For those of us with loved ones in various area codes, holiday travel is an inevitable part of the holiday experience. If you have some time to relax on your journey – or are simply looking for something to keep the children entertained on the road – WPT’s online video library has you covered!
Here are five online holiday favorites that run the gamut from music to craft to Wisconsin-made programs. All of the shows below are available to stream on video.wpt.org and on the PBS channel of your Roku or other digital device.
Trust us: this list is just the tip of PBS’ holiday programming iceberg! You can explore the full collection online, anytime.
Read inside for some of our favorites – and let us know what gems you find!
Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (2016)
Available through Jan. 16, 2017
Hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra performing from Salt Lake City’s Temple Square in their annual Christmas concert. Joining Osnes and Jarvis are four distinguished Metropolitan Opera soloists: Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss and Tyler Simpson.
Craft in America: HOLIDAY
Embrace traditions both familiar and new. Featured artists include ceramic artist Susan Garson, Garcia Art Glass, paper artist Kathleen Trenchard, ceramic artist Veronica Castillo, the National Gingerbread House Competition at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn, the famed Biltmore House, woodcarver Harley Refsal and the John C. Campbell Folk School.
University Place: Carols of Christmas Past
Trevor Stephenson, director of the Madison Bach Musicians, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to share renditions of Christmas carols in their original arrangements or as they were performed long ago.
Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes
Available through Jan. 14, 2017
In this moving hour-long documentary special, internationally-acclaimed chef and food ambassador Lidia Bastianich pays homage to the men and women of our military and the truly life-saving sacrifices they make daily for our freedom. Along the way, she sits down to explore the ways that food has given them strength in tough times by reminding them of friends, family and home.
Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri 2016
It’s a WPT tradition! Professor Bassam Shakhashiri celebrates the 47th anniversary of his holiday lecture with music, explosions and colorful experiments.