NEW YORK – It will be an extra special holiday at New York’s Christmas station.
For the first time in decades, WPIX will present the “Magic Garden Christmas” special. And there’s more good news: For the first time since the 1980s, viewers will be able to see the original WPIX “Yule Log” on Christmas Eve — online only.
At 6 p.m. Christmas Day, the “Magic Garden Christmas” special will be shown on PIX11 TV and PIX11.com. The special debuted on Dec. 13, 1981 and has not been seen in decades. On the night it premiered, the show was delayed by a football game that ran long. WPIX used a crawl on the screen to inform parents the show would eventually air after the game.
Carole Demas and Paula Janis will introduce the special along with PIX11′s Sukanya Krishnan. The master copy of the special was recently found in a forgotten tape vault in the basement of the WPIX building.
For “Yule Log” fans, WPIX is delivering a wonderful gift. PIX11 will stream the “Yule Log” on PIX11.com starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 and continuing through 10 p.m. Viewers can watch it on a computer, phone, tablet or Internet-connected TV. Fans have long requested that WPIX return “The Log” to Christmas Eve, where it aired from 1966 to 1989. Since its comeback in 2001, “The Yule Log” has aired on Christmas morning.
On Christmas morning at 9 a.m., WPIX will show “The Yule Log” the traditional way, on PIX11 TV, as well as on PIX11.com. Then at 1 p.m., WPIX presents the beloved holiday classic “March of the Wooden Soldiers,” only on PIX11 TV.
“The Yule Log” returns at 7 p.m. Christmas night, for a three-hour presentation only on PIX11.com.
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Here’s the complete WPIX holiday schedule:
Monday, December 23
12 midnight Seinfeld “The Strike” (The Festivus episode)
Celebrate Festivus with PIX11 as George’s cantankerous father Frank gets the Festivus aluminum pole out of the crawlspace and begins the Costanza traditions of performing feats of strength and the airing of the grievances.
Tuesday, December 24
8 – 10pm THE 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS (2005)
In this touching holiday tale set during the Great Depression, irrepressible Emma (Jordan-Claire Green) uses dogs to teach people the true meaning of Christmas.
12-1:30am Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (LIVE)
Catholic Christmas Mass from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Will also be live streamed on PIX11.com
Wednesday, December 25
9am-1pm The Yule Log
It wouldn’t be a holiday in New York without the PIX11 Yule Log! The Yule Log, the famous film loop of a burning log in a hearth, has warmed the hearts of` viewers since it debuted on PIX in 1966. To celebrate the fabled fire stick’s 47th anniversary, PIX11 will air The Yule Log (available in HD) from 9am-1pm on Christmas morning.
- The Log will also be live streamed on PIX11.com 12/24 from 6-10pm and 12/25 from 9a-1p and 7-10pm.
- Follow the Yule Log on twitter @PIXYULELOG and become a fan on Facebook (PIXYuleLog)
- Log merchandise (including “Nice Log!” & “That’s HOT!” boxer shorts) http://www.cafepress.com/wpix/
1-3pm March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
Laurel and Hardy and classic
3-5pm Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, starring Jim Carrey (Animated)
6-7pm The “Lost” Magic Garden Christmas Special (1981)
Beloved performers Carole Demas and Paula Janis prepare for Christmas in The Magic Garden in this WPIX holiday retro special, not seen since its original broadcast in 1981. Will also be live streamed on PIX11.com
8-8:30pm Kung Fu Panda Holiday (Animated)
8:30-9pm Merry Madagascar (Animated)
11pm PIX11 Annual Honeymooners Marathon
From the Gotham Bus Company depot to the Raccoon Lodge, PIX11 is NY’s home for The Honeymooners. New Yorkers have been ringing in the New Year with Ralphie Boy on PIX11 since 1996, when The Honeymooners Marathon (which began airing on the station in 1976) moved to New Year’s Eve.
This year, the PIX11 Honeymooners Marathon of 26 classic episodes begins Tuesday, December 31st at 11pm and runs until 4am – with a break for PIX11 Morning News – then resumes at 9am and runs until 5pm on January 1. (13 total hours)