Festive Holiday Specials Air Throughout December

December on Idaho Public Television is filled with inspirational and heartwarming holiday specials, including Christmas music from Idaho universities and The Tabernacle Choir, seasonal drama from Call the Midwife, and the only public broadcast of the beloved Peanuts gang Christmas special.

Here are some highlights of new and returning holiday programs. For a complete nightly list of specials airing on all five of our broadcast channels — including children’s specials on our PBS KIDS Channel — visit our online schedule at idahoptv.org/schedule.

A Southern Celtic Christmas Concert (Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 PM) celebrates the close ties between Ireland, Scotland and the American South in an engaging mix of poetry, music, song, dance and story. The concert features some of the top performers of traditional Celtic and Southern music, including Moya Brennan, known as the “First Lady of Celtic Song”; Alison Brown, a dazzling five-string banjo player; and Bill Whelan, the composer of Riverdance, in a deeply moving original choral piece based on a seventh-century Irish prayer-poem.

20 Years of Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir (Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 PM and Friday, Dec. 24, at 9 PM) features two decades of Christmas performances by more than 40 guest artists and excerpts from more than 60 songs, carols, and stories celebrating the season. With pandemic restrictions in place, guest artist Brian Stokes Mitchell returns to the Conference Center — without an audience — to narrate this retrospective of performances from Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Gladys Knight, Angela Lansbury and others.

A BYU-Idaho Christmas is an annual holiday concert that features nationally renowned singers performing with the symphony orchestra, dancers and choirs from Brigham Young University-Idaho. This year’s broadcast (Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 8 PM and Saturday, Dec. 18, at 5 PM) features highlights from past years’ performances.

Conductor John Mauceri leads the San Francisco Symphony in The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 9 PM) with actor Alan Cumming as narrator. This delightful evening brings to life E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” with music from Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s tone poems, orchestral suites, and of course the score to the Nutcracker ballet. Experience this timeless holiday treat like never before — one that begins, as all great stories do, with, “Once upon a time …”

Feeling down about the commercialism of Christmas, Charlie Brown takes on the responsibility of directing the Peanuts gang’s holiday play. Can he overcome his friends’ preference for dancing over acting, find the “perfect” Christmas tree, and convince others of the true meaning of the holiday? A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Sunday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 PM.

Celebrate the holidays Idaho style with the University of Idaho Holiday Concert (Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 8 PM and Saturday, Dec. 25, at 5 PM). Relive the joy of past years’ concerts featuring middle- and high-school choral groups, bell choirs and jazz ensembles performing holiday classics together with students from the U of I’s Lionel Hampton School of Music.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2021 airs Saturday, Dec. 25, at 9 PM. Christmas 1966 promises to be a memorable one as Lucille and Cyril prepare for their upcoming winter wedding. The Nonnatus House team are faced with their busiest Christmas Day ever as the Maternity Home is filled with expectant moms, each with their own challenging case. Luckily Mother Mildred is on hand to support the team. Check our online schedule for previous years’ Call the Midwife Holiday Specials airing throughout December.

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