There’s something magical about December in DC: Monuments towering in the grey, snow-flecked sky; holiday lights lining the busy streets; and a frozen glaze over the Potomac River. What’s more, WETA TV26 and WETA HD are delivering musical, traditional, and local holiday shows straight to your home all month long! The hustle and bustle of the season may still haunt you like the Ghost of Christmas Past but WETA hopes to bring your tidings of comfort and joy this holiday season.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting
Tickets to this event are sparse but no need to fret because WETA Presents The National Christmas Tree Lighting December 7! Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, well-known entertainers and the United States Military Band will perform and the President will deliver a holiday message of peace to all. Watch the statuesque National Christmas Tree, along with 56 smaller trees (representing the 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia) as they are magically lit and illuminate the White House. Check out this interactive Christmas Tree Lighting timeline!
Watch The National Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: King Singers
Through the years, audiences have been enchanted by the melodious sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle choir and this year, we invite you to join us for Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle: King Singers. The King’s Singers is a vocal group highly sought-after worldwide and they’re right here on WETA for you to enjoy this holiday season. The program features holiday songs from the past and present as dancers accompany the harmonious and inspirational singing for a perfect Christmas experience.
Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: King Singers on Sunday, December 16 at 7:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn
British actress Jane Seymour and Opera singer Nathan Gunn join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City for this holiday event. Listen to the season’s most-loved songs at this annual concert, attracting thousands to Temple Square each December. As usual, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir showcases a perfect pairing of classical holiday songs and modern Christmas tunes.
Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn on Monday, December 17 at 10:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
WETA Guide to Christmas
Let WETA TV be your guide to Christmas in DC! In the one-hour special, the WETA Guide to Christmas, WETA TV presents an enticing list of ideas of how Washingtonians and visitors can celebrate the holiday season well before Santa slides down the chimney. What makes the holidays so much brighter in the nation’s capital? Get the inside scoop on Christmas festivities, activities, and traditions specific to the Washington area. Let us do the investigating, so you can enjoy every moment. We’ll tell you where the best neighborhood light displays are that will bring out the child in anyone. Explore historic locations and iconic destinations with the most elaborate and beautiful holiday décor. And what would the holiday season be without taking some time to help those in need? We’ll highlight organizations, people, and volunteer opportunities tailored toward this time of giving right in your own backyard.
Watch WETA Guide to Christmas on WETA TV26 and WETA HD at the following dates and times below:
Tuesday, December 18 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, December 19 at 8:00pm
Thursday, December 20 at 2:00pm
Sunday, December 23 at 1:30pm
Monday, December 24 at 8:30am
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole
Multi-faceted singer Natalie Cole has tackled R&B, jazz, and pop, and now she takes the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle choir where she will headline the event, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole. Natalie Cole’s signature vocal style fused with the sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir-who annually perform for over 85,000 audience members-will surely put you in the Christmas spirit.
Watch Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole on Monday, December 24 at 9:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Straight from the state of Iowa, the highly talented choirs of Luther College bring you an unforgettable holiday concert with 500 choir members, complete with a symphony orchestra. Thousands line up each year to be part of the audience privileged enough to be exposed to the musical and vocal talents of Luther College’s world-renowned musicians. Give yourself the gift of sweet music this year, as the Luther College choir celebrates another year performing their traditional Christmas concert.
Watch Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy on Monday, December 24 at 10:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
Christmas on Christmas!
Only on WETA, enjoy children’s Christmas programs and musical performances featuring world-renowned choirs, orchestras and singers alike all day long on December 25, Christmas Day. Sustain that warm, jolly feeling with WETA’s Christmas programming.
Tuesday, December 25 from 7:30am to 6:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.
7:00am Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
8:00am Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
9:00am Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Brian Stokes Mitchell & Edward Herman
10:00am Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: David Archuleta & Michael York
11:00am Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Natalie Cole
12:00pm Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn
1:00pm Christmas at St. Olaf
2:00pm Christmas at Belmont
3:00pm Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort & Joy
4:00pm WETA Guide to Christmas
5:00pm Lidia Celebrates: Holiday Tables & Traditions