Do you ever wish that the 12 Days of Christmas could last just a little bit longer? If so, you’re not alone, and VisionTV’s Four Weeks of Christmas are the perfect way to infuse your holidays with a month’s worth of uplifting music, hilarious British comedy, and a host of heartwarming films. Starting Dec. 2, VisionTV transforms into The Nation’s Christmas Station – a one-stop-shop for all manner of festive fare and quality programming. So take some of the guesswork out of your seasonal routine, and take some time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the best entertainment that the holidays have to offer.
Brand new this year to Vision TV’s Four Weeks of Christmas:
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (2007) – Network Premiere
Airs Monday, Dec. 2 at 10pm ET & Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8:30pm ET
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.
A Christmas Carol (2000) – Network Premiere
Airs Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 11pm ET
In this modern day version of Charles Dickens’ classic morality tale, Eddie Scrooge is feared by all and loved by none. His ex-partner who died in mysterious circumstances, visits Scrooge on Christmas Eve as the Ghost of Christmas Present and he also encounters the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future. Starring Ross Kemp, Ray Fearon.
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987) – Network Premiere
Airs on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11pm ET
John Schneider and Tom Wopat star as two feuding brothers who are reluctantly teamed to transport a truckload of supplies from California to a small, depressed Alaskan town. A touching film about love and family values and highly recommended for all!
Moonlight and Mistletoe (2008) – Network Premiere
Airs Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11pm ET
In ‘Saint’ Nick Crosby’s old-fashioned all-year Christmas village Santaville, working as a mere elf on Christmas preparations all-year-round killed his daughter Holly’s seasonal spirit. Now, Holly is a young, ambitious businesswoman fully focused on her career until, just before Christmas she is forced to spend time with her widowed, nearly bankrupt father. Starring Tom Arnold.
Quartet Plus Four at Christmas – Network Premiere
Airs Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1am ET & Friday, Dec. 13 at 1am ET
From St. George’s Anglican Church in Halifax, comes a Christmas musical special featuring holiday selections by the Blue Engine String Quartet with jazz/classical singer Jeri Brown, Celtic artist Mary Jane Lamond, country/jazz vocalist Cindy Church, and Acadian/pop singer Lina Boudreau.
We Need a Little Christmas with Angela Lansbury – Network Premiere
Airs Thursday, Dec. 12 at 1:30am ET; Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8:30pm ET; Friday, Dec. 20 at 12am ET
Angela Lansbury performs a rousing We Need a Little Christmas from Mame in this Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas special also featuring, Not While I’m Around, Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring, and the nativity story from Luke II.
Angels We Have Heard on High: A God’s Greatest Hits Christmas – Network Premiere
Airs Friday, Dec. 13 at 10pm ET
Featuring vibrant performances from Ali Mathews, Jacob Moon, The Once, Chris Andrews, Andrew Craig, The Lower Lights and more, we hear stories about the holidays and, through the music, try to determine why the power of Christmas carols has endured through the centuries. Featuring Gabriel’s Message, Angels We Have Heard on High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, What Child Is This and more.
Carols By Candlelight – Network Premiere
Airs Friday, Dec. 13 at 11pm ET & Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 11pm ET
An exquisite concert of carols and seasonal classics performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Chorus at London’s spectacular 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’sSleepers Awake and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
A Magical Season with Nathan Gunn – Network Premiere
Airs Monday, Dec. 16 at 1:30am ET; Friday, Dec. 20 at 12:30am ET; Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 8:30pm ET
The extraordinary American baritone Nathan Gunn performs in this Mormon Tabernacle
Choir Christmas Special featuring In Dulci Jubilo, And God Said: The Day Shall Dawn from King David, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Silent Night and narration from
Luke II: The Christmas Story.
The Carols of Christmas – Network Premiere
Airs Friday, Dec. 20 at 10pm ET; Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8:30pm ET; Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 1am ET
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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.
The Spirit of Giving with Jane Seymour – Network Premiere
Airs Monday, Dec. 23 at 8:30pm ET
Actress Jane Seymour hosts and narrates this Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas
Special featuring Deck the Halls, Processional: Sing Forth this Day, the story of Good King Wenceslas narrated by Jane Seymour, and Angels from the Realms of Glory.
Bring some laughter to your Christmas celebrations with our favourite BritComs:
Jam & Jerusalem Christmas Special (2006)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 12:30am ET
Jam & Jerusalem takes an affectionate look at village life and the empathy and togetherness found in a local community where everyone knows everyone else’s business. This hilarious and heart warming comedy from Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) features a glittering array of comic talent including Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Waking The Dead) who stars as Sal Vine, a feisty practice nurse and phlebotomist at the local surgery who turns to the women’s guild when her Doctor husband suddenly dies and she finds herself alone and without a job. In this special, The Guild prepares to put on a Christmas play, with open auditions of varying quality. Tash insists on taking the lead role, ignoring the fact that she might be getting a bit old for the part.
Jam & Jerusalem Christmas Special (2007)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 1:30am ET
Sal is finding the anniversary of her husband’s death hard to deal with; the Guild is tasked
with setting up a website to compete with the neighbouring Guild at Hole.
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special (1996)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 12:30am ET
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special (1997)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 1:30am ET
The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special (2004: Part 1 & 2)<
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 12:30am ET (Part 1) & 1:30am ET (Part 2)
Take time to view some festive films, both modern and classic, that capture the magic of the season!
A Hobo’s Christmas (1987)
Airs Monday, Dec. 2 at 12:00am ET
A drifting hobo, played by Barnard Hughes, decides it’s time to return to his hometown of Salt Lake City at Christmas. Here he hopes to close old wounds and reunite with his
unforgiving son and get to know the grandchildren he has never met. With Gerald McRaney and Wendy Crewson.
Wind at My Back Christmas (2001)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8:30pm ET & Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10:30pm ET
Christmas in New Bedford is not how it should be. Grace (Kathryn Greenwood) and her mother have gone to Europe to recover her husband’s belongings when war breaks out
and they are stranded. At home, sister-in-law Toppy is in a tizzy because she is directing the town pageant, but the script is a flop. Nephew Hub, who is planning on becoming a priest, returns home from school for the holidays and brings a surprise girlfriend.
Crazy for Christmas (2005)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 10:30pm ET & Monday, Dec. 23 at 10pm ET
Shannon is stuck working on Christmas Eve, driving around an eccentric, 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. Starring Andrea Roth and Howard Hesseman.
Airs Thursday, Dec. 5 at 9pm ET
Robert Carradine stars in this spin-off of the classic 1946 Jimmy Stewart film “It’s A
Wonderful Life” as the protective angel, Clarence, who returns to Earth to help another human. With Kate Trotter.
The Christmas Wife (1988)
Airs Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11pm ET and Monday, Dec. 16 at 12am ET
Jason Robards, plays a widower, who, not wanting to face his first Christmas alone, responds to an ad for “social introductions” and meets a woman who wants to celebrate
the holidays with him, but tells him not to ask about her personal life. With Julie Harris, Don Francks.
Road to Christmas (2006)
Airs Monday, Dec. 9 at 10pm ET
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. Starring Jennifer Grey, Megan Park and Clark Gregg.
The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8:30pm ET
Based on the true story about the efforts of toymaker Alfred Carlton Gilbert of the A. C. Gilbert Company to continue making toys during World War I. Starring Jason Alexander, Ed Asner and Kelly Rowan.
The Christmas Clause (2008)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 10:30pm ET
Lea Thompson stars as a stressed out lawyer and mother of three who gets her yuletide gift when she wishes to see what her life would be like if she had chosen to pursue her law career rather than marrying and becoming a working mother. Will this be a case of “Be careful what you wish for?”. With Andrew Airlie.
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
Airs Thursday, Dec. 12 at 11pm ET & Monday, Dec. 23 at 12am ET
In the film that first introduced The Waltons, the family worries over whether their father will make it safely home through a blizzard on Christmas Eve. Starring Patricia Neal and Richard Thomas.
Airs Monday, Dec. 16 at 10pm ET
Whoopi Goldberg and Christopher Plummer star in this heartwarming story about Young
Jess, whose best friend moves away, and is consoled by a story from her Aunt Millie about the friendship between another young girl, Katie, and an unusual reindeer named Blizzard.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1987)
Airs Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9:30pm ET
A glimpse of a child’s Welsh Christmas told from the remembrances of a kindly grandfather to his attentive grandson. With, Denholm Elliott, Mathonwy Reeves.
Ms. Bear (1997)
Airs Thursday, Dec. 26 at 8:30pm ET
Grizzly Falls (1999)
Airs Thursday, Dec. 26 at 10:30pm ET
When a young boy is captured by a grizzly bear, he begins the most incredible journey of a lifetime, full of breathtaking excitement, harrowing danger and thrilling surprises. Starring Bryan Brown, Tom Jackson.
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the moving carols and concerts that come with it. Our musical programming provides the opportunity to sing-along, or simply listen.
Hosts Marshall Hall and Rosalie Drysdale join talented musicians to perform Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Jingle Bells along with other favourite Christmas songs.
Celtic Angels at Christmas
Airs Thursday, Dec. 5 at 1am ET
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.
God’s Greatest Hits: O Holy Night – The Songs of Christmas
Airs Friday, Dec. 6 at 10pm ET & Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 10:30pm ET
Perhaps no spiritual music touches us more deeply than the music we hear at Christmas. In this episode we’ll hear Silent Night, Joy to the World, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, with performances by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Toronto Mass Choir.
A Christmas Carol Holiday Special (2012)
Airs Friday, Dec. 6 at 11pm ET; Thursday, Dec. 19 at 11:30pm ET; Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 11:30pm ET
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 hosted by the new Classical 96.3 FM’s Bill Anderson and stars Marilyn Lightstone, Judy Maddren, Leah Pinsent, Peter Keleghan, Eric Peterson and world famous pianist David Warrack. After the reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is complete, the show reaches its pinnacle with a newly crafted version of Marilyn Lightstone’s 1990 music video ‘The Light Shines All Over the World’.
Christmas Together with Barra MacNeils
Airs Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 1am ET
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 Gaither Gospel Hour: Christmas in the Country
Airs Friday, Dec. 20 at 9pm ET
Christmas: Gospel Challenge
Airs Friday, Dec. 20 at 1am ET