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‘Tis the Season: Join Us for VisionTV’s 4 Weeks of Christmas

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‘Tis the season to spend time with loved ones, eat until your belt breaks, pass out gifts and, of course, comfortably slide back in the recliner and enjoy some exceptional holiday programming from ‘The Nation’s Christmas Station,’ VisionTV.

Running through the holiday season, VisionTV’s 4 Weeks of Christmas event features the best shows, specials, films, concerts and British entertainment designed to bring cheer to you and yours.

This year, we catch up with world famous chef Rick Stein, as he returns to the county of Cornwall for “Rick Stein’s Cornish Christmas.” Here, Stein shares his favourite dishes and traditions from the region, while showcasing a heavy pinch of wit and charm. Further bringing us into the British lifestyle is “Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas,” a holiday special in which we get to witness epic cake design, tree decorating and sweater knitting competitions.

Of course, we can’t speak about wonderful British programming without mentioning the hit comedy, “Miranda.” In addition to airing the seasonal favourite “Miranda’s Perfect Christmas,” VisionTV will also fill your stocking with a new pair of “Miranda” specials (that take her story beyond the first three seasons of the series), each of which focus on Miranda’s up and down relationship with Gary. For hilarity, heartbreak, then much more hilarity, tune into “Miranda.”

For the foodies out there, we are thrilled to bring you the inaugural “Organic Panic” Christmas special. In this episode, a family is taught how to prepare an organic and conventional Christmas dinner. Which dinner will the family approve of the most? You’ll have to watch to find out. If sipping merrily through the holidays is more your speed, be sure to give “Twelve Drinks of Christmas” a watch.

Making its network premiere is “The National Tree” (Andrew McCarthy, Evan Williams) a film in which an at odds father and son duo need to transport a giant Sitka Spruce across America so that it has a shot at becoming the next Washington National Tree. Also featured on our packed movie schedule are favourites like “Secret Santa” (Jennie Garth), “November Christmas” (John Corbett, Sam Elliott) and “Recipe for a Perfect Christmas” (Carly Pope, Christine Baranski.)

On a musical note, VisionTV will be airing its homegrown special, “The Carols of Christmas: St. Michael’s Choir,” which will include live performances from La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, Voices of Victory Youth Choir and many more.

Additionally, we’ll be premiering a pair of new Mormon Tabernacle Choir specials – “Christmas Favourties” with Deborah Voigt, as well as “Reflections of a New Year.” As for old MTC favourites, don’t worry, we have some of those as well.

You can view our holiday programming highlights below, or check out our full list of shows by clicking here.

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Monday, November 30

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

Two feuding brothers are reluctantly teamed to transport a truckload of supplies from California to a small, depressed Alaskan town. 1987, John Schneider, Tom Wopat.

Tuesday, December 1

Time To Sing: Christmas #1
2:00am ET/11:00pm PT (Monday)
Also airs Friday, Dec. 18 at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT

Viewers at home are invited to sing-along with the series hosts and singers as they
continue the Canadian gospel music traditions – all in a warm relaxed atmosphere.

Blizzard
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

Young Jess, whose best friend moves away, is consoled by a story from her Aunt Millie about the friendship between another young girl, Katie, and an unusual reindeer named Blizzard. 2003, Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher Plummer.

Celtic Angels At Christmas
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT
Also airs Friday, Dec. 18 at 3:00pm PT/Noon PT
Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT
Wed., Dec. 23, at 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

Scotland’s Maggie MacInnes and some of Canada’s finest young Celtic musicians – including Stephanie Hardy, Patricia Murray, Kendra and Sabra MacGillivray, and Gillian Boucher – perform a variety of holiday favourites.

Santa & Pete
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

A heart-warming film that explores the beloved legend of Santa Claus and the seldom-told tale of faith and friendship between two men – St. Nicholas and his younger side kick, Pete. 2000, James Earl Jones, Hume Cronyn and Flex Alexander

Wednesday, December 2

Mormon Tabernacle Choir – We Need A Little Christmas with Angela Lansbury
2:00am ET/11:00pm PT (Tuesday)
Also airs Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 2:00am ET/11:00pm PT (Monday)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Special featuring “We Need a Little Christmas” from Mame, “Not While I’m Around”, “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, and the nativity story from Luke II.

Rick Stein’s Cornish Christmas
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT (Will begin at approx. 10:10 after Poldark concludes.)
Also airs Monday, Dec. 21 at 4:00 & 9:00pm ET/1:00 & 6:00pm PT

NETWORK PREMIERE

The people of Cornwall are proud of the fact that they do things differently, and the Christmas celebrations in this beautiful part of England have their own unique flavours and sounds. Home for a while from his worldwide adventures, Rick Stein has a chance to enjoy Christmas in his beloved adopted county, joining in the ancient festival of Wassailing and cooking his own goose! With Cornish Christmas music and the occasional glass of Cornish beers and ciders, this is a festive feast guaranteed to get viewers in the best seasonal spirits.

November Christmas
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

Set in a small New England town, this emotional tear-jerker tells the story of a community coming together to give a little girl and her family an early holiday season in November. 2010, John Corbett, Sam Elliott and Karen Allen.

Thursday, December 3

Recipe For A Perfect Christmas
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT
Also airs Mon., Dec. 21 at Midnight ET/9:00pm PT and Tues., Dec. 22 9:00pm ET/6:00 PT

When 24 year old J.J. McAllister (Carly Pope) is offered her dream job at a trendy New York magazine, she can’t believe her luck – that is, until her flamboyant mother (Christine Baranski) comes back into her life and proceeds to put everything in jeopardy. 2007.

Followed by Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking Christmas at 10:45pm ET/7:45 PT

Friday, December 4

Quartet Plus Four At Christmas
10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Also airs Thursday, Dec. 10, 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

Christmas music special, taped at St. George’s Anglican Church in Halifax, featuring holiday selections by the Blue Engine String Quartet with singers Jeri Brown, Mary Jane Lamond, Cindy Church and Lina Boudreau.

God’s Greatest Hits: Hallelujah
11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT

For almost 250 years, audiences have been getting to their feet and standing for the Hallelujah chorus of Handel’s Messiah. From a Flash Mob by Chorus Niagara, to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the power of this song is unmistakable. Also included are moving performances by the Arcadia Ensemble and the Mississauga Choral Society.

Monday, December 7

Organic Panic Xmas Special
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT
Also airs Wed., Dec. 16 at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT
Tues., Dec. 22 at 3:00pm ET/Noon PT
Thurs., Dec. 24 at 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT
Mon., Dec. 28 at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT

NETWORK PREMIERE/ORIGINAL CANADIAN SERIES

In “Organic Panic Christmas: Food”, the first “Organic Panic” one hour Christmas special, chef Miriam Streiman (pictured below) shows Gino, Catherine and their three older children how to cook an organic as well as a conventional Christmas dinner. Leading up to Miriam’s fabulous feast, Catherine, Gino and their family will visit and speak to the people who produce the food she prepares for them. After visiting the farms and stores where their Christmas meal originates and after seeing the preparation of their feast, will Gino, Catherine and their children choose an organic or conventional Christmas dinner?

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Christmas Together with the Barra MacNeils
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT
Also airs Thurs., Dec. 17 at 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT
Wed., Dec. 23 at 3:00pm ET/Noon PT
Fri., Dec. 25 at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

A Christmas music concert with Canada’s leading Celtic artists, the Barra MacNeils. Christmas carols include: O Holy Night, O Come Divine Messiah, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

The National Tree
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

Tuesday, December 8

Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT
Also airs Mon., Dec. 14 at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT
Wed., Dec. 23 at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

In this craft-filled show, Kirstie Allsopp offers a festive fast-track guide to ensuring the big day goes off with a bang. Wonder woman Kirstie shows how fast crafts can beat the clock and make a big impact.

Secret Santa
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

Eager journalist Rebecca has been assigned to uncover the true identity of her town’s legendary Secret Santa. But will she publish the scoop, or decide that the spirit of Christmas is something worth saving? 2003, Jennie Garth.

Wednesday, December 9

Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Christmas Favourites
2:00am ET/11:00pm PT (Tuesday)

Deborah Voigt joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for this Christmas special. Recognized as one of the world’s most versatile dramatic sopranos and as one of music’s most endearing personalities.

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT
Also airs Mon., Dec. 14 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT
Tues., Dec. 22 at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

NETWORK PREMIERE

Home and crafting guru Kirstie Allsopp presents a Christmas show crammed with crafts and competitions. Based at the Blenheim Palace craft fair, Kirstie sets the best movers and makers against each other in three festive competitions: cake design, tree decoration and a mindblowing Christmas jumper contest. She also heads to Norway to soak up some Scandi cool, from knitted balls to ivy wreaths. Back home in Britain she gathers the inspiration together to create cakes, lip balms, sleigh bunting and a driftwood Christmas tree.

Flight of the Reindeer
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

Jerry McNeal finally has proof that reindeer can fly, and has secured photos of the magical North Pole village where they live with Santa. Can the villagers prevent him from revealing all and instigating the end of Christmas? 2000, Beau Bridges, Richard Thomas.

Thursday, December 10

Crazy For Christmas
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT
Also airs Tues., Dec. 22 at Midnight ET/9:00pm PT

Shannon is stuck working on Christmas Eve, driving around a wealthy older man who
keeps giving away his money. The single mom would rather be home with her son, but it will turn out to be one of the craziest and most incredible nights of her life. 2005, Andrea Roth, Howard Hesseman.

Friday, December 11

God’s Greatest Hits “O Holy Night: The Songs of Christmas”
10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Also airs Fri., Dec. 25 at 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

Perhaps no spiritual music touches us more deeply than the music we hear at Christmas. O Holy Night, originally written in French as a poem might be among the most beautiful. In this episode we hear it along with Silent Night, Joy to the World, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Little Drummer Boy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard on High and Mary Had A Baby with performances by The Priests, Sean Quigley, The Joe Sealy Quartet, The Piano Guys, Jackie Richardson, The Bills, The Annie Moses Band and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

Time To Sing: Christmas #2 and #3
10:00 & 11:30pm ET/7:00 & 8:30pm PT

Viewers at home are invited to sing-along with the series hosts and singers as they continue the Canadian gospel music traditions – all in a warm relaxed atmosphere.

Monday, December 14

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas encore at 9:00 and 10:00pm ET/6:00 & 7:00pm PT

Twelve Drinks of Christmas
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT
Also airs Christmas Day at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT

Hosts Alexander Armstrong and Giles Coren look for twelve different festive drinks they can agree on, including the best Christmas Eve cocktail, the wine to serve with Christmas lunch, the brandy to give them their Christmas spirit, a wassail punch and the ultimate eggnog.

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Road To Christmas
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT
Also airs Tues., Dec. 15 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

High-powered fashion photographer Claire Jameson finds herself stranded on the way to her dream Christmas-time wedding in Aspen. When Tom Pullman and his 13-year old daughter Hilly kindly offer her a ride, none of them realize that their journey is just beginning, and it will leave all of them in a very different place than where they began. 2006, Jennifer Grey, Megan Park and Clark Gregg.

Tuesday, December 15

Flight Of Faith: The Jesus Story
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

Flight of Faith takes to the sky for a God’s eye view of the life of Jesus, traveling through his homeland and exploring the settings of many familiar bible stories. From Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine, to Mount of the Beatitudes, where he delivered the famous sermon, to Bethsaida where the miracle of the loaves and fishes was performed.

Carols By Candlelight
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT
Also airs Wed., Dec. 23 at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

An exquisite concert of carols and seasonal classics performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Chorus at London’s elegant Royal Albert Hall. Featuring the orchestra dressed in full 18th century costume and filmed in an evocative candle-lit style setting, Carols by Candlelight includes performances of Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Bach’s Sleepers Awake and Vivaldi’s Gloria (first movement).

Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday, December 16

Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Home For The Holidays
2:00am ET/11:00pm PT (Tuesday)

English tenor Alfie Boe joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for this masterful Christmas special “Home for the Holidays”. Boe sings songs of the season including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “Angels, From the Realms of Glory” and more.

Organic Panic Christmas: Christmas Food encores at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT

The Man Who Saved Christmas
Midnight ET/9:00pm PT
Also airs Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

During World War I, the inventor of the Erector Set was convinced to put aside his toymaking to support the war effort, but the horrors of the conflict forced him to rethink his decision. 2002, Jason Alexander, Ed Asner, and Kelly Rowan.

Thursday, December 17

God’s Greatest Hits “Angels We Have Heard On High”
11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

Explores why the power of Christmas carols has endured through the centuries. Features stories about the holidays and carols such as Gabriel’s Message, Angels We Have Heard on High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, What Child Is This and more.

Friday, December 18

Miranda: The Perfect Xmas
8:30pm ET/5:30 PT

In an attempt to actually enjoy Christmas, Miranda escapes from her parents’ house and stays in her flat with her friends – but disasters follow her there, too.

Gaither Gospel Hour
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

The Homecoming Friends gathered at Christ Church in Nashville, Tennessee, with the world-famous Christ Church Choir and a sanctuary full of brothers and sisters in the Lord. You are invited to rejoice with them and to share in this very special Homecoming Christmas celebration… Joy To The World!

The Carols Of Christmas
10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Also airs Mon., Dec 21 at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT, Tues., Dec. 22 at 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT and Christmas Day at 3:00pm ET/Noon PT

ORIGINAL PRESENTATION

Celebrates what we all love most about the holiday season: the music! Recorded at the newly built Public Performing Space at Moses Znaimer’s Zoomerplex, in Liberty Village, this television special highlights some of Canada’s most cherished singers, musicians and holiday songs. Hosted by Classical Musician-at-Large, Kathleen Kajioka, it features performances by La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, Voices of Victory Youth Choir, the esteemed Victoria Scholars Men’s Ensemble Choir and Marilyn Lightstone.

Monday, December 21

Rick Stein’s Cornish Christmas encores at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking – Christmas
10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT

Nigel Slater presents a nostalgic celebration of well-loved Christmas dishes, past and present. From a sea bass starter to a roast duck feast and a dazzling party trifle, Nigel demonstrates how special dishes can be made simply, especially when it comes to feeding family and friends over Christmas.

Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking: Christmas

Thursday, December 24

A Christmas Carol Holiday Special 2012
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

ORIGINAL PRESENTATION

Filmed in front of a live audience at one of the most beautiful venues in Toronto, the Church of the Redeemer, A CHRISTMAS CAROL HOLIDAY SPECIAL is an original VisionTV two-hour broadcast presentation of the Dickens’ classic hosted by Bill Anderson and featuring Judy Maddren, Marilyn Lightstone, Leah Pinsent, Peter Keleghan, Eric Peterson, and pianist David Warrack. The show finale is a newly arranged version of Marilyn Lightstone’s all-inclusive holiday song “The Light Shines All Over the World”.

Time To Sing: Christmas
11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT

Viewers at home are invited to sing-along with the series hosts and singers as they continue the Canadian gospel music traditions – all in a warm relaxed atmosphere.

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Murder She Wrote – A Christmas Secret
7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

A returning Gulf War veteran’s reunion with his fiancée is marred by his big secret.  Guest stars: Larry Wilcox, Diane Baker.

Murder, She Wrote - Angela Lansbury stars as Jessica Fletcher

Tuesday, December 29

Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Reflections of a New Year
2:00am ET/11pm PT (December 28)

Music and the Spoken Word New Year Special. Songs in show include “Fill the World with Love” – “Look at the World” – “New Year” and more.

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