One of everyone’s favorites … although I haven’t really talked to ‘everyone’ so I’m not positive … seems to be “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.”
Live from Lincoln Center this production returns to the New York City Ballet on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7pm. Some say it’s the highlight of New York City’s holiday season. What with adorable child dancers, a one-ton Christmas tree that grows and grows and The Land of Sweets to name a few favorites from the production, there’s something for everyone in this Christmas classic. The program airs again five times before Christmas. Check the schedule online for dates.
On Thursday evening this week is a program called “Christmas Carols with the Priests,” a classical music group who, in December 2008, earned the Guinness World Record for “fastest-selling UK debut for a classical act.”
The Priests followed up their 2008 success with a CD released in 2010 and now appear in this annual special. Fathers Eugene and Martin O’Hagan (yes, brothers) and Father David Delargy perform selections of much-loved carols in very festive settings. They’re very cute this trio!
On Monday, Dec. 19, at 7:30pm there’s "European Christmas Markets" which I’m really looking forward to seeing. The tour takes in festive town centers and market squares in Germany, France and Switzerland, where communities are celebrating the fun of the holiday season. I’m not sure when the program first aired, but the Kingston Trio provides “special folk arrangements of traditional Christmas carols to add to the magic and enchantment of the medieval and castle towns.” It sounds lovely – I’ve always loved this group.
The program promises to show off traditional decorations and a peek into the sights and sounds of the holidays in places like Nuremberg’s famous castle, how the French celebrate in Strasbourg and the famous alpine city of Lucerne, Switzerland.
Next Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8pm, check out the scheduled “Lidia Celebrates America.” This is the first episode in a series featuring an Italian Christmas Eve with Mo Rocca and Stanley Tucci (can hardly wait to see this!); a Mexican-American Christmas with four generations of the Cortez family in Texas; a Chinese New Year celebration and a Jewish-American Passover in New York!
There are many other holiday programs in the last few days leading up to the big holiday celebration on Sunday including “Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone,” “Orla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas,” and “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring David Archuleta and Michael York.”
Check the website for the schedule of Christmas and holiday programming as well as other great KSPS programs.