The calendar is packed with holiday shows on WGCU PBS in December. Here’s sampling; additional showtimes can be found on the chart in this mailer and at wgcu.org/tvschedules.
Friday, Dec. 3
8:30 pm 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.
Saturday, Dec. 4
10 pm Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony
● Join the world’s best-selling soprano for her first Christmas special. Breathing new life into holiday classics and festive fan favorites of the season, Sarah is joined by guests Andrew Lloyd Webber, Aled Jones and choir Gregorian.
Monday, Dec. 6
8 pm Rick Steves European Christmas
● From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, celebrate the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.
10 pm Classic Christmas (My Music)
● Join hosts Gavin MacLeod and Marion Ross for this festive, all-star special of favorite carols and popular standards. Performers include Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters and many more.
Friday, Dec. 10
8:30 pm Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas
● Discover the surprising Tudor origins of some favorite Christmas traditions.
Monday, Dec. 13
8 pm 20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir
● Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Choir and Orchestra for this two-hour 20th anniversary retrospective with performances from Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Gladys Knight, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Bonneville, Renee Fleming and more.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
9 pm The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
● Here is a re-imagination of the classic Nutcracker story, featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and narrated by Alan Cumming. He recounts the origin story of how a prince got put into a nutcracker.
Thursday, Dec. 23
8 pm Joyful and Triumphant 2021
● Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music University Choir and Orchestra presents Joyful and Triumphant. A concert filled with traditional carols and holiday favorites that capture the spirit of the season.
Saturday, Dec. 25
8:59 pm Call the Midwife Holiday Special
● Christmas 1966 promises to be a memorable one. The Nonnatus House team are 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.