Watch music on TV: AXS TV programming highlights for the week of Dec. 17-24
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AXS TV is ringing in the holiday season with a week-long programming lineup of Christmas concerts, hosted by rock icon Ann Wilson of Heart. If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit this week as you countdown to Christmas, be sure to tune into AXS TV every night this week during “Ann Wilson’s Christmas with a Heart” to watch some of music’s biggest stars hit the stage to deliver some classic and original holiday hits. Check out further programming ho-ho-ho highlights for Dec. 17-24 below.


"Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby" - 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

British rock icon Rod Stewart kicks off AXS-TV's week of Christmas concerts crooning holiday tunes in his signature soulful style like "Silver Bells," "We Three Kings" and more. He'll be joined by superstar music peers like Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble and more.

"Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" - 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

No band arguably brings haunting musical magic to Christmas time than TSO. Jewel and Michael Crawford guest star in this unique concert that tells the tale of a young runaway's mystical journey to return home to her family for the holidays.


“Faith Hill – Joy to the World” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT

Grammy Award-winning country superstar Faith Hill puts her sweet, signature spin on some lovely Christmas classics including “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and more. She’ll also have spectacular accompaniment including a nine-person choir and a 31-piece orchestra. Country lovers and Christmas enthusiasts alike won’t want to miss Hill’s heartwarming set.


“Jessica Simpson: Happy Christmas” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

This special marks pop songstress Jessica Simpson’s second. Her festive setlist includes songs like “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Happy Christmas (War Is Over), “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and more. Simpson’s sister Ashlee joins her, along with music legends Willie Nelson and Carly Simon.


“Michael McDonald – This Christmas” – 8 p.m.  ET/5 p.m. PT

Renowned R&B icon Michael McDonald pays tribute to the season of giving with a sensational, soulful selection of Christmas songs including “White Christmas,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Christmas in the Bayou” and Leonard Cohen’s indelible anthem “Hallelujah.” McDonald released the album of the same name, This Christmas, in 2009 as his fourth Christmas album.


“Bands Against Cancer Presents Jennifer Nettles – Tis the Season” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Former Sugarland front woman and acclaimed solo country artist, Jennifer Nettles, shines in her holiday concert filled with treasured Christmas classics and contemporary favorites. Songs in the setlist include “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Merry Christmas with Love,” “O Holy Night” and more. All songs hail from Nettles 2016 Christmas album To Celebrate Christmas.


“Chris Isaak Christmas” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Roots rock legend Chris Isaak teams up with some huge music superstars for his special holiday-themed music extravaganza including Stevie Nicks on “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” Michael Bublé on “The Christmas Song” and Brian McKnight on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” This is one Christmas concert you won’t want to miss!


“The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks!” 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

If you’re looking for some smoking hot rockabilly Christmas cheer, then be sure to catch Grammy-winning artist Brian Setzer lead his 19-piece orchestra through a bevy of beloved holiday songs including “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” “The Nutcracker Suite” and more.


“Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas: Live in Vegas!” – 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without belting some non-traditional, quirky Christmas songs. Glam metal icons Twister Sister put a whole new twist on Christmas tunes from their album A Twisted Christmas like “O Come All Ye Faithful” in the style of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and more.

“Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays from Benaroya Hall” – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

After a week of introducing AXS TV Christmas concerts and sharing holiday memories, Ann Wilson joins her sister Nancy Wilson as Heart heads back home to Seattle to deliver a festive Christmas concert filled with more non-traditional Christmas songs like “Santa’s Going South,” “Ring Them Bells,” and more. Heart will be joined by Richard Marx, Sammy Hagar, Shawn Colvin and more.

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