November 15, 2011 11:20am PT by Jethro Nededog
TLC Unveils Extreme Holiday Programming (Exclusive Video)
Holiday decorating on overdrive, Toddlers & Tiaras does The Rockettes, and DC Cupcakes sweeten the season during TLC’s newly unveiled yuletide programming. The network’s shows already teeter on the extreme, but add the holidays in and you can only imagine what to expect from its colorful stars and their outlandish schemes. The network will also premiere a couple of over the top holiday specials: Extreme Christmas Trees and Invasion of the Christmas Lights: Europe.
On Extreme Christmas Trees, the special uncovers the lengths some will go to make their tree really sparkle… One is so spectacular, it lands in the Swedish Art Gallery and another in Las Vegas boasts more than $200,000 in ornaments. Watch THR’s exclusive sneak peek above. The special premieres Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.
Invasion of the Christmas Lights: Europe follows six families try to create the most elaborate lighting displays in that part of the world. No matter how much hard work, ingenuity, and risk the task takes, they make sure the holidays get their proper, um, spotlight. The special debuts Dec. 3 at 9 p.m.
The network’s series get in on the action, as well, with special holiday-themed episodes. See below.
Friday, December 2nd at 10:30 PM ET/PT --DC CUPCAKES CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Mom decorates the shop for the season and sugar plum fairies Sophie and Katherine build a six-foot tall nutcracker.
Wednesday, December 7th at 10PM ET/PT-- TODDLERS & TIARAS HOLIDAY EPISODE
The holidays come alive at the Southern Celebrity Glitzmas Pageant in New Jersey. Three-year-old Laila and her mom have gone all out with a Rockette routine while scene stealers Riley, 5 and Bob, 6 tear up the stage with their fierce drag queen moves.
Sunday, December 18th at 8PM ET/PT-- MY BIG FAT GYPSY CHRISTMAS
TLC peels back yet another intriguing layer of traveller culture as the cameras revisit dress-maker Thelma Madine to a small town in Ireland where roaming travellers return each year to celebrate Christmas (along with extravagant weddings and First Communions). This festive episode will catch up with some of the characters from the series and promises to deliver over-the-top parties and of course huge dresses.
Monday, December 19th at 9PM ET/PT -- NEXT GREAT BAKER HOLIDAY EPISODE
The Baker’s Challenge tosses down the gauntlet to find out which contestant makes the best holiday dessert in town. The Elimination Challenge? A four-foot-tall Christmas cake for a family gathering. May the best baker win!
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