Celebrate Holidays with Specials on Nebraska Public Media

Nebraska Public Media offers a festive holiday lineup of television and radio programs to brighten the season. Enjoy musical performances, drama and PBS KIDS programs sure to warm the heart and light up the day.

All times Central. This list is also available at NebraskaPublicMedia.org/holiday.

Television Holiday Programming on Nebraska Public Media

“Rick Steves' European Christmas,” 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3; 11 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6; 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10

“Classic Christmas,” 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6

“Santa School,” 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12; 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

“O Holy Night: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir,” 7 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Dec. 13; 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

O Holy Night: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir
O Holy Night: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

“America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays,” 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15

“A Chef’s Life Holiday Special,” 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16

“Casting Call to Curtain Call,” 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16; 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20

“The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life,” 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17; 6:30 p.m., Sunday Dec. 18; 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22

“Crane Candlelight Concert: Peace & Love,” 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17

“Holidays at Murray State 2022,” 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18; 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree,” 11:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18

“Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas,” 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19

“Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas,” 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19; 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas,” 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20

“The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23

“CLOWN by Quentin Blake,” 9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23

“Ask This Old House: Happy Holidays,” 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“All Is Bright: A Concordia Christmas,” 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24; 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Home for Christmas with Jim McDonough,” 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas with Vanessa Williams,” 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“Kingston Trio Holiday,” 11 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24; 10 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Christmas at Belmont,” 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2019),” 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2020),” 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2021),” 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2022),” 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2022
Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2022

PBS KIDS Holiday Programming on Nebraska Public Media

“Arthur’s Perfect Christmas,” 6:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2; 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6; 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 15; Noon, Monday, Dec. 19; 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23; 5 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas,” 8 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2; 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8; 9 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13; 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19; 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23; 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas,” 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2; 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6; 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15; 7 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23; 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Nature Cat: A Nature Carol,” 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2; 6:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9; 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14; 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22; 7:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23; 7:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

A Nature Carol Holiday Special
A Nature Carol Holiday Special

“Let’s Go Luna!: Luna’s Christmas Around the World,” 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2; 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9; 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16; 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20; 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23; 6:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Peg + Cat + Holidays,” 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2; 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7; 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12; 9:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23

Peg + Cat + Holidays
Peg + Cat + Holidays

“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!,” 6 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5; Noon, Friday, Dec. 23; 5:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

Radio Holiday Programming on News/Classical Channel

“The Verge Solstice Special,” 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11

“Magnificats in the Morning,” 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 12-Thursday, Dec. 15; 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 19-Thursday, Dec. 22

“All Is Bright,” 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 15; 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21; Noon, Sunday, Dec. 25

“Candles Burning Brightly,” 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16

“The Verge Hanukkah” special, 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18

“Gaudete! Early Music for the Christmas Season,” 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 19

“Hanukkah Lights 2021,” 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19; 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23

“Nebraska Concerts: Deck the Halls” with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19

“The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here,” 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20

“An Afro Blue Christmas,” 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20

An Afro Blue Christmas
An Afro Blue Christmas

“Candles Burning Brightly,” 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20

“A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico,” 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21

“A Chanticleer Christmas,” 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21; 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“A Mexican Christmas: The Newberry Consort & EnsAmble Ad-Hoc,” 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 22

“A Soulful Christmas,” 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22; 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs,” 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22

“Friday LIVE Christmas and Solstice,” 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23; 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“St. Olaf Christmas Festival,” 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23; 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special,” 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23

“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“World Café,” 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“Jazz Currents with Bruce Wallace: Santa and the Seventh Candle,” 7 p.m. CT, Saturday, Dec. 24

“Jazz Night in America: A Holiday Celebration, 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“Holiday Jazz with Dee Alexander,” 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24

“Welcome Christmas,” 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays,” 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

William Henry Fry’s “Santa Claus Symphony,” 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite,” 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 25

“The Verge Christmas,” 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 25

“Classical 24 Holiday Music,” 8 p.m.-Midnight, Sunday, Dec. 25

“Bach Christmas Oratorio,” parts 1-5, 1 p.m., Monday-Friday, Dec. 26-30

“Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Christmas Mass, Messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass for Christmas),” 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 26

“The Sounds of Kwanzaa” 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 26

“Nebraska Concerts: Christmas at the Cathedral, Omaha Symphonic Chorus” 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 26

“Jazz Currents with Bruce Wallace: Swingin’ in the New Year,” 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31

“The Verge: Dance in the New Year,” 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 1

“New Year’s Day from Vienna 2023,” 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 2; 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3

“Bach Christmas Oratorio,” part 6, 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2

“The Verge: Cold Winter Snow Show,” 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8

For a complete listing of all Nebraska Public Media programming, visit NebraskaPublicMedia.org/schedules.

Listen or watch online at NebraskaPublicMedia.org/live or with the Nebraska Public Media App, or watch with the PBS Video App. Children’s holiday programming is also available all month long on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel.