As a PBS Kids VIP blogger, I’ve got the full line-up of holiday programming coming up on PBS Kids. It’s no secret that we are HUGE PBS Kids fans around here. We don’t have cable, but we do get PBS and it’s really the only tv that is on during our house during the day at all. The boys love so many of the shows and it’s always extra fun when the shows are themed for special occasions like the holidays! And, in fact, today (December 9th) kicks off Holiday Week on PBS Kids!
PBS KIDS Holiday Week – December 9-13
This December, PBS KIDS will air a week of holiday and winter-themed programming from favorite series across the schedule. “Holiday Week” features two episode premieres, both from THOMAS & FRIENDS: “Snow Stops Play” and “Tinsel & Trains.” Holiday Week also includes encore presentations of holiday-themed episodes from favorite PBS KIDS series and holiday favorites CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas and ARTHUR’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS. So, here’s the line up for the rest of the month so you can check some of your kiddos’ favorite shows and see when the special holiday episodes will be on…
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! – Airs on December 13 and 24
A PBS KIDS holiday tradition, this adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home. With gorgeous animation and pull-out-all-the-stops musical numbers, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! will have families singing and celebrating all season long. We reviewed this last year and the boys love it! It’s a favorite Christmas DVD in our collection!
CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas – Airs on December 9, 14, and 25
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.
ARTHUR’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS – Airs on December 10 and 25
Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in his first one-hour primetime special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.” Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). The only problem is, just like real life, perfection is hard to attain and things start to fall apart.
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD
Snowflake Day! – Premiered on November 25, repeats on December 11th & 25th
In this thirty-minute holiday musical episode, the Neighborhood is celebrating Snowflake Day! Daniel has a very important role as the snowflake in the Neighborhood’s Snowflake Day Show and he can’t wait to say his lines! The Enchanted Garden is full of excitement and winter cheer as everyone pitches in to make the celebration a true Neighborhood success!
A Snowy Day – Premiered on December 2, repeats on December 10th & 24th
It’s snowing in the Neighborhood! Miss Elaina is coming over to Daniel’s house to play in the snow. When it’s time to go outside, Mom Tiger helps Daniel change out of his pajamas into clothes that will keep him warm and he learns how important it is to choose the proper clothes.
SESAME STREET: Elmo’s Christmas Countdown – Premiered on November 27, repeats on December 11 and 25
There’s a miracle on Sesame Street in this special holiday tale. Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their new friend Stiller the Elf (voice of Ben Stiller) are going to count down to Christmas with the Christmas Counter-Downer. But all the counting boxes have gone missing and Christmas may never come again! Can Elmo, Abby and Stiller the Elf save Christmas? With the help of very special guests Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Ty Pennington, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico and Kevin James (as Santa Claus), Elmo and friends learn to believe in Christmas miracles.
Kids are sure to have fun with all these special episodes of their favorite shows! And, if you’re Wild Kratts fans, I’ll have info about some fun brand, new episodes coming soon! Yay!
What holiday programming are you/your kids most looking forward to?
Disclosure: As a PBS KIDS VIP blogger, I received some promotional materials. However, all opinions and experiences are entirely my own. We were HUGE PBS Kids fans long before being a PBS KIDS blogger!