Celebrate the season with sacred music, festive baking, children’s specials and holiday dramas airing throughout December on Idaho Public Television! Here are the highlights of new and encore shows airing on the IDAHO channel. Consult our online schedule for additional encores airing on the PLUS, CREATE and WORLD channels. All times are MT/PT:
In America’s Home Cooking : Holiday Side Dishes (Saturday, December 2, at 9/8 AM), host Chris Fennimore welcomes home cooks who prepare a favorite side dish, including mushroom sour soup, Sweet Sally’s collard greens, brussel sprouts with cranberries, and more.
Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas (Saturday, December 2, at 4:30 PM) brings the spirit of the season into your home with carols, Christmas classics and original songs, featuring tenor Russell Watson, singer Anne Cochran, actress Jane Lynch, legendary actor Dick Van Dyke, and winner of The Voice Jordan Smith.
Rick Steves Special: European Christmas (Sunday, December 3, at noon/11 AM) celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.
In The Three Tenors Christmas (Sunday, December 3, at 5 PM), Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing traditional and classical Christmas songs including “White Christmas,” “Oh Tannenbaum,” “Ay! Para Navidad,” “Ave Maria” and “Jingle Bells.”
European Christmas Markets (Sunday, December 3, at 10:30 PM) travels through Germany, France and Switzerland to discover Europe’s Christmas markets, where town centers, market squares, and cobblestone streets come alive with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.
The Great British Baking Show: Christmas Masterclass (Friday, December 8, at 8:30 PM) joins judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holidays.
In Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace (Friday, December 8, at 9:30 PM), Concordia College reimagines the Christmas message with music embracing peace and reconciliation. Songs explore the themes of virtue in the community, including tolerance, compassion, and unity.
Christmas on the Danube (Friday, December 8, at 10:30 PM) travels the Danube River as it passes through the European landscape, history and culture on its 2,000-mile journey to the sea. There are stops at cities along the way decked out for the holiday season.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (Monday, December 11, at 8/7 AM) finds George and The Man in the Yellow Hat preparing for Christmas, but each has no idea what to give the other for a present. They follow each other around town, hoping to discover clues. Repeats December 15, 17 and 25.
In Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (Monday, December 11, at 10/9 AM), it’s Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly place with no holiday spirit. Repeats December 12-15, 25, 27 and 29.
Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas (Monday, December 11, at 4:30/3:30 PM) finds the Kratt brothers taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when they get an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe, their holiday party turns into a rescue mission. Repeats December 15 and 25.
In The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! (Tuesday, December 12, at 10:30/9:30 AM), The Cat, Nick and Sally journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. Repeats December 14 and 17.
Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazon (Friday, December 15, at 8:30 PM) is a musical celebration of the holidays with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites. Repeats December 23.
Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland (Friday, December 15, at 10:30 PM) journeys with host Joseph Rosendo to Lausanne, Montreux and Basel to bask in the glow of a Swiss-style Christmas at holiday markets, on a scenic train ride, and atop a Ferris wheel.
In the Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special (Sunday, December 17, at 8 PM), Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie. Repeats December 24.
A BYU-Idaho Christmas (Monday, December 18, at 8 PM) features special guests David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco along with the symphony orchestra, choirs and dancers from Brigham Young University-Idaho performing a variety of Christmas music, ranging from holiday favorites to hymns and carols. Repeats December 23.
University of Idaho Holiday Concert (Tuesday, December 19, at 9 PM) is a celebration of the holidays, Idaho-style! Local school choral groups, along with orchestras, bell choirs, flute choirs, and jazz ensembles, perform holiday classics together with the Lionel Hampton School of Music. Repeats December 22.
Boise author Samantha Silva discusses her debut novel Mr. Dickens and His Carol on a new Dialogue (Friday, December 22, at 7:30 PM). The story reimagines how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol.
Christmas at Belmont (Friday, December 22, at 9 PM) is an annual Belmont University tradition celebrating the holiday season and the rich talent of the university’s School of Music. The concert features a collage of familiar carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.
In a new Call the Midwives Holiday Special (Monday, December 25, at 8 PM), the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family. Repeats December 30.
An encore of the 2016 Call the Midwives Holiday Special (Monday, December 25, at 9:30 PM) follows the Nonnatus House family to South Africa after they receive an SOS call from a mission hospital that’s understaffed, underfunded and threatened with closure.
The Sultan and the Saint (Tuesday, December 26, at 8 PM) tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Two men of faith, one an itinerant Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, buck a century of war, distrust and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground.
Live From Lincoln Center‘s New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway (Sunday, December 31, at 9 PM) rings in 2018 with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s best-loved works for Broadway, including West Side Story, featuring the New York Philharmonic and special guests. Repeats at midnight.
ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve (Sunday, December 31, at 11 PM) is Austin City Limits’ annual special celebrating inductees into its hall of fame. 2017 inductees Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash and The Neville Brothers are honored by performers including Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Raul Malo and Ry Cooder.