Starting at 6pm
Christmas on The Danube
The Danube. The flowing river that passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture. With the riches of the Hapsburg Empire and the Holy Roman Empire of Germanic Nations, the cities and towns along the Danube became architectural beauties and inspired artists, writers and musicians. Castles, abbeys and cathedrals rose from the medieval times. Music of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss filled the streets and concert halls. The cities of the Danube are particularly spectacular at Christmas. With their Christmas markets filled with local crafts and food, and holiday lights and activities, a visit to the cities along the Danube at Christmas are a magical experience. As we travel along the Danube, from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, we see magnificent cities, learn of their histories, see their major sights, and visit their Christmas Markets. As we watch, we listen to the classical music created for the season. A truly marvelous Christmas treat!
A Christmas Carol: The Concert
This unique musical event marks the first time Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists and performed for audiences in a concert setting. Robert Christianson’s score is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs, and the story, faithfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is performed by such Chicago and New York theater luminaries as Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. The concert is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances, providing audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of experiencing it as never before.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting
The National Christmas Tree is a large evergreen tree located in the northeast quadrant of the The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, D.C. Each year since 1923, the tree has been decorated as a Christmas tree. The grand illumination of the Christmas lights on the tree by the President of the United States early in December is an annual event. Every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made formal remarks during the tree lighting ceremony. Since 1954, the event has marked the start of month-long festivities known as the Pageant of Peace. Smaller trees representing the U.S. states, District of Columbia, and unincorporated territories of the United States around the National Christmas Tree are referred to as the Pathway to Peace.
Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas
Stewart's concert special was taped in September at the lush Villa de Leon, a private residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Palisades, CA, near the famous Getty Villa, for which it is sometimes mistaken. It captures Stewart as he performs a collection of some of the most beloved holiday standards and traditional songs from his soon-to-be-released album also titled Merry Christmas, Baby.
Throughout the special, Stewart is joined by an incredible array of superstar artists, including Michael Bublé on "Winter Wonderland." He is united with Mary J. Bligeon"We Three Kings" and Cee-Lo Green on the title tune "Merry Christmas, Baby" featuring New Orleans' favorite son, Trombone Shorty. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is a mesmerizing 'virtual' duet with Ella Fitzgerald featuring Chris Botti.
Among the other holiday favorites are "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," "Blue Christmas," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Silent Night," and "Auld Lang Syne."
A St Thomas Christmas: All is Well
This Christmas season, the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. — an institution known for its inspired musical programming — once again shares its annual holiday concert with public television audiences. A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS features seven of the university's internationally renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles performing 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. This one-hour special celebrates the Advent and Christmas season by drawing on both well-loved traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections.
Christmas Day at Midnight
A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas
A beloved campus tradition, modeled after Cambridge University's Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols, returns to public television. Rooke Chapel, set on one of Central Pennsylvania's most picturesque campuses, makes for an evocative setting in A BUCKNELL CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS. The program 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. This holiday special also highlights the uplifting power of congregational singing, with performances of sacred music and familiar carols such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Go Tell it On the Mountain," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World."