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Holiday Specials on WETA Television

Marking the holiday season, WETA TV 26 and WETA HD present a slate of specials in December, featuring a new concert from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Santino Fontana and the Muppets, performances by college vocal ensembles, and WETA’s presentation National Christmas Tree Lighting 2015 in downtown Washington, D.C.

 

 

Holiday Specials on weta tV26 & weta hd

Rick Steves' European Christmas

Rick Steves European Christmas

Sunday, December 4 at 10:30am

Travel expert Rick Steves explores how diverse European cultures celebrate Christmas — in locations from England to Norway, Burgundy to Bavaria, and Rome to the Swiss Alps. Rpts Sat 12/17, 10pm; Sun 12/18, 10am, 6pm

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Celtic Thunder Christmas

Celtic Thunder Christmas

Friday, December 9 at 9:30pm

Irishmen Damian McGinty, Keith Harkin, Paul Byrom, Ryan Kelly and Scotsman George Donaldson of the Celtic Thunder vocal ensemble bring together their affinity for great popular song with live performances that pay homage to cherished holiday favorites. Repeats Sat 12/17, 4:30pm, midnight; Sun 12/18, 10pm

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Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes

Holiday for Heroes

Friday, December 16 at 10:00pm

Join host Lidia Bastianich for an unforgettable holiday special celebrating veterans, who discuss the importance of family during holidays, the challenges and sacrifices of their work and the pride they take in having defended our country. Rpts Mon 12/19, 2pm; Wed 12/21, 3pm

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Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas

Celtic Women

Saturday, December 17 at noon

Celebrate the holidays with a moving and festive celebration performed by the popular all-female ensemble. This visual and aural feast was filmed at Dublin’s Helix Theatre.

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Libera: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland

Libera singers

Saturday, December 17 at 6:30pm

One of the world's most accomplished and acclaimed boy choirs sings traditional Christmas carols interpreted in their unique style, and influenced by Irish music and melodies.

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis

Laura Osnes

Monday, December 19 at 9pm

Hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Joining Osnes and Jarvis are four distinguished Metropolitan Opera soloists. Rpts Tue 12/20, 3pm; Sat 12/24, 11pm; Sun 12/25, 12:30pm

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Santino Fontana/Sesame Street Muppets

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Santino Fontana/Sesame Street Muppets

Monday, December 19 at 10pm

Stage and singing star Santino Fontana, the Muppets from Sesame Street and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform a concert that includes songs from Sesame Street and inspiring arrangements of sacred Christmas music. Rpts Tue 12/20, 4pm; Sun 12/25, 1:30pm

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Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops

Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops

Wednesday, December 21 at 10pm

A music special taped at historic Symphony Hall in Boston showcases the best of the New England holiday season, with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing beloved holiday classics that include “Christmas Can-ticles” and “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.

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Christmastime in New Orleans

Christmastime in New Orleans

Friday, December 23 at 8:30pm

A festive holiday special showcases the music, sights and internationally acclaimed cuisine of New Orleans. Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s musical influences.

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe/Tom Brokaw

Alfie Bowe and Tom Brokaw

Sunday, December 25 at 2:30pm

Renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérables tenor Alfie Boe give a concert of holiday favorites with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir before over 80,000 people in Salt Lake City.

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Deborah Voigt/John Rhys-Davies

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Deborah Voigt

Sunday, December 25 at 3:30pm

Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

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Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2015

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2015

Sunday, December 25 at 6pm

The Poplar neighborhood readies itself for Christmas 1960. An unexpected surprise for a grieving mother brings the holiday magic home, while Nonnatus is rocked when one of its own disappears. A film crew promises to make the Christmas holiday memorable.

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Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2016

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2016

Sunday, December 25 at 7:30pm

Follow the Nonnatus House family to South Africa after they receive an SOS call from a mission hospital that’s understaffed, underfunded and threatened with closure. Facing tough challenges, they dig deep to save Hope Clinic and make a difference.

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Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve

New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve

Saturday, December 31 at 8pm

Ring in a new year with the Philharmonic and the sounds of Paris, featuring Nathan Lane, Alan Gilbert and Susan Graham in music by Ravel, Offenbach and Saint-Saëns.

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