Rick Steves’ European Christmas

Thurs. Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, “Rick Steves’ European Christmas” celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Steves visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

Steves begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for a great bonfire. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers, dressed as shepherds, to come and sing old carols.

“Rick Steves’ European Christmas” offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from “the old countries,” hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions.

Start the holiday season with Rick Steves’ pledge offers! Select this program when you support Arizona PBS and get a “Rick Steve’s European Christmas” DVD+CD, a travel skills 2-DVD set, the Best Destinations Newsletter, and a “Rick Steve’s European Christmas” book.

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