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December 2023

December is full of new and festive programs on WNMU-TV! From historical documentaries, to holiday specials for young and old, to new seasonal live performances from your favorite musicians, this month is packed with programs you won't want to miss. 

Tune in to WNMU-TV all month long for quality programming. Programs are also available to stream LIVE from our website, pbs.org or the PBS app. 

Scroll down to learn about this month's featured programs. Shows are organized week by week. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted.

Go Public! '23 Fundraiser

Don't forget, Go Public! '23 fundraiser runs November 25-December 2. There is still time to make your contribution to your public broadcasting station in the Upper Peninsula. Your support makes programs like the ones highlighted below possible. Thank you!

WNMU-TV Holiday Programs

Celebrate the holiday season all month long! Check out our complete list of holiday specials and programming airing and streaming this December.

December 1-2

5 Minute Yoga Fix with Peggy Cappy

Combat the effects of aging in five minutes a day with stretching and strength-building. Part os Go Public! '23 Fundraiser. 

Friday, December 1 at 7:30a/6:30c.

USAF Band of Mid America:

The Spirit of the Season - Holiday Special

Air Force Band of Mid-America performs holiday concert at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.  

Friday, December 1 at 9/8c.

Holidays at Hudsons

Holidays at Hudsons

Return to Detroit holidays gone by, in a televised tribute to the famous Hudson’s Department store, and their lasting holiday legacy. Their elegant yearly displays, parades and devotion to making festivities special for the children of Michigan established Detroit as one of the holiday capitals of America.  

Friday, December 1 at 9:30/8:30c.

Carols at the Cathedral

The Cathedral Choir sings beloved Christmas carols and the dean offers a hopeful message.  

Friday, December 1 at 10:30/9:30c.

Native Ball

Legacy of a Trailblazer

A Native American girl uses basketball as a ticket to college and helping others.

Saturday, December 2 at 9a/8c.

Lawrence Welk Holiday Special

Great Moments and Memories

Members of the Lawrence Welk Family reunite to showcase moments and memories from 30 years of holiday shows. Part of Go Public! 23.   

Saturday, December 2 at 5:30/4:30c.

High School Bowl

Mackinaw City vs Negaunee

Mackinaw City meets Negaunee in this preliminary round of WNMU-TV's quiz tournament.

Saturday, December 2 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/4 at 3/2c. 

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme: Memories of My Mom and Dad with David Lawrence

Celebrate the decacdes-long careers of the musical duo Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and the early days of ’50s Rock and Roll, ’60s Pop, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and The American Songbook. Part of Go Public! '23 fundraiser.  

Saturday, December 2 at 8:30/7:30c.

December 3-9

Classicalia 

Enjoy performances by some of the world’s best young classically trained musicians as they participate in this international competition. Spotlighting talented youth, the competition offers the opportunity to win worldwide recognition. Part of Go Public! '23 Fundraiser.  

Sunday, December 3 at 6:30/5:30c.

All Creatures Great and Small:

Christmas in the Dales

Experience the kindness, empathy and love in the magical village of Darrowby and the stunning Yorkshire Dales during the holiday season. Part of Go Public! 23 Fundraiser.  

Sunday, December 3 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/4 at 1:30 pm.

Straight No Chaser: The 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join the a cappella ensemble to celebrate 25 years of great music with style and spirit. Part of Go Public! '23 fundraiser.  

Sunday, December 3 at 9:30/8:30c.

Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie

Cat Among the Pigeons

Discover what made the world's most successful crime writer tick. Lucy explores Agatha Christie’s haunted early life, revealing some hidden secrets.   

Mondays at 12a/11c, begins December 4.

Easy Yoga: Strength and Balance with Peggy Cappy

Discover how yoga can aid anyone, of any age, who wants to increase strength and improve balance. Part of Go Public! '23 fundraiser.  

Monday, December 4 at 7:30a/6:30c.

Mary Berry's Ultimate Christmas

Mary Berry shares her ultimate Christmas feast with all the trimmings. Part of Go Public! '23 fundraiser.

Monday, December 4 at 8/7c.

Alone in the Wilderness

Alone in the Wilderness

Thousands have dreamed of building a cabin in the woods, but Richard Proenneke lived the it in the wilderness of Alaska, with only nature to keep him company. Part of Go Public! '23 fundraiser.  

Monday, December 4 at 9:30/8:30c.

America's Forests with Chuck Leavell: Georgia

America's Forests with Chuck Leavell: Georgia

Host Chuck Leavell features his home state of Georgia – the number one forestry state in the nation and the state where he got his start in music and tree farming.  

Monday, December 4 at 10:30/9:30c.

American Experience

Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice. Discover the story of the pioneering woman who became the Supreme Court's first female justice.  

Tuesday, December 5 at 8/7c.

Frontline: Inside the Uvalde Response

Frontline

Inside the Uvalde Response

The real-time accounts of the response, missteps and trauma in the Uvalde school shooting.   

Tuesday, December 5 at 10/9c.

Christmas in New England

From the coast of Maine to the hills of the Berkshires, New England is a uniquely magical place to celebrate the holidays. Join host Lindsay Paris as she visits eight regional destinations to take a look at the traditions and events that make Christmas in New England so special.  

Wednesday, December 6 at 1a/12c.

Debbie Gibson Holiday: A Soundcheck Special

From the coast of Maine to the hills of the Berkshires, New England is a uniquely magical place to celebrate the holidays. Join host Lindsay Paris as she visits eight regional destinations to take a look at the traditions and events that make Christmas in New England so special.  

Wednesday, December 6 at 1:30a/12:30c.

Sesame Street

The Nutcracker starring Elmo & Tango

The holidays are here on Sesame Street, and Elmo is determined to make it the best Christmas for Tango.   

Wednesday, December 6 at 10a/9c.  Repeats 12/14 at 10a/9c.

Nature: American Arctic

Nature

American Arctic

Follow the planet’s longest land-animal migration on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Wednesday, December 6 at 8/7c.

NOVA

Ghosts of Stonehenge

A decade of archaeological research uncovers provocative new clues about Stonehenge.

Wednesday, December 6 at 9/8c.   

The Great Polar Bear Feast

Investigate the problems facing a unique population of polar bears due to climate change.  With no food left, the bears head towards Kaktovic to scavenge during the night.

Wednesday, December 6 at 10/9c.

Ask the DNR: Bird Hunting, Youth Hunt, Pre-Deer Season, Fall Fishing

Ask the DNR

December 2023

Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources visit WNMU-TV to answer questions submitted from viewers.  

Thursday, December 7 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/8 at 3/2c. 

Halifax: Retribution

Episode 8

Jane confronts the shooter as he prepares for a final act.

Friday, December 8 at 9/8c.

Christmas at Belmont 2021

Christmas at Belmont 2021 features Belmont University students performing holiday songs.

Saturday, December 9 at 1a/12c.

Two Wars | The Road to Integration

Traces the journey of Black service members' integration into the U.S. Armed Forces.

Saturday, December 9 at 9a/8c.

High School Bowl

Ironwood vs Big Bay de Noc

Ironwood meets Big Bay de Noc in this initial round of WNMU-TV's quiz bowl tournament.

Saturday, December 9 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/11 at 3/2c.

High School Bowl

Watersmeet vs Pickford

Watersmeet meets Pickford in this round of WNMU-TV's annual quiz bowl tournament.

Saturday, December 9 at 8:30/7:30c.  Repeats 12/11 at 3:30/2:30c.

December 10-16

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi: A Song for Everything

This is a story about how tribal expressionism and individualism of members combine with culture as a binding force of community. From re-recognition as a sovereign nation to reclaiming identity in contemporary America, culture and language play their part in defining what it means to be a Pokagon citizen.  

Sunday, December 10 at 3/2c.

Baba Babee Skazala [Grandmother Told Grandmother]

Baba Babee Skazala [Grandmother Told Grandmother]

The little-known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. Spending their childhood as refugees in Europe, these inspiring individuals later immigrated to the United States, creating new homes and communities through their grit, faith and deep belief in the importance of preserving culture.

Thursday, December 7 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/8 at 3/2c. 

A Chef's Life

Holiday Special

Join Vivian as she prepares foods that draw on her Southern heritage and Ben's Chanukah traditions.  

Sunday, December 10 at 8/7c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Season 3, Episode 1: Second Time Lucky

James and Helen prepare to walk down the aisle, but will their wedding day go as planned?

Sunday, December 10 at 9/8c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Honeymoon's Over

James and Helen enter married life, while James settles in as Siegfried’s partner.

Sunday, December 10 at 10/9c.

Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen

Destination Unknown

Lucy Worsley investigates Agatha Christie, and the experiences that shaped her fiction.

Sunday, December 10 at 12a/11c.

Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy

Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy

A magical evening concert performed by world-renowned classical guitarist, Liona Boyd and her protege, Andrew Dolson.  

Monday, December 11 at 9/8c.

How to Have an American Baby

POV

How to Have an American Baby

An intimate look behind the closed doors of the Chinese birth tourism industry in the US.  

Monday, December 11 at 10/9c.

Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir

Season of Light

Stars Lea Salonga and Sir David Suchet join The Tabernacle Choir for an inspiring concert.

Tuesday, December 12 at 8/7c.

CLOWN by Quentin Blake

On Christmas Eve, Clown goes on a journey to find a new home for himself and his friends.

Tuesday, December 12 at 9:30/8:30c. Repeats 12/16 at 10:30/9:30c.

Frontline THe DIscord Leaks

Frontline

The Discord Leaks

How a young National Guardsman allegedly leaked classified documents onto the Discord chat platform.   

Tuesday, December 12 at 10/9c.

Eddy's World

At 102-years-old, Eddy still prototypes new toys in his garage machine shop and creates projects on his 3D printer.  

Wednesday, December 13 at 1a/12c.

Nature

Canada: Surviving the Wild North

Journey from Canada’s Arctic to the boreal forest and discover how animals survive.

Wednesday, December 13 at 8/7c.

NOVA

The Next Pompeii 

In the shadow of Vesuvius and Pompeii, a lesser-known volcano puts Naples at risk.

Wednesday, December 13 at 9/8c.

Great Yellowstone Thaw

Ep. 1

Journey to Yellowstone, where wildlife survives one of the greatest seasonal changes.

Wednesdays at 10/9c, begins December 13.

Ask the Doctors

Ask the Doctors

Behavioral Health

Area medical professionals visit WNMU-TV to answer questions submitted from viewers on topics including behavioral and general health.  

Thursday, December 14 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/15 at 3/2c. 

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Everyone’s favorite aardvark shows children many ways to celebrate the holidays.  

Friday, December 15 at 1/12c. Repeats 12/20 and 12/25 at 6a/5c.

Jamaica Inn

Ep. 1

Investigate the mystery of the ominous Jamaica Inn in Cornwall in the 1820s.

Fridays at 9/8c, begins December 15.

High School Bowl "West Iron County vs. Westwood"

High School Bowl

West Iron County vs Westwood

West Iron County meets Westwood in this round of WNMU-TV's annual quiz bowl tournament.

Saturday, December 16 at 8/7c. Repeats 12/18 at 3/2c.

High School Bowl "West Iron County vs. Westwood"

High School Bowl

Superior Central vs Manistique

Superior Central meets Manistique in this round of WNMU-TV's annual quiz bowl tournament.

Saturday, December 16 at 8:30/7:30c.  Repeats 12/18 at 3:30/2:30c.

December 17-23

Karamu: Feast for the 7th Day

Karamu: Feast for the 7th Day

Explore the tradition of Kwanzaa, focusing on the final feast that concludes the annual celebration.   

Sunday, December 17 at 8:30/7:30c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Episode 3: Surviving Siegfriend

Siegfried’s First World War experiences resurface as he struggles to save a racehorse.

Sunday, December 17 at 9/8c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Episode 4: What a Balls Up!

TB testing mistakenly puts a prize cow in danger.

Sunday, December 17 at 10/9c.

Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen

Unfinished Portrait

Lucy investigates Agatha Christie's 1926 disappearance, and how it affected her writing.

Monday, December 17 at 12a/11p.

Mary Berry's Highland Christmas

Beloved home cook Dame Mary Berry is heading to the Highlands on a winter break, cooking up some truly indulgent dishes that can be enjoyed anytime over the festive season.  

Monday, December 18 at 9/8c.

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.  

Tuesday, December 19 at 12:30/11:30c.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams

The American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the album of holiday classics.

Tuesday, December 19 at 3/2c.

Nature

Santa's Wild Home

Journey to Lapland, where tales of Santa Claus mingle with hearty wildlife.

Wednesday, December 20 at 8/7c.

NOVA

Decoding the Great Pyramid 

New archeological evidence shows the stunning engineering of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Wednesday, December 20 at 9/8c.

Great Yellowstone Thaw

Episode 2

Spring is here and Yellowstone is bursting into life, but the thaw is just beginning.

Wednesday, December 20 at 10/9c.

Christmas Creatures
Wild Kratts

Christmas Creatures

The Kratt Brothers introduce us to some amazing Christmas creatures!

Thursday, December 21 at 9:30a/8:30c.  Repeats 12/28 at 8a/7c.

Ask the Lawyers

Ask the Lawyers

December 2023

Area attorneys answer questions from viewers during this live broadcast.   

Thursday, December 21 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/22 at 3/2c. 

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This holiday special features Peg + Cat in three holiday-themed stories: "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem."

Friday, December 22 at 12p/11c. Repeats 24 at 7a/6c.

Jamaica Inn

Episode 3

Jem is taken into custody and Mary struggles to know who to trust.

Friday, December 22 at 9/8c.

The Holidays at Murray State 2021

Murray State University proudly presents the annual "Holidays at Murray State," featuring performances by The Murray State Concert Choir, The Murray State Jazz Orchestra, The Murray State University Treble Choir “Vox Lumina,” and a cappella group, EQ Blu.

Saturday, December 23 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/25 at 3/2c.

Crane Candlelight Concert: Let It Shine!

A long-time tradition returns for another year as hundreds of student musicians from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music take to the stage in celebration of the holiday season.

Saturday, December 23 at 9:30/8:30c.

December 24-30

TED Explores

A New Climate Vision

A look at climate change today, including areas where encouraging progress is underway.  

Sunday, December 24 at 3/2c.

America's Forests with Chuck Leavell: US Capitol Christmas Tree

America's Forests with Chuck Leavell: US Capitol Christmas Tree

In search of the perfect Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol, Chuck Leavell travels to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests to follow the journey of what will become the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from Colorado to Washington DC.

Sunday, December 24 at 6/5c.

Home for Christmas with Jim McDonough

Home for Christmas with Jim McDonough

International Steinway piano artist Jim McDonough performs beloved Christmas songs for a live audience in his Cedar Rapids, IA home, bringing excitement and warm feelings to young and old alike.  

Sunday, December 24 at 7/6c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Episode 5: Edward

Mrs. Hall conquers demons from her past. While she is away, Tristan takes on the chores.

Sunday, December 24 at 8/7c.

All Creatures Great and Small

Episode 6: For Whom The Bell Tolls

As war comes in September 1939, everyone faces decisions small and large.

Sunday, December 24 at 9/8c.

Christmas Around the World
Let's Go Luna!

Christmas Around the World

The Circo's stranded in Antarctica on Christmas Eve, complete with a stowaway duckling!

Monday, December 25 at 8:30a/7:30c.

Call the Midwife: 2023 Holiday Special

Call the Midwife

2023 Holiday Special

It is now 1969 and more babies are being born in hospitals than ever before. Pressure on maternity beds remains extremely high across the country but Poplar is coping better than most due to the work of Nonnatus House and the popularity of home births under the auspices of the Sisters.  

Monday, December 25 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/29 at 1a/12c.

George Perris - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Join George Perris and his big band as they celebrate the holiday season with a special performance filmed from his home country of Greece.  

Monday, December 25 at 9:30/8:30c.

Anthony Williams' Urban Nutcracker

A celebration of multicultural communities puts a modern spin on the 19th-century fairy tale.  

Monday, December 25 at 10:30/9:30c.

The Humble Oyster

Examine the fragility of Northwest Florida’s threatened coastal ecology and the efforts to bring back the health of local bays and a once vibrant commercial industry through oyster restoration.   

Tuesday, December 26 at 1a/12c.

Playing Frisbee in North Korea

Filmed inside "the Hermit Kingdom," this film looks at the everyday life of North Koreans.

Tuesday, December 26 at 8/7c.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Alan Cumming recounts the origin story of how a prince got put into a nutcracker.

Tuesday, December 26 at 9/8c.

Rocket Saves the Day

A young pup, Rocket, and his best friend, Little Yellow Bird, travel to Letter Land, Sound Slide and Reading Woods to learn about the wonder of words.  

Wednesday, December 27 at 12:30/11:30c.  Repeats 12/28 at 6:30a/5:30c.

Nature

Penguins: Meet the Family

Meet all 18 species of penguins from around the world.

Wednesday, December 27 at 8/7c.

NOVA

Alaskan Dinosaurs 

Intrepid paleontologists discover that dinosaurs thrived in the Arctic’s cold and dark.

Wednesday, December 27 at 9/8c.   

Great Yellowstone Thaw

Episode 3

Soaring temperatures bring wildfires, and something’s forced the beavers to leave home.

Wednesday, December 27 at 10/9c.

Little Bird

Love is all Around

In 1968 Bezhig Little Bird was taken from her family. Now she questions her adoptive life.

Fridays at 9/8c, begins December 29.

Karamu: 100 Years in the House

The word "Karamu" comes from a Swahili word meaning "a place of joyful gatherings." For the past 100 years, the Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio — the oldest African-American theater in the United States — has lived up to its name. Learn the story behind this important theater in America's arts and culture history.  

Saturday, December 30 at 8/7c.

Special: Naughty or Nice

Roadshow offers appraisals to satisfy everyone's wish list in this special edition.

Saturday, December 30 at 9:30/8:30c.

December 31

Superagers: Getting Old, Living Young

Celebrating SuperAgers—older people who are thriving, thanks to their healthy habits and positive outlook. Including tips from experts with inspiring glimpses into the lives and mindsets of SuperAgers themselves. It will change how you look at aging, and maybe even change your life!  

Sunday, December 31 at 11:30a/12:30c.

Cultural Expressions

Kwanzaa

Honoring the heritage, unity, culture, and rich contributions of African Americans, this program explores the seven principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa by sharing seven real-life stories of impact.   

Sunday, December 31 at 7/6c.

Next at the Kennedy Center

 A New Year's Eve Celebration

Ring in the new year with a dynamic mix of artists across hip hop, jazz, modern dance, and more at the Kennedy Center.  

Sunday, December 31 at 8/7c.  Repeats 12/31 at 11/10c.

Austin Opera

All Star Concert

Celebrate the Arts with this dazzling concert recorded live with some of opera's biggest stars.  

Sunday, December 31 at 9/8c.

Austin Opera Presents Bella Noche De Music

Austin Opera Presents

Bella Noche De Music

Enjoy a unique blend of opera, mariachi, classical, and ranchera music performed live in Austin, TX.  

Sunday, December 31 at 10/9c.

Great Performances

Anything Goes Preview

Enjoy Cole Porter’s classic musical led by Tony winner Sutton Foster.

Monday, January 1 at 12a/11p.