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Holiday specials deliver comfort and joy in 2020

Celebrate the holidays with with these special seasonal programs for all ages on Arizona PBS. Scroll down for specials from PBS KIDS, or check out our list of seasonal programming you can watch on your schedule for free on the PBS app.

Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas, with Vanessa Williams

Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25 at 9:30 p.m.

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 Vanessa Williams as host and vocalist, with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgwater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Nova Payton and Jon Batiste. The special also incorporates segments on Ella’s life and career. Stream it now with the PBS app.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

Monday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m.

Filmed in 2019, 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. Stream it now with the PBS app.

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.

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. Stream it now with the PBS app.

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 8:30 p.m.

Relive Christmas 1914 on the Western Front, when out of the violence came a silence, then a song. This award-winning docu-musical theatre production recreates an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together.

Call the Midwife Holiday Specials

Leading up to the new holiday special for 2020, revisit the specials from 2018 and 2019! The 2018 special airs Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. and the 2019 special airs the following week, Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m.

New for 2020: Friday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m.
This year’s Christmas special is set in December 1965. Everyone at Nonnatus House is looking forward to a traditional Christmas, but things don’t go to plan. Poor Sister Monica Joan is rushed to the hospital, while Trixie is angry to receive a subscription to a Marriage Bureau as a Christmas gift! Meanwhile, the Circus arrives in Poplar, there’s an exciting adventure for Nurse Crane and Shelagh is involved in a deeply moving birth.

Christmas at Belmont 2019

Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.

Belmont University students perform alongside 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. Stream it now with the PBS app.

Need something you can watch on your own schedule? Check out our curated list of 73 seasonal programs available FREE online or on the PBS app.


PBS KIDS Holiday Specials

Look for these holiday specials on Arizona PBS throughout December. Check our schedule to find times for Arizona PBS KIDS, or watch on your schedule on the PBS KIDS Video app.

Dec. 24 and 25 on Arizona PBS

7 a.m. Nature Cat: A Nature Carol
8 a.m. Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas
9 a.m. Let’s Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World
10 a.m. Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
11 a.m. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Noon  Peg + Cat + Holidays
1 p.m.  Sesame Street
1:30 p.m. Elinor Wonders Why
2 p.m.  Let’s Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World
3 p.m.  Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27 at 7 a.m.
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

Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27 at 8 a.m.
A holiday celebration turns into a rescue mission when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe. 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

Friday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 7 at noon
Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
When the Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas Eve, Andy, Carmen and Leo 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.

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m.
The Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally 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 — from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs — and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.
George and The Man with The Yellow Hat are counting down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. Will they be able to find the answers before Christmas morning?

Peg + Cat + Holidays

Friday, Dec. 4 at noon
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
With Santa Claus in trouble, Peg and Cat must figure out how to make, wrap and deliver presents all over the world. They also visit Albert Einstein, who shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel, and coach a team of skiing penguins, who need to learn “over,” “under,” and “in between.”

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