Happy holiday viewing!

Whatever puts you in the holiday spirit, it’s a good bet that it’s on WGCU in the next week or so. Tune in for:

The Ornament of the World: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. on WGCU HD.

Filmed in Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Toledo, this is the story of a remarkable 800-year period when Muslims, Christians, and Jews in medieval Spain forged a common cultural identity that often transcended their religious differences.

Joyful & Triumphant: Friday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. on WGCU HD.

The annual concert featuring the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music vocal and instrumental students was taped earlier in the month at the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples.

Lawrence Welk Show – Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. on WGCU HD.

This program from 1972 opens with Welk joining the gang for “Jingle Bells.” Hosts are Norma, Randy and Mark Zimmer. Norma and the group sing “Silent Night” and Arthur Duncan shows how to “Ring Those Christmas Bells.” “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” is performed beautifully by Guy and Ralna and Joe Feeney captures the true spirit of the season with “O Holy Night.”

Keeping Up Appearances  1991 Christmas Special: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. on WGCU HD.

Hyacinth hires a Father Christmas outfit for Richard to wear when distributing gifts to the old people at the church hall. Against his will, Richard puts it on, but after one too many sherries with Emmet, Elizabeth must don the outfit and pretend to be him, but as usual, disaster strikes. Guest starring Jeremy Gittins as the vicar, Tony Kemp as Mr. Sudbury, Mark Brackenbury as Mr. Thorgunby, Anett Peters as Mrs. Thorgunby, Robert Packham as the postman and George Webb as Daddy (uncredited).

Christmas at Belmont: Monday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. on WGCU HD (and midnight Dec. 24).

This show features Belmont University students along with Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and the Nashville Children’s Choir. Taped in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show includes classic holiday songs and festive tunes.

Rick Steves European Christmas: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. on WGCU HD.

Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, you’ll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families…and even play in the snow.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir featuring Kristin Chenoweth: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. on WGCU HD.

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are joined by Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer, for this beloved Christmas tradition featuring favorite holiday music, dancing and storytelling. (See photo above.)

A Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. on WGCU HD.

Every year, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Florida, puts on a performance which fills the beautiful Knowles Memorial Chapel with the sounds of the holiday season.This show features the 175-voice Bach Festival choir, youth choir and orchestra under the direction of John V. Sinclair. The esteemed ensembles offer traditional holiday selections, including well-known Christmas hymns and carols beautifully arranged for the performers.

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 8 and 10:30 p.m. on WGCU HD.

Join Lucy Worsley is on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas — from carols to turkey, gift-giving to mistletoe and mulled wine — has surprising Tudor origins, rooted in devotion and charity.

Find these and more shows on WGCU HD, World and Create/Encore by checking wgcu.org/tvschedules.



Author: Dayna Harpster