Get into the spirit of the season with these festive holiday programs on Nine 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.
Sunday, December 13 at 10 pm & Sunday, December 27 at 10:30 am, and online.
Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir
Tony® Award-winner Kelli O’Hara and Emmy® Award-winner Richard Thomas join The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells at Temple Square for an Americana-themed Christmas special that exudes the warmth and peace the season can bring.
Monday, December 14 at 9 pm & Sunday, December 20 at 4 pm, and online.
Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas with Vanessa Williams
In collaboration with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, the American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the entire iconic album of holiday classics. This 60-minute performance stars host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Nova Payton, Dave Detwiler and Morgan James.
Tuesday, December 15 at 7 pm, Friday, December 18 at 9 pm & Thursday, December 24 at 7 pm, and online.
Christmas at Belmont
Join Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children’s Choir for Christmas at Belmont 2019. Taped in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.
Tuesday, December 15 at 8 pm, and online.
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.
Sunday, December 20 at 1 pm
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.
Sunday, December 20 at 2 pm
Purdue 86th Anniversary Christmas Show
The first act of this fast-paced high energy production features holiday favorites from Purdue Musical Organizations ensembles including University Choir, Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul, the Purduettes and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. The second half features sacred music performed by the massed choirs of Purdue Musical Organizations.
Sunday, December 20 at 3 pm
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 holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course, wine.
Sunday, December 20 at 11:30 pm
A New Holiday
A New Holiday is a Christmas musical that follows a 10 year-old girl on her holiday journey of hope, joy and love as she copes with the loss of her beloved grandmother. The production – written by soul singer Brian Owens and actress Sophia Stephens - features an all-black cast and was filmed in St Louis, Missouri amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It stars trumpeter and nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis, singer Kennedy Holmes (NBC’s “The Voice), actress Sophia Stephens (Broadway’s The Lion King), jazz singer Anita Jackson, and newcomer Riley Adams.
Monday, December 21 at 7 pm & Wednesday, December 23 at 9 pm, and online.
Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
The 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 documentary features rarely seen archival footage, musical performances and interviews.
Wednesday, December 23 at 8 pm
Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Everyone at Nonnatus House looks forward to a traditional holiday, but nothing goes quite to plan. Meanwhile, the Circus arrives in Poplar, bringing new friendships, new experiences and an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane.
Friday, December 25 at 8 pm
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht,” thus, beginning an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A remarkable true story told in the words of the men who lived it, the new docu-musical All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 relives the moment when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together during World War I.
Friday, December 25 at 9:30 pm, and online.