Celebrate the holidays with WHYY-TV 12  

‘Tis the season for comfort viewing and good cheer with holiday music and festive favorites from PBS.  


Monday, December 19  

9:00 p.m. Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas premiere 

In this new special, Mary Berry provides the only guide you’ll need for a fool-proof Christmas dinner, helping you prep, shop and plan for a stress-free holiday. 


Tuesday, December 20  

9:00 p.m. Anthony William’s Urban Nutcracker 

Celebrate with this inclusive update of the 19th-century tale. An exhilarating mashup of classical ballet, urban tap, hip-hop, swing, flamenco, step and jazz, the performance retells the Christmas classic.  

10:30 p.m. Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas  

British historian Lucy Worsley recreates Christmas as it was in the age of Henry VIII    eating, drinking, singing, dancing and partying as one did 500 years ago.  



Thursday, December 22  

8:00 p.m.Mary Berry’s Country House at Christmas  

Visit historic Harewood House in Yorkshire to meet its army of skilled staff and volunteers as they decorate for Christmas and celebrate the estate’s holiday magic. 

If you miss it, catch the reprise on Christmas at 3:30 p.m. 

9:00 p.m. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas 

This irreverent documentary tells the story of the unlikely Jewish immigrants who wrote some of the most popular songs in America: Christmas music.  


Friday, December 23  

9:00 p.m. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King  

This performance picks up the story where the beloved ballet ends and answers the questions of who the Nutcracker is and what happened to the girl and the prince at the end of Act Two.  

If you miss this showing, catch the encore on Sunday, December 25 at 2:30 p.m. 


Saturday, December 24

7:00 p.m. Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas 

Mary Berry and friends share their favorite festive recipes from their heritage and try to convert some kids to Brussels sprouts. 

9:00 p.m. Purdue 88th Anniversary Christmas Show premiere 

This musical special features high-energy production numbers, traditional choral music and familiar holiday favorites performed on stage. 

10:00 p.m. Christmas at DePaul premiere 

Join Chicago’s DePaul University as the story of the birth of Christ is retold in word and song. The holiday concert features the talents of DePaul faculty, staff, students and alumni. 


Sunday, Christmas Day
Join us on Christmas for reprise showings of these specials during the day and an evening of engaging holiday programming. 

1:30 p.m. Purdue 88th Anniversary Christmas Show  

3:30 p.m. Mary Berry’s Country House at Christmas  

 4:30 p.m. Call the Midwife Holiday Special, 2020 

 6:30 p.m. Call the Midwife Holiday Special, 2021 

8:00 p.m. All Creatures Great and Small: The Perfect Christmas Season 2 finale  

Spend the holidays with everyone’s favorite small-town vet. In this episode, James and Helen question their future together as Christmas approaches. Meanwhile, things look grave for one of Darrowby’s most beloved animals. 

9:00 p.m. Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2022 premiere  

It is December 1967 and life is returning to normal after the terrible train crash. The midwives move the clinic into new premises and welcome familiar faces and complicated deliveries. Meanwhile, Poplar throws a talent show to raise funds for families in need! 

If you miss it on Christmas, catch the reprise on Friday, December 30 at 9 p.m. 


Monday, December 26  

9:00 p.m. Cultural Expressions: Kwanzaa 

Seven stories reveal the principles of Kwanzaa and their role in real-life progress in the Black community. Dance, music and spoken word storytelling illuminate the guiding principles that shape this unique African American celebration.  


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