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Celebrate the Holidays with WTTW's Festive Programming

Daniel Hautzinger
Mary Berry in a kitchen decorated for the holidays
Mary Berry spends Christmas in her mother's homeland of Scotland in a new special. Credit: Mark Mainz

The holiday season is here, meaning lots of food, music, family, and good cheer (we hope!). WTTW is here to help foster it all with a line-up of holiday programming featuring everything from Christmas specials from British dramas to cooking shows to concerts to artistic explorations of Kwanzaa. Find our holiday programming below, and enjoy the holidays!

Check our schedule at for more programming; not every show repeat is listed below. 

All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas in the Dales

Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 3 at 10:30 am on WTTW

Celebrate the heartwarming series with clips and behind-the-scenes memories of its Christmas finales. Experience the kindness, empathy and love in the magical village of Darrowby and the stunning Yorkshire Dales during the holiday season.

Season of Light: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir

Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 24 at 10:00 pm on WTTW 

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square join with award-winning artists Lea Salonga and Sir David Suchet for a festive and uplifting Christmas special. 

Christmas in New England

Tuesday, December 12 at 8:30 pm on WTTW and Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 pm on WTTW Prime

From the coast of Maine to the hills of the Berkshires, New England is a uniquely magical place to celebrate the holidays. Join host Lindsay Paris as she visits eight regional destinations to take a look at the traditions and events that make Christmas in New England so special.

Christmas Carol: The Remix by the Q Brothers

Friday, December 15 at 10:00 pm on WTTW and Sunday, December 24 at 2:30 pm on WTTW Prime 

Chicago hip hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective heat up the holiday season with this wildly entertaining take on Charles Dickens classic that mashes up hip hop, reggae, dancehall music, dubstep, and epic rock ballads. Recorded live at The Yard At Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this special leads Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong

Saturday, December 16 at 6:00 pm and Sunday, December 17 at 10:00 pm on WTTW 

Blacklisted by the BBC after ruining Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are not taking their ban lying down and force themselves back on the BBC by hijacking the jewel of the Christmas schedule, a “live” stage production of A Christmas Carol.

Death in Paradise Christmas Special (in two parts)

Saturday, December 16 and 23 at 10:00 pm on WTTW

As the inhabitants of Saint Marie prepare for the festive season, true-crime podcaster Jennifer Langan is found shot dead. Langan had been investigating the strange disappearance of a nine-year-old boy on Christmas Eve in 1977. 

Holiday Cooking Marathon

Sunday, December 17 starting at 12:00 pm

To help you gear up for successful and succulent holiday gatherings, A Chef’s Life, New Scandinavian Cooking, America’s Test Kitchen, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television, Cook’s Country, and The Great British Baking Show’s Mary Berry assist with the very best recipes to make your holiday the most delicious ever.

Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas

Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 pm on WTTW

Join Lucy Worsley as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas – from carols to turkey, gift giving to mistletoe - has Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity.

Mary Berry's Highland Christmas

Monday, December 18 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 23 at 6:00 pm on WTTW, Friday, December 22 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime


Mary Berry spends Christmas in her mother's homeland of Scotland to enjoy a winter break soaking up her Scottish heritage and enjoying traditional festive delights with familiar faces, as well cooking up some of her own indulgent dishes.

Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas with Vanessa Williams

Friday, December 22 at 9:30 pm on WTTW and Monday, December 25 at 11:00 am on WTTW Prime

Enjoy an evening celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's entire iconic album of holiday classics presented by the American Pops Orchestra.

Christmas at DePaul

Sunday, December 24 at 5:00 and 11:30 am on WTTW and Sunday, December 24 at 11:30 pm and Monday, December 25 at 7:00 am on WTTW Prime

Join Chicago's DePaul University for the wondrous retelling of the birth of Christ in word and song. This performance features the talents of DePaul faculty, staff and students, and alumni.

Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers

Sunday, December 24 at 6:00 am on WTTW and Monday, December 25 at 12:00 pm on WTTW Prime

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, presents a performance running the gamut from old yuletide favorites to the score of Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas

Call the Midwife Holiday Special Marathon

Sunday, December 24 starting at 12:30 pm on WTTW

Enjoy a marathon of the four previous Call the Midwife Holiday Specials – from 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 – in advance of the premiere of the all-new 2023 edition. You can catch up on previous episodes and specials with our recaps.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival: Love Divine

Sunday, December 24 at 11:30 pm on WTTW

First held in 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, featuring familiar carols, beloved choral works, and exciting new compositions.

Christmas at Belmont

Sunday, December 24 at 7:30 pm on WTTW Prime and Monday, December 25 at 12:30 am on WTTW

Belmont University students perform holiday favorites in the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville. This celebration of the season includes holiday favorites and classic songs.

Christmas at Westminster: An Evening of Readings and Carols

Sunday, December 24 at 8:30 pm on WTTW Prime and Monday, December 25 at 3:30 am on WTTW

Westminster College Choir presents their yearly holiday music concert, recorded in the Princeton University Chapel and featuring more than 400 musicians in five different choirs.

Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas

Sunday, December 24 at 9:30 pm on WTTW Prime and Monday, December 25 at 2:30 am on WTTW

The vocal and instrumental musical ensembles of Concordia University Irvine and friends present a festive collection of music that celebrates, rejoices, and finds hope in the gifts of Christmas. 

St. Thomas Christmas: Reflections of Gratitude

Sunday, December 24 at 10:30 pm on WTTW Prime and Monday, December 25 at 1:30 am on WTTW

The program celebrates the Advent and Christmas season by drawing from both familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections at St. Thomas University.

Debbie Gibson Holiday: A Soundcheck Special

Monday, December 25 at 4:30 am on WTTW

Singer-songwriter, producer, and actress Debbie Gibson shares insight and inspiration about recording her first holiday album, Winterlicious, and performs some classic and new holiday hits.

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2023

Monday, December 25 at 7:00 and 8:30 pm on WTTW

Two weeks before Christmas, delicate situations cause uncertainty for the midwives. With the upcoming Apollo 8 launch and the festivity preparations starting, a treacherous heavy snowfall may complicate the holiday celebrations for everyone.

Karamu: Feast for the 7th Day

Tuesday, December 26 at 2:00 pm on WTTW

Sira Williams explores the history, principles, and symbols of Kwanzaa and celebrates the culinary traditions of West Africa, featuring dishes from Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa

Sunday, December 24 at 11:00 am on WTTW Prime and Saturday, December 30 at 8:30 am on WTTW

This documentary explores the seven principles that are the foundation of Kwanzaa by sharing seven real-life stories of impact, revealing how each principle plays a role in the Black community, enhanced by cultural elements of dance, storytelling, music, and spoken word.

NEXT at the Kennedy Center: A New Year's Eve Celebration

Sunday, December 31 at 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm on WTTW

Ring in the New Year with a star-studded musical celebration on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2024

Monday, January 1 at 7:00 pm on WTTW

Continue the tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the world-famous Musikverein, with PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returning as host for a fifth year. The celebrations also showcase the virtuosic dancing of the Vienna City Ballet performed on location in sumptuous Vienna landmarks.