Christmas week on NET Television finds numerous seasonal specials airing on NET1.
Travel to Norway for a concert by the a cappella St. Olaf Choir and the Norwegian girl choir, Nidaros Jentekor when “Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir” airs Monday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. CT. At 10:30 p.m. CT is “European Christmas Markets” where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with treats and delights.
On Tuesday, Dec. 24, start the evening with “The National Christmas Tree Lighting” from Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. CT and then enjoy television personality Tom Brokaw, Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a concert of holiday favorites at 8 p.m. CT.
Also on Dec. 24, “Casting Call to Curtain Call,” the NET Television production capturing the camaraderie, backstage struggles, anxieties and triumphs of the actors and crew of the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” airs at 11 p.m. CT as well as Christmas Day at 5 p.m. CT.
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. 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 when “Christmas in Yellowstone” airs on “Nature” at 7 p.m. CT on Christmas Day.
Airing at 9 p.m. CT on Christmas Day, “A Christmas Carol: The Concert” presents Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale adapted for orchestra with choir and soloists. Then at 10:30 p.m. CT “Christmas on the Danube” travels the majestic Danube River as it passes through stunning European landscape, history and culture, visiting cities along the river, which are particularly spectacular at Christmas.
A new for 2013 “Call the Midwife Holiday Special,” airs Sunday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. CT, following nurse Jenny Lee and the midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visits the expectant mothers of Poplar. Chummy, PC Noakes and baby Freddy are back in the East End; Sister Bernadette, now known as Shelagh since leaving the convent, is preparing for her wedding to Dr. Turner; and Jenny is facing huge challenges personally and professionally.
Some of PBS’ most popular children’s characters are featured in holiday specials airing on Christmas Day, beginning with “Arthur’s Perfect Christmas” at 7 a.m. CT, followed by “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas” at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT and “Elmo’s Christmas Countdown” at 9 a.m. CT.