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From new holiday season specials to traditional family classics, CBC is Canada's home for the holidays

CBC is bringing holiday magic to Canadians this festive season. From the classics to the soon-to-be classics, from music, comedy, sports and everything in-between, CBC is offering holiday programming for everyone on CBC-TV, Radio One, Radio 2, and For the complete holiday schedule, go to

In addition to holiday fare from CBC's resident stars, a wide range of seasonal specials - both perennial favourites and modern day classics can  be enjoyed, from MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m./ 8:30 p.m. NT), RUDOPLH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m./7:30 p.m. NT) and DR. SEUSS: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Monday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT) to NATIONAL LAMPOON's CHRISTMAS VACATION (Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m./ 8:30 p.m. NT), HOME ALONE (Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT) and ELF (Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m./ 8:30 p.m. NT).

Highlights of CBC-TV's holiday programming include a special episode of DRAGONS' DEN, the new animated TV special THE MAGIC HOCKEY SKATES featuring the voice of Don Cherry, the CCMA Holiday Special: I'LL BE HOME... and star-studded figure skating specials STARS ON ICE and HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE.

DRAGONS' DEN HOLIDAY SPECIAL - Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT)
In this special holiday episode of Dragons' Den, an entrepreneur looks for a little leverage; a redesigned holiday classic attempts to dazzle; and a hot money game is looking for a cold cash deal. Plus a toy maker tries to sleigh the Dragons with his line of action figures.
THE MAGIC HOCKEY SKATES - Dec. 13 at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT)
In this brand new animated special, Joey is determined to prove to his older brother Zach, that he can be an all-star hockey player too - all he needs are some new skates. Much to Joey's dismay, he has to settle for a pair second-hand blades. Joey is skeptical when he is told the skates are magic, but all that changes when he hits the ice.  Listen for CBC's Don Cherry and legendary announcer, Bob Cole.

CCMA Holiday Special - I'LL BE HOME... - Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT)
Join country music's brightest stars as they perform holiday classics. The CBC is thrilled to partner with CCMA, CMT and CBC Music to create a unique holiday music special. Celebrate as the brightest stars in country music light up Canadian homes. The spectacular lineup includes Lady Antebellum, Dean Brody, The Band Perry, Gord Bamford, Jimmy Rankin, Billy Ray Cyrus, Paul Brandt, Beverly Mahood and The Tenors, Terri Clark and Johnny Reid.

STARS ON ICE - Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT)
Choreographed by Four-Time World Champion, Kurt Browning, world renowned figure skaters such as Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, Joannie Rochette, Jeffrey Buttle, Shawn Sawyer, Cynthia Phaneuf and others come together in a sparkling one hour special.  

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE - Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT)
A returning family favourite, this year's program will feature performances by a star-studded cast and live music, including Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, Jeffrey Buttle, Joannie Rochette, Kimmie Meissner and more.  International Opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman will perform hits from her latest release 'I've Got a Crush on You'.

In addition, viewers will be treated to special holiday-themed episodes of 
STEVEN AND CHRIS beginning December 10 at 2 p.m. (2:30 p.m. NT).  
Looking for some holiday décor inspiration, the latest trends in festive fashion or the best in seasonal culinary delights? This season the guys, along with their special guests, will bring you everything you need to make your holiday shine; simple DIY projects, great party-planning tips and fabulous gift ideas. celebrates the holidays by featuring continuous holiday music on two new web radio stations. From now to December 28, Seasonal Favourites will feature vintage tunes and soulful sounds from the likes of Dean Martin and Aretha Franklin, as well as popular holiday hits from Diana Krall, Michael Bublé and Anne Murray. A second holiday station, Classical Holiday, launches December 1 with a great mix of everything from The Messiah and the Nutcracker to Bach's Christmas Oratorio.  Go to for your festive music mix, the soundtrack for your holiday celebrations.
Beginning Monday, December 24, CBC Radio One, and CBC Radio 2 join in the holiday spirit with a wide range of festive music. CBC Radio 2 holiday programming begins at 6 pm, with CBC Radio One starting at 8 pm. The holiday music continues until midnight Tuesday, December 25. In addition, Radio One also has the traditional annual reading of The Shepherd on AS IT HAPPENS on Monday, December 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate New Year's Eve with CBC with a whole night of humourous and insightful programming beginning at 7 p.m. with the THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Holiday Special, followed by the ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE New Year's Eve Special at 8 p.m. RON JAMES NEW YEAR'S EVE airs at 9 p.m. GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT wraps up 2012 at 11:30 p.m.

Finally, join CBC News as we recap the issues, events and personalities that defined 2012 with special year-end programming on CBC-TV, CBC News Network, CBC Radio and

For full holiday schedule, visit

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Simon Bassett, Publicist, CBC  416.205.8533 (Office) / 416.988.1590 (Mobile)

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