Press Releases

HOLIDAY 2010 PROGRAMS ON MPTV

December 1, 2010


Holiday Programs on MPTV 10.1 HD/36.2 SD and 36.1 SD
(Run times are equal or less than length indicated)

11/27
5:30pm
10.1/36.2
Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes (Hour and a half)
The world-famous Rockettes bring their signature eye-high kicks and precision choreography to such show stopping numbers as The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and New York at Christmas. Santa flies through the city, and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas in the awe-inspiring Living Nativity.

12/4
4pm
36.1
Rick Steves' European Christmas (One hour)
Rick takes a vivid and intimate look at how seven diverse cultures celebrate Christmas. From England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the top of the Swiss Alps, this special gets down on the carpet with wide-eyed children, up in the loft with the finest choirs, and into the kitchen with grandma and all her secrets. It's a traditional European Christmas, from flaming puddings and minced pies in jolly old England, to angelic girls' choirs sporting flickering crowns of candles in Olso; and from grandpa reading the Bible, high in Switzerland, to the pope in a jam-packed St. Peter's basilica for midnight Mass. Rick also shows why there aren't any plums in plum pudding, and why there isn't any mince in mince pies. Above all, traditional European holiday music--unfamiliar to most American ears--is performed by families and choirs in their homes, chapels, and cathedrals.

12/4
7:30pm
36.1
Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas (One hour)
The angel-voiced former Celtic Woman, Orla Fallon performs with special guests David Archuleta (2008 American Idol runner-up), country sensation Mark Wills, and former Celtic Woman Meav. Orla also reunites with Anuna, the original choir from Riverdance who Orla sang with prior to Celtic Woman. Orla and her friends sing beloved carols and well-known holiday classics.

12/5
11:30am
36.1
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom "Hanukkah" (Half hour)
Burt Wolf learns how the Christmas tree got indoors, how department stores create their magical windows, and what Santa has to say about all of this.

12/6
12am
36.1
Bucknell Candlelight Christmas (One hour)
From Rooke Chapel, on one of Central Pennsylvania's most picturesque campuses, this special concert opens with the traditional candlelight procession and recounts Christ's birth through Bible readings and anthems from the renowned undergraduate musical ensembles, the Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers.

12/6
8pm
36.1
Yiddish World Remembered (Hour and a half)
The story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe is brought to life by some of the last remaining eyewitnesses, as well as noted scholars on the Jewish experience. Accompanied by never-before-seen archival films, vintage photographs, and traditional Klezmer and cantorial music, the documentary takes a realistic and enlightening look at this unique and all-but-vanished way of life. Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Gould narrates.

12/6
9:30pm
36.1
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom "Hanukkah" (Half hour)
Burt Wolf learns how the Christmas tree got indoors, how department stores create their magical windows, and what Santa has to say about all of this.

12/8
7&7:30am,
11&11:30am
10.1/36.2
Shalom Sesame - Chanukah: The Missing Menorah (Half hour)
Anneliese loses her special menorah right before sunset. Can her friends help her find it in time?

12/10
2am
10.1
L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010 (One hour)
MPTV November Nights 2
The cultural mosaic of Los Angeles and the broader "melting pot" of the United States are reflected, as performers of African, Asian, European and Latino backgrounds join to express the joy of the season in music and dance.

12/10
3am
10.1
Christmas at Belmont "2009" (One hour)
Three-time Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join Yearwood, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children's Choir to present this annual production, taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Among others, the program features Phoenix, Belmont University's 10-voice pop, R&B, rock and alternative ensemble; Session, a female a cappella ensemble; Jazzmin, a 12-voice blues, swing, bebop and contemporary jazz group; and the Women's Choir.

12/11
9am &10:30pm
36.1
Movie: The March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) (Hour and a half)
Musical comedy with Laurel and Hardy in a story that takes them to Toyland, where they try to help Little Bo Peep escape the evil clutches of Barnaby and his band of Boogeymen.

12/11
8pm
10.1
Great Performances "Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas in Concert" (Hour and a half)
David Foster joins superstar Andrea Bocelli for a Christmas concert of holiday classics. Recorded at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the program also features special guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, and The Muppets, as well as a visit with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Among the featured song highlights are "White Christmas," "Oh Holy Night," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song, " "What Child Is This," and more.

12/12
12am
36.1
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2010 (One hour)
Celebrating its 88th year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting signals the start of the holiday season across the country. The special include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening's festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family.

12/13
12am
36.1
Purdue Christmas Show (One hour)
The sights, sounds and spirit of the holiday season are captured in the 76th edition of this lavish stage production. Members of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Purduettes, Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul, All Campus and Community Chorale, and the Purdue Musical Organizations' Kids Choir, perform in the Elliott Hall of Music with sounds of the season.

12/13
2am
10.1
L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010 (One hour)
The cultural mosaic of Los Angeles and the broader "melting pot" of the United States are reflected, as performers of African, Asian, European and Latino backgrounds join to express the joy of the season in music and dance.

12/13
3am
10.1
Christmas at Belmont "2009" (One hour)
Three-time Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join Yearwood, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children's Choir to present this annual production, taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Among others, the program features Phoenix, Belmont University's 10-voice pop, R&B, rock and alternative ensemble; Session, a female a cappella ensemble; Jazzmin, a 12-voice blues, swing, bebop and contemporary jazz group; and the Women's Choir.

12/13
8pm
10.1/36.2
Christmas at Concordia - Journey to Bethlehem (One hour)
This Christmas concert from the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, features holiday favorites and the world-renowned choirs and compositions of artistic director and composer, Renee Clausen.

12/13
9pm
10.1/36.2
Renaissance Christmas (One hour)
Chicago's celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass presents the soaring sounds of the holiday season. Joyful carols, solemn chants and vibrant works for brass create a pageant of sound as voices rise to the rafters and bells ring out in the exquisite Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The elegant concert includes both Renaissance and Baroque pieces for chorus and brass.

12/14
2am
10.1/36.2
Great Performances "Dance In America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker" (Hour and a half)
Since The Nutcracker's first production in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. Surprisingly, the ballet did not receive its first full-length production in America until 1944 with the San Francisco Ballet. GREAT PERFORMANCES partners with SFB and KQED San Francisco to bring the company's current production to television. With its setting transposed to San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition, SFB artistic director Helgi Tomasson's production features dazzling new sets by Michael Yeargan and opulent costumes by Martin Pakledinaz.

12/14
9:30pm
36.1
European Christmas Markets (Half hour)
Europe's Christmas markets are explored, as they come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Cities and towns in Germany, France and Switzerland are visited, and the Kingston Trio provides special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols--adding to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns visited.

12/15
2am
10.1/36.2
Christmas at Concordia - Journey to Bethlehem (One hour)
This Christmas concert from the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, features holiday favorites and the world-renowned choirs and compositions of artistic director and composer, Renee Clausen.

12/15
3am
10.1
Renaissance Christmas (One hour)
Chicago's celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass presents the soaring sounds of the holiday season. Joyful carols, solemn chants and vibrant works for brass create a pageant of sound as voices rise to the rafters and bells ring out in the exquisite Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The elegant concert includes both Renaissance and Baroque pieces for chorus and brass.

12/15
7pm
10.1/36.2
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (One hour)
Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season's most beloved songs. This program also features a reading of "The Christmas Story" by actor Ed Hermann.

12/16
9pm
36.1
L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010 (One hour)
The cultural mosaic of Los Angeles and the broader "melting pot" of the United States are reflected, as performers of African, Asian, European and Latino backgrounds join to express the joy of the season in music and dance.

12/18
2am
10.1
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole (One hour)
Natalie Cole and David McCullough join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the annual Christmas concert from Salt Lake City.

12/18
3am
10.1
Anuna: Christmas Memories (One hour)
The internationally renowned Celtic Irish choral group Anuna--the original vocal group in Riverdance bridges the gap between classical and popular music with its pure, haunting, emotional, mystical and unusual sound. Taped in front of a live audience over the course of two nights, the songs and performances combine dramatic candle-lit sets, crystalline voices, ethereal costumes and ritualistic movements.

12/18
11am & 9pm
36.1
European Christmas Markets (Half hour)
Europe's Christmas markets are explored, as they come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Cities and towns in Germany, France and Switzerland are visited, and the Kingston Trio provides special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols-- adding to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns visited.

12/19
2am
10.1
Renaissance Christmas (One Hour)
Chicago's celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass presents the soaring sounds of the holiday season. Joyful carols, solemn chants and vibrant works for brass create a pageant of sound as voices rise to the rafters and bells ring out in the exquisite Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The elegant concert includes both Renaissance and Baroque pieces for chorus and brass.

12/19
3am
36.1
Holiday Table with Chris Fennimore and Emily Luchetti
"Joyce White on Kwanzaa" (Half hour)
Soul food expert Joyce White is whipping up a menu for Kwanzaa that will satisfy both your soul and your stomach like none other. Stylist Durand Guion applies tips from the world of fashion to design a stunning and striking Kwanzaa table. Sweet Potato Fries; Gulf Coast Gumbo; Down Home Cornbread; Buttermilk Ginger Cake.

12/19
4am
36.1
Holiday Table with Chris Fennimore and Emily Luchetti
"A Traditional Holiday Feast" (Half hour)
Chris and Emily prepare a crowd-pleasing holiday dinner with all-time favorites including a sumptuous standing rib roast and Baked Alaska. Isabelle von Boch creates a toy fantasy on her Christmas dinner table. Featured recipes: Mushroom Tarte Tatin; Popovers; Oven Roasted Tomatoes.

12/19
4:30am
36.1
Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen (Half hour)
Lidia Bastianich tells her five grandchildren about the Christmases she celebrated in her native Italy. As a child, Lidia spent the holidays with her grandparents, where she learned to cook with her Nonna Rosa in their smokehouse and kitchen. Told through live-action and animation, this delightful special is filled with Lidia's Christmas traditions, delicious recipes and decorating ideas.

12/19
7am
36.1
Bucknell Candlelight Christmas (One hour)
From Rooke Chapel, on one of Central Pennsylvania's most picturesque campuses, this special concert opens with the traditional candlelight procession and recounts Christ's birth through Bible readings and anthems from the renowned undergraduate musical ensembles, the Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers.

12/19
8am
36.1
Purdue Christmas Show (One hour)
The sights, sounds and spirit of the holiday season are captured in the 76th edition of this lavish stage production. Members of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Purduettes, Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul, All Campus and Community Chorale, and the Purdue Musical Organizations' Kids Choir, perform in the Elliott Hall of Music with sounds of the season.

12/19
1pm
10.1
Great Performances
"Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker" (Hour and a half)
Since The Nutcracker's first production in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. Surprisingly, the ballet did not receive its first full-length production in America until 1944 with the San Francisco Ballet. GREAT PERFORMANCES partners with SFB and KQED San Francisco to bring the company's current production to television. With its setting transposed to San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition, SFB artistic director Helgi Tomasson's production features dazzling new sets by Michael Yeargan and opulent costumes by Martin Pakledinaz.

12/19
1pm
36.1
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom (Half hour)
Burt Wolf learns how the Christmas tree got indoors, how department stores create their magical windows, and what Santa has to say about all of this.
"Christmas Episode"

12/19
11pm
10.1
The Night before Christmas Carol (One hour)
Charles Dickens is in his study on Friday, the thirteenth, 1843. History, humor and the holiday come to life in The Night before Christmas Carol. Renowned Dickens scholar and author, Dr. Elliot Engel, crafts this entertaining study suitable for every holiday schedule and audience. In this acclaimed performance, actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and 17 familiar characters; giving personal, social, and historical context to the ghostly classic, A Christmas Carol.

12/19
9pm
36.1
Flight of Faith: The Jesus Story (One hour)
The geography of the Holy Land is magnificently captured from an aerial perspective, focusing on the places connected with Jesus' life and ministry. Beginning in Nazareth at the site where the angel Gabriel visited Mary and then across the Judean Desert to the place of Jesus' birth, the story moves forward chronologically with insight from authors, scholars, archeologists, and local people who protect and care for Jesus' legacy.

12/19
10pm
36.1
Christmas at Concordia - Journey to Bethlehem (One hour)
This Christmas concert from the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, features holiday favorites and the world-renowned choirs and compositions of artistic director and composer, Renee Clausen.

12/19
11pm
36.1
St. Thomas Christmas 2010 (One hour)
From the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., seven of the university's internationally renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles perform a festive collection of seasonal favorites. The ensembles include: The University's Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and the Hand Bell Choir.

12/20
5:30pm
10.1
Letters to Santa 2010 (Half hour)
Children participate in holiday-themed activities, and Santa reads the wish-list letters of Milwaukee-area children. This five-part series produced is produced by MATC students in the Television and Video Production Program.

12/20
10pm
10.1
St. Thomas Christmas 2010 (One hour)
From the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., seven of the university's internationally renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles perform a festive collection of seasonal favorites. The ensembles include: The University's Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and the Hand Bell Choir.

12/20
11pm
10.1
Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
"Getting Ready for Christmas at Biltmore Estate" (Half hour)
The Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C., is the largest private home in the U.S. It was built by George Vanderbilt, the grandson of the wealthiest man in the world. Burt tours the estate and sees how they prepare for Biltmore's Christmas celebration. From Santa Claus and eggnog to wreaths and poinsettias, Burt explains what became part of the Christmas tradition and why.

12/20
11:27pm
10.1
Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
"Celebrating Christmas at Biltmore Estate" (Half hour)
Burt returns to The Biltmore Estate for the second part of his investigation into Christmas traditions. Why are there Christmas Trees and why are they covered with electric lights? Who introduced the glass tree ornament and why? How did people get into the habit of wrapping presents and what do they really symbolize? These and dozens of other Christmas customs are explained in this fascinating and surprising program.

12/21
5:30pm
10.1
Letters to Santa 2010 (Half hour)
Children participate in holiday-themed activities, and Santa reads the wish-list letters of Milwaukee-area children. This five-part series produced is produced by MATC students in the Television and Video Production Program.

12/21
9:30pm
36.1
Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen
Lidia Bastianich tells her five grandchildren about the Christmases she celebrated in her native Italy. As a child, Lidia spent the holidays with her grandparents, where she learned to cook with her Nonna Rosa in their smokehouse and kitchen. Told through live-action and animation, this delightful special is filled with Lidia's Christmas traditions, delicious recipes and decorating ideas.

12/21
10pm
10.1/36.2
Bucknell Candlelight Christmas (One hour)
From Rooke Chapel, on one of Central Pennsylvania's most picturesque campuses, this special concert opens with the traditional candlelight procession and recounts Christ's birth through Bible readings and anthems from the renowned undergraduate musical ensembles, the Rooke Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers.

12/22
5:30pm
10.1
Letters to Santa 2010 (Half hour)
Children participate in holiday-themed activities, and Santa reads the wish-list letters of Milwaukee-area children. This five-part series produced is produced by MATC students in the Television and Video Production Program.

12/22
7pm
10.1/36.2
Wisconsin Lutheran College Christmas Concert 2010 (One hour)
Milwaukee Public Television presents music of the season from Schwan Hall on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus. Dr. James Nowack directs the college choir, orchestra and chapel, as students sing popular and traditional holiday music, including O Little Town of Bethlehem, Gruber's Silent Night, and Sanctus from Requiem. Produced by
Lois Maurer, directed by Raul Galvan. (Recorded December 2010)

12/22
8pm
10.1
Buddha (Hour and a half)
Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. Richard Gere narrates.

12/23
5:30pm
10.1
Letters to Santa 2010 (Half hour)
Children participate in holiday-themed activities, and Santa reads the wish-list letters of Milwaukee-area children. This five-part series produced is produced by MATC students in the Television and Video Production Program.

12/23
9pm
36.1
Wisconsin Lutheran College Christmas Concert 2010 (One hour)
Milwaukee Public Television presents music of the season from Schwan Hall on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus. Dr. James Nowack directs the college choir, orchestra and chapel, as students sing popular and traditional holiday music, including O Little Town of Bethlehem, Gruber's Silent Night, and Sanctus from Requiem. Produced by Lois Maurer, directed by Raul Galvan. (Recorded December 2010)

12/24
2am
10.1
Buddha (Hour and a half)
Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in northern India, generated from the ideas of a single man, the Buddha. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth. He said only that he was a human being who, in a world of unavoidable pain and suffering, had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. Richard Gere narrates.

12/24
2pm
10.1
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (One hour)
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma--neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

12/24
5:30pm
10.1
Letters to Santa 2010 (Half hour)
Children participate in holiday-themed activities, and Santa reads the wish-list letters of Milwaukee-area children. This five-part series produced is produced by MATC students in the Television and Video Production Program.

12/24
6:30
10.1
Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions "Christmas in Vienna, Austria" (Half hour)
Christmas is observed in cities throughout the world, but the festivities in the Austrian city of Vienna are unique. Burt joins the celebration, explains the ancient history and meaning of Christmas, tours Vienna's famous Christmas markets, and discovers why we have Christmas trees. He takes us inside the magnificent castle of the Habsburg family and unravels the story of how they became the most powerful rulers in Europe by using their marriages instead of their military. We also take a look at the foods of Christmas and discover their special meanings. The program gives us a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays.

12/24
9pm
10.1/36.2
Wisconsin Lutheran College Christmas Concert 2010 (One hour)
Milwaukee Public Television presents music of the season from Schwan Hall on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus. Dr. James Nowack directs the college choir, orchestra and chapel, as students sing popular and traditional holiday music, including O Little Town of Bethlehem, Gruber's Silent Night, and Sanctus from Requiem. Produced by Lois Maurer, directed by Raul Galvan. (Recorded December 2010)

12/24
10pm
10.1/36.2
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (One hour)
Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season's most beloved songs. This program also features a reading of "The Christmas Story" by actor Ed Hermann.

12/24
11pm
10.1/36.2
Christmas at Belmont "2009" (One hour)
Three-time Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join Yearwood, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children's Choir to present this annual production,taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Among others, the program features Phoenix, Belmont University's 10-voice pop, R&B, rock and alternative ensemble; Session, a female a cappella ensemble; Jazzmin, a 12-voice blues, swing, bebop and contemporary jazz group; and the Women's Choir.

12/25
12am
10.1
St. Thomas Christmas 2010 (One hour)
From the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., seven of the university's internationally renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles perform a festive collection of seasonal favorites. The ensembles include: The University's Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and the Hand Bell Choir.

12/25
1am
10.1
Flight of Faith: The Jesus Story (One hour)
The geography of the Holy Land is magnificently captured from an aerial perspective, focusing on the places connected with Jesus' life and ministry. Beginning in Nazareth at the site where the angel Gabriel visited Mary and then across the Judean Desert to the place of Jesus' birth, the story moves forward chronologically with insight from authors, scholars, archeologists, and local people who protect and care for Jesus' legacy.

12/25
12:30am
3am
36.1
10.1
European Christmas Markets (Half hour)
Europe's Christmas markets are explored, as they come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Cities and towns in Germany, France and Switzerland are visited, and the Kingston Trio provides special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols-- adding to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns visited.

12/25
2am
10.1
Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas (One hour)
The angel-voiced former Celtic Woman, Orla Fallon performs with special guests David Archuleta (2008 American Idol runner-up), country sensation Mark Wills, and former Celtic Woman Meav. Orla also reunites with Anuna, the original choir from Riverdance who Orla sang with prior to Celtic Woman. Orla and her friends sing beloved carols and well-known holiday classics.

12/25
3:30am
10.1
Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions "Christmas in Vienna, Austria" (Half hour)
Christmas is observed in cities throughout the world, but the festivities in the Austrian city of Vienna are unique. Burt joins the celebration, explains the ancient history and meaning of Christmas, tours Vienna's famous Christmas markets, and discovers why we have Christmas trees. He takes us inside the magnificent castle of the Habsburg family and unravels the story of how they became the most powerful rulers in Europe by using their marriages instead of their military. We also take a look at the foods of Christmas and discover their special meanings. The program gives us a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays.

12/25
8:30am
36.1
Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen (Half hour)
Lidia Bastianich tells her five grandchildren about the Christmases she celebrated in her native Italy. As a child, Lidia spent the holidays with her grandparents, where she learned to cook with her Nonna Rosa in their smokehouse and kitchen. Told through live-action and animation, this delightful special is filled with Lidia's Christmas traditions, delicious recipes and decorating ideas.

12/25
9am & 10:30 pm
36.1
Movie: Scrooge (1935) (Hour and a half)
Starring Seymour Hicks as the title character, Scrooge is a faithful adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens' novel "A Christmas Carol," about a heartless miser who discovers the true meaning of Christmas when three ghosts visit him on Christmas.

12/25
10:30am
36.1
Christmas Concert from Norway (One hour)
Recorded at the historic Vang Church in Hamar, Norway, world-renowned musicians perform, including Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, singer of the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympics; siblings Mari and Hakon Samuelsen; members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Choir Collegium Vocale and the Grammy-nominated Trondheim Soloists.

12/25
2pm
10.1
Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
"Getting Ready for Christmas at Biltmore Estate" (Half hour)
The Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C., is the largest private home in the U.S. It was built by George Vanderbilt, the grandson of the wealthiest man in the world. Burt tours the estate and sees how they prepare for Biltmore's Christmas celebration. From Santa Claus and eggnog to wreaths and poinsettias, Burt explains what became part of the Christmas tradition and why.

12/25
2:30pm
10.1
Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
"Celebrating Christmas at Biltmore Estate" (Half hour)
Burt returns to The Biltmore Estate for the second part of his investigation into Christmas traditions. Why are there Christmas Trees and why are they covered with electric lights? Who introduced the glass tree ornament and why? How did people get into the habit of wrapping presents and what do they really symbolize? These and dozens of other Christmas customs are explained in this fascinating and surprising program.

12/25
3pm
10.1
Nature "Christmas in Yellowstone" (One hour)
Wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, bears, and otters make their way through their most challenging season of the year at Yellowstone. As snow falls and the Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in. Breathtaking landscapes of snowcapped peaks and frozen icicles surround the wildlife as they adapt to the cold conditions. The men who first explored Yellowstone National Park are also profiled.

12/25
5:30pm
10.1/36.2
European Christmas Markets (Half hour)
Europe's Christmas markets are explored, as they come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. Cities and towns in Germany, France and Switzerland are visited, and the Kingston Trio provides special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols-- adding to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns visited.

12/26
1pm
36.1
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom "Kwanzaa" (Half hour)
Burt Wolf learns how the Christmas tree got indoors, how department stores create their magical windows, and what Santa has to say about all of this.

12/26
9pm
36.1
Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (One hour)
The religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians, and Muslims are thoughtfully examined, to illustrate how some people in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing with historical conflicts. The 2-part program charts their dedication to facilitating understanding and respect.

12/28
9:30pm
36.1
Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom "New Year's" (Half hour)
Burt Wolf learns how the Christmas tree got indoors, how department stores create their magical windows, and what Santa has to say about all of this.

12/31
7:30pm
10.1
Live from Lincoln Center
"New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve with Lang Lang" (Two hours)
"Live From Lincoln Center" rings in the new year with the New York Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring pianist Lang Lang.

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