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Make PBS KIDS Holiday Programming Your "Special Thing"

One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandma’s lap watching holiday shows together. It was something we did for many years — long after the time when sitting on my grandma’s lap was cool — but it was our special thing. And as one of 20 grandkids, I cherished those special things whenever I could.

This week, we get the premieres of many PBS KIDS holiday shows. Peg and Cat, Daniel Tiger, and Thomas are off on holiday adventures that you can share with the children in your life. Each show is airing several times, so take a look at the WPT schedule and set aside a half hour or two to put your child on your lap and share a special moment with your favorite PBS KIDS friends.

Here are just a few of the episodes airing over the next week.

In “The Hanukkah Problem,” Albert Einstein teaches Peg and Cat how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel.  When Santa Claus is in trouble in “The Christmas Problem,” Peg and Cat have to figure out how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and deliver them using 100 sleighs.

On Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Daniel learns that if he takes one step at a time, he can overcome his fear and learn to do new things. He learns to sled and ice skate in “Daniel’s Winter Adventure” and performs The Nutcracker Ballet in “Neighborhood Nutcracker.”

A huge snowfall in Sodor means that Thomas, Connor, and the other engines will have to work together to clear the tracks and get the passengers home in time for Christmas in “Coming Home for Christmas.”

Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to take time for the special things.

2014 Holiday Program Schedule

Frost on the windows and snow in the fields can only mean it’s time for another festive winter in Wisconsin. We’ve taken note and have stuffed our broadcast schedule with several festive shows for you to enjoy. From Thanksgiving, through New Year’s Day, look to Wisconsin Public Television for many of your favorite holiday programs. Here is a complete list of every holiday program on Wisconsin Public Television.

Image of Chef Vivian Howard from A Chef's Life
A Chef’s Life Holiday Special – Watch online now.

All programs air on WPT’s flagship channel unless otherwise noted.
(TWC) = The Wisconsin Channel xx-2
(Create) = Create Channel xx-3

Monday, Nov. 24
8 p.m. – Around the Farm Table: Boxing Day  Watch Now

Tuesday, Nov. 25
2 a.m. – Around the Farm Table: Boxing Day  Watch Now
4 p.m. – Wild Kratts: Happy Turkey Day

Wednesday, Nov. 26
7 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks: Martha’s Thanksgiving
7 p.m. – Nature: My Life as a Turkey  Watch Now
7:55 and 11 p.m. – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2013 (TWC)

Image of Martha and a Turkey
Martha’s Thanksgiving airs 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26

Thursday, Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving
1 a.m. – Nature: My Life as a Turkey  Watch Now
6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Wild Kratts: Happy Turkey Day
7 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
9 a.m. – Sesame Street: Trashgiving Day Parade
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks: Martha’s Holiday Surprise
7 and 11 p.m. – Around the Farm Table: Boxing Day (TWC)  Watch Now
7:30 p.m. – Martha Stewarts’ Cooking School: Turkey  Watch Now
10 p.m. – Nature: My Life as a Turkey  Watch Now

Friday, Nov. 28
1:30 a.m. – Martha Stewarts’ Cooking School: Turkey  Watch Now
7 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
9 a.m. – Around the Farm Table: Boxing Day (TWC)  Watch Now
10 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Tinsel & Trains
1 p.m. – Sesame Street: Trashgiving Day Parade

Saturday, Nov. 29
6 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
9 a.m. – Around the Farm Table: Boxing Day (TWC)  Watch Now
Noon – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps  Watch Now
3 p.m. – Rick Steves’ European Christmas
5 p.m. – Lawrence Welk Holiday Special

Sunday, Nov. 30
8 a.m. – Sesame Street: Trashgiving Day Parade
8:30 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow
7 p.m. – Rick Steves’ European Christmas (Create)

Monday, Dec. 1
3 a.m. – Around the Farm Table: Boxing Day (TWC)  Watch Now
6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Odd Squad: Reindeer Games

Image of ice with bridge to Mackinac in background
Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season airs 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4

Tuesday, Dec. 2
7 and 11 p.m. – Nature: My Life as a Turkey (TWC)  Watch Now

Wednesday, Dec. 3
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Winter Surprise
8 and 11 p.m. – Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy (TWC)

Thursday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – In the Americas: Winter in the Caldera: January in the Yellowstone Hotspot (Create)
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Let It Snow
7 p.m. – Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season

Friday, Dec. 5
3:30 a.m. – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps  Watch Now
8:30 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Snowy Day
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Winter Delights

Saturday, Dec. 6
5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland (Create)
6:30 a.m. – Craft in America: Holiday (Create)
7:30 a.m. – Christmas on the Danube (Create)
8 a.m. – Travelscope: Germany’s Holiday Markets (Create)
Noon – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps  Watch Now
7 p.m. – Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland

Sunday, Dec. 7
7 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Snowy Day
10 a.m. – Rick Steves’ European Christmas (Create)
12:30 p.m. – Craft in America: Holiday (Create)
1:30 p.m. – Christmas on the Danube (Create)
2 p.m. – Travelscope: Germany’s Holiday Markets (Create)
3 p.m. – Smart Travels: Alpine Christmas (Create)
4 p.m. – Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season
4:30 p.m. – European Christmas Markets (Create)
7 p.m. – Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve
10 p.m. – Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (TWC)

Libera Choir
Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland airs 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6

Monday, Dec. 8
1:30 a.m. – A Farm Winter With Jerry Apps Watch Now
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Fun in the Snow
10 p.m. – The Candy Bomber

Tuesday, Dec. 9
6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. – Wild Kratts: Snow Runners

Wednesday, Dec. 10
11:30 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special 1995 (TWC)

Thursday, Dec. 11
6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Odd Squad: Reindeer Games
Noon – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special 1993 (TWC)

Friday, Dec. 12
3:30 a.m. – Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season

Saturday, Dec. 13
7 p.m. – Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island’s Hidden Season (Create)
8:30 p.m. – Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Sunday, Dec. 14
12:30 a.m. – Lawrence Welk Holiday Special
5:30 p.m. –  Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland

Monday, Dec. 15
5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Arthur: The Blizzard
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Snow Stops Play
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks: Martha’s Holiday Surprise

Tuesday, Dec. 16 – Hanukkah Begins
7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Joy of Kosher With Jamie Geller: Chanukah Special (Create)
9 p.m. – A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
10 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Hanukkah (Create)

Peg and Cat under a Christmas Tree
Peg + Cat + Holidays airs 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17

Wednesday, Dec. 17
3 a.m. – A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
4 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Hanukkah (Create)
6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Odd Squad: Reindeer Games
7 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
8 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
10 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
10:30 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
10:30 a.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Getting Ready for Christmas (TWC)
11 a.m. – Peg + Cat + Holidays
Noon – Super WHY!: Twas the Night Before Christmas
12:30 – Thomas & Friends: Christmas Cheer
1 p.m. – Sesame Street: Waiting for the Present
7 and 10:30 p.m. – Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables & Traditions (Create)  Watch Now
8 and 11 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special 1993 (TWC)

Thursday, Dec. 18
1 and 4 a.m. – Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables & Traditions (Create)  Watch Now
7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Joy of Kosher With Jamie Geller: Chanukah Special (Create)
9 a.m. – Sesame Street: Waiting for the Present
10:30 a.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Seasonal Change (TWC)
11:30 a.m. – Peg + Cat: The Hanukkah Problem
Noon – Super WHY!: The Nutcracker
Noon – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special 1994 (TWC)
12:30 – Thomas & Friends: Coming Home for Christmas
7 p.m. – The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
8 p.m. – A Chef’s Life Holiday Special  Watch Now
9 p.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops!

Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir airs 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19

Friday, Dec. 19
1 a.m. – The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
2 a.m. – A Chef’s Life Holiday Special  Watch Now
3 a.m. – Green Bay Holiday Pops!
8 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Snowflake Day!
8:30 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
11 a.m. – Peg + Cat + Holidays
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Tinsel & Trains
1 p.m. – Sesame Street: Waiting for the Present
8 p.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
8 and 11 p.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies (TWC)
9 p.m. – Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir (On flagship channel and TWC)

Saturday, Dec. 20
12 a.m. – Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir (TWC)
2 a.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
3 a.m. – Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir
5 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Farm Holiday Special With Ian Knauer (Create)
5:30 a.m. – Angelina Ballerina: Angelina’s Holiday Treats
5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Christmas (Create)
6 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller: Dinner (Create)
6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller: Treats (Create)
7 a.m. and 7 p.m. – Healthy Heritage Kitchen – Kwanzaa Edition (Create)
7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Christmas (Create)
8 a.m. and 8 p.m. – Travelscope: A San Antonio Christmas (Create)
8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Kwanzaa (Create)
9 a.m. and 9 p.m. – Heirloom Meals Christmas (Create)
10 a.m. and 10 p.m. – Ciao Italia: Festival of the Seven Fishes (Create)
10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Getting Ready for Christmas (Create)
11 a.m. – Martha Stewarts’ Cooking School: Turkey  Watch Now
11:30 p.m. – Around the Farm Table: Boxing Day  Watch Now
5 p.m. – The Lawrence Welk Show: Christmas
5 p.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri (TWC)

Sunday, Dec. 21
12 a.m. – A Southern Celtic Christmas Concert
5:30 a.m. – Peg + Cat: The Hanukkah Problem
7 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
7:30 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Snowflake Day!
8 a.m. – Sesame Street: Waiting for the Present
11 a.m. – Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
11 a.m. – Farm Holiday Special With Ian Knauer (Create)
11:30 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Christmas (Create)
Noon – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller: Dinner (Create)
12:30 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller: Treats (Create)
1 p.m. – Healthy Heritage Kitchen – Kwanzaa Edition (Create)
1:30 p.m. – Mr. Stink (TWC)
1:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Christmas (Create)
2 p.m. – Travelscope: A San Antonio Christmas (Create)
2:30 p.m. –  European Christmas Markets (TWC)
2:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Kwanzaa (Create)
3 p.m. – Heirloom Meals Christmas (Create)
4 p.m. – Ciao Italia: Festival of the Seven Fishes (Create)
4:30 p.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Getting Ready for Christmas (Create)
6 p.m. – Mr. Stink
7 p.m. – Silent Night (TWC)

Monday, Dec. 22
6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table: Festive Entertaining (Create)
8 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
9 a.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
11 a.m. – Peg + Cat: The Christmas Problem
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Let It Snow
1 p.m. – O Christmas Tree (TWC)
5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – Martha Bakes: Holiday Breads (Create)

Vicious Holiday Special
Vicious airs 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day following the Call the Midwife Holiday Special.

Tuesday, Dec. 23
2 a.m. – Silent Night (TWC)
2:30 a.m. – Martha Bakes: Holiday Breads (Create)
9 a.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
11 a.m. – Peg + Cat: The Hanukkah Problem
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Winter Delights
1 p.m. – Sesame Street: Waiting for the Present

Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
5 a.m. – Caillou: Caillou’s Christmas
6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Odd Squad: Reindeer Games
8:30 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
9 a.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
10 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
10:30 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: The Forest Fire/The Lost Bird
11 a.m. – Farm Holiday Special With Ian Knauer (Create)
11:30 a.m. – Peg + Cat: The Christmas Problem
11:30 a.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: Christmas (Create)
Noon – Super WHY!: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Noon – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller: Dinner (Create)
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Christmas Cheer
12:30 p.m. – Alsatian Christmas Table With Chef Hubert Keller: Treats (Create)
1 p.m. – Healthy Heritage Kitchen – Kwanzaa Edition (Create)
1:30 p.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Reindeer Games
1:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Christmas (Create)
2 p.m. – Travelscope: A San Antonio Christmas (Create)
2:30 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: Kwanzaa (Create)
3 p.m. – Heirloom Meals Christmas (Create)
4 p.m. – Ciao Italia: Festival of the Seven Fishes (Create)
4:30 p.m. – P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Getting Ready for Christmas (Create)
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks: Martha’s Holiday Surprise
7 p.m. – Mr. Stink (TWC)
11 p.m. – Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special 1994 (TWC)

Thursday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
12 a.m. – Mr. Stink (TWC)
3 a.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Audra McDonald and Peter Graves (TWC)
4 a.m. – Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir (TWC)
4:20 a.m. – University Place: The Wreck of the Christmas Tree Ship  Watch Now
5 a.m. – Caillou: Caillou The Snowman
6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Odd Squad: Reindeer Games
6 a.m. and 2 p.m.- University Place: The Wreck of the Christmas Tree Ship (TWC)  Watch Now
6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Wild Kratts: Snow Runners
7 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
7:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. – University Place: Old Fashioned Christmas (TWC)
8 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
8:30 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Snowflake Day!
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
10 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
10:30 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
11 a.m. – Peg + Cat: The Christmas Problem
11:30 a.m. – Peg + Cat: The Hanukkah Problem
Noon – Super WHY!: The Nutcracker
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Coming Home for Christmas
5 p.m. – Martha Speaks: Martha’s Holiday Surprise
7 p.m. – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2014
8:30 p.m. – Vicious: Holiday Special
9 p.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies

The Vienna Philharmonic inside the Musikverein
Great Performances’ New Year’s Celebration airs 7 p.m. New Year’s Day.

Friday, Dec. 26 – Kwanzaa Begins
1 a.m. – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2014
2:30 a.m. – Vicious: Holiday Special
3 a.m. – Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies
4 a.m. – Mr. Stink (TWC)
12:30 p.m. – Thomas & Friends: Fun in the Snow
9:30 p.m. – European Christmas Markets (TWC)
10 p.m. – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2012
11:30 p.m. – Vicious: Holiday Special

Saturday, Dec. 27
12:30 a.m. – European Christmas Markets (TWC)
5 a.m. and 5 p.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: New Year’s (Create)
8:30 a.m. – Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: New Year’s (Create)
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Martha Bakes: Holiday Breads (Create)
5 p.m. – The Lawrence Welk Show: New Year’s
9:30 p.m. – Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

Sunday, Dec. 28
2:30 a.m. – Martha Bakes: Holiday Breads (Create)
3:30 a.m. – Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
11 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: New Year’s (Create)
4:30 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: New Year’s (Create)

Monday, Dec. 29
6 a.m. and Noon – New Scandinavian Cooking: A Taste of Winter (Create)

Tuesday, Dec. 30
12 a.m. – New Scandinavian Cooking: A Taste of Winter (Create)

Wednesday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
5:30 a.m. – Arthur: Arthur’s First Sleepover/Arthur’s First New Year’s Eve
11 a.m. – Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom: New Year’s (Create)
4:30 p.m. – Katie Brown Workshop: New Year’s (Create)
7 p.m. – Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration
7:50 and 11 p.m. – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2014 (TWC)
9 p.m. – Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room

Thursday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
7 p.m. – Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015

Friday, Jan. 2
1 a.m. – Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015

 

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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