KLRU kicks off the holiday season with a Christmas special marathon the day before Thanksgiving, anchored by the new The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas. This one-hour, family-friendly special is filled with singable songs and a story about helping a lost reindeer get home before Christmas. Along the way, we learn that a variety of animals – from African elephants to bottlenose dolphins – have amazing abilities that allow them to make lengthy journeys together. The Cat in the Hat Know a Lot About Christmas airs November 21 at 9 am and 2 pm; November 22 at 9 am; November 23 at 8 am, November 25 at 6 am and December 23rd at 5:00 pm.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas airs November 21 at 8 am; November 22 at 8 am; November 24 at 6 am, November 25 at 8 am and December 23rd at 4:00 pm.
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas airs November 21 at 3 pm and November 23 at 9 am.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Martha Speaks and Wild Kratts on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 22
Daniel celebrates a day to say “Thank You.” When Martha learns that Helen’s extended family is coming for Thanksgiving, she decides to search for her own long-lost canine siblings. And the Kratt brothers defend the honor of the wild turkey.
Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 am
This one-hour animation special features a new Thomas adventure. When trouble strikes at the Blue Mountain Quarry, Thomas is sent to help his Narrow Gauge engine friends. While shunting and hauling, he discovers a little green engine hiding in the tunnels. Thomas is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery but discovering the truth is harder than he imagined! Will Thomas be able to help his new friend? Or will the little engine be sent away from Sodor forever? Find out in Thomas’ most mysterious adventure yet, a movie the whole family will love!
Biscuit Brothers airs Saturday, December 1st at 9:30 am.
Hanukkah (Chanukah,) Kwanzaa, Hispanic tradition, birthdays and other holidays and celebrations are explored after Tiny Scarecrow accidentally releases all the holiday melodies from Melody Garden. This song filled special shows how a “holiday” can be a good time to learn about other cultures and traditions and a great time to share your culture and traditions with others.
Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows airs Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 am.
Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows features classic clips from beloved singer and television personality Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as ensemles with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, his son Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the clips.
Curious George’s seventh season premieres with three new episodes, December 3-5.
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs December 3rd at 9 am and December 5th at noon.
It’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel. Grover is bringing the latkes, and all is well until Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah — right before sunset! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time?
Dinosaur Train premieres four new episodes, December 10-13.
Clifford’s Puppy Days airs Wednesday, December 12th at noon
The kittens accidentally break the Menorah. Their “sticky” attempts to fix it result in a special, if unusual, Menorah that becomes part of their annual celebration. Zo can’t resist sneaking in and opening all eight of his presents on the first night of Hanukah. He soon realizes that he’s spoiled his own fun by taking the surprise out of each night. Flo comes to the rescue by allowing him to share in her new gifts.
Clifford’s Really Big Movie will make its broadcast TV debut on December 15 at 9:00 am. Worried that he costs too much to feed, Clifford runs away to join a carnival act and helps win a lifetime supply of his favorite Tummy Yummies.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn airs Sunday, December 16th at 10 pm; Thursday, December 20th at 9 pm; Sunday, December 23rd at 2 pm and Monday, December 24th at 8 pm.
Emmy and golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas special featuring some of the season’s best-loved songs.
Nature “Christmas at Yellowstone” airs Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm.
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year. NATURE journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored the park, and travels with their modern-day counterpart on his own journey of discovery. From the unique crystals of individual snowflakes to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other.
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012 airs Thursday, December 20th at 10 pm and Sunday, Decebmer 23rd at 2 pm.
Celebrating its 90th year, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holiday season across the country. Taped at President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the 60-minute special will feature performances and readings by top musical artists and actors. The evening’s festivities will be capped off by the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree by a very special guest!
Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy airs Sunday, December 23rd at 10 pm.
This program celebrates the joy and traditions of Christmas with the renowned choirs of Luther College in Decorah Iowa. Holiday music, 500 choristers, a symphony orchestra, thousands in the audience and glowing candlelight capture the wonder and joy of the season as Luther College’s internationally-acclaimed musicians mark 32 years of sharing the seasonal gift of music with their annual Christmas concert.
Christmas at Belmont airs Monday, December 24th at 9:00 pm.
Christmas at Belmont is an annual Belmont University tradition celebrating the holiday season and the musical diversity and rich talent of the university’s School of Music. The concert features a collage of familiar carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join with School of Music faculty to present the annual holiday production.
Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing airs Monday, December 24th at 10:00 pm.
This production of one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed annual musical celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring St. Olaf’s renowned choirs and orchestra, the program’s rich blending of compositions will highlight selections from previous Christmas Festivals, including excerpts from R.V. Williams Hodie. Additionally, this centennial performance will debut newly commissioned works by American composers Andre J. Thomas and David N. Childs.
Wordgirl New Year’s episode premieres December 31