Holiday Programs on WNED-TV

The holiday season on WNED-TV dazzles this year with programs and specials that will delight the entire family, featuring inspirational music, savory cuisine and beloved characters from across the pond.

Marion Ross and Gavin MacLeod, hosts of Classic Christmas

Monday, December 2 at 7:30pm

Classic Christmas ( My Music)

Join hosts Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) for this festive, all-star special of favorite carols and popular standards. Performers include Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters and many more.

Repeated Wednesday, December 4 at 12:30am.

Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30pm

Rick Steves' European Christmas

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. He begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for great bonfires. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers - dressed as shepherds - to come and sing old carols. RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions.

Repeated Friday, December 13 at 12:30am.

The Carpenters

Friday, December 6 at 12:30pm and Saturday, December 7 at 2:30pm

Carpenters: Close to You & Christmas Memories (My Music)

MY MUSIC Presents THE CARPENTERS: CLOSE TO YOU is a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters' career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group's friends in the music business, features all of their top recording hits, including "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Top of the World," "Hurting Each Other," "Only Yesterday," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "We've Only Just Begun." MY MUSIC Presents THE CARPENTERS: CHRISTMAS MEMORIES is a special holiday program starring beloved brother-sister recording duo Richard and Karen Carpenter, the most successful American recording act of the 1970s. The all-new program focuses entirely on the Carpenters' perennially popular Christmas music offering favorites "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," White Christmas" and more.

Marion Ross and Gavin MacLeod, hosts of Classic Christmas

Sunday, December 8 at 7pm

Classic Christmas ( My Music)

Join hosts Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) for this festive, all-star special of favorite carols and popular standards. Performers include Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters and many more.

Repeated Thursday, December 12 at 1am.

Rick Steves' European Christmas

Saturday, December 14 at 4:30pm

Rick Steves' European Christmas

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. He begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for great bonfires. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers - dressed as shepherds - to come and sing old carols. RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions.

Marion Ross and Gavin MacLeod, hosts of Classic Christmas

Sunday, December 15 at 1pm

Classic Christmas ( My Music)

Join hosts Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) for this festive, all-star special of favorite carols and popular standards. Performers include Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters and many more.

Christmas with teh Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenowyth

Monday, December 16 at 9pm

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenowyth

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy® and Tony® award-winning actress and singer, for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling.

Repeated Saturday, December 21 at 3am.

Liona Boyd

Monday, December 16 at 10pm

Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy

Filmed in historic Richmond Hill United Church in December 2017, Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy perfectly captures a magical evening concert performed by world-renowned classical guitarist, Liona Boyd and her protege, Andrew Dolson. The film also features special guest, Grammy nominated flautist Ron Korb, as well as the Chancel Choir of Richmond Hill.

America's Test Kitchen

Wednesday, December 18 at 4:30pm

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.

European Christmas Markets

Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30pm

European Christmas Markets

Join us on our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets.

Great Performance Holiday Inn

Friday, December 20 at 8pm

Great Performances | Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter's famous tunes.

America's Test Kitchen

Saturday, December 21 at 1pm

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.

European Christmas Markets

Saturday, December 21 at 2pm

European Christmas Markets

Join us on our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets.

Rick Steve's European Christmas

Saturday, December 21 at 3:30pm

Rick Steves' European Christmas

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. He begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for great bonfires. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers - dressed as shepherds - to come and sing old carols. RICK STEVES' EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions.

Handel's Messiah

Sunday, December 22 at 2pm

Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah is a 90-minute docudrama - narrated by Jane Seymour - that tells the story of George Frideric Handel, how he was discovered in Halle, Germany at age nine, and his meteoric rise to celebrity composer at age 18. With more than 42 operas on three continents, Handel was a prodigious musical genius. And while many of his musical works have endured, his most notable composition, and one that's investigated with most detail, is his oratorio Messiah. The debut performance of Messiah in Dublin, Ireland in 1742 was a turning point for George Handel. It was also a turning point for Charles Jennens, the man who wrote the libretto for the oratorio, and Susannah Cibber, a formerly-scorned actress/singer who regained her standing within the theater after performing her solo. Handel's Messiah is an inspiring story of redemption.

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn

Sunday, December 22 at 3:30pm

Great Performances | Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning "White Christmas" with big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter's famous tunes.

Hanukkah: A Festival of Delights

Sunday, December 22 at 11pm

Hanukkah: A Festival of Delights

Explore the evolution of Hanukkah from a small holiday within Judaism to prominence in American culture. William Shatner, Lainie Kazan, authors, rabbis and others share historical background and personal memories.

Chef's Life Holiday Special

Monday, December 23 at 4:30pm

Chef's Life Holiday Special

Join Chef Vivian Howard for a taste of the holidays as she serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Chanukah traditions her husband Ben grew up with. From a simple corned ham to an upscale oyster dressing, from humble Hoppin’ John to an elegant red velvet cake, sample one of the most charming and delicious holiday celebrations of the season.

Christmas at Belmont

Monday, December 23 at 9pm

Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont 2019 features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children's Choir. Taped in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

 Christmas Carols with Lucy Worsley

Monday, December 23 at 10pm

Christmas Carols with Lucy Worsley

Was the carol service really invented to lure locals out of the pub into church? Which carol began life as a secret rallying cry to oppressed Catholics? And why did "Silent Night" spread so rapidly round the world? Discover the fascinating and often-surprising history of our most beloved carols, as popular historian Lucy Worsley uncovers their hidden stories on "Christmas Carols With Lucy Worsley." Hear from a host of international experts and special guests, including the Hampton Court Choir and award-winning gospel group The Kingdom Choir.

Tuesday, December 24 at4:30pm

Lidia Celebrates America | 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.

Handel's Messiah

Tuesday, December 24 at 7:30pm

Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah is a 90-minute docudrama - narrated by Jane Seymour - that tells the story of George Frideric Handel, how he was discovered in Halle, Germany at age nine, and his meteoric rise to celebrity composer at age 18. With more than 42 operas on three continents, Handel was a prodigious musical genius. And while many of his musical works have endured, his most notable composition, and one that's investigated with most detail, is his oratorio Messiah. The debut performance of Messiah in Dublin, Ireland in 1742 was a turning point for George Handel. It was also a turning point for Charles Jennens, the man who wrote the libretto for the oratorio, and Susannah Cibber, a formerly-scorned actress/singer who regained her standing within the theater after performing her solo. Handel's Messiah is an inspiring story of redemption.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival

Tuesday, December 24 at 9pm

Wheaton College Christmas Festival | Messiah, Prince of Peace

Students from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois perform sacred Christmas music and carols from around the world in the program WHEATON COLLEGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: MESSIAH, PRINCE OF PEACE. Featuring the Wheaton concert choir, women's chorale, men's glee club, and symphony orchestra, 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.

St, Thomas Christmas 2019

Tuesday, December 24 at 10pm

St. Thomas Christmas: Comfort & Joy

The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota proudly presents the fifth national broadcast of its annual Christmas concert. The festive holiday performance A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: COMFORT & JOY showcases the university's world-class vocal and instrumental ensembles in concert. The one-hour holiday special celebrates the Advent and Christmas season, drawing from both familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. This year, the program premieres a new commissioned original work entitled "Comfort & Joy," composed by Jocelyn Hagen. The piece features the entire tour de force of ensembles from the University of St. Thomas, including the chamber singers, concert choir, liturgical choir, Donne unite, symphonic wind ensemble, string orchestra, and brass choir. The program will be filmed before a live audience of 2,500 choral and instrumental music enthusiasts at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on December 8, 2019.

Crane Candlelight Christmas

Tuesday, December 24 at 11pm

Crane Candlelight Concert | Go Tell it on the Mountain

In a concert tradition that began in the 1930's, the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together each year to present a very special holiday concert. The 2018 concert was conducted by Jeffrey Francom and Joel Schut and featured the Broadway and opera star Lisa Vroman '79, soprano. The concert includes orchestral performances of the music of Georges Bizet and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Holiday favorites "O Holy Night," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."; and arrangements of "The Secret of Christmas" (from "Say One for Me"), "Wexford Carol" and "Go, Tell It on the Mountain," by Ms. Vroman.

Raleigh Ringers

Wednesday, December 25 at 12am

Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, present the sequel to their critically acclaimed holiday special, One Winter Evening at Meymandi. HOLIDAY HANDBELLS runs the gamut of song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmasscore and other sounds of the season. Highlights include: a lighthearted take on "Flight of the Bumblebee," the solemn French carol "Pat-a-pan," "March of the Toys" from the operetta Babes in Toyland, Chopin's "Valse Brilliante," and an instrumental version of "Silent Night." In between, director and conductor David Harris explains the centuries-old history of handbells, the variety of bells and bell-like instruments used, and the teamwork required to perform a piece.

Liona Boyd

Wednesday, December 25 at 1am

Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy

Filmed in historic Richmond Hill United Church in December 2017, Liona Boyd: A Winter Fantasy perfectly captures a magical evening concert performed by world-renowned classical guitarist, Liona Boyd and her protege, Andrew Dolson. The film also features special guest, Grammy nominated flautist Ron Korb, as well as the Chancel Choir of Richmond Hill.

Christmas at the Belmont

Wednesday, December 25 at 2am

Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont 2019 features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children's Choir. Taped in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival

Wednesday, December 25 at 3am

Wheaton College Christmas Festival | Messiah, Prince of Peace

Students from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Illinois perform sacred Christmas music and carols from around the world in the program WHEATON COLLEGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: MESSIAH, PRINCE OF PEACE. Featuring the Wheaton concert choir, women's chorale, men's glee club, and symphony orchestra, 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.

Bach Festival Society

Wednesday, December 25 at 4am

Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society

Every year, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Florida puts on a performance which fills the beautiful Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College 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 conductor and creative director Dr. John V. Sinclair. The esteemed ensembles offer traditional holiday selections from their rich and widely varied repertoire, including well-known Christmas hymns and carols beautifully arranged for the performers. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is Central Florida's oldest operating performing arts organization, and has the distinction of being the third-oldest continuously operating Bach Festival in the U.S.

European Christmas Markets

Wednesday, December 25 at 5am

European Christmas Markets

Join us on our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets.

Christmas on the Danube

Wednesday, December 25 at 5:30am

Christmas on the Danube

Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, Christmas on the Danube visits theses cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

The Magic of Christmas in Alsace

Wednesday, December 25 at 6am

The Magic of Christmas In Alsace

Christmas in the Alsace region of France is best experienced in the small towns and villages where each community has its own unique holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course wine. The Alsatian landscape is covered with medieval towns, castle ruins and vineyards that overflow with charm and history. And at Christmas, the townspeople go all out in decorating each of their towns to outdo the next in celebration of the season, and their Christmas markets are a truly magical take on this uniquely French celebration of Christmas. With Christmas being a magical time for children, the music accompaniment to this show are French carols sung by a The Maine Girls Chorus, which will delight the child in all of us.

Last of the Summer Wine

Wednesday, December 25 at 12pm

Last of the Summer Wine | Christmas 1979

It is midsummer yet Foggy drags Compo and Norman out Christmas shopping to avoid the holiday rush, but the area merchants are having none of his foolishness.

Christmas Carols with Lucy Worsley

Wednesday, December 25 at 12:32pm

Christmas Carols with Lucy Worsley

Was the carol service really invented to lure locals out of the pub into church? Which carol began life as a secret rallying cry to oppressed Catholics? And why did "Silent Night" spread so rapidly round the world? Discover the fascinating and often-surprising history of our most beloved carols, as popular historian Lucy Worsley uncovers their hidden stories on "Christmas Carols With Lucy Worsley." Hear from a host of international experts and special guests, including the Hampton Court Choir and award-winning gospel group The Kingdom Choir.

Making a New American Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 25 at 1:30pm

Making A New American Nutcracker

Join narrator Neve Campbell for interviews with the creative team that brought to life an original Joffrey Ballet production, reimagining the tale as Marie falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams of the World's Fair.

European Christmas Markets

Wednesday, December 25 at 2:30pm

European Christmas Markets

Join us on our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets.

Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas

Wednesday, December 25 at 3:30pm

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? Find out on Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas.

The Magic of Christmas In Alsace

Wednesday, December 25 at 7:30pm

The Magic of Christmas In Alsace

Christmas in the Alsace region of France is best experienced in the small towns and villages where each community has its own unique holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course wine. The Alsatian landscape is covered with medieval towns, castle ruins and vineyards that overflow with charm and history. And at Christmas, the townspeople go all out in decorating each of their towns to outdo the next in celebration of the season, and their Christmas markets are a truly magical take on this uniquely French celebration of Christmas. With Christmas being a magical time for children, the music accompaniment to this show are French carols sung by a The Maine Girls Chorus, which will delight the child in all of us.

12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Wednesday, December 25 at 8pm

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Join 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

Wednesday, December 25 at 9pm

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2019

Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals.

rank Capra Story: A Wonderful Life

Wednesday, December 25 at 10:30pm

Frank Capra Story: A Wonderful Life

This documentary film by Emmy Award Nominee (news) Gene Koprowski is short-form broadcast journalism that examines the life of the filmmaker Frank Capra, and features sound from Capra, as well as Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Donna Reed, and Bob Hope. The film features 570 stills from the 1930s and 1940s, which we researched through the National Archives, Sony Pictures Museum, Library of Congress, and others. Most of these images have never been on TV previously but are public domain.

Handel's Messiah

Thursday, December 26 at 1am

Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah is a 90-minute docudrama - narrated by Jane Seymour - that tells the story of George Frideric Handel, how he was discovered in Halle, Germany at age nine, and his meteoric rise to celebrity composer at age 18. With more than 42 operas on three continents, Handel was a prodigious musical genius. And while many of his musical works have endured, his most notable composition, and one that's investigated with most detail, is his oratorio Messiah. The debut performance of Messiah in Dublin, Ireland in 1742 was a turning point for George Handel. It was also a turning point for Charles Jennens, the man who wrote the libretto for the oratorio, and Susannah Cibber, a formerly-scorned actress/singer who regained her standing within the theater after performing her solo. Handel's Messiah is an inspiring story of redemption.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

Thursday, December 26 at 2:30am

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenowyth

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy® and Tony® award-winning actress and singer, for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling.

Christmas at Belmont

Thursday, December 26 at 3:30am

Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont 2019 features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children's Choir. Taped in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

European Christmas Markets

Thursday, December 26 at 4:30am

European Christmas Markets

Join us on our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets.