Celebrate the holiday season on AETN with specials for the whole family! Whether you’re looking for recipes and cooking tips or outstanding musical performances, there’s a little something for everyone this December. (Also, don’t miss a special round of PBS KIDS specials — including marathons on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.)
“Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Sutton Foster”
Join Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and "Downton Abbey" actor Hugh Bonneville who will star as guest musical artist and narrator for this year's "Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir." They join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square handbell choir, Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble, dancers and actors in an elaborate, Victorian-themed program that celebrates the Christmas season through music, dance, storytelling and pageantry.
Tune in Monday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m.
“Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast”
Join Emmy and James Beard Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.
Tune in: Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m.
“America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays”
The entire cast is home for the holidays, and they're sharing their tips and tricks for planning a stress-free gathering, while also recounting personal holiday memories and revealing their all-time favorite holiday recipes from the Test Kitchen archives. The hour-long special also spotlights five of the Test Kitchen's favorite holiday recipes, including new twists on classic holiday fare such as turkey en cocotte and beef tenderloin with smoky potatoes and persillade relish. Their porchetta recipe offers a flavor-packed alternative to traditional holiday roasts, and elegant holiday desserts such as millionaire's shortbread and gateau breton are sure-fire favorites to consider anytime you're trying to please a crowd. “America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays” is a warm, inviting and fun-filled hour of cooking with the whole ATK family that gets you in the holiday spirit.
Tune in Saturday, Dec. 22, at 4:30 p.m.
“Purdue 84th Anniversary Christmas Show”
This one-hour condensed version of the 84th Anniversary Purdue Christmas Show features musical highlights from the full two-hour show. Showcased pieces include holiday favorites from Purdue Musical Organizations ensembles including University Choir, Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul, the Purduettes and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, as well as sacred music performed by the massed choirs of Purdue Musical Organizations.
Tune in Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1:30 p.m.
“Christmas at St. Olaf: Ris’n with Healing in His Wings”
For many people, the celebration of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season begins with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a century-old tradition at St. Olaf College. Featured music includes familiar Christmas carols, beautiful and contemplative choral anthems, and rollicking orchestral flourishes.
Tune in Sunday, Dec. 23, at 2:30 p.m.
“Crane Candlelight Concert: Let Us All Be Merry”
The Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together to present a very special Holiday concert. Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites.
Tune in Sunday, Dec. 23, at 3:30 p.m.
“The Great British Baking Show — Christmas Masterclass: Season 5”
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.
Tune in Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m.
“Christmas In Christ Chapel at Gustavus: Visions of Divine Mystery 2018”
A tradition since 1973, “Christmas in Christ Chapel at Gustavus” is a time for the Gustavus Adolphus College community in St. Peter, Minnesota, to celebrate the holidays with one another. Watch as more than 300 students, faculty, and staff bring the program to life in 2018 through the use of music, dance, spoken word and the visual arts to celebrate this year’s theme “Visions of Divine Mystery.”
Tune in Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11 p.m.
“Call the Midwife Holiday Special”
See what happens when a new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos for the midwives. Meanwhile, Mother Superior falls ill, and it's time for a new spiritual leader to be elected.
Tune in Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 8 p.m.
“The Great British Baking Show — Christmas Masterclass: Season 3”
Watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l'orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.
Tune in Sunday, Dec. 30, at 6 p.m.
“Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Renee Fleming”
Ring in 2019 with the New York Philharmonic, led by new Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and opera great Renee Fleming. Enjoy an evening of elegance and sophistication celebrating the intersection of classical music and dance.
Tune in Monday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
“ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve”
Celebrate the 2018 ACL Hall of Fame with host Chris Isaak as Ray Charles, Marcia Bell and Los Lobos are inducted. Performers include Norah Jones, Robert Randolph, Gary Clark Jr. and more.
Tune in Monday, Dec. 31, at 9:30 p.m.
PBS KIDS Holiday Specials
“Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas”
In this one-hour special, it's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals' most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?
Tune in: Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas”
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma - neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.
Tune in: Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“Lets’ Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World”
When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas Eve, the kids believe Santa will never find them. Luna helps the kids work to save Christmas while learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.
Tune in Thursday, Dec. 20, at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 24, at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!”
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals — from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs — and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.
Tune in Monday, Dec. 24, at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m.
“Peg + Cat + Holidays”
Don’t miss a special holiday episode featuring "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem."
Tune in Monday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
“Arthur’s Perfect Christmas”
Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even "Baxter Day" (Buster and his mom's special celebration. The only problem is, just like in real life, perfection is hard to attain, and things start to fall apart.
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