WGN-TV BECOMES “CHICAGO’S MERRY OWN” FOR THE HOLIDAYS! HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE SPECIAL EVENTS, PROMOTIONS & PROGRAMMING

CHICAGO, November 16, 2016 – Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV will be celebrating the holiday season as “Chicago’s Merry Own” with special events, promotions and programming. Highlights include WGN-TV’s live broadcast of the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade with hosts Lourdes Duarte and Dan Ponce on November 24, a WGN Morning News gift-giveaway in the second week of December and the 14th annual WGN Morning News Toy Drive on December 22.
WGN Morning News Chicago’s Merry Own Giveaway happens the week of December 5. Watch all week long during the 9am hour to win prizes such as: a helicopter ride and tickets to Blue Man Group, the Ultimate Rosemont Staycation, a $500 gift card from Art Van Furniture, tickets to STOMP from Broadway in Chicago, and a 7-night trip for two to Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro in Dominican Republic from Apple Vacations.
In addition, WGN-TV will air the following specials (all times CT):

Thursday, November 24

8-11am McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade (Live) (HD)
Chicago’s 83rd annual holiday parade kicks off the 2016 holiday season on historic State Street with giant balloons, spirited marching bands, high-stepping equestrians, fabulous floats, performance groups and celebrities. WGN News anchors Lourdes Duarte and Dan Ponce host coverage. (Broadcast also simulcast on the WGN America cable network and streamed live on WGNTV.com)

11a-1p Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics (2005)
A look back at three of WGN’s most beloved television series: “Bozo’s Circus,” “Garfield Goose and Friends” and “Ray Rayner and His Friends.” The classic TV trilogy starred Chicago television legends Bob Bell, Frazier Thomas, Ray Rayner, Roy Brown and Ned Locke among others. 1950s holiday favorites “Hardrock, Coco and Joe,” “Suzy Snowflake” and “Frosty the Snowman” are also featured. WGN’s Dean Richards hosts. (Broadcast also streamed live on WGNTV.com)

8-9p America Salutes You (2016) (HD)
Concert benefiting veterans, service members and their loved ones. Performers include pop legend Cyndi Lauper, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw, country music legend Wanda Jackson, rapper Hoodie Allen, Gospel Grammy winner CeCe Winans, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, rising country star Tegan Marie and singer/songwriter Savannah Maddison. Comedian Tom Dreesen hosts. Recorded at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, Illinois.

Sunday, December 4

4-5p Holiday Praise (2016) (HD)
Gospel music performances by Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Deitrick Haddon, Donishisa Ballard and Dexter Walker & Zion Movement. Charles Jenkins hosts. Recorded last year in Chicago.

Sunday, December 11

4-5p Nashville Holiday Music Special (2016) (HD)
Kelly Clarkson, Jo Dee Messina, Gavin DeGraw, Bianca Ryan, MARi and Southern Halo perform. Recorded at the Nashville Christmas Parade.

Sunday, December 18

4-5p Stellar Tribute to the Holidays (2016) (HD)
Musical performances and holiday messages from Gospel music artists including Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds and more.

Saturday, December 24

6-7p Holiday Praise (2016) (HD)
Gospel music performances by Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Deitrick Haddon, Donishisa Ballard and Dexter Walker & Zion Movement. Charles Jenkins hosts. Recorded last year in Chicago.

7-8p Stellar Tribute to the Holidays (2016) (HD)
Musical performances and holiday messages from Gospel music artists including Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds and more.

8-9p Nashville Holiday Music Special (2016) (HD)
Kelly Clarkson, Jo Dee Messina, Gavin DeGraw, Bianca Ryan, MARi and Southern Halo perform. Recorded at the Nashville Christmas Parade.

10p-12a Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics (2005)
A look back at three of WGN’s most beloved television series: “Bozo’s Circus,” “Garfield Goose and Friends” and “Ray Rayner and His Friends.” The classic TV trilogy starred Chicago television legends Bob Bell, Frazier Thomas, Ray Rayner, Roy Brown and Ned Locke among others. 1950s holiday favorites “Hardrock, Coco and Joe,” “Suzy Snowflake” and “Frosty the Snowman” are also featured. WGN’s Dean Richards hosts. (Broadcast also streamed live on WGNTV.com)

Sunday, December 25

12-1:30a Christmas Midnight Mass (Live) (HD)
Catholic Christmas Mass from Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. (Broadcast also streamed live on WGNTV.com)

2-8a The Yule Log (HD)
A burning Yule Log hearth with holiday music. (Broadcast also streamed live on WGNTV.com)

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