WPT Holiday Program Schedule

‘Tis the season for enriching and enlightening holiday programs on Wisconsin Public Television. Some favorite selections include Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (pictured), the bombastic sounds of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, Rick Steves’ exploration of a European Christmas and Shalom Sesame — Chanukah: The Missing Menorah. In all, there are more than 50 choices during the next month to enjoy the wonder, traditions and merriment of the season. Make your viewing plans or set your DVRs with the full schedule after the jump.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
12:30 p.m.    Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah

Thursday, Dec. 2
10:30 p.m.    Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Saturday, Dec. 4
7:30 a.m.    Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
1 p.m.    Rick Steves’ European Christmas
3 p.m.    Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
4:30 p.m.    Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes

Sunday, Dec. 5
8:30 p.m. Great Performances “Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas”

Saturday, Dec. 11
midnight    Faith Hill: Joy to the World: A Soundstage Special
2:30 p.m.    Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

Sunday, Dec. 12
6 p.m.    Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Monday, Dec. 13
8 p.m.    Great Performances “Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker”

Tuesday, Dec. 14
10 p.m.    Great Performances “Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker”

Wednesday, Dec. 15
10  p.m.    Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole

Saturday, Dec. 18
5 p.m.    Lawrence Welk “Christmas Reunion”
6 p.m.    Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Specials
7 p.m.    Lark Rise to Candleford “Christmas”
8:15 p.m.    The Greatest Store in the World
9:30 p.m.    Great Performances “Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas”
11 p.m.    Michael McDonald – This Christmas — A Soundstage Special

Sunday, Dec. 19
midnight    Great Performances “Sting: A Winter’s Night”
7 p.m.    Nature “Christmas in Yellowstone”
9 p.m.    Ballet Shoes
10:30 p.m.    Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions “Getting Ready for Christmas at Biltmore Estate”

Monday, Dec. 20
1 p.m.    Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
10 p.m.    LA Holiday Celebration 2010
11 p.m.    Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions “Celebrating Christmas at Biltmore Estate”

Tuesday, Dec. 21
1 p.m.    Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
10 p.m.    Rick Steves’ European Christmas
11:30 p.m.    Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions “Getting Ready for Christmas at Biltmore Estate”

Friday, Dec. 24
1 p.m.    Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
4:30 p.m.    Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
7:30 p.m.    Nature “Christmas in Yellowstone”
8:30 p.m.    Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole
9:30 p.m.    Great Performances “Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker”
11:30 p.m.    Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions “Celebrating Christmas at Biltmore Estate”

Saturday, Dec. 25
6 a.m.    Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
7 a.m.    Super Why “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
7:30 a.m.    Dinosaur Train “Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers”
9 p.m.    Super Why “The Nutcracker”
9:30 a.m.    Sid The Science Kid “Sid’s Holiday Adventure”
10 a.m.    Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas”
11 a.m.    Great Performances “Peter and the Wolf”
noon        Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes
1 p.m.    Christmas at Luther: Night of Glory, Dawn of Peace
2 p.m.    Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Natalie Cole
3 p.m.    A King Family Christmas
4 p.m.    Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows
6 p.m.    Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Specials
7:30 p.m.    Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes

Sunday, Dec. 26
6:30 p.m.    Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom “Kwanzaa”

Friday, Dec. 31
8 p.m.    Live From Lincoln Center “New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve With Lang Lang”

Saturday, Jan. 1
7 p.m. Great Performances “From Vienna: The New Year’s Eve Celebration 2011”

7 thoughts on “WPT Holiday Program Schedule”

    1. Hello-

      Thanks for your interest! There have been a few changes to the schedule during our upcoming membership drive. I’ve updated the schedule so it is correct as of today (Nov. 27). Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be airing a couple times, actually. It will air at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 and again at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

      We’ll continue to update this schedule as changes arise. Thanks! Happy Holidays!

  1. I love PBS, but the Holiday showings, and pledge shows, are getting more repetitive and dismal. How about some Holiday movies besides The Greatest Store in the World, which is really been worn out these last few years? You used to show A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th St, and other Holiday movies(black and white versions). And I refuse to watch at all during the Pledge Drives. You would be better off showing the shoes we love and asking for money to support them, rather than the same old Doo Wop special. Please, let’s retire these mediocre shows.

    1. Hello-

      Thank you for your note. We will be sure to pass your holiday movie suggestions on to our programming department.

      Also, you should be happy to know that WPT will be airing many of the traditional public television programs during this important Winter Membership Drive, including Nature, “Eagles of Mull” on Sunday, Dec. 5, Antiques Roadshow and American Masters “LennoNYC” on Monday, Dec. 6, Nova “The Pluto Files” and Frontline “From Jesus to Christ” on Tuesday, Dec. 7, This Old House on Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Nature “Hummingbirds” on Sunday, Dec. 12. I hope you will tune in and support Wisconsin Public Television.

  2. I absolutely love Lark Rise to Candleford and watch this program both Sat and Sun in our community of Brodhead. So many subjects’ concerns concluded this past weekend. Does that mean the series is over? Will a new year of programs begin this coming week? Please continue showing this family oriented program. mary friederich

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