Weekly TV Picks

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A Musical Christmas from the Vatican

PBS; check local listings for dates and times

This new, 90-minute “Natale in Vaticano” concert features hymns and Christmas carols by the 120-piece Turin Symphony Orchestra (Renato Serio, conductor) in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall. Sarah Brightman sings “O Holy Night,” and international gospel, rock and opera stars perform religious and secular Christmas classics.


Christmas at San Xavier

PBS; check local listings for dates and times

Hundreds of flickering candles illuminate newly restored Mission San Xavier del Bac as soprano Vanessa Salas and teenage violinist Tommy Liu join the Sons of Orpheus Men's Choir and the Tucson Boys’ Choir in a southwestern Christmas concert.


Holiday Gardens

Home & Garden Network, 5 p.m.

Paul James hosts this tour of eight famed U.S. gardens as Christmas decorations transform them into wonder-lands. For example, during the Christmas season, 14,000 luminaria beautify the Desert Botanic Gardens in Phoenix, and almost one million Christmas lights cover Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia's Kennett Square.


Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite

A & E, 8 P.M.

This hour-long premiere from the “Biography” series tells the story of the tiny (4-feet-10) and beloved country singer Brenda Lee (b. 1944). She first sang on the Grand Ole Opry at age 10, had hits such as “Sweet Nothings” and “I'm Sorry” as a teen, and continues to tour today.


Classic Yo Yo Ma

PBS, 8 p.m.

This 90-minute show lets viewers enjoy the great cellist's concert performances and his appearances with tango, jazz and country-western musicians.


A Charlie Brown Christmas

ABC, 8 p.m.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all of Charles M. Schulz's “Peanuts” gang star in this digitally remastered version of the classic half-hour cartoon special from 1965.


Live from Pearl Harbor

History Channel, 10:30 a.m.-midnight

The History Channel offers an all-day slate of Pearl Harbor shows and live broadcasts on the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack. Live coverage includes the remembrance at the U.S.S. Arizona memorial and the dedication of a Pacific Wing at the D-Day Museum in New Orleans. At 8 p.m., “Save Our History: U.S.S. Arizona” interviews survivors, shows new film of the ship's interior and discusses preservation options.


The Victory Garden

PBS, 12:30 p.m.

This longtime series’ latest crop (pun intended) of shows on gardeners and gardening runs every Saturday from Dec. 8 (today) through Jan. 5, 2002.

Dan Engler writes from Santa Barbara, California.

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