Holiday Specials Preview: 'Tis the Season with Rosanna Pansino, Chuck Hughes and More

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As the weather outside gets frightful and the sound of jingle bells draws closer, it's time to prepare for the holiday season. While you're lazily hibernating inside as the snow falls outside, you can also actively get ready for big family dinners with Cooking Channel's impressive programming lineup through December.

This year, we have new specials from YouTube's Nerdy Nummies host Rosanna Pansino as she tackles a holiday edition of Ro's Tasty Treats, plus a brand-new episode of Unwrapped 2.0 that uncovers the mysteries of candy canes and canned cranberry sauce. If you're in the mood for old favorites, hosts like G. Garvin, Chuck Hughes, Nadia G, Rev Run and many more will share their Christmas and Hanukkah recipes and entertaining secrets. Check out the festive guide below — the variety's snow joke.

New Premieres

Ro's Tasty Treats: Holiday — Sunday, Dec. 6 at 8pm ET

You'll have a (jingle) ball watching YouTuber Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies fame whip up festive food.

Unwrapped 2.0: Festive Foods — Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8pm ET

Ever wonder how canned cranberry sauce gets its signature jiggle, or how candy canes earn their stripes? Host Alfonso Ribeiro decks the Unwrapped halls with holiday cheer, diving into the secrets of the holiday season's best treats, including crispy latkes and creamy pumpkin pie.

Photo by: David Bean/The Visual Reserve ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

David Bean/The Visual Reserve, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Old Favorites

Holiday Feast with Kelis — Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6pm ET

Kelis Rogers may be known for her "Milkshake" of the early '00s, but the talented chef has more great dishes up her sleeve. In her holiday special, she hosts a festive dinner party with her family and friends, making Puerto Rican roasted pork, Skillet Cornbread with Candied Ginger, Carrot and Yam Souffle, Coconut Custard Pie and much more.

Host and Chef Kelis Rogers shows off the Puerto Rican Pork Pernil, Pineapple-Saffron Larded Turkey, and Mandarin Cranberry Sauce for her holiday dinner party, as seen on Cooking Channel's Holiday Feast with Kelis, Special.

Host and Chef Kelis Rogers shows off the Puerto Rican Pork Pernil, Pineapple-Saffron Larded Turkey, and Mandarin Cranberry Sauce for her holiday dinner party, as seen on Cooking Channel's Holiday Feast with Kelis, Special.

Photo by: Adam Rose ©2014, Cooking Channel LLC. All Rights Reserved

Adam Rose, 2014, Cooking Channel LLC. All Rights Reserved

Patti LaBelle's Place — Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9pm ET

Legendary R&B diva Patti LaBelle is also an ace in the kitchen, and she has the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Michelle Williams singing her praises in her one-hour special. Watch as she cooks up her signature dishes — including  crispy crab cakes, "Over the Rainbow" mac and cheese, and  slow-roasted lamb — to give you ideas for the holidays and beyond.

Holiday Favorites Unwrapped — Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10pm ET

Haters of Grandma's fruitcake, listen up: Marc Summers wants to show you the truth behind the divisive Christmas cake. If the dense dessert doesn't get you excited, he'll also show how glazed honey hams get torched to perfection, reveal the story of Jewish chocolate gelt and explain why Korbel's champagne is so poppin'.

Holiday Helpings Unwrapped – Friday, Dec. 11 at 8pm ET

Another dose of holiday food gets unwrapped, and this time, it's even sweeter. Find out the secrets behind Sara Lee Cheesecake and Dove Chocolate, why ugly pumpkins make the best pie and much more.

All-Star Holiday Special: A Taste of Home —  Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5pm ET

Ain't no party like a Cooking Channel party, and many of your favorites — Bobby Deen, Nadia G, Roger Mooking, Kelsey Nixon, Aarti Sequeira, G. Garvin and Eden Grinshpan — gather to make their families' classic recipes. The ultimate holiday menu has linguini with clamseggnogg milkshakes, lightened-up peppermint pie and so much more.

Photo by: Martin Laprise

Martin Laprise

Chuckmas — Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6pm ET

Watch as Chuck Hughes tackles hosting his first-ever Christmas dinner to see if his recipes and entertaining ideas knock his family and friends' holiday socks off . From fun cranberry, orange and Prosecco cocktails to unique Roasted Turkey with Turkey Meatballs, he's pulling out all the stops.

G. Garvin's Southern Holiday — Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7p

Get Southern holiday inspiration with G. Garvin's feast. With his mother and daughter by his side in the kitchen, he whips up a trifecta of meat: braised beef short ribs, roasted cornish hens and honey baked ham. That's barely skimming the surface of the epic dinner — there's also easy no-bake mac and cheese, buttery peach cobbler and more dishes that'll put you in a food coma.

Rev Run's Happy Holidays — Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8pm ET

Feel like you're part of the Simmons family as Rev Run and his wife, Justine Simmons, make multiple holiday meals. They kick things off with a make-ahead family brunch, then move on to baking Ninjabread Men Cookies, making a hot cocoa bar and tackling a decadent prime rib dinner.

Nadia G's Bitchin' Holiday Special — Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7am ET

Nadia G makes an outrageous and unforgettable Christmas feast with her spin on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The not-so-traditional smorgasbord of food has an international twist  and a theme song. Watch the music video for "A Bitchin' Xmas" while you cook  Spicy Szechuan Shrimp Linguine or bake  Panettone Bread Pudding.

Holiday Treats Unwrapped — Fri., Dec. 18 at 8pm ET

The final holiday installment of Unwrapped is the wackiest yet, with edible snow globes, sky-high gingerbread houses, a restaurant that celebrates turkey day every day and how Reddi-Wip really shakes up.

Guy's Grocery Games — Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8pm ET

Guy Fieri makes four chefs jingle all the way down the aisles of Flavortown Market as they compete to win up to $20,000. The relatable challenges — aka great tips for your holiday shopping — include finding workarounds when essential ingredients are out of stock and cooking on a low budget.

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