PBS Kids has enough great TV shows to make even the Grinch smile. And laugh. And, perhaps, decide being young-at-heart is just a doctor (as in Seuss?) might order. We were given the insider scoop by one of Santa’s elves and we cannot name names. Who wants coals? Instead, we suggest checking local listings for times.
“Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas”
Premieres Wednesday, November 25; encore presentations on December 7, 18, 20, 24 and 25
In this one-hour special, it’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. The Wild Kratts must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme yet! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?
“Dinosaur Train: Trains, Submarines and Zeppelins”
Premieres December 7; encore presentations on December 17, December 25 and December 27
When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond to find some red platanoids for the Winter Solstice Celebration, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will Larry and Mr. Pteranodon stop bickering long enough to figure out a way home, or will they be stranded in the middle of nowhere and miss the family Winter Solstice Celebration?
“Super Why: Judith’s Happy Chanukah”
Premieres December 7; encore presentation on December 9
Whyatt is excited to have been invited to Red’s Gramma’s house to celebrate Chanukah, but doesn’t know much about the holiday. To learn more, the Super Readers jump into the book “Judith’s Happy Chanukah”, where they meet Judith, who loves Chanukah so much that she can’t wait to share it with her new friends.
“Arthur’s Perfect Christmas”
Airs December 7, 12 and 25
Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in this one-hour special, showing children the many ways to celebrate. Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holiday season ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration). However, just as in real life, perfection is hard to attain and Arthur learns that the real joy of the holidays is spending it with his family.
“Peg + Cat + Holidays”
Airs December 7 and 24
“The Hanukkah Problem” When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah.
“The Christmas Problem” When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.
“The Penguin Problem” Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under” and “in between.”
“Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas”
Airs December 7, 12, 20, 24 and 25
Join George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they count down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. The Man is having trouble reading George’s wish list and George doesn’t have a clue about what to get for the Man who has everything. Will they be able to find the answers before Christmas morning?
“The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas”
Airs December 8, 16 and 24
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals–from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs–and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.