PIX 11 Yule Log will return for 46th anniversary showing Christmas morning

Posted at 7:20 PM, Nov 13, 2012
and last updated 2013-01-01 22:05:38-05
A scene from the Yule Log, filmed in 1970.

It wouldn’t be a holiday in New York without the PIX11 Yule Log! The Yule Log, the famous film loop of a burning log in a hearth, has warmed the hearts of` viewers since it debuted on PIX in 1966. To celebrate the fabled fire stick’s 46th anniversary, PIX11 will air The Yule Log (available in HD) from 9am-1pm on Christmas morning, December 25th.

Viewers can follow the Yule Log on twitter @PIXYULELOG and become a fan of the Official Yule Log on Facebook (PIXYuleLog)

Log merchandise (including “Nice Log!” and “That’s HOT!” boxer shorts) can be found HERE

In recent years, The Yule Log has been digitally re-mastered and fully restored. In 2001 the original film was color corrected and cleaned. In 2003, the Log was up-converted to High Definition and PIX11 now airs The Yule Log in HD. In 2006, to celebrate the Log’s 40th anniversary, Lawrence F. “Chip” Arcuri and Joe Malzone, the creators of, restored the audio of The Yule Log and in 2009, with the assistance of “Chip” Arcuri, PIX11 added a new fourth hour to the program, including 23 classic holiday songs. The fourth hour leads off with Mantovani‘s interpretation of Adeste Fideles, a classic that aired on the Yule Log in the late 1960’s; now restored back to the program. The new hour adds 9 artists including Bert Kaempfert, Mitch Miller, Bing Crosby, Vic Damone and Johnny Mathis.

A slide from a 1980s presentation of the Yule Log on WPIX.

In addition, the PIX11 Yule Log will be airing on the following Tribune Stations:

WPHL/Philadelphia 8a-12p

WDCW/DC 9a-11a

KCPQ/Seattle 4a-10a

KZJO/Seattle 9a-11a

WSFL/Miami 6a-10a

KTXL/Sacramento 4:30a-9a

KRCW/Portland 6a-10a

WXMI/Grand Rapids 5a-9a

WGNO/New Orleans 5a-9a

WXIN/Indianapolis 6a-10a

WGN/Chicago 1:30a-5:30a

Antenna TV Network 5-9a (ET)

(All broadcast times are for Tuesday, December 25th and are shown in that city’s local time zone)




Wednesday, 11/21 8:00 – 10:00P PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987) A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy.

Thursday, 11/22 9:00-11:00A Movie: MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (1934) Laurel and Hardy and classic

11:00A-5:00P HONEYMOONERS MARATHON (6 hours, 12 “lost” episodes)

Friday, 11/23 8:00-9:00P GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER (animated) (2000) Based on the hit song that became a worldwide holiday phenomenon, this goofy and heartwarming adventure features young Jake Spankenheimer on the quest of a lifetime to track his missing Grandma down on Christmas Eve and prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Michele Lee (“Knots Landing”) provides the voice of Jake’s greedy Cousin Mel and recording artist Elmo Shropshire provides the narration.

9:00-10:00P THE HAPPY ELF (animated) (2005) Eubie the Elf’s enthusiastic view of the holiday season is put to the test when he sets out to bring Christmas joy to a dreary town called Bluesville. An animated holiday delight featuring songs by Harry Connick, Jr.


Monday, 12/3 9:00-10:00P GOSSIP GIRL “It’s Really Complicated” (Thanksgiving episode) Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) decide to throw their first Thanksgiving together, inviting only their closest friends, but everyone seems to have their own agenda for attending. Feeling defeated by his father (guest star Robert John Burke), Chuck (Ed Westwick) begins a downward spiral, leaving Blair (Leighton Meester) to find a solution to his problems. Meanwhile, Dan has written his latest exposé, but he must make a tough decision whether to publish it, knowing it could destroy a close friendship. Chace Crawford, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Barry Watson and Sofia Black-D’Elia guest star. John Stephens directed the episode written by Jake Coburn (#608). Monday, 12/10 8:00-9:00P 90210 “The Things We Do For Love” (Christmas episode) MUSICAL GUESTS TEGAN & SARA PERFORM — The friends prepare for a Christmas party at The Offshore. Matthew Diamond directed the episode written by Marjorie David (#609).

Tuesday, 12/11 8:00-9:00p HART OF DIXIE “Blue Christmas” (Christmas episode) Zoe (Rachel Bilson) finds herself anxious that her ever-critical mother will be visiting BlueBell soon for the holidays. In order to avoid spending quality time with her mother, she busies herself with a patient, but potentially ruins Christmas Eve for the whole town. Patrick Norris directed the episode written by Leila Gerstein (#210). 9:00-10:00P A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS: LETTERS TO SANTA (2008) When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them personally to the North Pole. Guest stars include Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Krakowski.

Wednesday, 12/12 8:00-9:00P ARROW “Year’s End” (Christmas episode) Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers that after he and his father went missing, Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea (Willa Holland) stopped celebrating Christmas. Determined to make up for lost time and restore a sense of normalcy to the Queen household, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy (Colin Donnell) asks Laurel (Katie Cassidy) to spend Christmas with him but she points out that Christmas was also her sister’s Sara’s birthday and she needs to be with her father. Tommy suggests changing things up might be the best way for everyone to heal but Laurel isn’t sure her father is ready for that. Thursday, 12/13 8:00-9:00P THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (Christmas episode) As a Winter Wonderland-themed party fills the streets of Mystic Falls, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) find themselves at odds with Tyler (Michael Trevino) over his plans for Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his hybrids. When Caroline proposes a solution to their problem, Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin) finds a dramatic way to make it clear that she is not on board. Later, Klaus makes a discovery that leads to chaos and violence. Meanwhile, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon retreat to the Gilbert Lake House to help Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) conquer some dangerous inner demons with the help of Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Professor Shane (guest star David Alpay), who reveals a piece of ancient history that leaves them all speechless. Zach Roerig also stars. Pascal Verschooris directed the episode written by Michael J. Cinquemani & Julie Plec (#409). Friday, 12/14 8:00-10:00P Movie: PRANCER RETURNS (2001) Eight year-old Charlie Holton’s Christmas journey begins when he finds a baby reindeer in the woods he immediately believes is Santa’s Prancer. Determined to get Prancer back to the North Pole in time to help pull Santa’s sleigh, Charlie momentarily charms his more cynical family with his tireless faith and creates a magical Christmas Eve that they will always treasure. Starring John Corbett and Jack Palance.

Saturday, 12/15 3:00-5:00P Movie: SANTA CLAUSE 2 (2002) Scott Calvin (Allen) has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one ever. But Scott’s got problems. His son Charlie has landed on this year’s “naughty” list, and if Scott doesn’t marry by Christmas Eve — one very, very short month away — he’ll stop being Santa forever

Sunday, 12/16 1:00-3:00P Movie: TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME (2008) “Together Again for the First Time” tells the story of a blended family reuniting on Christmas Eve. It’s the first time they’ve all been in the same house at the same time since the parent’s marriage seven years before – which wouldn’t be a problem if they all liked each other. But they don’t. And matters only get worse with the unexpected arrival of an ex-boyfriend, an unannounced live television broadcast, and the outing of well-kept family secrets. This is a comic, touching movie about what it means to be family – even when you don’t like each other very much.

3:00-5:00P Movie: SANTA CLAUSE 2 (repeat)

Tuesday, 12/18 8:00-10:00P Movie: IT’S A VERY MERRY MUPPET CHRISTMAS MOVIE KERMIT STARS ALONG WITH DAVID ARQUETTE, JOAN CUSACK, WILLIAM H. MACY AND WHOOPI GOLDBERG — On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre. Kirk R. Thatcher directed the film written by Tom Martin and Jim Lewis.

Wednesday, 12/19 9:00-11:00P Movie: NOEL (2004) Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle. Starring Susan Sarandon and Penelope Cruz.

Friday, 12/21 8:00-9:00P THE HAPPY ELF (repeat) 9:00-10:00P GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER (repeat)

Saturday, 12/22 1:00-3:30P Movie: MEET JOHN DOE (1941) A newspaper reporter’s made up story about a John Doe threatening to commit suicide on Christmas Eve as a protest to the state of world conditions takes on a life of its own.

3:30-5:30P Movie: CHRISTMAS AT MAXWELL’S This Christmas will change the Austin family forever. With a successful career in the wine business, two amazing children and having married his high school sweetheart, Andrew Austin has everything. Facing a hectic holiday season, Andrew and family retreat to their summer home on Lake Erie to celebrate their Christmas in peace. Away from the demands of the city, their world opens up to a moment in time they will never experience again as their small lakeside community quickly brings them its own wonderments.

Sunday, 12/23 1:00-3:00P Movie: THE DOG WHO SAVED THE HOLIDAYS (2012) It’s a sun-soaked holiday season for the Bannister family as they travel to Southern California to stay with Aunt Barbara (Shelley Long), who surprises them with a new puppy named Eve (voiced by Peyton List.) Everyone is smitten with Eve – except for the Bannister’s dog, Zeus (voiced by Joey Lawrence), who sees what a mischievous animal she is when no one else is around. After deciding to run away, Zeus sees Ted and Stewey, two thrifty thieves, trying to break into the family home while the Bannisters are at church. It’s up to Zeus and his newest sister Eve to join together to save the holidays for their family.

3:00-5:00P Movie: MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (1934) Laurel and Hardy and classic

Monday, 12/24 8:00-9:30P CHRISTMAS IS HERE AGAIN (animated) (2007) Christmas Is Here Again is a musical animated tale that follows the exciting journey of a young orphan girl. Voice of Jay Leno.

9:30-10:00P SECOND STAR TO THE LEFT – A CHRISTMAS TALE (animated) (2001) Seasonal animation in which a hamster, a rabbit and a guinea pig embark on a journey to deliver a Christmas present lost by Santa Claus. Voice of Hugh Laurie.


Catholic Christmas Mass from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Tuesday, 12/25 9am-1pm PIX11 Special: THE YULE LOG The Yule Log, a WPIX Christmas tradition, is a holiday card to our viewers of a log blazing in a fireplace accompanied by classic Christmas music.

1pm-3pm Movie: MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (1934)

Monday 12/31 11pm PIX11 ANNUAL HONEYMOONERS MARATHON (13 hours, 26 episodes…more details to come!)