If there’s one thing we can count on during such an unsettling and uncertain year as 2020 has been, it’s that when the holidays roll around, you’ll want to get comfy and settle in with as much magical Christmas programming as you can possibly handle! Each December, as VisionTV becomes The Nation’s Christmas Station, we’ve got you covered with the classics you’ll love to come back to again and again.
Our wonderful 5 Weeks of Christmas is back again to help you stay safe at home, warm and full of seasonal cheer with cozy Christmas movies, beautiful music specials, and heartwarming Christmas-themed episodes of your favourite classic shows.
Take a look below at some highlights from this year’s 5 Weeks of Christmas lineup!
A Celtic Family Christmas – Wed., Dec. 9 and Mon., Dec. 28 at 9pm ET / 6 PT
This Christmas, Celtic music superstars and parents Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy and their seven children are opening their doors and inviting us to be a part of their holiday celebration. It’s an unforgettable evening of Christmas music, dance and storytelling, as well as a window on the world of this talented family.
Here’s a very special gift for you!
Marilyn Lightstone reads Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”.
Available for free download starting December 14 at ClassicalFM.ca
Quantum Leap – Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 24 & 25 at 6pm ET / 3 PT
Leap with Sam Beckett to two different Christmases! In Season 3’s “A Little Miracle,” Sam is is working for one of the richest men in the country, and he re-enacts Dickens’ “Scrooge” to remind his boss that there is more to life than material wealth. Then in Season 5’s “Promised Land” Sam finds himself back in his hometown at Christmas time to save the life of a young farmer who robs a bank in order to even a score with the bank’s corrupt president.
The Carols of Christmas with St. Michael’s Choir – Fri., Dec 4 & 18 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30 PT | Christmas Day at 10pm ET / 7 PT
Join us for a magical, heartwarming half hour of Christmas favourites, sung by the beautiful, angelic voices of St. Michael’s Choir School’s Junior & Senior Choirs. Classical96.3fm was thrilled to welcome these talented boys into our Zoomer Hall to film two sparkling seasonal specials in front of a live audience of contest winners.
Deck the Zoomer Hall – Wed., Dec. 23 at 9pm ET / 6 PT
Impressario and emcee extraordinaire Jaymz Bee gathers a fantastic group of crooners and musicians for a holiday concert featuring favourite seasonal hits like Winter Wonderland, Santa Baby, Let It Snow!, You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch and Marilyn Lightstone’s all-faith carol, The Light Shines All Over the World.
Highway to Heaven | Little House on the Prairie | The Waltons – Dec. 22, 23, 24 and Christmas Day at 3, 4 & 5pm ET
Enjoy heartwarming classic Christmas episodes of our afternoon family line up in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day.
The Carols of Christmas – Monday, Dec. 21 at 9pm ET / 6 PT
Recorded in Toronto’s Zoomer Hall, this special highlights some of Canada’s most cherished singers, musicians and holiday songs. Hosted by The New Classical FM’s Kathleen Kajioka with performances by La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, Voices of Victory Youth Choir, the Victoria Scholars Men’s Ensemble Choir and Marilyn Lightstone.
Your All Time Classic Hit Parade Christmas – Friday, Dec. 11 and Christmas Day at 8:30pm ET / 5:30 PT
Sing and dance along with Marilyn Lightstone and our Zoomer Players as they perform Christmas classics like Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Little Drummer Boy.
Keeping Up Appearances – Mon, Dec. 14, Fri., Dec. 18, Mon., Dec. 21 and Christmas Day at 8pm ET / 5 PT | Wed., Dec. 16 at 9pm ET / 6 PT
Join the Buckets for four special Christmas episodes in December, including “The Father Christmas Suit”, “Sea Fever”, “Angel Gabriel” and “The Pageant” as Hyacinth’s problems are only heightened by the stress of the Christmas season.
Lost Letter Mysteries: Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas – Thurs., Dec. 17 at 8pm ET / 5 PT and Sat., Dec. 19 at 6pm ET / 4 PT
With a duty to deliver every last letter before Christmas, the Lost Letter Mysteries detectives are working around the clock to redirect Santa’s mail just as Oliver runs into his former Sunday school teacher. Guest-starring Marion Ross (2014).
Holidaze – Sat., Dec. 5 at 4pm ET / Thurs., Dec. 24 at 8pm ET / 5 PT
A high powered corporate workaholic is in for an unpleasant surprise when her boss sends her to her sleepy hometown to convince the reluctant townspeople to allow them to build a new discount store. Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home and is married to her childhood sweetheart, Carter. Starring Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison (2013).
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas – Sat., Dec. 12 at 4pm ET | Mon., Dec. 14 at Midnight ET / 9 pm PT
When 24 year old J.J. McAllister is offered her dream job at a trendy New York magazine, she can’t believe her luck – that is, until her flamboyant mother comes back into her life and proceeds to put everything in jeopardy. Starring Christine Baranski and Carly Pope (2007).