A Festive Month of Programs

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Enjoy the Spirit of the Season with WDSE • WRPT!

This holiday season WDSE•WRPT has an incredible line up of fun and festive programming 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. All here on WDSE•WRPT.

Festive Music for the Season!

Classic Christmas

Old-fashioned favorites celebrated through the generations are featured including traditional carols, popular standards, children’s tunes and romantic selections. Featuring Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives and more.

Thursday, November 21 at 8pm on PBS North
Thursday, November 28 at 9pm on Explore
Saturday, November 30 at 7pm on PBS North
Tuesday, December 3 at 7pm on Create
Thursday, December 5 at 2:30pm on Create
Friday, December 6 at 9:30pm on PBS North

The Carpenters: Christmas Memories

A special holiday program starring beloved brother-sister recording duo Richard and Karen Carpenter, the most successful American recording act of the 1970s. The all-new program focuses entirely on the Carpenters’ perennially popular Christmas music offering favorites The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas and more.

Sunday, December 1 at 7:30pm on Explore
Tuesday, December 3 at 1:30pm on Explore & 9:30pm on PBS North
Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30pm on Create
Sunday, December 8 at 10pm on PBS North

Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell

Daniel O’Donnell transports you to a winter wonderland, performing yuletide carols, heartwarming hymns, and seasonal sing-along favorites in his holiday special. Joining him onstage is his long-time singing partner of thirty-years, Mary Duff, The Billie Barry Kids, the Daniel O’Donnell band and more.

Tuesday, December 3 at 9pm on Create
Wednesday, December 4 at 5pm on Explore
Sunday, December 8 at 6pm on Create & Midnight on PBS North

Christmas at St. Olaf: Ris'n with Healing In His Wings

Lively and festive music, familiar Christmas carols and beautiful choral anthems are showcased.

Thursday, December 12 at 9pm on PBS North
Sunday, December 22 at 9pm on MN

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

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

Monday, December 16 at 8pm on PBS North & 11pm on Explore
Tuesday, December 24 at 8pm on PBS North & 11pm on Explore

Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace

The Christmas message is re-imagined with music embracing peace and reconciliation.

Thursday, December 19 at 9pm on PBS North

Handel’s Messiah

This docudrama, narrated by Jane Seymour, tells the story of George Frideric Handel, how he was discovered in Halle, Germany at age nine, and his meteoric rise to celebrity composer at age 18.

Friday, December 20 at 9pm on PBS North

Lawrence Welk Show

"Christmas" Lawrence joins the gang for "Jingle Bells." "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" is performed by Guy and Ralna.

Saturday, December 21 at 6pm on PBS North

Christmas In Christ Chapel At Gustavus: Visions of Divine Mystery 2018

Christmas in Christ Chapel at Gustavus: Visions of Divine Mystery 2018 weaves a compelling tapestry of music, dance, spoken word, and the visual arts to proclaim the great wonder and timeless relevance of the incarnation as revealed to us through angels and prophets.

Sunday, December 22 at 7:30pm on Create

Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service

This wondrous spectacle features candle lighting, carols and songs in celebration of the season.

Sunday, December 22 at 11pm on PBS North

St. Thomas Christmas: Comfort & Joy

The festive performance showcases the university's world-class vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Sunday, December 22 at 12am on PBS North

Christmas at Belmont

An annual tradition celebrating musical diversity and rich talent, the Belmont University’s School of Music joins the Nashville Children’s Choir to present a production of seasonal favorites.

Monday, December 23 at 8pm on PBS North & 11pm on Explore
Tuesday, December 24 at 7pm on PBS North & 10pm on Explore

Lawrence Welk Show "New Years"

The Welk Band plays the "Champagne Waltz" and the Lennon Sisters reminisce with "May You Always."

Saturday, December 28 at 6pm on PBS North

Live from Lincoln Center – premieres “New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve 2019: Sondheim Celebration.”

The New Year's Eve tradition continues at the New York Philharmonic, this year commemorating the orchestral music of Stephen Sondheim.

Tuesday, December 31 at 7pm on PBS North

London's New Year's Day Parade 2020

London’s New Year’s Day Parade is a cherished turn-of-year tradition bringing pomp, circumstance and good old-fashioned fun to the U.K. capital with music, dancing, floats, balloons and more, all along a route of iconic London locations.

Tuesday, December 31 at 8:30pm on PBS North


Travel the Globe!

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, celebrate the Christmas season throughout the European continent. 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.

Saturday, November 30 at 9am & 8:30pm on Create
Sunday, December 1 at 3:30pm on PBS North & 8pm on Create
Monday, December 2 at 1:30pm on Create
Wednesday, December 4 at 2pm on Explore
Friday, December 6 at 1:30pm on Create
Saturday, December 7 at 1:30pm on Create
Sunday, December 8 at 9am on Explore

Christmastime in New Orleans

A festive holiday special showcases the music, sights and acclaimed cuisine of New Orleans.

Thursday, December 12 at 8pm on PBS North
Saturday, December 21 at 9:30pm on Create

Christmas on the Danube

Against the music of the great composers, Christmas on the Danube travels the majestic Danube River as it passes through European landscape, history and culture.

Saturday, December 21 at 8:30pm on Create


Programs for Any Taste!

WDSE COOKS: E is for Ethnic Holiday

Looking for some traditional ethnic recipes for the holiday season? Look no more! Join WDSE Cooks host Juli Kellner as she welcomes a host of cooks sharing a variety of time-honored, holiday dishes passed down from generation to generation on WDSE Cooks: E is for Ethnic Holiday.

Recipes include Lefse, Aebleskiver, Norwegian Coffee Cakes, Louisiana Gumbo, Flan, Lutefisk Dinner, Swedish Hardtack, Russian Easter Bread and more!

Sunday, December 1 at Noon on PBS North & 10pm on Create
Tuesday, December 3 at 8am on Create
Saturday, December 7 at 9am on Create & 7pm on Explore
Sunday, December 8 at 1pm on Create
Monday, December 9 at 6pm 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.

Friday, December 13 at 12am on Explore
Saturday, December 21 at 7pm on Create

The Jazzy Vegetarian

In this holiday special, Laura Theodore shares her vegan holiday dishes that are sure to satisfy any guest.

Saturday, December 21 at 8pm on Create

Nigella: at My Table

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Nigella and friends celebrate the beauty of nature, the quaintness of village life, and the true warmth of the season with a seasonal feast full of new and festive flavors.

Saturday, December 21 at 10pm on Create

America's Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays

The entire cast is home for the holidays, and they're sharing their tips and tricks for planning a stress-free gathering, while also recounting personal holiday memories and revealing their all-time favorite holiday recipes from the Test Kitchen archives.

Sunday, December 22 at 7:30pm on Create


Seasonal Specials!

The Night Before Christmas Carol

David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and other familiar characters from "A Christmas Carol."

Thursday, December 12 at 12am on PBS North

The Ornament of the World

In medieval Spain, Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a common cultural identity transcending their religious differences. Based on the book by Maria Rosa Menocal and directed by Michael Schwarz, this film blends location cinematography with dramatic animation as they explore how this rare and fruitful collaboration was possible, and what ultimately tore it apart.

Tuesday, December 17 at 7pm on PBS North & 10pm on Explore

Lidia Celebrates America “Return of the Artisans”

Lidia explores how artisanal crafts are gaining momentum across the country in this new generation of training craftspeople by setting out to meet American makers to find out what inspires and fuels them.

Friday, December 20 at 11pm on Explore

Still Open All Hours "Christmas 2016"

As Christmas approaches, grocer Granville's cost-saving measures at his shop are as cunning as ever.

Saturday, December 21 at 7pm on PBS North

Hanukkah: A Festival of Delights

Explore the evolution of Hanukkah from a small holiday within Judaism to prominence in American culture. William Shatner, Lainie Kazan, authors, rabbis and others share historical background and personal memories.

Sunday, December 22 at 6pm on Explore

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Lucy Worsley discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas has Tudor origins.

Wednesday, December 25 at 7pm on PBS North & 10pm on Explore

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Accompanied by severe weather, the winter of 1963 saw temperatures plunge to a record low. Battling snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes, the midwives strive to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Wednesday, December 25 at 8pm on PBS North & 11pm on Explore

A Passion for Giving

A stylish, powerful film about the importance of "giving" anything - time, resources, talent - to help other people, animals, and the planet. The program weaves great music and interviews with fascinating people, some famous some not, to illustrate the benefits and happiness that can come from giving of oneself.

Thursday, December 26 at 7pm on PBS North

Jewish Film Showcase “Ahead Of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber”

Ruth Gruber became the youngest Ph.D. in the world before becoming an international journalist at age 24.

Friday, December 27 at 7pm on PBS North

Still Open All Hours “Christmas 2017”

Christmas approaches and grocer Granville's cost-saving measures at shop are as cunning as ever.

Saturday, December 28 at 7pm on PBS North


Kids’ Festive Cheer!

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

It's Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission.

Monday, December 2 at 7pm on Explore
Friday, December 6 at 7pm on Explore
Tuesday, December 24 at 6pm on Explore
Wednesday, December 25 at 6pm on Explore

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and Fish help a baby reindeer find its way home in time for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 24 at 7pm on Explore
Wednesday, December 25 at 7pm on Explore