Food Network and HGTV Holiday Programming 2009

With 14 brand new holiday specials premiering throughout the holiday season there is surely something to get everyone in the spirit.

Dear Food Network Holiday Parties (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Nov. 28 at 8pm ET
It’s party time! Tyler Florence hosts a festive hour exploring all kinds of easy holiday parties from simple cocktail and dinner parties, to potlucks and cookie swaps. Guest starring Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson and Sandra Lee.

Dear Food Network Holiday Desserts (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 5 at 8pm ET
No holiday is complete without sweets! Host Paula Deen and guest Chefs Tyler Florence, Sunny Anderson, and Michael Symon indulge in their favourite holiday desserts.

All Star Holiday Extravaganza (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 11am ET
The Food Network All Stars are getting together to share savory recipes and swap good cheer. Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentiis, the Neelys, Sunny Anderson, Guy Fieri and Alton Brown kick back at a New York City loft to cook, chat and share their All Star tips on casual entertaining for the holiday season.

Iron Chef America: Holiday Battle Morimoto Vs. Flay (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 2pm ET and 9pm ET
The Chairman has a special holiday surprise for everyone. He’s decided to pit Iron Chef Bobby Flay versus Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto against each other and to add flair and fun to this exciting holiday battle, the Chairman has also invited some special guests – ice carvers to create amazing additions to the chefs’ presentation!

Food Network Challenge Giant Gingerbread (Canadian Premiere)
Sun., Dec. 6 at 7pm ET
In the Giant Gingerbread Challenge two teams of three pastry chefs face off to build six feet tall gingerbread houses. Not only do they have to make the houses stand tall in just eight hours, the teams have to decorate the houses in the holiday spirit. The winning team will take home ten thousand dollars and a gold medal.

Good Eats Holiday: Twas The Night Before Good Eats (Canadian Premiere)
Tues., Dec. 8 at 1pm ET and 10pm ET
A dark holiday night finds Alton Brown visited by a series of culinary spirits which drive him to prepare long lost yuletide classics.

Unwrapped Holiday Favourites (Canadian Premiere)
Wed., Dec 9 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
In this seasonal special Host Marc Summers decks the halls with everything from Korbel champagne to Sara Lee pumpkin pie and from peanut brittle to amazing gingerbread houses.

Chopped Holiday: Season’s Chopping (Canadian Premiere)
Wed., Dec. 8 at 10pm ET
In this special the chefs learn that as an added challenge, each of their dishes must have a holiday theme. How will their festive dishes take shape?

Dinner Impossible: Robert and Guy’s Holiday Havoc (Canadian Premiere)
Thurs., Dec. 10 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
On a special holiday edition of Dinner Impossible, Robert is surprised when Guy Fieri pops up to deliver an extreme Holiday mission.  Robert and Guy join forces with Share our Strength to give members of the Santa
Rosa Boys and Girls Clubs a day they’ll never forget.  For starters, Robert and Guy must create a meal for 300 guests of the Boys and Girls Club in just 10 hours.  

Throwdown Holiday: Feast of Seven Fishes (Canadian Premiere)
Fri., Dec. 11 at 1pm ET and 9pm ET
Feast of Seven Fishes is an Italian holiday tradition where families gather and share a delicious multi-course meal of fish. Although, this year ’tis the season for the tables to be turned, when the Pellegrino family of Rao’s Restaurant, in New York City, challenge Chef Bobby Flay to a holiday Throwdown!  

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: Christmas in the North Pole (Canadian Premiere)
Fri., Dec. 11 at 2pm ET and 10pm ET
Guy Fieri is taking the Camaro to the great, white north for a holiday party like none other in the town of North Pole, Alaska. Guy will hit some local joints and sample smoked caribou at Big Daddy’s BBQ, Mongolian Beef at Chinese restaurant staple Pagoda and homemade ice cream at Hot Licks.

Dear Food Network: Holiday Roast Beast (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 12 at 8pm ET
Bobby Flay hosts an all-roast hour featuring juicy and tender masterpieces that will wow your holiday guests. Guest starring Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Danny Boome, and Sunny Anderson.

Guy’s Disney Holiday (Canadian Premiere)
Thurs., Dec. 17 at 2pm ET and 11pm ET
In this one hour special, Guy Fieri explores the amazing holiday destination that is Disneyland. Guy, along with various members of his family, will highlight a variety of food including baked goods, candy canes and Christmas Eve dinner.

Dear Food Network Holiday Family Traditions (Canadian Premiere)
Sat., Dec. 19 at 8pm ET
Food Network stars share their favorite holiday memories, family traditions and recipes. Hosted by Giada DeLaurentiis, and guest starring Michael Symon, Tyler Florence, and Danny Boome.

Settle in during the holidays and tune in to Food Network for marathons of some of your favourite series.

Sat., and Sun., from Dec., 5 to Dec., 20 Mornings Over Easy Holiday Cooking Marathons, Weeks 1, 2 and 3 9am ET to 1pm ET
Wed., Dec. 23 Jamie’s Great Italian Escape Marathon 4pm ET to 7pm ET and 8pm ET to 11pm ET
Thurs., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Diners Drive-Ins and Dives  Marathon12pm ET to 6am ET
Fri., Dec. 25 Christmas Day Ace of Cakes, Food Network Challenge and At The Table With Marathons 6am ET to 6am ET
Sat., Dec. 26 Boxing Day Top Chef II Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Big Chef Takes On Little Chef Marathon 11am ET to 3pm ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Family Restaurant Marathon 3pm ET to 8pm ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Heston’s Feast Marathon 8pm ET to 12am ET
Mon., Dec. 28 Chef Abroad Marathon 6am ET to 12pm ET (repeats 6pm ET to 12am ET)
Mon., Dec. 28 Glutton For Punishment Marathon 12pm ET to 6pm ET
Tues., Dec. 29 Unwrapped Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Wed., Dec. 30 Chopped Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Thurs., Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner Impossible Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Fri., Jan. 1 New Year’s Day The Next Food Network Star Marathon 10am ET to 6am ET
Sat., Jan. 2 Hell’s Kitchen IV Marathon 9am ET to 6am ET
Sun., Jan. 3 Iron Chef America Marathon 3pm ET to 7pm ET

Let the countdown begin! Starting Sunday November 29, HGTV is counting down to the holidays with blocks of holiday specials airing Sundays from 1pm ET to 3pm ET (encore presentation from 6pm ET to 9pm ET). From tips on how to set the perfect holiday atmosphere to family friendly ways to dress-up the home, this holiday season HGTV has something for everyone.

SUN., NOV. 29:
1pm ET/6pm ET 25 Great Holiday Ideas
(Encore Presentation)
This one-hour special features 25 great holiday decorating and entertaining ideas all inspired by HGTV US viewers. Designers Angelo Surmelis and Erinn Valencich show how to trim trees, deck the halls and transform homes into a wonderful place to welcome holiday guests.

2pm ET/7pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Holiday Homecoming
(Canadian Premiere)
A family that has remained optimistic despite challenges that no family should endure gets a well-deserved holiday surprise – the return of a family member who hasn’t been home in years. Sandra teaches them how to create a holiday atmosphere filled with food, décor, and gifts on an amazingly small budget. She also helps them throw a party that’s sure to whet your appetite and warm your heart.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party
(World Broadcast Premiere)
Get ready to decorate your tree and invite a gang over to celebrate the season – Sarah style! Join Sarah and her designer sidekick, Tommy, as they deck the halls and get into the holiday spirit. Get the insider scoop on how Toronto’s most stylish decorator throws a party.

SUN., DEC. 6:

1pm ET/6pm ET Decked For The Holidays
(Canadian Premiere)                
From doorstoppers and tree toppers to outdoor decor and more, host Karen McAloon presents a list of holiday makeover tips and party secrets to help fill any home with that festive feeling. Don’t miss Karen’s little helpers, designers Frank Fontana and Erinn Valencich as they show you how to turn those not-so-seasonal rooms into a holiday haven.

2pm ET/7pm ET Behind the Magic: The Holidays at Disney
(Canadian Premiere)                
No place on earth creates ‘magic’ like Disney and the holidays are no exception! Enjoy an amazing behind the scenes look at the immense preparation and execution of decorating Disney World for the holidays. Join host David Bromstad as he gets in on the act, creating his own holiday display at one of the resorts.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Magical Merry Christmas
(Canadian Premiere)
In this poignant holiday special, Sandra introduces us to a family that has already experienced life’s greatest gift – a family member who has beat a life-threatening illness. Sandra teaches them how to not only create the perfect party for their own family but also how to use their decorations, centerpieces and even desserts to help others by ‘paying them forward’ to a local charity.

SUN., DEC. 13:

1pm ET/6pm ET design inc. Holiday
(Encore Presentation)
The entire design inc. team descends on a couple’s first home to give the entire ground floor an update and decorate for Christmas. It’s a race against the clock to have this place not only ready to live in but also prepared for an all-important holiday cocktail party.

2pm ET/7pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party
(Encore Presentation)
Get ready to decorate your tree and invite a gang over to celebrate the season – Sarah style! Join Sarah and her designer sidekick, Tommy, as they deck the halls and get into the holiday spirit. Get the insider scoop on how Toronto’s most stylish decorator throws a party.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Season of Surprise
(Canadian Premiere)
In this touching show, Sandra Lee surprises a deserving family by teaching them how to throw a warm multi-generational holiday reunion party with a surprise guest they haven’t seen in a while.  Sandra shows them how to preserve lifelong family memories, update heirloom party décor, and create unforgettable family holiday recipes so that they’ll be able to plan perfect parties for years to come.

SUN., DEC. 20:

1pm ET/6pm ET My Parents’ House: Home for The Holidays
(Encore Presentation)
This holiday season, My Parents’ House lends a helping hand to a devoted mom who has 11 stockings to fill. With a dedicated MPH team and a little Christmas magic, Andrika and Emmanuel help the Smele children deck the halls of their mother’s house and give her a holiday gift that will be remembered for years to come.

2pm ET/7pm ET Celebrity Holiday Homes
(Canadian Premiere)
The best seasonal decorating tips get a dash of star power, as designers dress up a celebrity’s home for the holidays and provide a glimpse into the way these well loved celebs celebrate.

3pm ET/8pm ET Sandra Lee Celebrates: Winter Wonderland Party
(Canadian Premiere)
Sandra works with one lucky family to teach them how to throw the ultimate winter wonderland holiday party for their entire neighbourhood. What’s more, there’s a surprise at show’s end you won’t soon forget!

HGTV is offering heart warming holiday and home-reno themed marathons sure to put everyone into the holiday spirit.

Thurs., Dec. 24: 3pm ET – 10pm ET (encore presentation from 10pm ET – 4am ET)
3pm ET 25 Great Holiday Ideas Encore Presentation
4pm ET A Very Merry Curb Appeal Encore Presentation
5pm ET Carter Can: Home for the Holidays Canadian Premiere
5:30pm ET Home for the Holidays 2009 Canadian Premiere
6pm ET Decked for the Holiday Encore Presentation
7pm ET design inc. Holiday Encore Presentation
8pm ET Sarah’s Holiday Party Encore Presentation
9pm ET Behind the Magic: The Holidays at Disney Encore Presentation

Fri., Dec. 25: 11am ET – 8pm ET (encore presentation from 8pm ET – 5am ET)
11am ET Extreme Makeover Home Edition, “Holiday Wishes Pt 1 Encore Presentation
12pm ET Extreme Makeover Home Edition, “Holiday Wishes Pt 2 Encore Presentation
1pm ET Holmes for The Holidays Encore Presentation

Fri., Dec. 25 Holmes in New Orleans The Series 2pm ET to 8pm ET
Sat., Dec. 26 Family Renovation Marathon 11:30am ET to 6pm ET
Sat., Dec. 26 Extreme Makeover Home Edition 6pm ET to 1am ET
Sun., Dec. 27 Home To Flip, Season One Marathon 9pm ET to 3:30pm ET
Mon., Dec. 28 Sarah’s House, Season One Marathon 11am ET to 5:30pm ET
Tues., Dec. 29 Income Property, Season Two Marathon 11am ET to 5:30pm ET
Wed., Dec. 30 Property Virgins Marathon 11am ET to 5:30pm ET
Thurs., Dec. 31 House Hunters Marathon 12pm ET to 7:30pm ET
Fri., Jan. 1 HGTV’s Top Ten Marathon 10am ET to 4pm ET
Fri., Jan. 1 Disaster DIY Marathon 4pm ET to 11pm ET
Sat., Jan. 2 Flipping Out Marathon 11am ET to 6pm ET
Sun., Jan. 3 Holmes Inspection Marathon 11am ET to 12am ET

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