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Happy Holidays from PBS Western Reserve

Happy Holidays from PBS Western Reserve

PBS Western Reserve presents its 2020 holiday programming schedule for both its high definition channel, PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1), and Fusion (WNEO 45.2/WEAO 49.2) channel.

Shows that are airing this season for the first time on the station’s air are marked with an asterisk.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

3:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. The special offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.

Sunday, Nov. 22

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

4 AM PBS Western Reserve

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. The special offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

7:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving*

Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, even though he's going to see his grandmother. Snoopy decides to cook his own version of a Thanksgiving meal with help from his friends.

Monday, Nov. 23

An Arthur Thanksgiving

7 AM PBS Western Reserve

An Arthur Thanksgiving*

Arthur and his family are getting ready for Thanksgiving! But when Pal disappears to go on his own adventure, family, friends and the rest of Elwood City try to get Pal home. Will they be able to celebrate the best Thanksgiving yet?

Tuesday, Nov. 24

A Classic Christmas

8 PM PBS Western Reserve

A Classic Christmas

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

An Arthur Thanksgiving

9 AM PBS Western Reserve

An Arthur Thanksgiving*

Arthur and his family are getting ready for Thanksgiving! But when Pal disappears to go on his own adventure, family, friends and the rest of Elwood City try to get Pal home. Will they be able to celebrate the best Thanksgiving yet?

Thursday, Nov. 26

A Classic Christmas

1:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

A Classic Christmas

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.

An Arthur Thanksgiving

8 AM PBS Western Reserve

An Arthur Thanksgiving*

Arthur and his family are getting ready for Thanksgiving! But when Pal disappears to go on his own adventure, family, friends and the rest of Elwood City try to get Pal home. Will they be able to celebrate the best Thanksgiving yet?

Friday, Nov. 27

A Classic Christmas

1 PM PBS Western Reserve

A Classic Christmas

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.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell

2:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell

Join O'Donnell and special guests for a winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin. Guests include Mary Duff, the Billie Barry Kids and the renowned Kilkenny Presentation Choir.

A Classic Christmas

2 PM PBS Western Reserve

A Classic Christmas

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.

Sunday, Nov. 29

Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell

3 AM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell

Join O'Donnell and special guests for a winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in this concert filmed in Dublin. Guests include Mary Duff, the Billie Barry Kids and the renowned Kilkenny Presentation Choir.

Friday, Dec. 4

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

7 AM PBS Western Reserve

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

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. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

8 AM PBS Western Reserve

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

9 AM PBS Western Reserve

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

11 AM PBS Western Reserve

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals to help them make an amazing journey home.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Noon PBS Western Reserve

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem” and “The Penguin Problem.” This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

2 PM PBS Western Reserve

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Noon PBS Western Reserve

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. The special offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

3:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking "Fresh Aire" compositions with this milestone special from the American group known for blending classical music and rock. Includes interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

4 AM PBS Western Reserve

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. The special offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.

Hanukkah: A Festival of deLights

2 PM PBS Western Reserve

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.

Christmas on the Danube

4:30 PM Fusion

Christmas on the Danube

This true holiday treat will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart and provide your mind with geography and history as well. Traveling the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, this special visits cities that are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

European Christmas Markets

7:30 PM Fusion

European Christmas Markets

Discover Europe's Christmas markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights and visit their charming markets.

Monday, Dec. 7

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

Noon PBS Western Reserve

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

11 PM PBS Western Reserve

Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Rick Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. The special offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs and discover holiday family traditions.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Hanukkah: A Festival of deLights

1 AM PBS Western Reserve

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.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

9 AM PBS Western Reserve

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma—neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Crane Candlelight Concert

7 PM Fusion

Crane Candlelight Concert, Homeward Bound for the Holidays

In a concert tradition that began in the 1930s, the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together each year to present a very special holiday concert. The 2019 concert highlights the best songs performed at Candlelight from the past 10 years. Making this year even more special, the Crane Chorus was joined by the Holy Name of Jesus Academy Chorus, a local youth choir, for a few songs.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

6 AM PBS Western Reserve

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

The Magic of Christmas in Alsace

3:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

The Magic of Christmas in Alsace

Christmas in the Alsace region of France is best experienced in the small towns and villages where each community has its own unique holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course wine. The Alsatian landscape is covered with medieval towns, castle ruins and vineyards that overflow with charm and history.

Holidays at Murray State

8 PM Fusion

Holidays at Murray State 2020*

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.

Thursday, Dec. 10

Peg + Cat + Holidays

11:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem” and “The Penguin Problem.” This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

8 PM PBS Western Reserve

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking "Fresh Aire" compositions with this milestone special from the American group known for blending classical music and rock. Includes interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Friday, Dec. 11

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

12:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals to help them make an amazing journey home.

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

2 PM PBS Western Reserve

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

Saturday, Dec. 12

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

3:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live

Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking "Fresh Aire" compositions with this milestone special from the American group known for blending classical music and rock. Includes interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

2 PM PBS Western Reserve

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas—from carols to turkey, gift-giving to mistletoe and mulled wine—has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity.

Sunday, Dec. 13

A Charlie Brown Christmas

7:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

A Charlie Brown Christmas*

Feeling down about the commercialism of Christmas, Charlie Brown becomes the director of the gang's holiday play. Can he overcome his friends’ preference for dancing over acting, find the “perfect” tree and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

8 PM PBS Western Reserve

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas—from carols to turkey, gift-giving to mistletoe and mulled wine—has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity.

The Magic of Christmas in Alsace

8:30 PM Fusion

The Magic of Christmas in Alsace

Christmas in the Alsace region of France is best experienced in the small towns and villages where each community has its own unique holiday traditions, celebrations, food, and of course wine. The Alsatian landscape is covered with medieval towns, castle ruins and vineyards that overflow with charm and history.

Holidays at Murray State

9 PM Fusion

Holidays at Murray State 2020*

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.

Monday, Dec. 14

The Great British Baking Show, Season 3: Christmas Masterclass

3 PM PBS Western Reserve

The Great British Baking Show, Season 3: Christmas Masterclass*

Watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace à l’orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas

9 PM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas*

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas join The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells at Temple Square for an Americana-themed Christmas special that exudes the warmth and peace the season can bring.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas

2 AM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas*

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas join The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells at Temple Square for an Americana-themed Christmas special that exudes the warmth and peace the season can bring.

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

7:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

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. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams

8 PM PBS Western Reserve

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams*

In collaboration with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, the American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the entire iconic album of holiday classics. This 60-minute performance stars host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd and more.

Christmas at Belmont

9 PM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont 2019 features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children's Choir. Taped in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams

1 AM PBS Western Reserve

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams*

In collaboration with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, the American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the entire iconic album of holiday classics. This 60-minute performance stars host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd and more.

Christmas at Belmont

2 AM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont 2019 features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children's Choir. Taped in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

9:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma—neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Christmas on the Danube

3:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas on the Danube

This true holiday treat will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart and provide your mind with geography and history as well. Traveling the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, this special visits cities that are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

Thursday, Dec. 17

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

10 PM PBS Western Reserve

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

Join award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.

Friday, Dec. 18

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

3 AM PBS Western Reserve

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

Join award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

10:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem” and “The Penguin Problem.” This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Christmas on the Danube

10:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas on the Danube

This true holiday treat will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart and provide your mind with geography and history as well. Traveling the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, this special visits cities that are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Christmas on the Danube

3:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas on the Danube

This true holiday treat will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart and provide your mind with geography and history as well. Traveling the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, this special visits cities that are particularly spectacular at Christmas.

America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays

1 PM PBS Western Reserve

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.

The Lawrence Welk Show

7 PM PBS Western Reserve

The Lawrence Welk Show, Christmas

This program opens with Welk joining the gang for “Jingle Bells.” Norma and the group sing “Silent Night” and Arthur Duncan shows us how to “Ring Those Christmas Bells.” “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” is performed beautifully by Guy and Ralna, and Joe Feeney captures the true spirit of the season with “Oh Holy Night.”

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams

8 PM Fusion

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams*

In collaboration with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, the American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the entire iconic album of holiday classics. This 60-minute performance stars host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd and more.

Christmas at Belmont

9 PM Fusion

Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont 2019 features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children's Choir. Taped in Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas

10 PM Fusion

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas*

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas join The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells at Temple Square for an Americana-themed Christmas special that exudes the warmth and peace the season can bring.

Sunday, Dec. 20

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

1 PM PBS Western Reserve

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

Join award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas

2 PM Fusion

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas*

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas join The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells at Temple Square for an Americana-themed Christmas special that exudes the warmth and peace the season can bring.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

3 PM Fusion

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling.

Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society

4 PM Fusion

Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society

This special features the 175-voice Bach Festival choir, youth choir and orchestra under the direction of conductor and creative director Dr. John V. Sinclair. The esteemed ensembles offer traditional holiday selections from their rich and widely varied repertoire, including well-known Christmas hymns and carols beautifully arranged for the performers. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is Central Florida's oldest operating performing arts organization.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

8 PM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2018)

See what happens when a new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos for the midwives. Meanwhile, Mother Superior falls ill, and it's time for a new spiritual leader to be elected.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams

9 PM Fusion

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, with Vanessa Williams*

In collaboration with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, the American Pops Orchestra presents an evening celebrating the entire iconic album of holiday classics. This 60-minute performance stars host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd and more.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

9:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2019)

Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals.

Monday, Dec. 21

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

1 AM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2018)

See what happens when a new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos for the midwives. Meanwhile, Mother Superior falls ill, and it's time for a new spiritual leader to be elected.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

2:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2019)

Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals.

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

7 AM PBS Western Reserve

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

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. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays

3 PM PBS Western Reserve

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

10 AM PBS Western Reserve

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

6 AM PBS Western Reserve

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals to help them make an amazing journey home.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

1 PM PBS Western Reserve

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma—neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

European Christmas Markets

3:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

European Christmas Markets

Discover Europe's Christmas markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights and visit their charming markets.

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

5 PM PBS Western Reserve

Lidia Celebrates America—A Heartland Holiday Feast

Join Emmy and James Beard Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich as she travels to the heartland of America, immersing herself in diverse cultures that provide inspiration for the holidays.

The Lawrence Welk Show, Christmas

7 PM Fusion

The Lawrence Welk Show, Christmas

This program opens with Welk joining the gang for “Jingle Bells.” Norma and the group sing “Silent Night” and Arthur Duncan shows us how to “Ring Those Christmas Bells.” “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” is performed beautifully by Guy and Ralna, and Joe Feeney captures the true spirit of the season with “Oh Holy Night.”

Thursday, Dec. 24

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

7 AM PBS Western Reserve

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

8 AM PBS Western Reserve

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

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. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

9 AM PBS Western Reserve

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

10 AM PBS Western Reserve

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals to help them make an amazing journey home.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

11 AM PBS Western Reserve

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma—neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Noon PBS Western Reserve

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem” and “The Penguin Problem.” This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

2 PM PBS Western Reserve

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

The Great British Baking Show, Season 1: Christmas Masterclass

5 PM PBS Western Reserve

The Great British Baking Show, Season 1: Christmas Masterclass

In the countdown to Christmas, Mary and Paul are getting festive in the kitchen. They have six brand new recipes to bake for the family this Christmas, inspired by rich traditions from all over Europe. Paul bakes St. Lucia buns and mincemeat and marzipan couronne. Mary tackles French galette, Genoa cake, and white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. Paul's showstopper kranskake is a spectacular tower of delicate rings.

Hope College Christmas Vespers

7 PM Fusion

Hope College Christmas Vespers

This program is a celebration of the true spirit of Christmas and features some of the most beautiful choral and instrumental music of the season. Over 250 student musicians participate in ensembles that include the Hope College Orchestra, Chapel Choir and College Chorus.

Crane Candlelight Concert, Homeward Bound for the Holidays

8 PM Fusion

Crane Candlelight Concert, Homeward Bound for the Holidays

In a concert tradition that began in the 1930s, the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together each year to present a very special holiday concert. The 2019 concert highlights the best songs performed at Candlelight from the past 10 years. Making this year even more special, the Crane Chorus was joined by the Holy Name of Jesus Academy Chorus, a local youth choir, for a few songs.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

10 PM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling.

Hope College Christmas Vespers

11 PM PBS Western Reserve

Hope College Christmas Vespers

This program is a celebration of the true spirit of Christmas and features some of the most beautiful choral and instrumental music of the season. Over 250 student musicians participate in ensembles that include the Hope College Orchestra, Chapel Choir and College Chorus.

Friday, Dec. 25

Holidays at Murray State

Midnight PBS Western Reserve

Holidays at Murray State 2020*

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

3 AM PBS Western Reserve

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling.

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

7 AM PBS Western Reserve

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

In the tradition of the Dickens holiday classic, Nature Cat is visited by the spirits of Nature Past (Daisy), Present (Squeeks) and Future (Hal) on Christmas Eve.

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

8 AM PBS Western Reserve

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

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. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

9 AM PBS Western Reserve

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

10 AM PBS Western Reserve

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals to help them make an amazing journey home.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

11 AM PBS Western Reserve

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma—neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Noon PBS Western Reserve

Peg + Cat + Holidays

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem” and “The Penguin Problem.” This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone.

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

2 PM PBS Western Reserve

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas eve, Leo, Andy, and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about holiday traditions from around the world along the way.

Holidays at Murray State

4 PM PBS Western Reserve

Holidays at Murray State 2020*

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and featured soloists highlight this annual seasonal special, "The Holidays at Murray State," a one hour sojourn in sight and sound through Murray State University and the Purchase area of western Kentucky.

Crane Candlelight Concert

5 PM PBS Western Reserve

Crane Candlelight Concert, Homeward Bound for the Holidays

In a concert tradition that began in the 1930s, the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra come together each year to present a very special holiday concert. The 2019 concert highlights the best songs performed at Candlelight from the past 10 years. Making this year even more special, the Crane Chorus was joined by the Holy Name of Jesus Academy Chorus, a local youth choir, for a few songs.

Purdue 86th Anniversary Christmas Show

8 PM Fusion

Purdue 86th Anniversary Christmas Show*

This version of the 86th Anniversary Purdue Christmas Show features musical highlights from the full two-hour show. The first act of the fast-paced, high-energy production features holiday favorites from Purdue Musical Organizations ensembles including University Choir, Purdue Bells, Heart & Soul, the Purduettes and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. The second half features sacred music performed by the massed choirs of Purdue Musical Organizations.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

9 PM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2020)*

It’s December 1965 and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations, but nothing goes quite to plan.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Messiah, Prince of Peace

9 PM Fusion

Wheaton College Christmas Festival: Messiah, Prince of Peace*

Students from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, Ill., perform sacred Christmas music and carols from around the world. Featuring the Wheaton concert choir, women's chorale, men's glee club and symphony orchestra, the concert celebrates the story of the Nativity through song, recounting the prophecy of Christ’s birth and the rejoicing of angels and shepherds.

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

10 PM Fusion

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

Concordia College reimagines the Christmas message with music embracing peace and reconciliation. Under the artistic leadership of world renowned composer and conductor René Clausen, 400 student musicians perform in front of an original mural measuring nearly 200 feet wide.

European Christmas Markets

10:30 PM PBS Western Reserve

European Christmas Markets

Discover Europe's Christmas markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights and visit their charming markets.

Saturday, Dec. 26

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

2 AM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2020)*

It’s December 1965 and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations, but nothing goes quite to plan.

European Christmas Markets

3:30 AM PBS Western Reserve

European Christmas Markets

Discover Europe's Christmas markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights. As we travel through Germany, France and Switzerland we visit cities and towns and learn of their history, see their major sights and visit their charming markets.

The Lawrence Welk Show

7 PM PBS Western Reserve

The Lawrence Welk Show, New Years

Bob Ralston makes New Year's Eve a family affair with his wife, daughter and grandson. The Welk Band plays the “Champagne Waltz,” The Lennon Sisters reminisce with “May You Always,” and JoAnn Castle gets the party going with “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

Sunday, Dec. 27

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

7 AM PBS Western Reserve

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

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. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Noon Fusion

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2018)

See what happens when a new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos for the midwives. Meanwhile, Mother Superior falls ill, and it's time for a new spiritual leader to be elected.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

1:30 PM Fusion

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2019)

Mother Mildred and the Nonnatus House team go to the Outer Hebrides in response to a nursing shortage. Navigating the terrain, they strive to keep up with the needs of the locals.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

3 PM Fusion

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2020)*

It’s December 1965 and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations, but nothing goes quite to plan.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

8 PM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2020)*

It’s December 1965 and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations, but nothing goes quite to plan.

Monday, Dec. 28

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

1 AM PBS Western Reserve

Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2020)*

It’s December 1965 and everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to traditional celebrations, but nothing goes quite to plan.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

The Lawrence Welk Show

7 PM Fusion

The Lawrence Welk Show, New Years

Bob Ralston makes New Year's Eve a family affair with his wife, daughter and grandson. The Welk Band plays the “Champagne Waltz,” The Lennon Sisters reminisce with “May You Always,” and JoAnn Castle gets the party going with “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

Friday, Jan. 1

Great Performances, From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2021

9 PM Fusion

Great Performances, From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2021

Ring in 2021 with host Hugh Bonneville joined by guest conductor Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic performing a festive selection of Strauss Family waltzes.