This holiday season, from Sunday December 11 through to New Year’s Day, join TVO as they share seasonal classics, animated specials, and holiday-themed documentaries with viewers both young and old. The TVO primetime holiday lineup, which is guaranteed to bring warmth to the chilly season, includes:
Victorian Farm Christmas (December 11 at 8 pm)
Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn return to the Acton Scott estate to recreate a traditional Victorian Christmas – from greeting cards and Christmas carols to the rich array of festive food they put on the table.
Private Life of a Christmas Masterpiece: The Mystic Nativity (December 22 at 10 pm)
Painted in 1500 by Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, the Mystic Nativity has adorned countless holiday cards. However, due to a recent chance discovery by a scholar, a hidden, darker meaning to the painting has been revealed.
Christmas Eve with Saturday Night at the Movies (December 24 at 8 pm)
Saturday Night at the Movies celebrates the holidays with two films about bringing people together in extraordinary circumstances: the wartime Joyeux Noel (2005) and musical classic Oliver! (1968).
Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne (January 1 at 8 pm)
On New Year’s Eve, raise a glass with Gareth Malone, who worked miracles shaping untrained talents into musical forces in three Choir series. This time he takes on one of his biggest challenges: staging a world-class production with a teen chorus who must be coaxed into accepting opera as a powerful art form.
The TVOKids holiday lineup includes:
Sunday Family Movie: The Snow Queen’s Revenge (December 11 at 2 pm)
Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and featuring the voices of Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, and Alison Steadman.
Nelly & Caesar: My Very Beautiful Tree (December 18 at 7 am, December 19 at 3 pm, December 21 at 11:30 am, December 23 at 3 pm and December 25 at 7 am)
Nelly and Caesar decide to decorate the tree for Christmas, but overnight the decorations are blown away and lost. Will they find new decorations in time for the big day?
Little Princess: I Want to be Good (December 18 at 7:30 am, December 21 at 10 am, December 23 at 10 am and December 25 at 7:30 am)
Little Princess has been told that if she wants to help decorate the Christmas tree, she has to be good all day! But it turns out that being good just isn’t that easy. Will she make it?
Miss BG: Holiday Tree House (December 18 at 12 pm and December 24 at 1 pm)
During Christmas, Brittany-Ann’s mom convinces the city to cut down the tree house and put up a tennis court. Now it’s time for Brittany-Ann and her friends save their tree house.
Sunday Family Movie: Flight of the Reindeer (December 18 at 2 pm)
In this magical story, a scientist sets out to prove that reindeer can fly and along the way discovers the true meaning of faith, family and Christmas.
The Gruffalo (December 18 at 3:30 pm, December 21 at 6:30 pm and December 25 at 12:30 pm)
This Oscar-nominated animated short tells the tale of a clever little mouse who goes for a walk in the forest and encounters several dangerous animals. Features the voices of Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson and John Hurt.
Charlie & Lola: How Many Minutes until Christmas (December 19 at 3:30 pm and December 24 at 9:30 am)
Charlie and Lola have an Advent calendar to help them keep track of the days leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Lola discovers that the flap for Christmas Day has disappeared!
The Little Reindeer (December 19 at 6:30 pm and December 25 at 3:30 pm)
One Christmas Eve, a young boy finds a special present on his rooftop – a little reindeer! Quickly, they become secret friends.
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas (December 20 at 4 pm, December 25 at 8:30 am and 1 pm)
Arthur, D.W. and their family and friends make preparations for popular holiday season celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
A Christmas Carol (December 23 at 5:30 pm and December 25 at 2 pm)
A re-telling of the classic tale featuring the voices of Simon Callow, Kate Winslet, and Nicolas Cage. Ebenezer Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by visitations from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
The Last Polar Bears (December 24 at 3:30 pm)
Based on the story by Harry Horse and narrated by Nigel Hawthorne, a grandfather writes to his grandchild about his journey to the North Pole in search of the world’s last polar bears.