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Chris and Michaela: Under the Christmas Sky

Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan go on a Christmas adventure in search of some of nature's greatest celestial wonders and winter wildlife, unique to this time of year.

In this festive family treat, Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan take viewers on a Christmas adventure to explore some of nature's greatest celestial wonders and winter wildlife.

Journeying through some of the most incredible winter landscapes on Earth, Chris and Michaela uncover secrets of the night sky and animal phenomena that are unique to this time of year. Their quest takes them to the stunning Arabian Desert in Jordan in search of the 'star of Bethlehem' - a rare conjunction of two planets that appear very bright and close together in the night sky - a phenomenon that some astronomers believe could have been the basis for the religious story. Following the desert adventures of the Three Wise Men, Chris and Michaela experience traditional nomadic Bedouin life. They camp under the stars, cook in the sand and learn the importance of conserving the desert's vulnerable wildlife.

Deep in Norway's frozen wilderness, Chris and Michaela go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights and explore how life thrives in these sub-zero conditions. They go snowmobiling with an indigenous Sami family, learn how Rudolf the Reindeer survives the winter months, discover the clever tactics that sea eagles use to feast and even try their best at husky sledding. Full of festive fun, Chris and Michaela bring the wonder of Christmas nature to everybody's living room.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 18 Dec 2021 18:25


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:09

    Emmanuel College Chapel Choir, Cambridge

    We Three Kings of Orient Are

  • 00:24


    Hipaisu Ikuisuutta

  • 00:24

    John Murphy

    Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)

  • 00:28

    Neil Diamond, Boy's Choir, Angel Voices Ot St. Philip's Choir Londo

    O Come, O Come Emmanuel/ We Three Kings of Orient Are (Album Version)

  • 00:41

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Sleigh Ride

  • 00:51

    Tony Bennett

    Winter Wonderland


Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Presenter Michaela Strachan
Producer Kim Maddever
Director Kim Maddever
Executive Producer Dan Kendall
Production Company Windfall Films


  • Sun 23 Dec 2018 21:00
  • Christmas Eve 2018 16:50
  • Sun 22 Dec 2019 18:00
  • Sat 18 Dec 2021 17:25
  • Sat 18 Dec 2021 18:25

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