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Stream these great PBS holiday programs on demand now!

December 14, 2022 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

It’s the holiday season! Celebrate with the sounds, sights and conversation starters found in these on-demand PBS Wisconsin programs. Watch them online now or on the free PBS Video App everywhere you watch TV!

Sounds of the season

Love Divine | The St. Olaf Christmas Festival

First held in 1912, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States and features more than 450 students from St. Olaf College’s renowned choirs and orchestra.

Christmas at DePaul

DePaul University invites viewers to the holiday celebration, which features the talents of DePaul faculty, staff, students and alumni.

A Classic Christmas with the Bach Festival Society

The 175-voice Bach Festival choir, youth choir and orchestra offer traditional holiday selections, including well-known Christmas hymns and carols beautifully arranged for the performers.

The Tidings

Watch this musical mediation on an unsung aspect of the Christmas story which speaks to the heart of the human experience.

German Christmas Music | Wisconsin Life

The Madison Maennerchor performs traditional German Christmas music. Many of the song are Christmas classics.

Carols of Christmas Past | University Place

Trevor Stephenson, director of the Madison Bach Musicians, joins host Norman Gilliland to share renditions of Christmas carols in their original arrangements or as they were performed long ago. Stephenson explains the history of the carols and accompanies singers Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, Margaret Fox, Scott J. Brunscheen and Jim LaBelle.

Festive feasts and treats

Spruce Tree Shortbread | Kitchen Vignettes

Cooking with spruce is magical. The fragrance makes it feel oh so Christmassy! These spruce tree shortbread cookies are also a lovely gift.

Holiday Sweets | Sara’s Weeknight Meals

Holidays call for big celebrations with friends and family! Sara has the perfect recipes for any occasion.

More to celebrate

Celebration | Craft in America

Discover the role craft plays in our winter holiday traditions, rituals, and festivities. Featuring lion dancers and float builders for San Francisco’s acclaimed Chinese New Year Parade, artists in Michigan making ceramics for the holidays at Pewabic (Detroit) and Motawi Tileworks (Ann Arbor), Kwanzaa celebrations with artists in Chicago and Oakland, and Christmas card making with Yoshiko Yamamoto.

Holidays | Black Nouveau

We begin with Kwanzaa, an African-American cultural celebration. Clayborn Benson, III, founder of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society – which holds the state’s largest celebration – explains the cultural importance of the week-long festivity. Alexandria Mack talks with Dimonte Henning, director of Black Arts MKE’s holiday production of “Black Nativity.”

Hanukkah |Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Susan Braunstein, curator of Archaeology and Judaica at the Jewish Museum of New York, explains the traditions of Hanukkah.

Conversation starters and stories

Christmas Stars December 2022 | Star Gazers

Don’t forget to look up this holiday season! This week’s episode of Star Gazers features selected objects for naked eye viewing for the week leading into Christmas.

Holiday Spirit | Stories from the Stage

Top storytellers share stories that conjure the holiday spirit.

The Wicked Feline Murder Floof, a Yule Cat Story | Monstrum

Christmas isn’t just a time for presents, cookies and holiday cheer, but the hunting period of Iceland’s murderous monster feline, the Yule Cat.

The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree | University Place

Joe Kapler, curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society, provides a history of the Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree produced by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Wisconsin.

Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri 2019

The whole family can watch this fun chemistry show! Professor Bassam Shakhashiri and his guests celebrate the very special 50th anniversary of this holiday lecture with explosions and colorful experiments. Watch balloons explode, fog appear, liquids change colors, rainbows, music and much more!

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