Christmas is a beautiful time to reflect on the grace of changed hearts and the grandeur of inspirational music. BYUtv strongly believes in that, and following in a wonderful yearly tradition, the network is happy to bring three new specials to viewers everywhere for the 2016 holiday season.

Winter Thaw


Premiering Thanksgiving day (November 24) at 6 PM MT is BYUtv's original TV film, Winter Thaw. Based on Leo Tolstoy's short story, "Martin the Cobbler," and starring John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lord of the Rings), this holiday special lovingly tells the story of personal transformation and forgiveness. In late nineteenth-century Russia, Martin Avdeitch is a humble shoemaker whose life has been characterized by grief. Through multiple experiences he finds the courage to look outside himself and trust in the goodness of God. Learn more about Winter Thaw in the official press release here.


Christmas under the Stars

BYUtv is pleased to present two Christmas concerts on two nights—each with talented, world-renowned musicians. The Christmas under the Stars series started last year with singing group GENTRI and vocalist Lexi Walker. Because of its warm reception, BYUtv committed to finding more music artists to celebrate the season with inspiring songs.


Premiering Friday, November 25 at 6 PM MT, Grammy Award winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith take to the Capitol Theatre stage with The Voice winner Jordan Smith. Witness an enchanting musical celebration as the performers present Christmas classics like "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Away in a Manger," and "Silent Night." Also included are hit Christmas singles like Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," Michael W. Smith's "Gloria," and more.


Amy Grant: Grant has won six Grammy Awards and numerous Dove Awards. She has three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums. She’s achieved ten Top 40 pop singles and placed seventeen hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart, as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts.

Michael W. Smith: Smith has sold more than fifteen million albums, releasing two multi-platinum, six platinum, and sixteen gold certified albums. He has earned three Grammy Awards and forty-five Dove Awards and continues to record, with his most recent album dropping in 2016.

Jordan Smith: Smith was named the winner of season nine of The Voice. He is the best-selling artist in the history of The Voice, moving 1.5 million singles in six months and becoming the first act to own both the #1 and #2 titles concurrently on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart.


Premiering Saturday, November 26 at 6 PM MT, Brigham Young University's premiere male a capella group Vocal Point presents song and dance in a festive holiday night. BYU Vocal Point is also joined by YouTube singing sensations Peter Hollens and Madilyn Paige, as well as NBC's The Voice competitor Ryan Innes. Performances include "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly," "Sleigh Ride," "He is Born," and more.   


BYU Vocal Point: BYU’s Vocal Point proves that 9 voices are the only instruments you need to become nationally and internationally renowned. BYU Vocal Point has won three Pearl Awards, the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, and two CARA awards. In addition, BYU Vocal Point competed and finished in the top five of NBC’s nationally televised competition The Sing Off

Peter Hollens: Peter Hollens is a pop singer and producer best known for his work as an a cappella cover artist. With over 1.5 Million YouTube subscribers, his videos have reached a quarter of a billion viewers. Hollens has collaborated with many artists, including Jason Mraz, Hunter Hayes, and Lindsey Stirling.

Madilyn Paige: Madilyn Paige was a Top-20 finalist on Season 6 of The Voice, and a contestant on the farewell season of American Idol. Madilyn won the “Next Big YouTuber” award at the 2015 CVX Live event, and has opened for the Sawyer Brown Band, and was in the pre-show for Rachel Platten, American Authors and Jason Derulo.

Ryan Innes: Ryan Innes has created his own brand of soul. His self-titled EP tastes like dark chocolate, smells like musk, and feels like silk. His is a talent you hear once in a few lifetimes. Innes competed on Season 4 of the reality TV show The Voice on NBC.

Gather your family and friends together to enjoy these uplifting holiday specials on BYUtv. Watch BYUtv on satellite and cable (Dish, DirecTV, and more), streaming online, and on our apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and more.