SDPTV presents Winterfest The cold winter season will heat up with South Dakota Public Television's Winterfest, a celebration of member-supported public broadcasting. From concert performances by some of music's big names to holiday celebrations to the premiere of Prairie Days: A Dakota Life Special, SDPTV's Winterfest has it all.
Prairie Days: A Dakota
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
South Dakota is a melting pot of cultures and nothing proves that more than Prairie Days. Take a road trip with SDPTV to some of the most exciting festivals in the state. Highlighted festivals include Milbank Train Festival, Homesteader Day Harvest Festival near Brandon and Valley Springs, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant near De Smet, Fort Meade Calvary Days in Sturgis and Dalesburg Midsommar festival near Vermillion.
Winterfest on SDPTV features many spectacular Christmas specials.
* Sunday, Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m., Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve. The story that centers around a young runaway who hides in an abandoned theatre on Christmas Eve.
* Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m. (repeats Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9 p.m.), Lorie Line, America's favorite pianist, with a holiday concert.
* Sunday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. (repeats Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.), Ed Sullivan captures the warmth and joy of the season with favorite Christmas songs and holiday moments including
Alvin & the Chipmunks, Rich Little and the Muppets.
Winterfest focuses on kids with four special programs.
* Barney's Christmas Star(6:30 a.m.) Barney and the gang are gearing up to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa! When Barney and his friends trim the Christmas tree, they notice something's missing � the shiny, gold star for the top!
* Arthur: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (7:30 a.m.) A Backstreet Boys' concert tour stop in Elwood City is the backdrop for this musical special. For Muffy, their imminent arrival brings to fruition her crush on Backstreet Boy heartthrob Nick Carter.
* Angelina Ballerina: A Christmas In Mouseland (9 a.m.). Angelina and her friends are busy auditioning for the Christmas play, "Cinderella Mouse and the Ugly Whiskers." Angelina has her heart set on the role of Cinderella and is devastated when she is cast the Wicked Stepmouse. Then, everything takes a turn for the worst.
Sunday, Dec. 15
* Veggie Tales: The Star of Christmas (3 p.m.). You may have seen them on the big screen or perhaps you own the home-video collection. Now, America's favorite animated food debuts on SDPTV. Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and the rest of the popular VeggieTales gang are on a quest to stage the most spectacular Christmas pageant ever!
Music specials abound on SDPTV.
* On Saturday, Dec. 7, Yanni returns to SDPTV at 8 p.m. to showcase his brand-new songs.
* Red, White & Rock (Saturday, Dec. 7, 11:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8:30) is sure to be a hit with a blast of pop music including The Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie," to "The Tears of a Clown" by the Miracles.
* The spirit of America continues with This Land is Your Land (Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.).
* Back by popular demand is James Last: A World of Music, a popular band leader and arranger, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.).
The music continues with Josh Groban in Concert, Thursday, Dec. 12, at 8:30 p.m.
Winterfest is a time to showcase some classic performers.
* On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., Lawrence Welk is back with Lawrence Welk: Milestones and Memories.
* Sinatra: Classic Duets airs on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. featuring some of Frank Sinatra's favorite performances including duets alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, daughter Nancy and many more.
* It'll be a wonderful world with Tony Bennett when he returns to the Fairmont Hotel where he first sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and other hits from his decades-long career.
Tune in this holiday season and offer your support to South Dakota's only statewide, noncommercial station � South Dakota Public Television. For a complete list of Winterfest programs, visit the Web at sdpb.org or call 1-800-456-0766.