Join us for a day of of fun, entertainment, memories and information for young and old alike.



6am - 12pm: Christmas Morning with Sugar and Spice 

RNZ's Christmas elves: Katrina Batten aka Sugar (right) and Catriona McLeod aka Spice (left).

Katrina Batten and Catriona MacLeod get your Christmas morning off to an entertaining start and put you in a festive mood for the rest of the day.

6:10 Children's stories and songs

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Benjamin Bunny

The Selfish Giant

The Hums of Pooh


7:00 Church Service for Christmas Day

From the Mo'unga Heamoni Methodist Church in Northcote, with Reverend Tevita Finau (RNZ)

8.00 till 09.00

A Winnipeg Christmas live - Nona Pelletier

An African Tale - Alan Rickman

Diana and the Golden Apples

Sparky and the Talking Train

9.00 - 10.00

Bad Jelly the Witch

Xams Afghan Katchafire

Te Haranui Carol

10.00 - 11:00



Katrina's Eulogy for 2016 - a horrible year

11:00 - 12.00

Peter O'Connor – expert in theatre and drama education working with refugees, prisoners, earthquake victims…
Calais Sessions.   
Christmas Traditions and how they came to be with AUT Assoc Professor Dr Lorna Piatti Farnell, an expert in popular media and culture.

12:00pm The World at Noon

A round-up of National and International (RNZ)

12:15pm A Christmas Crustacean by Karen Goa

Christmas on a tropical island sounds marvellous, but in this story from Karen Goa, things take a strange turn. (RNZ)

12:30pm To Have An Ordinary Life

Mike Gourley looks at the current state of employment options for disabled people, in the aftermath of the repeal of the Disabled Persons Employment Promotion Act (RNZ)

1:10pm Home For Christmas, by Jane Seaford

Rachel's trip to her old home town for Christmas leaves her with an unexpected gift (RNZ)

1:30pm Soul Music

The hymn 'Amazing Grace' has inspired and uplifted people all over the world. We hear about its influence on the civil rights movement in America, how it changed the fate of a British soldier in the Arabian desert, and its unexpected appearance in the film Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan (BBC)

2:05pm What Makes the World Laugh?

Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay presents a selection of international stand-up comedy acts, recorded in front of a live audience at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and asks them how comedy differs around the world (BBC)

3:04pm Songs of Joy and Peace: The Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party

A one-hour holiday special that combines the joy of music with the gift of discovery as shared and performed by friends old and new.

4:06pm Tame Iti: Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture

Hosted by Jim Mora (RNZ)

5:00pm The World at Five

A roundup of today's news and sport

5:11pm Heart and Soul

Personal approaches to religious belief and spirituality from around the world (BBC)

5:40pm Te Waonui a Te Manu Korihi

A round-up of the Māori news for the week with our Te Manu Korihi team (RNZ)

6:06pm The Queen's Message

HM The Queen with her annual message to the Commonwealth (BBC)

6:15pm Celebrating in Style, by Anne Mulcock

The redoubtable Mrs Moser may be old, but she hasn't lost her marbles and she's not prepared to put up with another round of the excruciating Christmas cheer that the rest-home has made her suffer in previous years (RNZ)

6:40pm Voices

Highlighting the activities and experiences of people with different backgrounds (RNZ)

7:05pm The TED Radio Hour

A crafted hour of ideas worth sharing presented by Guy Raz (NPR)

10:00pm The 10 O'Clock Report

Critical examination and analysis of recent performance and trends in New Zealand's news media (RNZ)

10:10pm Church Service for Christmas Day

From the Mo'unga Heamoni Methodist Church in Northcote, with Reverend Tevita Finau (RNZ)

11:04pm Big Band Christmas

It's a cool Yule when the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, featuring some of KC's finest jazz artists, perform a wintry mix of holiday favorites and big band standards in concert at historic Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS (PRX)