As well as a range of Christmas music programmes and local Christmas church services throughout the day, TV ONE has a bouquet of feel-good movies including films The Wizard Of Oz, Nicholas Nickleby, Mary Poppins and The Shawshank Redemption.
Midnight Mass is a traditional Christmas Eve event and to celebrate, TV ONE is screening Nine Lessons And Carols, both before midnight on Christmas Eve and at 8.30am on Christmas Day. Hosted by broadcaster, writer and raconteur, Ian Johnstone, the show visits towns and cities in the lower North Island; shares stories; sees New Zealanders singing their favourite carols; and familiar faces reading the nine episodes of the Christmas story.
At 6am, Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo shows a grand procession and festive parade imagined by a clown. Be transported into a theatrical world of comedy and spontaneity, situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.
Capturing the essence of what it is to be a child, Peter Pan has been delighting young and old for more than 100 years. At midday, TV ONE has the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s performance of Peter Pan, choreographed by Russell Kerr.
A National Bank Country Calendar Christmas special – Carols In The Caves at 7.30pm, mixes a unique choral performance – Christmas carols by candle-light in the Cathedral of Waitomo’s Glow-worm Caves – with the human story behind it. For the last 20 years, a King Country choir has sung to an audience of 200 people at Cathedral Cave, which is noted for its pure acoustics.
Friday 25 December
6am – Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo
7.30am – A Taste Of Christmas
8am – Praise Be
8.30am – Nine Lessons And Carols
10am – Nicholas Nickleby
Midday – Peter Pan
1.35pm – The Wizard Of Oz
3.40pm – Mary Poppins
6pm – ONE News At 6pm
6.50pm – HM The Queen’s Christmas Message
7pm – MasterChef: The Professionals
7.30pm – Carols In The Caves
8.30pm – The Shawshank Redemption