Wakefield's Jane McDonald to present four Christmas specials on Channel 5

Yorkshire television star Jane McDonald will get into the Christmas spirit with four festive small screen specials.

Channel 5 presents Jane McDonald's Christmas Spectacular on Saturday this week, a variety show featuring "singalong classic hits, entertaining guests, heart-warming stories that celebrate Britain’s unsung heroes, audience surprises, and massive prize giveaways".

-> My Yorkshire: Jane McDonaldOn Christmas Eve, Wakefield-born Jane heads out for another of her travelogue shows, exploring how to heat up the winter with some Christmas Cruising.

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The singer goes in search for a Nordic Christmas on board the Norwegian institution the Coastal Express.

Jane McDonald. Picture: Daniel Martino.

Starting in Bergen, Jane feasts her eyes on the world’s largest Gingerbread City then continues her cruise to visit Scandinavia’s biggest natural aquarium for an encounter with a swimming Santa.

She heads deeper into the Arctic Circle to swig mead with Vikings at a midwinter banquet in the world’s largest replica Longhouse, before heading on to a snow mobile ride bordering


Then on New Year’s Eve, another showbusiness spectacular is due as Jane rings in Janurary 1 with "friends, fun, singalongs and a gaggle of gorgeous guests" during a second variety show.

-> At Home With Jane McDonaldFinally, on January 3, the broadcaster will are Holidaying with Jane McDonald & Friends.

The show features Ore Oduba, Jennie Bond, Jodie Kidd, James & Ola Jordan, Lucy Fallon, Lesley Joseph, Angelica Bell, Gregg Rutherford, Gaby Roslin, Chris Bisson and Tommy Walsh.

Broadcast times:

Jane McDonald’s Christmas Spectacular – December 21 at 9.20pm

Christmas Cruising with Jane McDonald – December 24 at 9pm

Jane & Friends New Year’s Eve Special – December 31 at 8pm

Holidaying with Jane McDonald & Friends – January 3 at 9pm