Written by: Sydney Sauer
Date: December 1, 2021
Throughout the month of December, find everything you need for a happy holiday season on WOSU Passport. From festive cooking tutorials to classic Christmas carols, the wide selection of shows will keep your whole family entertained and excited about the holidays.
This year’s star of the Christmas season is Mary Berry, the former Great British Baking Show co-host who will get you excited about sprucing up your holiday decor and preparing a delicious meal for your family. Three of her shows will be available throughout December, one focused on Christmas and two that you can watch all year round:
In this dazzling program, Mary Berry visits Harewood House in Yorkshire to meet its army of skilled staff and dedicated volunteers as they prepare the house for Christmas. Nothing will get you into the Christmas spirit faster than watching Mary and the Harewood staff put up glittering, world-class decor to celebrate another magical Christmas.
Looking for a more down-to-earth series? Travel with Mary as she explores delicious food that is simple and comforting to eat. Go beyond Christmas and tour Europe’s best comfort food in six delightful episodes.
Spend your holidays visiting some of the UK’s most lavish and exclusive country houses, including Highclere Castle – the real-life Downton Abbey. In this series, Mary leaves the beaten path and meets the people behind these exceptional homes.
With thousands of existing shows and more added every month, these three specials aren’t the only festive titles available on Passport. Keep reading to explore the full roster of holiday-themed shows that will bring you tidings of joy this December.
All of these shows are included with WOSU Passport, our member-benefit on-demand video library featuring public media favorites from all over the world. Join today for access to dozens of existing titles and new shows every month, which you can stream on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, Android TV or right from your mobile phone. Become a member today to get started!
Satisfy Your Holiday Appetite with Christmas and Chanukah Cooking Shows
Join Chef Vivian Howard for a taste of the holidays as she serves up a mouth-watering blend of her Southern cooking heritage and her husband’s Chanukah traditions. From a simple corned ham to an upscale oyster dressing, sample one of the most charming and delicious holiday celebrations of the season.
Join chef Lidia Bastianich on a cross-country journey exploring how Americans of all walks of life are preserving their own culinary traditions and transforming local cuisine. Inspired by these rural, small-town communities, Lidia crafts an All-American holiday feast.
The Great British Baking Show
There’s nothing more festive, fun, or family-friendly than Christmas editions of The Great British Baking Show! Dive back into four of the series’s best Christmas Masterclasses and learn how to make St. Lucia buns, Christmas pudding and more.
- Masterclass: Christmas (Season 1)
- Masterclass: Christmas (Season 2)
- Masterclass: Christmas (Season 3)
- Christmas Masterclass 2017
Take a Look Back at Christmas History
Join Lucy Worsley on a 12-day extravaganza as she discovers that much of what we enjoy in contemporary Christmas—including carols, gift-giving, feasting and drinking—was just as popular 500 years ago as it is today. Explore the fascinating history of Christmases past with some surprising Tudor twists.
Experience the remarkable story of Christmas on The Western Front in 1914. Out of the violence and bloodshed of war sprung an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. This special features powerful stories from the evening, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
Listen to Timeless Christmas Concerts and Carols
Discover Ella Fitzgerald’s full repertoire of Christmas classics. This 60-minute performance stars host and vocalist Vanessa Williams with appearances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norm Lewis, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Nova Payton, Dave Detwiler and Morgan James.
Step back in time and celebrate the holidays with this early color television special featuring Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Recorded in 1957, the two legends swap Christmas carols, songs and stories for an evening of gorgeous Christmas duets.
Dazzling the audience with a delightful presentation of music and dance, Italian-American tenor Pasquale Esposito performs holiday favorites including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “White Christmas” and “Let It Snow.”
The star of PBS’s “Quincy Jones Presents: Sheléa” performs classic Christmas carols, including “The First Noel” and “Christmas Time is Here,” along with new songs from her album, “Don’t Wanna Wait ‘Til Christmas.”
Even More Music
- Christmas at Belmont 2019
- The St Olaf Christmas Festival: A New Song of Grace and Truth
- Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony
- Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir
Discover The Secret Worlds of Santa
Visit Lapland, the region in northern Finland where Santa Claus is fabled to live. Along the way, you’ll meet his neighbors—reindeer, great gray owls, wolverines, eagles, wolves, musk oxen, brown bears, and more.
Santa School (Coming Soon)
What inspires someone to become Santa Claus, and how do they prepare for the job? This unique documentary follows six Santas-in-training as they learn how to dress, walk, and talk like Santa. Becoming Kris Kringle isn’t as easy as you’d think.
If any of these series have piqued your interest, become a WOSU Passport member for instant access to everything on this list plus hundreds of other titles! Becoming a member allows you to enjoy fantastic shows and movies on almost any device, and your contributions help your local public media station continue to make great programs.
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