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2016 Holiday Program Schedule

Winter is in the air… and on the air, on Wisconsin Public Television. As we prepare for the first snowfall – and the much-anticipated premiere of Wisconsin Winter From the Air – we wanted to share the special holiday-themed programs coming up on WPT. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, look to WPT for classic favorites and fresh holiday finds.

Here is a complete list of every holiday program on WPT this season:

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Exclusive Sneak Peek – Wisconsin Winter From the Air

Enjoy An Exclusive Preview From the Show!
Wisconsin Winter From the Air
Coming to Wisconsin Public Television
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30

This narration featuring the voice of Wisconsin author Michael Perry begins the first segment of the all-new Wisconsin Winter From the Air, coming in November from Wisconsin Public Television.

We all know it’s coming…
that first real snowfall.
The colors of autumn faded long ago,
and a new season begins.
Fresh white blankets the ground,
and the familiar path becomes a new trail.
Everything is changed.
Winter in Wisconsin doesn’t really feel ‘here’…until that first snow.
There are bound to be many chilly mornings ahead, and more snowfalls to come,
but there’s something about that first one,
something about a Wisconsin winter
that always seems…just a little magical.

As with 2014’s visually stunning Wisconsin From the Air, take to the sky once again to capture the wonder of winter, a season that transforms the state’s landscape.

Enjoy this sneak peek, mark your calendar for the premiere date and share this video with your friends. We’ll be sharing even more exclusive content from the show in the coming weeks!

Wisconsin Winter From the Air – Exclusive First Look

Come Soar With Us Again!
Wisconsin Winter From the Air
Coming to Wisconsin Public Television
at the end of November 2016

In Wisconsin From the Air, we took flight above the state we call home. Now, Wisconsin Winter From the Air – an all-new, visually stunning program – takes us into the sky again as we capture the wonder of a winter season that transforms the state’s landscape. This time, we’ll fly over some of Wisconsin’s most beloved landmarks and travel inside some of the active pastimes that bring us out into the cold to explore.

Loft above running rivers and frozen fields, soar over lighthouses and cityscapes, ski down snow-covered hills and across wandering trails and snowmobile along icy lakes.

As we anxiously await this exciting new show, we want you to be the first people to take a look inside the program

Today, we are sharing an exclusive first look and in coming weeks we will send you new segments from the program. We hope you will mark your calendar for the premiere date and share this video with your friends!

Funding for Wisconsin Winter From the Air provided by Ron and Colleen Weyers, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Morgan’s Shoes, John E. Kuenzl Foundation, Stanley J. Cottrill Fund, Francis A. and Georgia F. Ariens Fund within the Brillion Area Family of Funds, Holiday Vacations, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

It’s the First Day of Winter: Celebrate With Virtual Snow!

Today marks the official first day of winter, a harbinger of more chilly, snow-filled weeks, which will eventually melt into slushy days as we prepare for spring. As I write this, the ground is currently devoid of snow here in Madison, which is a boon to holiday travels, but unfortunate for those fond of a white Christmas.


While we wish we could deliver actual snow to those who want it, virtual snow will have to do. For your daily dose of winter, check out this clip from Wisconsin Life, featuring Eau Claire’s super-talented snow carvers, Jason Anhorn and Steve Bateman.

Each year when Wisconsin winters are at their harshest, the professional artists set out to brighten the barren landscape, spending eight weeks carving blocks of compacted snow into larger-than-life sculptures in Eau Claire’s Boyd Park. I’m left feeling that my feeble attempts at snowmen don’t quite compare …

A Special Thank You! Preview the Sequel to Wisconsin From the Air

We want to say thank you to everyone who pledged their support during Wisconsin Public Television’s August Membership Drive!

You raised your voices and gave generously to support quality educational television programs, with 2,513 members helping us raise more than $440,000 to make great programs possible.

As an additional thank you, we want to share this visually stunning preview of the follow-up program to Wisconsin From the Air, coming to WPT in December 2016.

Didn’t get a chance to donate during the drive? There’s still time to give and receive a great thank you gift by visiting this link. Enjoy the wintery sneak peek!

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.

Winter in Wisconsin. Love It or Hate It?

Winter in Wisconsin. Love it or hate it?

Personally, I am in the “hate it” crowd. But I acknowledge there are people that just can’t get enough of the cold season. (I don’t understand it, but I do acknowledge they exist.)

Watch this great Wisconsin Life animated segment below and let us know which camp you land on in the great Wisconsin winter debate. And, tune in for another all-new Wisconsin Life on WPT Monday night at 8:30.