

Every year, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Florida puts on a performance which fills the beautiful Knowles Memorial Chapel with the sounds of the holiday season. A Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society features the 175-voice Bach Festival choir, youth choir and orchestra under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Messiah, Prince of Peace

Wheaton College Christmas Festival

Wednesday, December 25 at Noon

Students from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois perform sacred Christmas music and carols from around the world. The holiday concert celebrates the story of the Nativity through song, recounting the prophecy of Christ’s birth and the rejoicing of angels and shepherds.

Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace

Christmas at Concordia

Wednesday, December 25 at 1:00 pm

Concordia College re-imagines the Christmas message with music embracing peace and reconciliation. The concert marks the 125th anniversary of Concordia College, which was founded by Norwegian immigrants and is located in Moorhead, Minnesota.

A St. Thomas Christmas: Comfort & Joy

A St. Thomas Christmas

Wednesday, December 25 at 2:00 pm

Filmed before a live audience at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, this annual Christmas concert draws on both familiar carols and innovative contemporary selections, showcasing internationally renowned vocal and instrumental student ensembles of the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Lucy Worsley

Wednesday, December 25 at 8:00 pm

Join English historian 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.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2019

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2019

Wednesday, December 25 at 9:00 pm

In the midwifery drama’s annual holiday special this year, Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team travel to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the new terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals. Repeats Thur 12/26, 3:30pm

London New Year’s Day Parade 2020

New York Philharmonic

Tuesday, December 31 at 8:00 pm

Ring in the New Year with the New York Philharmonic performing Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved works. The orchestra and guest vocalist Katrina Lenk, a Tony Award winner, perform suites from “Sunday in the Park,” “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd,” and more.

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2020

Credit: Courtesy of Thomas Jantzen  Photo Caption: Hugh Bonneville in Grafenegg.

Wednesday, January 1 at 9:00pm

Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Musikverein. Under the baton of guest conductor Andris Nelsons and featuring the Vienna State Ballet, the orchestra will play the waltzes of Strauss. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns as host.

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