HGTV Canada

This season, HGTV Canada is decking the halls with all-new and returning holiday specials that uncover the best-kept secrets for hosting, decorating, designing and entertaining.

For everything from themed design ideas to clever DIY holiday projects, back-to-back specials air Saturdays at 4pm ET and 5pm ET beginning Saturday December 3.

Celebrated HGTV personality Samantha Pynn (Pure Design) is introducing new spins on classic holiday décor with the brand-new Canadian special The Party, premiering Saturday December 3 at 5pm ET.  Travel with Sam into the gorgeous holiday homes of her favourite designers, as she finds inspiration in their décor, food and seasonal traditions for her own holiday party.

Get an exclusive glimpse into some stylish homes this holiday season with two special presentations of Celebrity Holiday Homes. Designers are paired with celebrities to redecorate their beautiful homes into holiday wonderlands. Join celebrities Trisha Yearwood, Brooke Burke and Sherri Shepherd on Saturday December 10 at 5pm ET, and Eva LaRue, Jordin Sparks and Kurt Warner on Saturday December 17 at 5pm ET to see the magical transformations.

Even more holiday inspiration awaits on, the go-to resource for holiday information, with tips on green décor, tree trimming, outdoor decorations, home party ideas, a guest etiquette guide and more. Exclusive holiday photo galleries provide inspiration and DIY decoration guides keep it easy and fun to make wreaths, dreidels, ornaments, lanterns, menorahs, centerpieces and more. is the best place to go for holiday hints and festive feelings. 

For a full schedule of holiday programming and marathons please visit: 


HGTV holiday specials include:


Saturday December 3

4pm ET: Holiday Inc (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 6 at 8pm ET)

This one hour special goes behind the scenes of the most iconic New York City sights – from Macy’s to the Empire State Building – as they are decked out for the holidays.


5pm ET: The Party (World Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 6 at 9pm ET)

Join designer Samantha Pynn (Pure Design) as she visits a few of her favourite designers for holiday inspiration. You’ll experience an eclectic mix of holiday decorating – and Sam’s got a few tricks up her sleeve to help you get the look that works best for you. There will be cookies, candles and Chrismukkah – and what would a party be without plenty of champagne?


Saturday December 10

4pm ET: Sarah’s Holiday Party (Returning Favourite)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 13 at 8pm ET)

This special is packed with tried, tested and true methods for decorating, cooking and gift giving. Accompanied by Tommy Smythe, her talented and quick to quip partner-in-design, Sarah deftly navigates the key elements of throwing a holiday event to remember: decking the halls, being a good guest, party prep, and ‘day of’ activities.


5pm ET: Celebrity Holiday Homes (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 13 at 9pm ET)

HGTV decorates three celebrity homes for the holidays – Trisha Yearwood, Brooke Burke and Sherri Shepherd. Beautiful homes get festive décor in an hour of great inspirational ideas!


Saturday December 17

4pm ET: Holiday Block Party (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 20 at 8pm ET)

In one suburban neighborhood homeowners are pitted against each other to see who can come up with the most creative, most outrageous and most memorable holiday decorations ever. On the final day, two of HGTV’s biggest stars, Sabrina Soto and Dina Manzo, reveal that they have been watching the competition (via live feeds) and will judge who did it the biggest…and the best. 


5pm ET: Celebrity Holiday Homes (Canadian Premiere)

(Encore presentation Tuesday December 20 at 9pm ET)

HGTV sends designers inside the homes of well-known celebrities Eva LaRue (CSI Miami) Jordin Sparks and Kurt Warner (former NFL quarterback), giving them the holiday decorating makeover of their dreams!

This September, HGTV Canada is bringing more shock, surprise and homeowner fury with all-new episodes of Holmes Inspection.

Beginning with one of the worst homes ever seen on the show, Mike Holmes visits a relatively new subdivision only to find truth in the old saying “looks can be deceiving”. The home needs so much work that it can’t be covered in just one episode – it will air as a two-part premiere on Thursday, September 1st at 9pm ET/PT.

The premiere introduces homeowners Sean and Carol who bought a beautiful and recently renovated home close to their parents to raise their newborn son. Living with a myriad of problems, they are in need of a Holmes Inspection.

Mike Holmes discovers that this house not only needs a full roof replacement, fumigation, and insulation – but the very structure of it shows poor workmanship that needs the Mike Holmes fix. So much has to be done, and on such a large scale, it goes far beyond what the homeowners ever could have imagined.

Holmes Inspection shines a spotlight on innocent homeowners facing massive repair bills and dangerous living conditions, encouraging home buyers to spot problems before purchasing a home. Each new episode features Mike Holmes solving unique dilemmas from homeowners who are facing daunting renovations or potential health threats.

About Mike Holmes:

Mike Holmes is known as Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor, and the man whose mission it is to Make it Right™. He is the host and creator of Holmes on Homes, which aired on HGTV Canada for seven successful seasons. Mike Holmes’ knowledge, professionalism and honesty bring a high level of credibility to this show.

Mike’s initiatives in new home construction and ‘eco-friendly’ building were demonstrated in his series Holmes in New Orleans–a ratings success when it aired in April of 2009. Holmes in New Orleans won a Gemini award for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series.

Mike is now taking home renovation and construction to a new level. He is developing Wind Walk, the first Holmes Community, in Southwest Alberta. This unique community of eco-friendly and sustainable homes will set a new standard for residential construction and design., Canada’s ultimate website for the hottest home related information is launching three original web series offering visitors brand new, exclusive online content.

Premiering October 21 the first online series Model Home Showdown consists of five four-minute webisodes featuring dynamic HGTV personalities Cheryl Torrenueva (Superstar Design Challenge, Colin & Justin’s Home Heist) and Andrew Pike (Superstar Design Challenge, Design Rivals) as they each design and fully decorate one model home for Empire Communities in Brantford, Ontario. Buzzed about Model Home Showdownwill be followed by the web series The Switch with Samantha Pynn and Starting Point. 

Each Model Home Showdown webisode shows Cheryl and Andrew as they work to design their model home. They have the same budget but different styles and homes. As they battle the clock, Cheryl and Andrew feel the pressure as they pick out finishes in the showroom, encounter and overcome an act of vandalism and troubleshoot problems with furniture delivery.

Throughout the process, viewers will gain valuable insights on choosing finishes for a new-build, mixing and matching standard finishes with upgrades, and learn how to choose a lasting palette for their home.

“We’re always developing content that offers our site users and HGTV fans exclusive and compelling content that complements the on-air show themes and these web series do just that,” said Christine Geddes, Director of Online Content, and “Featuring well-known HGTV personalities and new design ideas and techniques that are very accessible and easy to replicate, and the web series are the perfect extension of well-liked HGTV shows.” 

This November, will launch the six-part web series The Switch with Samantha Pynn. In each webisode Sam (Pure Design) tackles one area of a home from: a bedroom, to a dining table or window treatments and provides two different design opportunities for each, offering practical tips as she goes. In 2011 will launch Starting Point, a web series outlining key principles of interior design. Each two-to-three minute webisode will focus on one décor element and feature designer Anita Wiklém as she demonstrates how to design a space that is coherent and stylish using that element.

For more information on upcoming web series visit

HGTV Canada’s First Timer Mondays are all about Real Estate and watching people undergo the process of buying and renovating their first homes. Watching these shows can make viewers dream big, even if home buying is not a reality in your near future. Your Real Estate future might be closer than you think, as HGTV is about to help first timers move up the property ladder with the reintroduction of the First Timer Mondays contest.

To be eligible for the HGTV contest, viewers of First Timer Mondays can sign up on HGTV’s Contest page until May 18, 2009. The contest draw will take place on or around May 20, 2009, and the winner will be randomly selected. In this TD Canada Trust partnership with HGTV, the goal is to encourage property virgins to better arm themselves with information regarding the home buying process; and the $25,000 prize from this contest is a great way to get into a new home!