A Festive Month of Shows

Enjoy the Spirit of the Season with WDSE•WRPT!

This holiday season WDSE•WRPT has an incredible lineup of fun and festive shows for everyone! Enjoy holiday music, see the world's celebratory traditions, learn some new recipes, watch some holiday classics and specials, and tune in for something special for the little ones.

Festive Music for the Season!

Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank

Celebrate the holidays with a 1957 special featuring the magical duo of Crosby and Sinatra.

Sunday, November 28 at 4:30pm on PBS N
Wednesday, December 1 at 12am on Explore
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Carpenters: Christmas Memories

The pop/rock duo perform "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas," and more.

Saturday, December 4 at 10pm on PBS North

The Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Family Christmas Show

Join Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and their families for this joyful holiday special filmed in 1967. Songs include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silent Night" and many more. With special guest Sammy Davis Jr.

Sunday, December 5 at 7pm on PBS North

20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

The award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir, composed of 360 men and women, joins their talents to create their trademark, instantly recognizable sound.

Monday, December 13 at 7pm on PBS North & 10pm on Explore
Tuesday, December 24 at 10pm on PBS North & 11pm on Explore

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Join Alan Cumming for the real story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King with the beloved music of Tchaikovsky. Featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri, this new version is a rare holiday treat.

Sunday, December 14 at 8pm

St. Thomas Christmas: Comfort and Joy

Showcases the university's world-class vocal and instrumental ensembles in concert. The one-hour holiday special celebrates the Advent and Christmas season, drawing from both familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections.

Sunday, December 19 at 8pm on MN Channel

Christmas at Belmont

Join Belmont University students and the Nashville Children’s Choir to enjoy classic holiday songs.

Monday, December 20 at 8pm on PBS North

All Is Bright! A Concordia Christmas

The vocal and instrumental ensembles of Concordia University Irvine and friends invite you to join them for a festive collection of music that brings light, hope, and joy to the season.

Thursday, December 23 at 7pm on PBS North

Great Performances at the Met: Bryn Terfel & Friends in Concert

Enjoy a holiday performance from the famed bass-baritone in Wales' Brecon Cathedral featuring Welsh traditional folk group Calan. The program includes festive favorites, Lerner and Loewe's "Little Prince" and more.

Friday, December 24 at 7pm on PBS North

20 Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Through His Own Redeeming Love

The performances invite viewers to experience the story of the Bible through "Nine Lessons and Carols," alternating between choral and instrumental pieces performed by Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music ensembles.

Saturday, December 25 at 6pm on PBS North


Travel the Globe!

Rick Steves European Christmas

In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

Monday, November 29 at 8:30pm on Create
Saturday, December 4 at 10am on Create
Thursday, December 23 at 8pm on Create


Programs for Any Taste!

Cooks Country Holiday Feast

On "Holiday Feast," Test cook Ashley Moore shows Bridget how to make a Crumb-Crusted Rack of Lamb that is perfect for the holidays. Next, equipment expert, Adam Ried shows host Julia Collin Davison his top picks of electric knives. Finally, test cook Christie Morrison shows Julia how to make a showstopping Brussels Sprout Gratin.

Wednesday, December 22 at 6:30pm on Create!

How to Cook Well at Christmas with Rory O'Connell

Rory O'Connell is back with a holiday season of How To Cook Well. As usual, he cooks imaginative and stylish dishes with wit and erudition, but always with the aim of making the recipes simple to follow and accessible. His particular skill is in taking quite humble ingredients, such as duck, brussels sprouts, and kumquats, and creating a dish that transforms them into something surprising and delicious.

Wednesday, December 22 at 8:30pm on Create!

Chef's Life Holiday Special

Chef Vivian Howard's holiday celebration features Southern cooking and Hanukkah traditions; recipes include corned ham, oyster dressing, hoppin' john, and red-velvet cake.

Sunday, December 12 at 7pm on PBS N and 10pm on Explore

The Great British Baking Show - Christmas Masterclass

St. Lucia buns, mincemeat and marzipan couronne, French galette, and Genoa cake are served.

Sunday, December 12 at 7pm on Create and 10:30pm on PBS N


Seasonal Specials!

European Christmas Markets

Wednesday, December 22 at 8pm on Create

Craft in America - Holiday

Celebrate tradition with Nordic folk woodcarvings for winter solstice, fanciful clay menorahs for Chanukah, lavish gingerbread houses, and more.

Friday, December 17 at 10pm on Create!
Tuesday, December 21 at 8pm on Create!

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2021

Christmas 1966 promises to be a memorable one. The Nonnatus House team is faced with their busiest Christmas Day ever as the maternity home is filled with expectant moms and challenging cases. Luckily, Mother Mildred is on hand to support the team

Saturday, December 25 at 8pm on PBS North & 11pm on Explore
Sunday, December 26 at 6:30pm on PBS North


Kids’ Festive Cheer!

Sesame Street: Holiday at Hooper's

Elmo and Baby Bear stay with Alan and Nina at Hooper's store, but they're disappointed they can't celebrate Christmas Eve and Hanukkah as planned; Elmo, Baby Bear, Nina, and Alan sing carols, eat latkes, and make lots of decorations.

Monday, December 6 at 8am on PBS Kids
Wednesday, December 8 at 8am on PBS Kids

Super Why! Judith's Happy Chanukah

Judith teaches the Super Readers about Hanukkah after Whyatt is invited to Red's Gramma's house for the celebration.

Sunday, November 28 at 9:30am on PBS Kids
Tuesday, November 30at 6:30am on PBS Kids

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Arthur, D.W., and their family and friends prepare to make the best Christmas ever in Elwood City - but obstacles get in their way.

Thursday, December 2 at 8am on PBS Kids
Friday, December 3 at 6pm on PBS Kids

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring 'The Christmas Problem,' 'The Hanukkah Problem,' and 'The Penguin Problem. ' This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five-year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Friday, December 3 at 7pm on PBS Kids
Saturday, December 4 at 7pm on PBS Kids

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown becomes the director of the gang's holiday play and tries to find the perfect tree.

Sunday, December 19 at 6:30pm on PBS N and PBS Kids