AXS TV is ringing in the holidays this year with a weeklong countdown to Christmas programming block, which is hosted by iconic American rock songstress Ann Wilson. The show features performances by some of the biggest names in music including Heart, Faith Hill, Michael Bublé, Jennifer Nettles and more.
“Ann Wilson’s Christmas with a Heart” will find Wilson introducing a week of indelible Christmas concerts, airing nightly at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from Dec. 17-24. Wilson will share her own memorable Christmas moments in the festive holiday programming block, which concludes on Dec. 25 with a special Christmas Day marathon, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Check out the guide below for additional countdown to Christmas programming details.
SUNDAY DEC. 17
“Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
AXS TV’s magical Yuletide celebration kicks off with Grammy-winning British rocker Rod Stewart’s Christmas extravaganza during which he’ll croon indelible Christmas classics like “We Three Kings,” “Silver Bells,” and more. The esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be joined by fellow music icons like Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mary J. Blige in the vocally-stunning holiday special.
“Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (aka TSO) delivers a haunting Christmas tale that bears their signature melding of metal, classical and Christmas sounds. Ossie Davis narrates the spellbinding story of a young runaway’s magical journey to return to her family. Grammy-nominated folk songstress Jewel and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Michael Crawford make guest appearances.
MONDAY DEC. 18
“Faith Hill – Joy to the World” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Country music superstar Faith Hill is backed by a 31-person orchestra, a nine-person choir, and a big band to deliver a brilliant, shimmering set of beloved holiday songs including “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and more. The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter is a triple CMA Award winner who has also received 15 Academy of Country Music Awards. Nestled among her critically-acclaimed eight studio albums is her 2008 Christmas album, Joy to the World, which certified Gold by RIAA the same year.
TUESDAY DEC. 19
“Jessica Simpson – Happy Christmas” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Pop singing sensation Jessica Simpson is joined by her sister Ashlee Simpson and legendary artists Willie Nelson and Carly Simon in her second festive holiday special. Simpson will sing a bevy of timeless holiday tracks including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Happy Christmas (War is Over), and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” Simpson has released two Christmas albums in her career and the special is named after her second, Happy Christmas, which was released in 2010.
WEDNESDAY DEC. 20
“Michael McDonald – This Christmas” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Five-time Grammy-winning American rocker Michael McDonald headlines this touching holiday special in which the former Doobie Brothers frontman sings Yuletide treasures like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “White Christmas.” He also offers his signature soulful take on “Christmas in the Bayou” and a riveting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s powerful track, “Hallelujah.” McDonald has released four Christmas albums across his iconic career, including the 2009 holiday collection upon which the special is named.
THURSDAY DEC. 21
“Band Against Cancer Presents Jennifer Nettles – ‘Tis The Season” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
The countdown to Christmas continues with multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and country music legend Jennifer Nettles’ one-hour holiday special in which she offers up a spectacular mix of Christmas standards and modern holiday favorites. The merry setlist includes songs like “O Holy Night,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “Merry Christmas with Love” and more. Nettles released her first solo Christmas collection, To Celebrate Christmas, in Oct. 2016.
FRIDAY DEC. 22
“Chris Isaak Christmas” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
California native roots rocker Chris Isaak teams up with fellow legendary music artists like Stevie Nicks, Brian McKnight, and Michael Bublé to deliver some memorable, magical duets and a bevy of hot holiday hits. He sings “The Christmas Song” with Bublé, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” with Nicks and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with McKnight. Isaak puts his signature spin on beloved Christmas tunes in this must-see hour of holiday delight.
SATURDAY DEC. 23
“The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks!” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Rockabilly legend Brian Setzer rocks his way into Christmas town with a mixed bag of magical retro Christmas tunes. Setzer and his acclaimed 19-piece orchestra will deliver a cheery blend of holiday treasures including “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “The Nutcracker Suite,” and more. The iconic Grammy-winning legend will help you rock around the Christmas tree in the same swinging style that lights up his holiday tour.
SATURDAY DEC. 24
Special Christmas Eve Block – starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
AXS TV’s countdown to Christmas week of musical holiday specials concludes on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, with a block of shows that kick off at 6 p.m. ET with glam metal icons Twisted Sister revving up the holiday crowd in Sin City at “Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas: Live in Vegas.” The sizzling set is a mix of Christmas tunes from their album A Twisted Christmas as well as signature group hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
At 8 p.m., legendary hard rockers Heart head back home to Seattle to deliver an electrifying set of unconventional Christmas tunes like “Ring Them Bells,” “Santa’s Going South,” and more in their Christmas special “Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays from Benaroya Hall.” Notable guest stars include Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx, Shawn Colvin and Pat Monahan. You won't want to miss the iconic Wilson sisters rock Christmas in signature Heart style in this sensational hometown show.
“THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE” – Nightly starting Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
AXS TV’s special weeklong countdown to Christmas programming block will also feature seven all-star episodes of beloved British Christmas variety series “The Royal Variety Performance” which features world-renowned artists in music, comedy, magic, and theater. In it, music legends like Bette Midler, Sting, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige, Sir Elton John and more hit the stage at iconic English venues to perform in front of members of the British Royal Family and a live audience. AXS TV brings these must-see, legendary performances from all the way across The Pond, straight to viewers’ living rooms as a special Christmas week programming treat.