WQED and PBS Holiday Programming 2023

FREE Holiday Shows You Can Watch Right Now!

Tuesday, December 5

9pm – Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas


Friday, December 8

4:30pm – It’s Pittsburgh and A Lot of Other Stuff: I Think Santa Will Like The Sled

10:30pm – WQED Holiday Sessions 2022


Monday, December 11

4pm – Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas


Tuesday, December 12

8pm – Season of Light: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir


Wednesday, December 13

3pm – Season of Light: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir


Monday, December 18

9pm – Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas


Wednesday, December 20

3pm – Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas

8pm – Nature: Santa’s Wild Home


Thursday, December 21

2pm – Nature: Santa’s Wild Home

8pm – WQED Holiday Sessions 2022

8:30pm – WQED Holiday Sessions 2020

Friday, December 22

4:30pm – It’s Pittsburgh and A Lot of Other Stuff: Gingerbread Lane

9pm – Season of Light: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir


Saturday, December 23

4:30pm – Karamu: Feast for the 7th Day


Sunday, December 24

12pm – WQED Holiday Sessions 2022

12:30pm – WQED Holiday Sessions 2020

1pm – A Christmas Cookie Story

2pm – Happy Holidays in Pittsburgh

3pm – Christmas at Westminster: An Evening of Reading and Carols

4pm – A St. Thomas Christmas: Reflections of Gratitude

5pm – Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas

7pm – Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas


Monday, December 25

7:30pm – WQED Holiday Sessions 2022

8pm – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2023

9:30pm – Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2023


Thursday, December 28

8pm – The B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert


Sunday, December 31

8pm – Next at The Kennedy Center: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (WT)

FREE Holiday Shows That You Can Watch Right Now

Happy Holidays from all of us at WQED! Looking for something to watch during the holidays? Well look no further. Below is our curated list of the best holiday shows, all available for free! Just click the links and press play. Or better yet, find them in the free PBS video app for your Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV, phone or tablet. Enjoy!

A HO HO HO Healthy Holidays Hodgepodge

Rick Sebak hosts a collection of clips from vintage WQED holiday specials along with new recipes and some Christmas tunes to help us through the 2020 holiday season.

Traditions & History

Christmas cookie story picture

On Q: Christmas Stories Through the Years

It’s Pittsburgh and A Lot of Other Stuff: Gingerbread Lane

A Christmas Cookie Story

A Christmas Tradition

Pittsburgh 360: Building the Festival of Trees

Pittsburgh 360: One Simple Gift

Hanukkah: A Festival of Delights

How Did Edison Invent Christmas Lights?

Why Does Santa Wear Red?

Monstrum: The Crazed Hunt for the Himalayan Yeti

Appraisal: Rudolph and Santa Puppets

Monstrum: The Wicked Feline Murder Floof, a Yule Cat Story


A Santa Deer

NATURE: Santa’s Wild Home

NATURE: Spend an Hour in Snowy Yellowstone

Living with Snow Leopards–Tashi’s Story: A NATURE Short Film

Silence & Solitude: Yellowstone’s Winter Wilderness

Winter’s Watch

You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats



Flying Santa

How Do Snowflakes Form?

Deep Look: Identical Snowflakes? Scientist Ruins Winter for Everyone

Should Santa Wear a Flame Retardant Suit?

The REAL Rudolph Has Bloody Antlers and Super Vision

NOVA: How Fast Does Santa Fly?

What’s The Hottest Hot and Coldest Cold?

Absolute Cold

How to Make the Best Cheap Hot Cocoa Possible

The Strange (Unexpected) Reason Ice is Slippery

Burning Ice from the Ocean Floor

What’s In a 20,000 Year-Old Cube of Ice?

NOVA: Polar Extremes


Woman with Flower

Pittsburgh 360: Hot for the Holidays

Pittsburgh 360: Naked Geometry

Foraged Holiday Wreaths with Beehive Floral Co.

Craft in America: Celebration Episode

Indie Alaska: I Am a Ski Builder

Indie Alaska: I Am the Gingerbread Village Builder

Indie Alaska: I Am an Ice Sculptor

Ask This Old House: Happy Holidays!

Amy’s Table – Quick Tips: Fire Starter

Malik Seneferu dresses Kwanzaa table