HGTV to shoot special seasonal show in Santa Claus

HGTV’s all-new holiday programming lineup will celebrate the most wonderful time of year with whimsical new competition series and four festive specials. 

The final special, titled Surprising Santa Claus, will premiere on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, at 9 p.m. Eastern (8 p.m. Central)— with a totally local twist.

Lara Spencer, known to television fans as a regular contributor on Good Morning America and host of the hit series, Flea Market Flip, will work with a team of designers, contractors and volunteers, to give the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, the biggest Christmas present it has ever received. It will be a race against the clock as the team tackles two surprise home renovations and a special bonus for the town center that will spread holiday cheer to the whole community. 

At least that’s the way the press release reads.

As a pleasant change for all COVID-19 news all the time, HGTV promises a season of good cheer.

The network’s seasonal offerings will kick-off on Friday, November 20, at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, with a two-hour special, Holiday Crafters Gone Wild. Hosted by author and TV personality Jay Manuel, the competition will showcase craft aficionados as they compete to create dazzling, over-the-top Christmas décor for a cash prize. On Friday, November 27, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, the fun competition continues in the quirky new four-part series, Biggest Little Christmas Showdown. Hosted by Tony Award®-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart, the series spotlights the country’s top miniaturists as they vie to build beautiful tiny homes. The winning miniature will be replicated into a full-size vacation retreat!

Next up on HGTV’s holiday roster are three specials, including My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza, where host David Bromstad will deck the halls like a lottery winner on a modest budget. You’ll be Home for Christmas will follow real estate agent, world-renowned strongman and Santa impersonator, Albie Mushaney, as he helps first-time home buyers find their forever home in time for the holidays. And, to make spirits bright on Christmas Day, HGTV will renovate and decorate America’s holiday hometown: Santa Claus, Indiana, in Surprising Santa Claus. 

“We had a blast creating these new holiday shows because they are filled with entertaining, unexpected personalities, humorous situations and show-stopping Christmas miracles that will put everyone in a happy holiday spirit,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV.  “At this time of the year, we want to enjoy the magic, be entertained and have some fun.”

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