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Rick Steves' European Christmas

Rick Steves and family huddle together for the holidays in the alpine town of Gimmelwald, Switzerland.
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Rick Steves and family huddle together for the holidays in the alpine town of Gimmelwald, Switzerland.

Encore Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 28 at Noon on KPBS TV / On Demand

Additional broadcasts:

  • Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV
  • Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV
  • Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m. + 6 p.m. on KPBS TV
  • Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, “Rick Steves' European Christmas” celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

Rick Steves' European Christmas (full episode)
Video Excerpt: Rick Steves' European Christmas

He begins his travels in England, where the Christmas pudding is the real centerpiece of a traditional English holiday meal.

European Christmas Recipes:

Rick Steves' European Christmas: London

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower heralds the season with its red, twinkling lights. And in the countryside of Tuscany, villagers stack neat pyramids of wood for great bonfires. The lighting of the fires is a signal to villagers - dressed as shepherds - to come and sing old carols.

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Italy

“Rick Steves' European Christmas” offers a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe where viewers will learn about customs from "the old countries," hear local choirs, and discover holiday family traditions.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook + Instagam + follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

KPBS Holiday Programs for 2021

KPBS will broadcast these holiday specials throughout the months of November, December and January. These broadcast dates are subject to change and more shows will be added to the listing, so check back often. Happy Holidays!