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Christmas Eve on WPT…

We’re just days away from this year’s Christmas holiday, and WPT has a great lineup of special programs to help your family celebrate the season. Enjoy some afternoon Christmas chemistry with Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri. Then, in the evening, venture to a white Christmas in Yellowstone and enjoy the sounds and sights of the season with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the San Fransisco Ballet. Find the whole schedule below, but first, enjoy this classic Sesame Street Christmas memory.

Friday, Dec. 24 Schedule
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”

Spend the Holidays in Yellowstone

Watch Christmas in Yellowstone at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 on Wisconsin Public Television.  Encore at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.

Like many others, it only took me one subzero walk along Wisconsin’s icy roads to forget there is a certain beauty that comes along with winter. Despite the fact that we all bundle up and lock ourselves indoors, life still continues in the depths of winter. This winter, soak in all the outdoors have to off from the comfort and warmth of your home. Take a Christmas trip to Yellowstone National Park and watch as the many animals that inhabit our country’s first national park live in the wintertime.  This is your chance to follow wolves and red foxes as they hunt for food, watch river otters swim and play despite the freezing temperatures, and even witness a grizzly bear giving birth to two cubs while in deep hibernation.

Enjoy the preview below of a red fox hunting for mice in a somewhat odd and curious manner, and don’t forget to tune in this Sunday as well as Christmas Eve to watch the entire hour long show.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Watch Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Specials at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Each season brings its own icons to the television screen. The Fourth of July has bright fireworks displays, often in front of backdrops of grand American monuments. Springtime has usually featured an annual network broadcast of The Ten Commandments.

And, Christmas is remembered by many as the time of year that Andy Williams appears on TV. This special highlights all of the shows grand traditions — from family singalongs to the great, if not cheesy seasonal backdrops, and those fabulously memorable sweaters. To help coax you into the holiday spirit, I’ve posted one of those fun moments below.

Explore Holiday Traditions With Rick Steves

Watch Rick Steves’ European Christmas at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 on Wisconsin Public Television.

My favorite part of the holiday season are the traditions that we celebrate year after year. While many of those traditions — big dinners, colorful lights, caroling — are almost universally familiar, each family creates their own favorite Christmas moments. In my family, one of those quirks that has become an essential part of each year’s celebration is our annual Christmas Eve fireworks display. What all started years ago when a cousin found a box of sparklers left over from the Fourth of July has turned into a brightly colored exhibition that finds family members stocking up on all kinds of pyrotechnic devices specifically for Dec. 24.

In this special, Rick Steves explores many of the widely diverse traditions and celebrations across Europe. Travel along to learn how the people of England, France, Germany and Switzerland celebrate the season.

Watch a preview segment from London in the clip below.

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.

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