'TIS THE TLCEASON ON TLC
(Los Angeles, CA) - It's that time of year again, so cuddle up with your favorite families because TLC has lots of cheer to keep you warm through the New Year. TLC kicks off its "TLCeason" starting Thanksgiving with all-new holiday specials and Christmas-themed special episodes of fan-favorite series.
The season heats up with two shows that take Yuletide very seriously. Extreme Christmas Trees features trees so opulent and quirky that one is sent to the Swedish Art Gallery while another on the Vegas Strip sports over $200,000 worth of carefully collected ornaments. In Invasion of the Christmas Lights: Europe, six families go all out in crafting the most elaborate light displays in Europe, and demonstrate just how much sweat and expertise the displays require.
Just as important as the decorations, are the baked goods. Don't miss the DC Cupcakes Christmas Special, where mom decorates the shop for the season and sugar plum fairies Sophie and Katherine build a six-foot tall nutcracker. On a holiday episode of Next Great Baker, The Baker's Challenge tosses down the gauntlet to find out which contestant makes the best holiday dessert in town. The Elimination Challenge? A four-foot-tall Christmas cake for a family gathering. May the best baker win!
Of course, the holidays wouldn't be the same without family gatherings, and My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas is wilder than one would expect. The hit summer series returns with a Christmas special which promises to be the most revealing and entertaining Gypsy Wedding yet. Having gained extraordinary access, TLC peels back yet another intriguing layer of traveller culture as the cameras revisit dress-maker Thelma Madine to a small town in Ireland where roaming travellers return each year to celebrate Christmas (along with extravagant weddings and First Communions). This festive episode will catch up with some of the characters from the series and promises to deliver over-the-top parties and of course huge dresses.
And what is a celebration without eager kids? In the Toddlers & Tiaras Holiday Special, the holidays come alive at the Southern Celebrity Glitzmas Pageant in New Jersey. Three-year-old Laila and her mom have gone all out with a Rockette routine while scene stealers Riley, 5 and Bob, 6 tear up the stage with their fierce drag queen moves.
TLC is the destination for all things Christmas, below please find the airing schedule.
Friday, December 2nd at 10:30 PM ET/PT --DC CUPCAKES CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Saturday, December 3rd at 9PM ET/PT -- INVASION OF THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 3: EUROPE
Wednesday, December 7th at 10PM ET/PT-- TODDLERS & TIARAS HOLIDAY EPISODE
Saturday, December 10th at 9PM ET/PT-- EXTREME CHRISTMAS TREES
Sunday, December 18th at 8PM ET/PT-- MY BIG FAT GYPSY CHRISTMAS
Monday, December 19th at 9PM ET/PT -- NEXT GREAT BAKER HOLIDAY EPISODE
In addition to all the holiday programming, TLC will keep families busy with marathons of fan favorite series on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Save room for Cake Boss episodes airing all day on Thanksgiving, and as a sweet bonus, viewers will be introduced to the new wave of Next Great Baker contestants throughout the day leading up to a new special episode of Cake Boss: Family Feast at 9PM ET/PT. Join the Valastro famiglia as they come together with their culinary expertise to prepare one big Italian Thanksgiving feast including a turkey cake for dessert! On Black Friday, November 25th, TLCs 'Wedding Day of Thanks' brings viewers nonstop nuptial programming leading up to the season two premiere of Say Yes To The Dress: Big Bliss at 9:30PM ET/PT.
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