Saturday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m.
The Irish Rovers' Christmas
THE IRISH ROVERS CHRISTMAS is a new 60-minute Christmas special from the rollicking music icons who have touched three generations of music lovers with their Irish folk songs. Together now for more than 40 years, the group delivers a spirited set of fun-loving holiday tunes, including “Must Be Santa,” “Christmas at the Ale House,” “Three Jolly Rogues,” "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” “Christmas in Killarney,” and “That Marvelous Toy.” The Rovers also incorporate more traditional Christmas standards such as: “Jingle Bells,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “I Saw Three Ships,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” to name a few.
Saturday, December 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Happy Holidays: The Best of Andy Williams Christmas Shows
The program features classic clips from Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. Filling homes with seasonal cheer, the specials became a cherished holiday family tradition. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as performances with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, his son Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the show clips.
Sunday, December 16 at at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas special featuring some of the season’s best-loved songs. **Check your local listings for more airings.**
Tuesday, December 18 at at 7:30 p.m.
Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions
Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich encourages viewers to cook together, eat together and be together. An Italian Christmas Eve. A Mexican-American Christmas Day. A Chinese New Year. A Passover Seder. Four holidays, four different tables and traditions. Join celebrity chef and culinary author Lidia Bastianich as she travels across America in a celebration of culture through food.
Tuesday, December 18 at at 7:30 p.m.
European Christmas Markets
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, so what do the residents of the cities and towns of Europe do? They go out into the cold and have a big outdoor street party for four weeks known as the Christmas Markets. Join us as we learn about the tradition of the Christmas Markets, visit spectacular towns in Europe and their Christmas Markets, learn of the history of the towns, and enjoy the magic and enchantment of medieval and castle towns in Europe at Christmas time.
Wednesday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas in Yellowstone
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. NATURE journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone's Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.
Saturday, December 22 at 6:00 p.m.
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012
In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. 90 years later, this American holiday tradition continues to bring citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace. The tradition continues with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation as they present the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony nationwide.
Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Christmas at St. Olaf
This production of one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed annual musical celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring St. Olaf’s renowned choirs and orchestra, the program’s rich blending of compositions highlight selections from previous Christmas Festivals, including excerpts from R.V. Williams Hodie. Additionally, the centennial performance debuts newly commissioned works by American composers André J. Thomas and David N. Childs.
Sunday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas at Luther
This program celebrates the joy and traditions of Christmas with the renowned choirs of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Holiday music, 500 choristers, a symphony orchestra, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight capture the wonder and joy of the season as Luther College’s internationally acclaimed musicians mark 31 years of sharing the seasonal gift of music with their annual Christmas concert.
Tuesday, January 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Live From Lincoln Center
One Singular Sensation - Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch
The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Paul Gemignani, rings in 2013 with this celebration of the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch. Joshua Bell, Raúl Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Maria Friedman, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Kelli O’Hara and Frederica Von Stade are featured in a program highlighting selections that span Hamlisch’s groundbreaking music for stage and film. Audra McDonald hosts.