Highlights December 25 to December 31

Posted on December 22, 2023

Monday, December 25th

The United States Airforce Band of the West presents their annual Holiday Show “Holiday In Blue”, recorded at the historic Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. Featuring singer Haley Reinhart, The Texas Children’s Choir, and the San Antonio Choral Society, this holiday extravaganza showcases the Air Force Band of The West performing holiday classics, and a few original numbers. It’s a “don’t miss” Holiday special the whole family will enjoy. USAF Band of the West - Holiday In Blue at 12:00 pm.

Travel to Tulsa for ROADSHOW treasures appraised at Philbrook Museum of Art, including a 2006 J.K. Rowling-signed "Harry Potter" book, the first "Yield" sign with documentation and a 1949 Model 4500 Rolex and box. Which is valued at $71,000? Antiques Roadshow Philbrook Museum Hour 1 at 7:00 pm.

Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2023 at 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 26th

Mary Berry spends Christmas in her mother's homeland of Scotland to enjoy a winter break soaking up her Scottish heritage and enjoying traditional festive delights with familiar faces, as well cooking up some of her own indulgent dishes. Mary Berry's Highland Christmas at 7:00 pm.

Peter Greenberg explores the hidden gems of Dublin, Cliffs of Moher, Belfast, Ashford Castle & Cape Clear. Hidden Ireland at 8:00 pm.

Around 1400, the beauty of ancient Greece and Rome was reborn in the Renaissance. And glorious art told the story. This rebirth of classical culture showed itself in the statues, paintings, and architecture of Florence, then spread from Italy to Spain, Holland, Germany, and beyond. The Renaissance featured a star-studded cast, from art-loving princes and popes to Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" and Michelangelo's "David." Its art celebrated humanism and revolutionized the way we think about the world and our place in it. RICK STEVES ART OF THE RENAISSANCE explores this fascinating period in art history. Rick Steves Art of the Renaissance at 9:00 pm.

It's the most famous painting in the world. Nearly 8.5 million people visit her every year. Yet few have ever heard about the time the Mona Lisa actually vanished from the Louvre in Paris for nearly two and a half years. Mona Lisa Is Missing at 10:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 27th

A celebration of one of Earth's most iconic and beloved birds, featuring footage of all 17 species of penguins for the first time, from New Zealand, Cape Town, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica. Nature Penguins: Meet The Family at 7:00 pm.

Wielding chainsaws to extract fossils frozen into the permafrost and flying drones to map thousands of footprints, intrepid paleontologists discover that dinosaurs thrived in the unlikeliest of places -- the cold and dark of the Arctic Circle. Nova Alaskan Dinosaurs at 8:00 pm.

Was the T-Rex, the most iconic of all dinosaurs, as mighty and fearsome as its legend? Explore the evolutionary path of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, following the journey of two dinosaur brothers and the theoretical evolution of the species from smaller dinosaurs originating in Asia, based on new fossil findings in China. Forced to fight for food, dominance and survival, the T-Rex evolved into the terrifying predator of its time. Using stunning CGI and expert insights, T-REX: AN EVOLUTIONARY JOURNEY tells the story behind the development of the most famous dinosaur of them all. T-Rex: An Evolutionary Journey at 8:59 pm.

Thursday, December 28th

When Homo sapiens arrived in Australia, they were - for the first time - truly alone, surrounded by wildly different flora and fauna. How did they survive and populate a continent? There is a close cultural and genetic link between the First Australians and modern-day Aborigines -- the ancient and modern story intersect here as nowhere else in the world. The secret to this continuity is diversity. Intuitively, they found the right balance between being separate and connected. First Peoples Australia at 7:00 pm.

8:00 pm Daytripper #1211 "Texas State Parks Road Trip” Chet and crew reminisce about the amazing Texas State Parks they've visited. Oliver is welcomed into the colorful and seductive world of Fagin and his gang, and before long Dodger is teaching Oliver "the graft." Oliver Twist at 8:30 pm.

Wedding bells are ringing in Portwenn with the preparations for Morwenna and Al's wedding. But some last minute hitches threaten to jeopardize their big day. Guest stars include Tom Conti (Miranda; Lark Rise to Candleford; Friends). Doc Martin Licence to Practice 8:59 pm

An investigation into a drug-spiking pushes Finn over the edge and he ends up injuring one of his own officers. Callum discovers Siobhan and Al's secret. Hope Street at 9:45 pm.

Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down Al Capone and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Her work help lay the foundation for the National Security Agency (NSA). American Experience The Codebreaker at 10:30 pm.

Friday, December 29th

If we can save the Florida panther, we can save Florida, but how do you save an endangered species? THE NEED FOR CONNECTIVITY tells the story of an incredible panther, FP224, and how vehicles and growth can adversely affect wildlife. Need for Connectivity at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, December 30th

Edgar and Sara explore Mercado Benito Juarez in Oaxaca City and tell their engagement story; Beto catches up with his friends and neighbors at La Santa Barbacha and Ensenada ATX and discusses the importance of supporting others in your community; Xose and Anthony serve discada tacos at a charity event for Relief Gang at J-Bar-M in Houston. Taco Mafia Inspiracion at 5:00 pm.

East End Market, a food hall and neighborhood market. This is a story about one person's dedication to growing small business in their community. Start Up East End Market: Orlando, FL at 6:00 pm.

Enjoy Cuban funk Cimafunk and The Tribe in a must-see hour. The nine-piece powerhouse band makes a thrilling ACL debut with standouts from their soulful album El Alimento. Austin City Limits Cimafunk and the Tribe at 7:00 pm.

Father Brown's past collides with the present when he investigates a missing person, a murder and a mythical wild cat. Father Brown The Beast of Wedlock at 8:00 pm.

Poirot receives a visit from Mrs Pengelley, a middle-aged woman who is afraid that she is being poisoned by her husband, a dentist. Agatha Christie's: Poirot The Cornish Mystery at 8:46 pm.

Sunday, December 31st

Country music icon Garth Brooks receives the 2020 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C. The multiple hall-of-famer is the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize. Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at 6:00 pm.

THE OUTLAW TRAIL: OUTLAWS ROCK is a multi-artist concert special featuring legendary songs, star performers, brilliant musicians and performances captured onstage at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. Featured performers include Ray Benson, Lee Roy Parnell, Joe Ely, Rodney Crowell, Holly Williams, and many more. Outlaw Trail: Outlaws Rock at 8:00 pm.

Ring in the New Year with a star-studded musical celebration on stage at the Kennedy Center. Next at the Kennedy Center Cynthia Erivo & Friends: A New Year's Eve Celebration at 9:00 pm.

D.I. Ray makes a shocking discovery which has a huge impact on both her investigation and her personal life. D.I. Ray at 10:00 pm.