WVIA-TV Holiday Specials 2018
Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Candlelight Service
Saturday, December 22nd 10pm; Monday, December 24th 9pm; Tuesday, December 25th 1pm
Experience the beauty of Weber Chapel bathed in the glow of 1,500 candles in CHRISTMAS AT SUSQUEHANNA: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE. Recorded in December 2016, the program captures the voices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members joining together on the campus of Susquehanna University in historic Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania to celebrate 50 years of a cherished tradition: Susquehanna University's annual Christmas candlelight service, which was first held on December 15, 1966. The hour-long music special is a wondrous spectacle of candle lighting and carols, as well as traditional readings and songs in celebration of the season. The service also features numerous student musical ensembles, including the University Choir, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir and Brass Ensemble. Musical highlights include: "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "We Three Kings," "Silent Night" and more.
Bucknell Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, December 22nd 11pm; Tuesday, December 25th 12pm
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."
Eight Nights: A Chanukah Musical Celebration
Sunday, December 2nd 1:30pm; Tuesday, December 4th 4pm; Sunday, December 9th 12pm
WVIA celebrates the Festival of Lights with a menorah-lighting and concert by the all-male vocal ensemble Shir Soul. Led by arranger, composer and vocalist David Ross, the group has toured the U.S. and Canada and performed at the White House Menorah lighting ceremonies.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Monday, December 17th 9pm; Tuesday, December 18th 3pm; Tuesday, December 25th 10:30pm
Join Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and "Downton Abbey" actor Hugh Bonneville will star as guest musical artist and narrator for this year's "Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir." They join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square handbell choir, Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble, dancers and actors in an elaborate, Victorian-themed program that celebrates the Christmas season through music, dance, storytelling and pageantry.
Lidia Celebrates America - A Heartland Holiday Feast
Tuesday, December 18th 9pm; Wednesday, December 19th 3pm
Join Emmy and James Beard Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.
America's Test Kitchen Holiday Special: Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 22nd 5pm
The entire cast is home for the holidays, and they're sharing their tips and tricks for planning a stress-free gathering, while also recounting personal holiday memories and revealing their all-time favorite holiday recipes from the Test Kitchen archives. AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN SPECIAL: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS features hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison and the rest of the America's Test Kitchen cast gathered together in a casual behind-the-scenes setting and sharing the warmth of the holidays with viewers. The hour-long special also spotlights five of the Test Kitchen's favorite holiday recipes, including new twists on classic holiday fare such as turkey en cocotte and beef tenderloin with smoky potatoes and persillade relish. Their porchetta recipe offers a flavor-packed alternative to traditional holiday roasts, and elegant holiday desserts such as millionaire's shortbread and gateau breton are sure-fire favorites to consider anytime you're trying to please a crowd. Complete with an outtake reel over the credits, AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN SPECIAL: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS is a warm, inviting and fun-filled hour of cooking with the whole ATK family that gets you in the holiday spirit.
Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers
Monday, December 24th 1pm
The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, present the sequel to their critically acclaimed holiday special, One Winter Evening at Meymandi. HOLIDAY HANDBELLS runs the gamut of song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmasscore and other sounds of the season. Highlights include: a lighthearted take on "Flight of the Bumblebee," the solemn French carol "Pat-a-pan," "March of the Toys" from the operetta Babes in Toyland, Chopin's "Valse Brilliante," and an instrumental version of "Silent Night." In between, director and conductor David Harris explains the centuries-old history of handbells, the variety of bells and bell-like instruments used, and the teamwork required to perform a piece.
Christmas at St. Olaf - Ris'n with Healing in His Wings
Monday, December 24th 10pm
For many people, the celebration of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season begins with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a century-old tradition at St. Olaf College. The first festival was a musical program for the college community, planned and directed by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Music Department. The festival continues as an expression of the College's rich musical heritage. Recorded on campus, CHRISTMAS AT ST. OLAF: RIS'N WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS features lively and festive music, including "Gloria" by Andre J. Thomas - a work arranged for massed choir, soloists, and a full orchestra in a gospel musical style. Other music includes familiar Christmas carols, beautiful and contemplative choral anthems, and rollicking orchestral flourishes.
Hope College Christmas Vespers
Monday, December 24th 2pm
Hope College Christmas Vespers is a holiday tradition for many families from West Michigan and around the country. This program is a celebration of the true spirit of Christmas and features some of the most beautiful choral and instrumental music of the season. A tradition at Hope College since 1941, Christmas Vespers is the perfect way to ring in your holiday season.
Purdue 84th Anniversary Christmas Show
Tuesday, December 25th 2pm
This one-hour condensed version of the 84th Anniversary Purdue Christmas Show features musical highlights from the full two-hour show. The first act of this fast-paced high-energy production features holiday favorites from Purdue Musical Organizations ensembles including University Choir, Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul, the Purduettes and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. The second half features sacred music performed by the massed choirs of Purdue Musical Organizations.
Holidays at Murray State
Tuesday, December 25th 3pm
The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.
Getting to the Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 25th 4pm
"Getting to the Nutcracker" is a behind the scenes look at what it takes each year to produce the Nutcracker Ballet from auditions to final performance, following the Los Angeles based, Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, led by the former Kirov star. Boys and girls, ages 3-18 are profiled; passionate people who, with their families, make incredible sacrifices of time and money, just so that they may dance. The young featured dancers have diverse backgrounds and very different life goals, which may or may not include dance. Executive Producer/Director Serene Meshel-Dillman, a former dancer at the School of American Ballet and commercial television producer, allows the viewer an intimate, behind-the-curtain view of the dancers, their teachers and families. The audience follows the dancers through the auditions, the rigorous hours of training and rehearsals, and shares the joy of landing a principal role and the pain of losing one.
European Christmas Markets
Monday, December 24th 7:30pm
Join us on our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights, and visit their charming markets. Besides being a visual treat, the show is also a musical treat, as T the Kingston Trio provides special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols to add to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns we visit. In our visit to Bernkastel-Kues we see the town hall decorated as an advent calendar, and learn of the traditional beverage of the markets, the Gluhwein. In Nuremberg we visit the imposing castle, and one of the most famous of all the Christmas markets. You can almost smell the roasting sausages and gingerbread sold in the stalls. In Rothenburg we learn of the traditional wooden Christmas decorations from the son of the founder of the Kathe Wolfhart Christmas store, and wander along the ramparts the the fairy tale village. Then we have a quick stop in the wine town of Rudesheim. A unique visit is made to the ancient town of Michelstadt and its Christmas market. And then into France, to see how the French celebrate the season in Strasbourg. We conclude our travels in Switzerland, with the sights and sounds of the holidays in Basel and and the alpine city of Lucerne. This show is a true Christmas treat, as we experience Europe at a time of community, conviviality and color. It will fill your senses with the warmth and the fun of the holiday season, with some geography and history lessons to boot!
Christmas on the Danube
Monday, December 24th 12pm
Christmas on the Danube is a companion to European Christmas Market. It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well. Traveling the majestic Danube river as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, Christmas on the Danube visits theses cities along the Danube, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.
Tuesday, December 25th 7:30pm
Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri - Renowned science communicator and University of Wisconsin Madison Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri presents the 49th annual "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri." Indium, the 49th element,is featured along with many other colorful and exciting experiments. He is joined by special guests in this fun-filled show, packed with action, music, and the sights and sounds of science.
Arthur's Perfect Christmas
Monday, December 10th 6am; Tuesday, December 11th 7am; Friday, December 14th 6am; Friday, December 21st 6:30am; Monday, December 24th 6am; Tuesday, December 25th 6am
Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even "Baxter Day" (Buster and his mom's special celebration). The only problem is, just like in real life, perfection is hard to attain, and things start to fall apart.
Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas
Monday, December 10th 7am; Friday, December 14th 7am; Tuesday, December 18th 7:30am; Monday, December 24th 7am; Tuesday, December 25th 7am
In this one-hour special, it's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals' most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays? Find out on Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Monday, December 10th 8am; Wednesday, December 12th 7:30am; Friday, December 14th 8am; Wednesday, December 19th 8:30am; Saturday, December 22nd 8:30am; Monday, December 24th 8am; Tuesday, December 25th 8am
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.
Let's Go Luna! Luna's Christmas Around the World
Monday, December 10th 9am; Wednesday, December 12th 8:30am; Friday, December 14th 9am; Sunday, December 16th 9am; Thursday, December 20th 9am; Saturday, December 22nd 9:30am; Monday, December 24th 9am; Tuesday, December 25th 9am
Cat in the Hat Know A Lot About Christmas!
Monday, December 10th 10am; Thursday, December 13th 12pm; Friday, December 14th 10am; Monday, December 17th 12pm; Monday, December 24th 10am; Tuesday, December 25th 10am
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals -- from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs -- and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.
Peg + Cat + Holidays
Monday, December 10th 11am; Thursday, December 13th 6am; Friday, December 14th 11am; Monday, December 24th 11am; Tuesday, December 25th 11am
This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring "The Christmas Problem," "The Hanukkah Problem," and "The Penguin Problem. " This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.