Holiday like you mean it with CBC in December

November 21, 2014

Holiday programming across all CBC platforms will keep Canadians in the festive spirit all season long

Canadians are invited to laugh, cry, sing and shout along with CBC this December with a month full of festive favourites and new holiday-themed episodes of popular CBC programs. CBC-TV, Radio One, Radio 2, CBCMusic.ca and CBC.ca will spread the holiday spirit all month long with a variety of programming that will help Canadians holiday like they mean it.

CBC-TV's December schedule is full of holiday favourites, including:

  • Elf (Sun, Dec. 7th at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994) (Thu, Dec. 11th at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT)
  • Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Sun, Dec. 14th and Mon, Dec. 22nd at 7 p.m./7:30 p.m. NT)
  • Home Alone (Sun, Dec. 14th at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT)
  • Frosty the Snowman (Mon, Dec. 15th and Tue, Dec. 23rd at 7 p.m./7:30 p.m. NT)
  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Mon, Dec. 15th at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT)
  • Merry Christmas Mr. Bean (Mon, Dec. 15th at 8:30 p.m./9:00 p.m. NT)
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Sun, Dec. 21st at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT)
  • A Christmas Story (Mon, Dec. 22nd at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT)
  • Scrooge (Wed, Dec. 24th at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT)

In addition to movies and specials, CBC-TV's broadcast schedule throughout December will also feature holiday-themed episodes of CBC shows and specials, including:

  • Dragons' Den Holiday Special - Wed, Dec. 3rd at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT

A determined entrepreneur challenges conventions and makes Den history; an enthusiastic snowboarder tries to keep his cool as excitement sparks; and one business gets everything on their wish list. Plus an inventor who thinks his winter accessory will drive sales all the way to the snow banks.

  • This Hour Has 22 Years - Tue, Dec. 9th at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT

CBC celebrates the 22nd season of the award-winning, record-breaking, Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes with a look back at some of the best moments from the past 22 years. The special features interviews with cast members recalling what has made the show a staple of the network's schedule for more than two decades.

  • Steven and Chris Holiday Episodes - Weekdays at 2 p.m./2:30 p.m. NT (Dec. 15th-24th)

Join Canada's beloved daytime television hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman this holiday season as they share entertaining tips, hot holiday fashions, gift guides and a whole lot of fun! Some of the boys' special guests include chef Lynn Crawford and House and Home'sLynda Reeves.

  • CCMA Holiday Special - Mon, Dec. 15th at 9 p.m./9:30 p.m. NT

Canadian country music's brightest stars come together for an evening of holiday favourites, including music and memories. Hosted by Terri Clark, the special features collaborations and performances by some of Canada's most recognizable and beloved country artists including Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, Lindsay Ell, Tim Hicks, Beverley Mahood, High Valley, Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel, One More Girl, Lindi Ortega, Deric Ruttan, The Stellas including daughters Lennon and Maisy, and Tebey.

  • Stars on Ice - Tue, Dec. 16th at 7 p.m./7:30 p.m. NT

A celebration of Canada's Olympic athletes, Stars on Ice is a gala event featuring the Canadian Olympic silver-medal team, sharing the ice with Canadian, World, and Olympic champion skaters. 'On Top of the World' is the 2014 Stars on Ice theme and features group and solo performances by Canada's top ice skating stars, such as Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Patrick Chan, Kurt Browning, Joannie Rochette, Jeffrey Buttle, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Kaetlyn Osmond, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, and Shawn Sawyer.

  • Michael Bublé's Christmas in New York - Tue, Dec. 16th at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT (Encore broadcast Thu, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m./7:30 p.m. NT)

Performing from Radio City Music Hall in New York, singer Michael Bublé hosts a one-hour Christmas special. Watch as he delivers some of his most popular holiday songs as well as Christmas classics. Celebrate the holiday season with this unforgettable and heartfelt performance from the Grammy® award-winning superstar, along with special guest Ariana Grande, and more!

  • CBC Music: 12 Songs of Christmas - Wed, Dec. 24th at 7 p.m./7:30 p.m. NT

Celebrate the holidays with some of Canada's best musicians as they perform their favourite Christmas songs, featuring Blue Rodeo, Walk Off The Earth, Nikki Yanofsky, Moist, Brett Kissel, Barenaked Ladies, and more!

  • Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration - Thu, Dec. 25th at 10 a.m./10:30 a.m. NT

Music, magic and merriment come together when Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida present the 31st annual Christmas Day parade and TV special. The star-studded sounds of the season include some of today's top musical talents lending their voices to celebrate the holidays. And, from fairy tales to classic Christmas carols, Disney friends and holiday characters spread joy and good tidings through Disneyland Park in California and the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. This year promises some extra Frozen fun with fanciful floats and colourful cavalcades as Santa Claus himself along with his reindeer, wind their holly jolly way down Main Street, USA.

Kids' CBC will be in the holiday spirit in December with special holiday-themed programming including special episodes of Super WHY! and You & Me. On Wed, Dec. 24th the schedule will be filled with festive programming from 6:30-11 a.m./7-11:30 a.m. NT for Kids' CBC Holiday Morning. In addition, new series The Moblees will premiere on Mon, Dec. 22nd at 8 a.m./8:30 a.m. NT. Each episode will be a movement-centric, song-driven adventure, encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle through imaginative journeys and transformative experiences set to a soundtrack of original world music. The Moblees will continue weekdays at 8 a.m./8:30 a.m. NT as part of the Kids' CBC schedule.

CBCMusic.ca will celebrate the holidays with two continuous limited-play streams: Seasonal Favourites and Classical Holidays, from Nov. 24th at 12 p.m. (12:30 p.m. NT) to Dec. 29th. Seasonal Favourites will include everything from vintage tunes by Bing Crosby to contemporary classics from performers like Michael Bublé and many more. Classical Holidays is the perfect holiday mix for classical fans, including concertos, carols, and hits from the choral, vocal, and instrumental repertoire, including Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Visit CBCMusic.ca for a festive music mix, the perfect soundtrack for holiday celebrations.

On Sun, Dec. 21st, CBC Radio 2 will broadcast Joy to the World, a full day of holiday music programming from the countries of the European Broadcasting Union, hosted by Ben Heppner. For a complete lineup, please visit cbcmusic.ca/joytotheworld. CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2 will continue in the holiday spirit as of Wed, Dec. 24th, with a wide range of festive music. CBC Radio 2's holiday programming will start at 5 p.m. (5:30 p.m. NT) with the hour-long special, CBC Music: The Songs of Christmas. Hosted by Rich Terfry, the program features exclusive performances of holiday songs from Blue Rodeo, Walk Off The Earth, Nikki Yanofsky, Moist, Brett Kissel, Barenaked Ladies and many more. CBC Radio One kicks off the holidays on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with festive music running until midnight (12:30 a.m. NT) on Dec. 25th. In addition, Radio One'sAs it Happens will broadcast its annual reading by Al Maitland of Frederick Forsyth's short story,The Shepherd, on Christmas Eve at 6:30 p.m. (7 p.m. NT). The full holiday schedule for CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2 is available at cbcmusic.ca/holiday.

Laugh into the new year with CBC-TV's comedy lineup on Wed, Dec. 31st beginning at 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. NT) with an encore presentation of the 22 Minutes retrospective, This Hour Has 22 Years, followed by Air Farce: New Year's Eve 2014/2015 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), From Fallsview Casino: Ron James "The Big Picture" at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) and 22 Minutes 'Til Midnight at 11:30 p.m. (12 a.m. NT).

For the complete and up-to-date CBC holiday schedule and more, visit cbc.ca/holiday.

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