Holiday Programming

Posted on Tue, 11/19

We’re in the midst of the holidays once again, and that means cozying up and enjoying family-friendly programming that helps make the season bright. Take a look at what Austin PBS has to offer this December.

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7 a.m. - Wild Kratts: Happy Turkey Day
7:30 a.m. - Molly of Denali: Mollyball; Visit Qyah
8 a.m. - Xavier Riddle and The Secret Museum: I Am Mary Shelley; I Am Harry Houdini
8:30 a.m. - Let's Go Luna! Stairway to Art Day; Melvini Madness
9.30 a.m. - Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Thank You, Grandpere Tiger!; Neighborhood Thank You Day

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.
Monday, December 2 at 7 a.m. on Austin PBS. Repeats throughout December.

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.
Monday, December 2 at 8:30 a.m. on Austin PBS. Repeats throughout December.

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals — from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs — and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.
Monday, December 2 at 11 a.m. on Austin PBS. Repeats throughout December.

This is a special holiday episode of Peg+Cat featuring "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem." This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.
__Monday, December 2 at 12 p.m. on Austin PBS. Repeats throughout December. __

Wild Kratts: A 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. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrival's 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?
Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. on Austin PBS. Repeats throughout December.


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Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth
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.
Monday, December 16 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, December 24 at 8 p.m. on Austin PBS

Ornament of The World
Filmed in Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Toledo, this film retraces the 800-year period in medieval Spain when Muslims, Christians and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences, revealing what made this rare and fruitful collaboration possible, and what ultimately tore it apart.
Tuesday, December 17 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS

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.
Tuesday, December 17 at 10 p.m. on Austin PBS

European Christmas Markets
Discover 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.
Tuesday, December 17 at 10:30 p.m. on Austin PBS

Nature: Snowbound: Animal of Winter
Travel across the snow globe with wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan to meet animal survivors of winter, from the penguins of Antarctica to the Arctic fox and the bison of Yellowstone. Snow looks magical, but it's a harsh reality to these animals.
Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS

Handel's Messiah
Narrated by Jane Seymour, this docudrama 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. Handel's Messiah is an inspiring story of redemption. The message and the music is pertinent to all generations, regardless of personal beliefs.
Saturday, December 21 at 11:15 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 1:30 p.m. on Austin PBS

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.
Monday, December 23 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, December 24 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS

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. Featuring the Wheaton concert choir, women's chorale, men's glee club and a 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.
Monday, December 23 at 9 p.m. on Austin PBS

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
This irreverent documentary tells the story of the unlikely Jewish immigrants who, enamored with Broadway and Hollywood, wrote some of the most popular songs in America: Christmas music. The film features rarely-seen archival footage, musical performances and interviews.
Tuesday, December 24 at 9 p.m. on Austin PBS

St. Thomas Christmas: Comfort and Joy
This festive holiday performance showcases the St. Thomas choir of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The one-hour holiday special celebrates the Advent and Christmas season, drawing from both familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections.
Tuesday, December 24 at 9:55 p.m. on Austin PBS

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.
Wednesday, December 25 at 7 p.m. on Austin PBS

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.
Wednesday, December 25 at 8 p.m. on Austin PBS

Vicious Special
Chart a year in the life of Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) as they enjoy their inheritance and a birthday. Violet (Frances de la Tour) moves on from her divorce and Ash (Iwan Rheon) arrives with news.
Wednesday, December 25 at 9:30 p.m. on Austin PBS