KLRU has numerous specials for the family to enjoy together this holiday season!
Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway airs Saturday, November 16 at 9 am.
Join Thomas & Friends as they embark on a legendary adventure! The steam team’s quest begins when a special guest arrives on Sodor with a big surprise and important jobs for Thomas, Percy and James. The engines meet new friends and discover suits of armor; coats of arms and legends of long-ago heroes. Then their bravery is put to the test when their new friend Stephen goes missing. Will Thomas find him in time? Will the engines discover the truth about the Island of Sodor’s biggest mystery? It’s a crusade of knightly proportions for Thomas & Friends in this epic special!
Martha Speaks “Martha’s Thanksgiving” airs November 25th and November 28th at at 6:30 am and 5 pm
In this special episode, Martha searches for her long-lost canine family as Helen’s extended family comes together for Thanksgiving.
The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas airs Wednesday, November 27 at 8:30 and Thursday November 28 at 8 am
The Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas.
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown airs Wednesday, November 27 at 2 pm and Thursday, November 28 at 7 am.
There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale. Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby, and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends will learn to believe in Christmas miracles. Also featuring: “Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays!” Today Elmo is thinking about Christmas! Join Elmo as he visits Santa and learns all about the Christmas spirit and celebrating with family and friends.
Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah airs on Wednesday November 27 at 12:30, Saturday November 30 at 6:30 am, Sunday December 1 at 8 am, Thursday December 5 at 12:30.
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?
Biscuit Brothers airs Saturday November 30 at 9:30 and Saturday December 14 at 9:30 am.
Hanukkah, 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.
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A Christmas Carol: The Concert airs Monday, December 16th at 10 pm.
This unique musical and television event — the first time Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists. “A Christmas Carol: The Concert” is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances which provide audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of seeing and hearing it told like never before.
Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort & Joy on Thursday December 19 at 8 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.
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 airs Thursday December 19 at 9 pm.
This special promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening’s festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family.
A Southern Celtic Christmas Concert airs Thursday December 19 at 10 pm.
Through music, dance, poetry and song, A Southern Celtic Christmas Concert celebrates the high spirits and mystical beauty of Celtic and Appalachian Christmas traditions. The one-hour special features performances by three Grammy winners: “First Lady of Celtic Song” Moya Brennan, Celtic and bluegrass banjo virtuoso Alison Brown and Riverdance composer Bill Whelan. The program also features the soulful duo Rising Appalachia percussionist Joe Craven, Irish balladeer John Doyle, uilleann piper John Maschinot, The Buddy O’Reilly Band, the Rosin Sisters and other top traditional musicians from the Southeast.
Christmas at Belmont airs Friday December 20 at 9 pm.
Hosted by internationally renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves and taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, nearly 700 student musicians join the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir, to present this production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. The program features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble and a mass choir.
Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir airs Monday December 23 at 8 pm.
This Christmas special was filmed in Trondheim, Norway’s magnificent Nidaros Dom cathedral, one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Featured performers include the renowned voices of the St. Olaf Choir, the premier mixed voice choral ensemble from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, conducted by Anton Armstrong and Jentekor, the girl choir of Nidaros conducted by Anita Brevik. The program showcases the rich choral music traditions of two countries, presenting traditional Christmas hymns and carols in both Norwegian and English as well as accompaniment by a string quartet, piano, organ and Hardanger Fiddle, a traditional Norwegian instrument.
St. Thomas Christmas: All is Well 2013 airs Monday December 23 at 9 pm.
This holiday special shares the University of St. Thomas tradition of celebrating Advent and Christmas with beloved traditional and contemporary music performed by student ensembles on a world class stage.
Mr. Stink airs Tuesday December 24 at 7 pm.
Mr. Stink, a family-friendly one-hour drama that is great for the holidays. Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp, and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it looks like Mr Stink, and his stinky dog Duchess, might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr Stink, she also has to cope with an overbearing mum who is more interested in her own political ambitions than her daughter, her put-upon dad who has a secret of his own, her “perfect” younger sister Annabelle and the nasty girls who make her life miserable at school. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret, as it turns out that there is more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or nose. “Mr. Stink” is based on David Walliams’ bestselling book.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw airs Tuesday December 24 at 8 pm.
This popular Christmas program returns with Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and journalist Tom Brokaw as they join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a holiday concert performance.
Nature Christmas In Yellowstone airs Wednesday December 25 at 7 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.