Holiday programming on THIRTEEN

December 11th, 2009

‘Tis the season to set your DVR for the best holiday programming that public television has to offer!

Saturday, December 12

3 p.m.
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2009
A star-studded tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, military band music and special guests.

Sunday, December 13

3 p.m.
Chanukah Celebration
Actress Fran Drescher (The Nanny) hosts a fun-filled hour celebrating Chanukah. This entertaining public television special is filled with stories, ideas and information to bring new meaning to the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 15

10:30 a.m.
Angelina’s Holiday Treats / Angelina and the Front Row Ticket
Angelina is anticipating her performance in “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” at the holiday showcase.  She also can’t wait for the holiday party afterwards.  But in between final rehearsal and the performance, she and Marco overindulge in candy canes and a few too many slices of Mum’s fruitcake.

11:30 a.m.
Bob the Builder

It’s snowy and icy in Sunflower Valley and Bob is building an ice-rink at Bobland Bay. Dizzy is delighted since she loves to ice skate.  Tumbler declares that he loves to skate too and will show her how it’s really done!

12 p.m.
Thomas & Friends

It’s winter and James is bringing coal to the wharf so that Duncan can take it to the villages in the hills. Duncan challenges James to a race – he’ll deliver the coal faster than James can bring it to the wharf.

8 p.m.
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
FRONTLINE explores the life of Jesus and the movement he started, drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence and interviews with the nation’s leading New Testament scholars.

Wednesday, December 16

8 p.m.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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. The program also features a reading of “The Christmas Story” by actor Ed Hermann.

Sunday, December 20

8 a.m.
Cyberchase: When Penguins Fly
Penguins can’t fly – or can they? In Cyberspace, on one special night each year, the penguins of Penguia take flight to deliver gifts to young borgs across the virtual universe.

8:30 a.m.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
George and the Man with the Yellow Hat have a great time preparing for Christmas.

8 p.m.
NATURE: Christmas in Yellowstone
In the great winter world of Yellowstone Park, breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters. 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.

Monday, December 21

9 p.m.
Great Performances | Dance In America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
With its setting transposed to San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco Ballet artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s production features sets by Michael Yeargan and costumes by Martin Pakledinaz.

Tuesday, December 22

10 p.m.
Great Performances | Renee Fleming: Sacred Songs and Carols
Renowned soprano Rene Fleming performs Gounod’s “Ave Maria” and other sacred songs and holiday favorites in this special recorded at Mainz Cathedral in Germany.

Wednesday, December 23

8 p.m.
Three Tenors Christmas
THIRTEEN reprises a holiday favorite with the the Three Tenors — José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

Thursday, December 24

8 a.m.
Cyberchase

It’s Starlight Night, the annual holiday when all the stars in Cyberspace are refreshed for the new year.  But Hacker concocts a scheme to darken the stars of cyberspace forever.  He sends Buzz and Delete to stop all production of the new star circuits and take inventor Archimedes away to the Northern Frontier.  With the ceremony only hours away, the kids and Digit must find a simple way to make the complex circuits and rescue Archimedes – all before Hacker turns out the lights in cyberspace!

12:30 p.m.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
George and the Man with the Yellow Hat have a great time preparing for Christmas.

1:30 p.m.
Holiday Train Show with David Hartman
Paul Busse builds replicas of New York’s most notable structures for his train display at New York Botanical Gardens.

2 p.m.
Great Performances | Renee Fleming: Sacred Songs and Carols
Renowned soprano Rene Fleming performs Gounod’s “Ave Maria” and other sacred songs and holiday favorites in this special recorded at Mainz Cathedral in Germany.

3 p.m.
Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
Singers Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Méav Ni Mhaolchatha, Orla Fallon, and violinist Máiréad Nesbitt perform traditional and contemporary Christmas songs at Dublin’s Helix Centre.

4 p.m.
Great Performances | Dance In America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
With its setting transposed to San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco Ballet artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s production features sets by Michael Yeargan and costumes by Martin Pakledinaz.

8 p.m.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes
Holiday magic with the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, multiplying Santas, and the famous Living Nativity.

9 p.m.
Great Performances | Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas In Concert
Everyone’s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins GP superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics.

10:30 p.m.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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. The program also features a reading of “The Christmas Story” by actor Ed Hermann.

11:30 p.m.
Faith Hill, Joy to the World: A Soundstage Special Event
Faith performs holiday favorites backed by an orchestra led by esteemed conductor David Campbell.

Friday, December 25

8 a.m.
Cyberchase: When Penguins Fly
Penguins can’t fly – or can they? In Cyberspace, on one special night each year, the penguins of Penguia take flight to deliver gifts to young borgs across the virtual universe.

12:30 a.m.
Holly Jolly Pops Holiday with Barenaked Ladies
The upbeat hitmakers put a twist “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Three Ships” & “Green Christmas.”

1:30 a.m.
Three Tenors Christmas
THIRTEEN reprises a holiday favorite with the the Three Tenors — José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

5:30 a.m.
Carols for Christmas
This Christmas special presents a performance of traditional christmas carols sung by the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, arranged and conducted by sir David Willcocks in the dramatic medieval setting of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, England, with rich and varied images of the story of Christmas from the metropolitan museum of art.

8 a.m.
Urban Nutcracker: Anatomy of a Ballet
A diverse group of dancers, artists and crew face challenges while presenting the holiday classic.

9 a.m.
Sugarplum Dreams: Staging The Nutcracker Ballet
Each holiday season, Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet The Nutcracker is presented in a colorful production by the Ballet Theater of Indiana University’s School of Music.

10 a.m.
Three Tenors Christmas
THIRTEEN reprises a holiday favorite with the the Three Tenors — José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

11 a.m.
Great Performances | Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas In Concert
Everyone’s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins GP superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics.

12:30 p.m.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes
Holiday magic with the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, multiplying Santas, and the famous Living Nativity.

1:30 p.m.
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2009
A star-studded tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, military band music and special guests.

10 p.m.
Michael McDonald – This Christmas: A Soundstage Special Event
The singer performs “White Christmas,” Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means to Me,” and other favorites.