(Toronto, Ontario) This December, Corus Kids Television becomes a one-stop shop for holiday programming on YTV, Treehouse and Discovery Kids. Offering viewers of all ages a sleigh-filled with perennial classics and new festive specials the entire family can enjoy, highlights includeÉ RETRO CHRISTMAS WEEKEND The ghosts of Christmas past will haunt YTV on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 with a Retro Christmas Weekend, featuring classic characters and specials from years past. The evening line-ups will be hosted by ZAPXÕs Simon, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night with top-of-the-line retro specials. FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS (1993) Chaos reigns when the Flintstones befriend an un-cooperative kid named Stony at Christmastime. Fred attempts to teach him the value of family, even though Stony steals the RubblesÕ Christmas tree. This 30-minute special, airs Saturday, December 16 at 6 p.m. A JETSONS CHRISTMAS CAROL (1985) ItÕs Christmas Eve and Mr. Spacely forces George to work late. Later that night, Mr. Spacely is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marsley, who tells him of three spirits that will visit him. And they do. When Mr. Spacely wakes up after witnessing his old ways, he becomes a changed man. A Jetsons Christmas Carol airs Saturday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. A YEAR WITHOUT SANTA CLAUS (1974) Worried when she hears Santa is taking the year off, Mrs. Claus enlists the help of Jingle and Jangle, the elves, and Vixen, the reindeer, to look for proof that the world still loves Christmas. When they set out, trouble strikes immediately and poor Vixen is put in an animal pound! Hearing that his friends are in trouble, Santa goes on a rescue mission, and while en route, finds the best cure of all for his Christmas blues: a family that still truly believes in the magic of the season! This Rankin-Bass classic airs Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (1970) Santa Claus Is Coming to Town tells the story of Kris Kringle, a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. In his home village of Sombertown, Kris has started a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children. But, when the evil ruler Burgermeister Meisterburger bans toys from the land, Kris is forced to go directly to Mother Nature and ask for her assistance. Featuring the voice of Fred Astaire, Santa Claus is Coming to Town airs Saturday, December 16 at 8 p.m. and (r) Saturday, December 23 at 3 p.m. RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER (1964) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a classic special featuring narration by Burl Ives. When the other reindeer shun Rudolph because of his unusual red nose, Rudolph perseveres by using his ultra-bright nose to help Santa Claus see through a violent storm. This Rankin-Bass classic airs Sunday, December 17 at 6 p.m. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965) In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy tries to counsel a depressed Charlie Brown through the holiday season. After suggesting he get involved by directing the Christmas play, Charlie Brown sets out to find a Christmas tree to decorate the stage. Despite finding a lone and tattered Christmas tree, he still finds the real meaning of the holidays. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. (r) Wednesday, December 20 at 7 p.m. A GARFIELDÕS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (1991) Garfield finds himself on an old-fashioned holiday at the family farm with JonÕs mom, dad, brother and grandmother. A Garfield Christmas Special airs Sunday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. FLINTSTONEÕS CHRISTMAS (1977) When Santa gets hurt, Fred and Barney take over his duties for the evening. Lacking in Santa expertise, they make time-costing errors that formulate yet another example of Fred’s perpetual tardiness. Upon arriving late for the annual Christmas party, Fred and Barney must prove that their hearts were in the right place. This one-hour special airs Sunday, December 17 at 8 p.m. HOLIDAY SPECIALS AND FAVOURITES This holiday season YTV introduces a line-up of Christmas movies, specials and episodes, including the ZAPX feature film Flight of the Reindeer, The Zone Edgar and Ellen Winter Special and a handful moreÉ FLIGHT OF THE REINDEER Discover the true meaning of faith, family and Christmas in this magical story of a scientist who sets out to prove that a reindeer can fly. Flight of the Reindeer airs on Sunday, December 10 at 6 p.m. starring Richard Thomas and Beau Bridges. EDGAR AND ELLEN WINTER SPECIAL Begrudgingly, Edgar and Ellen team up with their nemesis Stephanie Knightleigh to defeat the rotten team from Smelterburg in the NodÕs O-Limb-pics Winter Games. Will Edgar and Ellen bring the trophy to NodÕs Limbs and save their beloved sewers? The Edgar and Ellen Winter Special airs Wednesday, December 6 at 6 p.m., (r) Thursday, December 14 at 7 p.m., (r) Monday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m., and (r) Monday, December 25 at 5 p.m. The Santa Claus Brothers (2001) airs Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m., (r) Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m., (r) Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m. and (r) Monday, December 25 at 7 p.m. The Year Without Santa Claus (1974) airs Monday, December 4 at 6 p.m., (r) Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 24 at 3 p.m. The Happy Elf (2005) airs Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. and (r) Friday, December 22 at 6 p.m. Donner (2001) airs Tuesday, December 12 at 7 p.m., (r) Saturday, December 23 at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. A Flintstone Christmas (1977) airs Saturday, December 16 at 1:30 p.m., (r) Sunday, December 17 at 9 a.m. and (r) Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003) airs Monday, December 18 at 7 p.m. Rugrats: Babies in Toyland (2002) Wednesday, December 13 at 6 p.m. (r) Sunday, December 17 at 11 a.m. (r) Thursday, December 21 at 4 p.m. (r) Saturday, December 23 at 7 p.m. TREEHOUSE DECEMBER 2006 HIGHLIGHTS BACKYARDIGANS PREMIERE: SECRET OF SNOW In this special holiday episode, Uniqua travels north to ask Ice Lady Tasha about the secret of snow. During her adventures Uniqua befriends Cowboy Pablo and Tarzan Tyrone, who join her on her quest. With the help of the Ice Lady’s assistant, Austin, they defeat every peril. But, when Tasha discovers Austin’s treachery, will their hopes of learning the secret of snow be forever dashed? Backyardigans: Secret of Snow premieres on Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m. and (r) Sunday, December 24 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. GO DIEGO GO PREMIERE: DIEGO SAVES CHRISTMAS SantaÕs sleigh is stuck under a snow hill! Diego must find Linda the Llama, who is strong and can pull heavy things! Diego and Linda the Llama tiptoe up the mountain and sing the ÒjalenÓ song to pull SantaÕs sleigh out of the snow. Santa sprinkles ÔMagic Christmas SparklesÕ on Linda so she can fly with all the other reindeer and help him deliver all the Christmas presents! Diego Saves Christmas premieres on Sunday, December 10 at 9 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and (r) Monday, December 18 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. WONDER PETS PREMIERE: SAVE THE REINDEER The Wonder Pets are celebrating Christmas Eve when they get a call from SantaÕs Baby Reindeer. They head to the North Pole and find her stuck on cracking ice. After rescuing the Baby Reindeer with a net made from Ming-MingÕs sweater, the Reindeer confides that she ran away because she wasnÕt sure if she had what it takes to be one of SantaÕs reindeer. The Wonder Pets encourage her to finally take her place among SantaÕs grown-up reindeer. The reindeer take off and Christmas is saved! Wonder Pets: Save the Reindeer airs on Saturday, December 9 at 5 p.m., (r) Tuesday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m., and (r) Sunday, December 24 at 3 p.m. THIS IS EMILY YEUNG PREMIERE: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Join Emily Yeung as she celebrates the holidays with family and friends. Emily meets with a local gospel choir to participate in some festive carolling. At each home they visit, Emily sings a carol with the choir and visits with friends. Emily joins her neighbours as they each prepare to celebrate Chanukah, Eid and Kwanzaa. After she decorates her Christmas tree with her family, friends come together to sing a holiday song at EmilyÕs home. This is Emily Yeung: Christmas Special airs Tuesday, December 19 at 6 p.m. and (r) Saturday, December 23 at 12 p.m. MAX AND RUBY PREMIERE: CHRISTMAS TREE In Max & RubyÕs Christmas Tree, itÕs time to trim the tree and Max and Ruby canÕt agree on ornaments. When Ruby discovers they forgot to put the star tree-topper on the tree, Max uses one of his toys to put his pinwheel on top. Together they pronounce it beautiful. This Max and Ruby holiday special premieres Saturday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m., (r) Tuesday, December 19 at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and (r) Saturday, December 23 at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. TOOPY AND BINOO HOLIDAY DVD RELEASE To support the DVD launch of Toopy and Binoo: Santa Toopy, Treehouse airs 12 back-to-back Toopy and Binoo episodes on Sunday, December 3 at 6 p.m. These holiday favourites include: Santa Toopy, The Seven Binoos, Four Seasons, Toopsy Turvey, Little Bo Toopy, Cinder-Boo, BinooÕ s Island, Puppet Show, Cuckoo Clock, Play Clay, Bistro Binoo and Robot Doctors. HOLIDAY PREMIERES Little People: Christmas Special premieres Friday, December 8 at 6 p.m. Miss Spider: Humbug premieres Friday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. Rolie Polie Olie: Jingle Jangle Eve premieres Saturday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. BoblinÕs: Bobsleigh premieres Sunday, December 10 at 1:45 p.m. Rolie Polie Olie: Jingle Jangle Wish premieres Sunday, December 10 at 8 a.m. The Night Before Christmas premieres Sunday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. A Fairy Tale Christmas premieres Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Thomas and Friends: Friendship premieres Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. A Very Fairy Christmas premieres Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. The Tradition of the Christmas Log premieres Monday, December 25 at 10 a.m. The Christmas Stocking Tale premieres Monday, December 25 at 1:30 p.m. DISCOVERY KIDS DECEMBER 2006 HIGHLIGHTS To celebrate the spirit of the holidays, Discovery Kids airs the animated special If the World Were a Village on Monday, December 25 at 6 p.m. This unique tour of our world teaches us about where we are from, how fast we are growing, what languages we speak, what religions we practice, and much more. Most importantly, it teaches us to explore other cultures and to embrace our differences. DISOVERY KIDS WINTER WONDERLAND Friday, December 22 to Monday, December 25, the Discovery Kids Winter Wonderland features winter and holiday episodes of great shows including; Cyberchase, HenryÕs Amazing Animals, Popular Mechanics for Kids, Magic School Bus and Trading Spaces: Girls Vs Boys. YTV, Treehouse and Discovery Kids are owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, childrenÕs book publishing and childrenÕs animation. The companyÕs multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. 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