Make merry with KET
Join us this holiday season for a sleigh full of musical specials — including the Kingston Trio, the Boston Pops, Jordan Smith, and more — plus entertaining holiday specials from Last Tango in Halifax and Call the Midwife. Consult our list below and don’t miss any of your favorites!
Kingston Trio Holiday Cheers
KET2 Wednesday, Dec. 6 • 10/9 pm
George Grove, Bill Zorn, and Rick Dougherty perform a unique collection of seasonal tunes including several of the inspirational songs from their 1960s album The Last Month of the Year.
The Great British Baking Show: Christmas Masterclass
KET Friday, Dec. 8 • 9/8 pm
Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, and more.
Making a New American Nutcracker
KET Friday, Dec. 8 • 10/9 pm
Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet gives The Nutcracker an ingenious makeover and a new setting: the fairgrounds of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.
First Silent Night
KET Sunday, Dec. 10 • 10/9 pm
KET2 Tuesday, Dec. 19 • 10/9 pm
Actor Simon Callow journeys to Austria to uncover the moving origins of the Christmas carol “Silent Night.”
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops
KET2 Monday, Dec. 11 • 10/9 pm
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus at historic Symphony Hall. Includes performances by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins, country star Sara Evans, and Broadway star Robert Morse.
Handel’s Messiah and the Foundling Hospital
KET Sunday, Dec. 10 • 9/8 pm
KET2 Wednesday, Dec. 13 • 10/9 pm
Handel’s Messiah is one of the most recognizable pieces in Western music, but the fascinating story of how this beloved piece came to public attention and helped to save thousands of children is largely unknown. Return to 1750 London in this drama/documentary that offers rich insight into 18th century charity, Handel’s music, and their unexpected intersections — and how a new era of philanthropic giving turned Messiah into an icon.
Last Tango in Halifax Holiday Special
KET Sundays, Dec. 17 & 24 • 8/7 pm
KET2 Monday, Dec. 18 & 25 • 10/9 pm
Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.
Rick Steves Special: European Christmas
KET Saturday, Dec. 23 • 1 pm/noon
KET2 Monday, Dec. 25 • 4/3 pm
From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick celebrates Christmas in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy to see their customs and practices of the holiday season.
Christmas at Belmont
KET Friday, Dec. 22 • 9/8 pm
This annual Belmont University tradition celebrates the holiday season along with the musical diversity and rich talent of the university’s school of music.
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – The Broadway Musical
KET Saturday, Dec. 23 • 9/8 pm
Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” with big dance numbers, comedy, and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.
Christmastime in New Orleans
KET Saturday, Dec. 23 • 11:30/10:30 pm
KET2 Monday, December 25 • 8:30/7:30 am
Capture the festive spirit and traditions of New Orleans with great artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, and Harry Connick Jr.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazon
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 24 • 9/8 pm
Spend Christmas Eve with the renowned choir and one of the music world’s most critically acclaimed and beloved stars, and a leading tenor of our day.
Jordan Smith ’tis the Season
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 24 • 10/9 pm
KET2 Monday, Dec. 25 • 1 pm/noon
Kentuckian Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling Voice artist to date), stars in his first concert program. He performs songs from his Christmas album, ’Tis the Season. The concert features legendary composer, songwriter, and producer David Foster.
Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
KET Sunday, Dec. 24 • 11/10 pm
KET2 Monday, Dec. 25 • 3/2 pm
From Norway’s magnificent Nidaros Dom cathedral, this concert showcases the rich choral music traditions of two countries, presenting traditional Christmas hymns and carols in both Norwegian and English.
Holidays at Murray State 2017
KET2 Monday, Dec. 25 • 9/8 am
The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and featured soloists highlight this annual holiday special.
Listen – A Musical Celebration of Christmas at Berea College
KET2 Monday, Dec. 25 • 10/9 am
KET Monday, Dec. 25 • 8/7 pm
Pay a visit to Berea for a diverse mix of Christmas and holiday music performed by the students and music faculty of Berea College. The program also features a Nativity reading from Berea’s newly acquired copy of the St. John’s Bible, the first handwritten and illuminated Bible published since the end of the 15th century and the invention of the modern printing press.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special
KET Monday, Dec. 25 • 9/8 pm
The midwives battle snow, ice, power cuts, and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth, and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve!
Live from Lincoln Center & ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve
KET Sunday, Dec. 31 • Begins at 9/8 pm
Ring in the new year with KET! The celebration kicks off with Leonard Bernstein’s best-loved works for Broadway, including West Side Story, at Lincoln Center. It features the New York Philharmonic and special guests.
Then, Austin City Limits takes us into 2018 with its annual New Year’s Eve Hall of Fame program featuring the induction of Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash, and the Neville Brothers. Hosted by Chris Isaak, performers include Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Raul Malo, and Ry Cooder.