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Holiday Programs 2021

Holiday special programs and performances air all month long on WNMU-TV PBS. From classics like Charlie Brown–to live performances from Wheaton College and the Tabernacle Choir–to local productions like Pelkie–our holiday specials offer quality entertainment for the whole family. Scroll down to learn about December's featured programs. Shows are organized by date. All programs are on 13.1 unless otherwise noted.

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Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat go through Christmas present confusion.   

Friday, December 3 at 9 am ET.  Repeats 12/8 at 1 pm ET.

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.  

Friday, December 3 at 10 am ET.  Repeats 12/10 at 10 am ET.

Let’s Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World
When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.  

Friday, December 3 at 12:30 pm ET.  Repeats 12/16 at 10:30 am ET.

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank
Celebrate the holidays with a 1957 special featuring the magical combination of Sinatra and Crosby.  

Friday, December 3 at 2:30 pm ET.  Repeats 12/4 at 8:30 pm ET.

Pasquale Esposito In The Spirit of Christmas

Pasquale Esposito In The Spirit of Christmas
Internationally acclaimed Neapolitan-American tenor Pasquale Esposito takes viewers on an unforgettable holiday journey in this new concert program from Naples, Italy.  

Saturday, December 4 at 7 pm ET. 

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
The Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally take a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas.  

Monday, December 6 at Noon ET.  Repeats 12/24 at Noon ET.

Craft in America “Holiday”

Craft in America 
Holiday
Embrace familiar and new winter celebrations, part of our American experience with the handmade.  

Sunday, December 6 at Midnight ET.

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

America's Forests with Chuck Leavell
US Capitol Christmas Tree
The journey of the Capitol Christmas tree from Colorado to DC.  

Tuesday, December 7 at 9:30 pm ET.  Repeats 12/26 at 9:30 am ET.

Ornament of the World

Ornament of the World
Learn how Muslims, Jews and Christians in medieval Spain forged a common cultural identity.  

Tuesday, December 7 at Midnight ET.

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Arthur's Perfect Christmas
Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in this special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.”  

Thursday, December 9 at 8:30 am ET.  Repeats 12/13 at 6:30 am ET.

Under the Radar Michigan “Holiday Extravaganza”

Under the Radar Michigan 
Holiday Extravaganza
Hold onto your sleigh bells … cause it’s our first ever UTR Holiday Extravaganza where we show you some of our favorite Holiday happenings around Michigan. Get ready for some holiday mirth and merriment on Under the Radar Michigan. Ho Ho Hope you like it !!!

Thursday, December 9 at 9:30 pm; Repeats 12/10 at 5 pm

Holidays at Murray State

Holidays at Murray State
The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special.  

Sunday, December 12 at 7 pm ET.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special

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 12 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 12/13 at Midnight ET.

20 Years of Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir

20 Years of Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell hosts this star-studded 20th anniversary retrospective.  

Monday, December 13 at 8 pm ET.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

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

Tuesday, December 14 at 11:30 am ET.  Repeats 12/24 at 1 pm ET.

The Oratorio A Documentary with Martin Scorsese

The Oratorio A Documentary with Martin Scorsese
Learn the long-forgotten story of the 1826 performance that brought Italian opera to New York City.  

Tuesday, December 14 at 3 pm ET.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
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.  

Tuesday, December 14 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 12/15 at 1 am ET.

One Voice: The Songs We Share: The Sacred

One Voice: The Songs We Share
The Sacred
See how music once only performed in church is adapted by top artists for new audiences.  

Tuesday, December 14 at 10:30 pm ET.

Nature "Santas Wild Home"

Nature
Santa's Wild Home
Journey to Lapland, where tales of Santa Claus mingle with hearty wildlife and stunning landscapes.  

Wednesday, December 15 at 8 pm ET.

The Night Before Christmas Carol

The Night Before Christmas Carol
Actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens -- and seventeen other familiar characters from the ghostly classic, "A Christmas Carol."  

Saturday, December 18 at 9:30 pm ET. 

USAF Band of Mid America Holiday Special

USAF Band of Mid America Holiday Special
Join the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Concert Band for a LIVE festive holiday concert including McKendree University choir.   

Sunday, December 19 at 7 pm ET.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Feeling down about Christmas commercialism, Charlie Brown becomes director of the holiday play.  

Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 pm ET. 

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas
Discover the surprising Tudor origins of some favorite Christmas traditions.  

Sunday, December 19 at 8 pm ET.  Repeats 12/20 at Midnight ET.

Christmas at Belmont 2021

Christmas at Belmont 2021
Featuring alumnus Josh Turner (pictured) and Belmont University students, the show includes holiday favorites and songs from Turner's new Christmas album.  

Monday, December 20 at 9 pm ET.  Repeats 12/21 at 1 am ET.

Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony

Sarah Brightman A Christmas Symphony
Join the world’s best-selling soprano and guest Andrew Lloyd Webber for her first Christmas special.  

Thursday, December 23 at 8 pm ET.

Hope College Christmas Vespers

Hope College Christmas Vespers
Traditional Christmas music from Holland, Michigan, performed by the Hope College Chapel Choir, Symphonette, College Chorus, and Brass Ensemble.  

Friday, December 24 at 3 pm ET.  Repeats 12/26 at 3 pm ET.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Through His Own Redeeming Love

Wheaton College Christmas Festival Through His Own Redeeming Love
Experience the story of the Bible through "Nine Lessons and Carols." This traditional Christmas concert alternates between choral and instrumental pieces performed by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music ensembles, and presents a mixture of traditional and contemporary Christmas music.  

Friday, December 24 at 9 pm ET.

Christmas on the Danube

Christmas on the Danube
Visit cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.Travel the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape and culture, through historic cities which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

Saturday, December 25 at 9 am

St. Thomas Christmas: Comfort & Joy

St. Thomas Christmas Comfort & Joy
Filmed at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the annual Christmas concert draws on both familiar carols and innovative contemporary selections. This year, the program premieres a new original work, “Comfort & Joy,” composed by Jocelyn Hagen.  

Saturday, December 25 at 8 pm ET.

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

All is Calm The Christmas Truce of 1914
Relive the moment when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together during World War I.  

Saturday, December 25 at 9 pm ET.

Wild Kratts Creature Christmas

Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
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.   

Sunday, December 26 at 6:30 am ET. 

Things That Go Bump in the Night

All is Bright! A Concordia Christmas
The vocal and instrumental musical ensembles of Concordia University Irvine and friends invite you to join us for a festive collection of music that brings light, hope, and joy to the season.  

Sunday, December 26 at 7 pm ET.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2019

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2019
The Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage.  

Sunday, December 26 at 7:30 pm ET.  Repeats 12/27 at Midnight ET.

Nick Stellino: Storyteller in the Kitchen “Il Cenone”

Nick Stellino: Storyteller in the Kitchen 
Il Cenone
Nick describes “Il Cenone” the Italian meal served on New Year’s Eve and how that tradition of reciting your wishes for the new year aloud once came true for him. But ultimately it was the power of food that brought him what he cherishes most, Love.

Friday, December 31 at 4:30 pm

United in Song: Celebrating The American Dream

United in Song Celebrating The American Dream
Join Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Patti LaBelle and more to celebrate America’s irrepressible strength.  

Friday, December 31 at 9 pm ET.

One Symphony, Two Orchestras

One Symphony, Two Orchestras
Go inside the remarkable partnership of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.   Friday, December 31 at 10:30 pm ET.