KUED Unveils Holiday Programming

Press Release

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:30pm

Rick Steves' European Christmas

Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m.

After producing 100 travel shows, Rick Steves and his public television crew finally celebrate Christmas in Europe, sharing how seven diverse cultures celebrate the holidays.

Happy Holidays:  The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

Monday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

The special includes quintessential moments of Andy Williams' solos of "Silent Night" and "Ave Maria," as well as performances with his brothers of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and with the Osmonds of "Silver Bells."

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw

Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. 

Sunday, Decemember 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Tony Award-winning Les Misérables tenor Alfie Boe and renowned TV journalist Tom Brokaw  join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a concert of holiday favorites and inspiring surprises. Among the highlights is Boe's stirring signature performance of "Bring Him Home."  The choir also welcomes surprise guest, Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the famous candy bomber of the Berlin Airlift.


The Candy Bomber

Thursday, December 5 at 8:30 p.m. 

Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10 at 8:30 p.m.

To children living in the rubble of post-war Germany, it was candy from heaven.  Some saw it as a sign that somebody in America cared about them. To Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, who became known worldwide as the Candy Bomber, the Berlin Airlift was the healing balm on the wounds of war.  He and his fellow American pilots dropped more than two million tons of supplies and 23 tons of candy to the people and children of West Berlin.


Silent Night

Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. 

This opera recounts the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce. For one magical evening on December 24, 1914, French, German and Scottish soldiers laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration reflecting the peace, fellowship and humanity of the season. Based on the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel, this two-act production was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera and premiered in November 2012 to national acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for composer Kevin Puts. With a libretto by Mark Campbell, Silent Night is sung in French, English, German, Italian and Latin with English subtitles.


The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013

Monday, December 16 at 9:00 p.m. 

Originally conceived by Calvin Coolidge in 1923, this annual tradition has become an American holiday tradition, and continues to bring citizens together to share a message of hope and peace. The celebration includes performances from Neil Patrick Harris, Colbie Calliat, James Taylor, and others.


Craft in America: Holiday

Friday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. 

Embrace traditions, both familiar and new – all part of our American experience with the handmade. Meet an acclaimed wood carver and Nordic folk artisan at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. In Ashville, North Carolina, watch the annual National Gingerbread House Competition. Visit a magnificent estate built by George Vanderbilt in the Blue Ridge Mountains and see the grand home adorned with decorations and mementos that hint at timeless holidays of a glorious bygone age.


Christmas at Belmont 2013

Friday, December 20 at 9:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.

American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves hosts this annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Nearly 700 Belmont University student musicians join Graves, the Belmont School of Music faculty, and the Nashville Children’s Choir to present the seasonal celebration. The program also features the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Bluegrass Ensembles.


Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir

Monday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m. 

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, is the magnificent setting for Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir. The concert treats viewers to a spectacular holiday performance featuring the 75-voice St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and the Jentekor, the Nidaros Cathedral Girl Choir. The production pairs the cathedral’s spare gothic beauty and stunning acoustics with the distinctive a cappella singing style for which the St. Olaf Choir is internationally known. Musical selections include innovative arrangements of Christmas music (“The Word Was God” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming/The Rose”), gospel spirituals (“This Little Light of Mine”) and beloved Norwegian hymns and folk songs.


A Christmas Carol: The Concert

Monday, December 23 at 9:00 p.m. 

 Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol,  has been adapted for a live orchestral concert with choir and soloists and performed for audiences in a concert setting. Robert Christianson’s score is filled with memorable, haunting and rousing songs, and the story, faithfully adapted by Broadway’s Alisa Hauser, is performed by such Chicago and New York theater luminaries as Michael Aaron Lindner and E. Faye Butler. The concert is a celebration of classic storytelling and ensemble performances, providing audiences with both the comforts of a classic tale and the thrill of experiencing it as never before.

Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone

Wednesday, December 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

Christmas on the Danube

Thursday, December 26 at 9:00 p.m.

A companion to European Christmas Market, this special takes viewers along the Danube at Christmas for a magical experience. 

KUED Kids Holiday Programming and Specials:

Call the Midwife: Holiday Special

Sunday, December 29 at 6:30 p.m.

At Christmas, when an unexploded World War II bomb is found under a warehouse close to the Nonnatus House, the nuns and dozens of local families become homeless.

Children's Holiday Specials

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Monday, December 9 at  7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma - neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present.


The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

Thursday, November 28 at 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Friday, November 29 at noon

Sunday, December 1 at 7:30 a.m.

Friday, December 13 at 7:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25 at 9:00 a.m.

This adventure follows Cat, Sally, and Nick on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas. 


Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Tuesday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 26 at 9:00 a.m.

Everyone's favorite aardvark shows children  many ways to celebrate Christmas.


Elmo's Christmas Countdown

Thursday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, December 23: at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m.

There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson,  and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends learn to believe in Christmas miracles.




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