KLRU Kids Holiday Programming 2014

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PBS Kids will kick off the holiday season on November 26 at 8 am with the return of the classic family favorite Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. In this fun-filled one-hour special, families can join their favorite monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. The fun continues throughout December with new episodes across the schedule on PBS stations. Viewers will help Otto and Olive solve a reindeer case in an all-new episode of Odd Squad, celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with Peg and Cat in a one-hour Peg + Cat + Holidays special, spread cheer with new engine friends Gator and Reg on Thomas & Friends and go on a winter adventure featuring The Nutcracker Ballet with Daniel Tiger. Select clips and full episodes will also be available on pbskids.org, the PBS Kids Video App and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire.

To learn more about musical specials for the entire family, see our family-friendly list. Here’s the complete list of KLRU Kids holiday programming:

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas 
November 26 at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm; November 27 at 2:00 pm; November 28 at 2:00 pm December 17 at 2:00 pm and December 25 at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Join George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. The Man is having trouble reading George’s wish list and George doesn’t have a clue about what to get for the Man who has everything. Maybe you can help!

Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodDaniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood Nutcracker
December 17 at 9 am

“Daniel’s Winter Adventure” – Daniel, Dad, Prince Wednesday and Prince Tuesday are all going sledding! But once they get to the hill and see how tall it is, Daniel and Prince Wednesday get scared. Dad assures them that if they try it a little bit at a time, they might surprise themselves and have a great time. Later, Daniel ice-skates for the first time. When he tries it a little bit at a time, he realizes it is not so hard.

“Neighborhood Nutcracker” – Daniel is going to see a show called The Nutcracker Ballet! Once he arrives at the performance, he finds out that Prince Wednesday is sick and needs Daniel to fill in for him and dance on stage. Daniel is reluctant at first, but realizes that if he learns the steps a little bit at a time, he can dance the Nutcracker and the show will go on! Strategy: If something seems hard to do, try it a little bit at a time.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
Tuesday, December 23 at 7:00 am; Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 am; Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 am and Friday, December 26 at 7:00 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. 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. Educational

 Odd Squad Reindeer Games
premieres December 1 at 3:30 pm.

In this Christmas-themed episode, Olive and Otto help Santa track down his missing reindeer. Also, Oscar helps Ms. O get off Santa’s naughty list.

Peg + Cat “Peg + Cat + Holidays” one-hour special
premieres December 17 at 11:00 am and Friday, December 19 at 11:00 am.

“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.

“The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

“The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under,” and “in between.”

Thomas & Friends “Christmas Cheer
premieres December 17 at 12:30 pm.

“Duncan The Humbug” – Everyone is happy at Christmastime except Duncan, the Scottish narrow gauge engine, who seems to be grumbling even more than usual. Victor offers Duncan a new coat of paint if he can refrain from grumbling for one whole day. Duncan rises to the challenge, but it is not so easy for an engine who likes to grumble to give up a lifetime habit.

“The Perfect Gift” – The whole island is celebrating Christmas and there are decorations everywhere. But it doesn’t look very Christmas-y at the scrap yard. Percy starts to worry that Reg is missing out and he tries to find something to give Reg to cheer him up. But Reg only seems happy about scrap. Percy discovers that Reg is celebrating Christmas in his own way and has been making decorations from the scrap.

Coming Home for Christmas
premieres December 18 at 12:30 pm

“Last Train for Christmas” – It’s Christmas Eve and a lot of passengers are coming home to Sodor for the holiday. Connor can’t carry all the passengers who are trying to get on his train. He promises to come back and pick them up, but the snow keeps falling and the engines are struggling to keep the tracks clear. It becomes a race against time, and the engines have to work together to clear the tracks and get the passengers home in time for Christmas.

“Long Lost Friend” – Gator returns to the Island of Sodor after being away for a long time. He is looking forward to seeing his old friend Percy. When Percy hears that Gator is back, he is very excited and immediately heads off to see him. But the two engines keep missing each other. They both have doubts they’ll see each other, but finally they connect and have a wonderful reunion.

Holiday Programming 2014

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Enjoy the holidays with KLRU. We’ll be providing festive programming for the entire family. Get the complete list of KLRU Kids holiday specials. Here’s the list for musical and other specials for the entire family:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Tuesday, November 25 at 8 pm and Thursday, November 27 at 9:30 pm.
It also repeats on Tuesday, December 2 at 10 pm. Narrated by the late Ossie Davis, this a fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. A runaway little girl decides to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker (Davis), who guides her on her journey. The caretaker brings the theater to life through musical performances by singers Jewel, Michael Crawford and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Celtic Woman:  Home for Christmas
Thursday, November 27 at 8:00 pm and repeats Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Home For Christmas reveals for Celtic Woman what will be their newest chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. Home For Christmas stars vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha and Celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt, performing timeless holiday favorites (“Silent Night,” I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear,” “Joy To The World”) with their signature Celtic twist under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.

Renee Fleming – Christmas in New York
Thursday, December 4 at 8:00 pm and repeats Tuesday, December 9 at 8:30 pm.
The essence of the city during the most wonderful time of year is captured in a series of intimate and unique musical performances on Christmas in New York. For this holiday special, American soprano Renee Fleming and special guests bring the iconic Christmas season in New York to homes across America. Live musical performances, interviews and scenes filmed around the city during the holidays make this an unforgettable musical experience.

National Christmas Tree Lighting 2014
Tuesday, December 16 at 9:00 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. Tuesday, December

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00 pm
In celebration of the release of his album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.  JOSHUA BELL PRESENTS MUSICAL GIFTS recreates Bell’s personal tradition of hosting friends and family at his home during the holidays. The salon-style performance captures the warmth, beauty and magic of the season. The 10-song set list features holiday standards, including “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with pianist and vocalist Frankie Moreno, Jimmy Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn’s “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, “Let it Snow” with guitarist/violinist Rob Moose, and a heartwarming rendition of “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York. Bell also performs two classical pieces – “Devil’s Trill Sonata” and “Polonaise Brillante” – alongside pianist Frederic Chlu.

Great Performances  “Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
Thursday, December 18 at 9:00 pm
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and celebrated cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings. The music of Rejoice showcases the confluences between the violinist’s famed classical technique and Helfgot’s magnificent voice.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys
Friday, December 19 at 8:00 pm and Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 pm
Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
Friday, December 19 at 9:00 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.

Christmas in Alsace with Chef Hubert Keller
Saturday, December 20 at 4:30 pm
It’s a Christmas celebration with star chef Hubert Keller who is taking viewers on a special culinary journey to his homeland of Alsace. Visit the area’s famed Christmas markets and its top culinary hotspots. Highlights include: A tour through the beautiful village where Chef Keller grew up and its medieval Christmas market; stops at Chef Keller’s favorite cheese store and restaurant, plus an Alsatian winery; A finale at a spectacular Christmas dinner attended by Chef Keller’s family and friends.

Chef’s Life Holiday Special
Saturday, December 20 at 5:30 pm
Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old-fashioned caramels. It’s the stuff of holiday memories… with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she knows best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season’s celebrations in this one-hour special – exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. A Chef’s Life Holiday Special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and delicious celebrations of the season. “Deck the Halls Ya’all!”

First Silent Night
Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 pm
“The First Silent Night tells viewers a tale that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances and ends with the creation of the world’s most popular carol.” For close to two hundred years, one carol has occupied the heart of Christmas celebrations across the world. It has been translated into over 300 languages, performed by Symphony orchestras and celebrated international artists and soloists. Almost every Christmas music release annually includes a new recording of Silent Night. This holiday melody has echoed through the world’s shopping centres, exciting the minds of children. Its lullaby strains have drifted across battlefields, calming the hearts of warring nations. No composition, in the history of carols, can be said to have united so many people in the joys and meaning of Christmas. Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of Silent Night. Simon journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favourite carol had its origins.

Christmas Carol: The Concert
Sunday, December 21 at 3:00 pm
“A Christmas Carol: The Concert” is a unique musical and television event — the first time Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists, and performed for audiences in a concert setting. The stirring score recalls Broadway classics, and is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs. The story, quite faithfully and skillfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is dazzlingly performed by leading lights from the Chicago and New York theater world, including Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. Directed for the stage by Tony-Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company’s David Kersnar, lit and designed by 4-time Emmy Award-winner Todd L. Clark, and produced for television by the 17- time Emmy Award-winning creative team at HMS Media, “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.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Thursday, December 25 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert are underway, creating inconvenience for the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. Two unmarried patients are dispatched to York Lodge, a badly managed home for pregnant women. Chummy takes over running the facility after an outbreak of chicken pox there. Dr. Turner treats a destitute older couple, former residents of a mental hospital closed under the mental health reforms. As residents of Nonnatus welcome the New Year, the question on everyone’s mind is, what will 1960 bring?

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Deborah Voigt and John Rhys
Thursday, December 25 at 9:00 pm
Soprano Deborah Voigt and acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Christmas concert of holiday favorites.

Happy Holidays from KLRU

As 2013 comes to an end, we would like to thank you all of our members, viewers and community partners for their investment in KLRU. With the community’s support, we’ve been able to provide books and digital resources to children, educational workshops for parents and teachers, events to foster civic discourse, programming that reflects the uniqueness of our viewers and many other services that help build a stronger community. We look forward to another successful year in 2014!

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Great Performances Sting: Winter’s Night
December 22 at 8 pm and 11 pm
December 24 at 10 pm and midnight

Composer, singer, actor, activist – Sting has won universal acclaim in all of these roles, but he defies easy labeling. Recorded on location at the magnificent Durham Cathedral near his hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England, Sting: A Winter’s Night… conjures the moods and spirits of the season with a diverse collection of songs, carols and lullabies spanning the centuries.

A Wonderous Christmas with David Archuleta
December 24 at 11 pm
Christmas carols are interpreted by David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

A Decade of Christmas
December 24 at 11:30 pm
A selection of Christmas carols are played by artists such as David Archuleta, Natalie Cole and Renée Fleming among others, along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Happy Holidays on KLRU!

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.

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KLRU Holiday program schedule – Day at a time 2012

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NOVEMBER:
Wednesday, November. 21st
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
9 am & 2 pm — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
3 pm – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
5 pm – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2

Thursday, November 22nd
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
9 am — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
5 pm – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2

Friday, November 23rd
6:30 am – Martha’s Thanksgiving, Part 1-2
8 am – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
9 am – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Saturday, November 24th
6 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
8 am – Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery

Sunday, November 25th
6 am – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
8 am — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas

DECEMBER:

Saturday, December 1st

9:30 am — Biscuit Brothers #102
10 am — Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

Monday, December 3rd
8 am — Curious George’s #701 (repeats 2:30 pm) new season 7 episode
9 am — Shalom Sesame – Chanukah:  The Missing Menorah

Tuesday, December 4th
8 am — Curious George’s #702 new season 7 episode (repeats 2:30 pm)

Friday, December 5th
8 am — Curious George’s #703 (repeats 2:30 pm) new season 7 episode
12 noon — Shalom Sesame – Chanukah:  The Missing Menorah

Friday, December 7th
9:30 amDinosaur Train #117 Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers

Monday, December 10th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #221 premieres

Tuesday, December 11th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #222 premieres

Wednesday, December 12th
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #223 premieres
12 noon — Clifford’s Puppy Days

Thursday, December 13th
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train #224 premieres

Friday, December 14th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
11:30 am — Barney & Friends#1119Gift of the Dinos and a Visit to Santa

Saturday, December 15th
9 am — Clifford’s Really Big Movie TV debut

Sunday, December 16th
10 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn

Monday, December 17th
11 am -– Wordworld #125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog

Tuesday, December 18th
9:30 am —Dinosaur Train #117 Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
10:30 am — Sid the Science Kid #133 Sid’s Holiday Adventure

Wednesday, December 19th
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese
7 pm — Nature “Christmas at Yellowstone”

Thursday, December 20th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
9 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
10 pm — National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

Friday, December 21st
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
11 am — Wordworld#125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog

Saturday, December 22nd
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
2 pmChristmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn

Sunday, December 23rd
2 pm — National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012
3 pm — Curious George:  A Very Monkey Christmas
5 pm — The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
10 pm — Christmas at Luther:  Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Monday, December 24th
9 am — Super Why! #138 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
9:30 am Dinosaur Train #117Dinosaurs in the Snow/Cretaceous Conifers
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese
8 pm — Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
9 pm — Christmas at Belmont
10 pm — Christmas at St. Olaf:  Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing

Tuesday, December 25th
9 am — Super Why! #159 The Nutcracker
9:30 am — Dinosaur Train#212 Don’s Winter Wish/Festival of Lights
10:30 am — Sid the Science Kid #133 Sid’s Holiday Adventure
11 am — Wordworld#125 The Christmas Star/A Christmas Present for Dog
11:30 am — Barney & Friends#1119Gift of the Dinos and a Visit to Santa
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #219 Oh, Holiday Cheese

Wednesday, December 26th
9 am — Super Why! #121 The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Saturday, December 29th
9 am — Super Why! #121 The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Monday, December 31st
3:30 pm – Wordgirl #510 Hello New Year, Goodbye Moon

Happy Holidays on KLRU

KLRU has numerous specials for the family to enjoy together this holiday season. The day-by-day schedule is available here and below we have more detailed descriptions of each program.

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

Holiday Singing 12/23

On December 23rd, KLRU features an evening of holiday songs from two of the best choirs in the world.

8:00 PM Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
David Archuleta jand Michael York join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Christmas concert in Salt Lake City. Archuleta sings holiday songs and York reads the story of Christmas from Luke. The Tabernacle Choir and Archuleta are joined by the Orchestra at Temple Square and 107 dancers.

9:00 PM Christmas at St. Olaf

This new 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.