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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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
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.
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, 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.
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
Learn how Muslims, Jews and Christians in medieval Spain forged a common cultural identity.
Tuesday, December 7 at Midnight ET.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
See how music once only performed in church is adapted by top artists for new audiences.
Tuesday, December 14 at 10:30 pm ET.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Nick Stellino: Storyteller in the Kitchen
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