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Food Network decks halls across platforms this holiday season with more than 35 new & returning holiday series, specials, themed episodes


Thu, Oct 4th 2018 05:25 pm
On Food Network digital, it's #BiggestHolidayEver as holiday desserts get supersized live, plus new holiday content every day in December
There's no place like Food Network for the holidays, and with a planned 30-plus hours of premiere holiday programming this year, it is the ultimate holiday destination. The seasonal primetime lineup kicks off with the return of "Holiday Baking Championship," with host Jesse Palmer and tough-love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale, premiering Monday, Nov. 5 (9 p.m. ET/PT), followed at 10 p.m. by "Christmas Cookie Challenge" with host Eddie Jackson and lead judge Ree Drummond.
On Sunday, Nov. 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT), Jonathan Bennett presides over the all-new special "Holiday Wars," followed at 10 p.m. by new series "Holiday Gingerbread Showdown," hosted by Marcela Valladolid. Then, don't miss the return of the special "Gingerbread Giants," premiering Sunday, Dec. 23 (9 p.m. ET/PT). In daytime, "Giada's Holiday Handbook" returns Sunday, Nov. 11 (11:30 a.m. ET/PT), with timely entertaining tips and recipes. FoodNetwork.com supersizes the holiday season with larger-than-life dessert creations for the #BiggestHolidayEver, plus 31 days of brand-new holiday content across platforms in December.
"Food and holidays go hand-in-hand, and every year viewers look forward to Food Network's holiday entertainment all season long," said Courtney White, general manager and executive vice president, programming, Food Network and HGTV. "With more than 35 holiday-themed episodes planned, we are on target this year to finish the quarter with the most holiday hours we have ever premiered. Combined with this year's #BiggestHolidayEver on Food Network's digital platforms, fans can count on fun, festive holiday entertainment to help make their holiday season merry and bright."
"Holiday Baking Championship" returns Monday, Nov. 5 (9 p.m. ET/PT), with a new batch of holiday bakers and even more decadent holiday desserts. Host Palmer, along with judges Fuller, Goldman, and Pascale, test the skills of nine bakers as they whisk, fold and frost their way through difficult challenges throughout the seven episodes. From Yule log mashups to eggnog cakes, only one will "sleigh" the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and be featured in an original video on www.FoodNetwork.com and in a feature in Food Network Magazine.
 For more baking fun, six previous baking champions are back at "home" in the baking championship kitchen to prove their skills can rise to the top on Monday, Dec. 24 (9 p.m. ET/PT), in the new, one-hour special "Holiday Baking Championship: Homecoming." Head to FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBakingChampionship to meet the newest batch of contestants and find everything you need to bake all season long, and on Food Network's Instagram and Facebook pages see a collection of decadent holiday creations. Share your favorite holiday dessert using #HolidayBakingChampionship. After the "Holiday Baking Championship" finale, watch out for an exclusive baking video with the winner.
Host Jackson returns with lead judge Drummond this holiday season to challenge festive and talented cookie makers over a new, seven-episode season of "Christmas Cookie Challenge," premiering Monday, Nov. 5 (10 p.m. ET/PT). Each episode features five daring cookiemakers proving their holiday skills through two rounds, as Jackson and Drummond are joined by a rotating panel of guest judges, including Stephanie Boswell, Vivian Chan, Dan Langan, Jordan Pilarski, Gesine Prado, Aarti Sequeira and Molly Yeh to help determine which bakers will have the best Christmas ever, walking away with a $10,000 prize. Visit FoodNetwork.com/ChristmasCookieChallenge to see the most creative holiday cookies ever, and watch culinary challenges in the kitchen with the hosts and the other judges. Viewers can share their best cookie creations on social using #ChristmasCookieChallenge.
De Laurentiis wrote the book on holiday entertaining and, on Sunday, Nov. 11 (11:30 a.m. ET/PT), she is sharing her tips and tricks to pulling off a holiday season's worth of parties on the return of "Giada's Holiday Handbook." Learn fun and elegant ways to make your parties exciting and stress-free with step-by-step details for building the perfect celebration. From planning a delicious menu and signature cocktails, to coming up with fun decorations, music, and take-away gifts for guests, De Laurentiis will help viewers kick off the holidays in style! For bonus videos showcasing her traditional family party bites, tried-and-true holiday dinners and authentic Italian desserts that will steal the show at any festive celebration, visit FoodNetwork.com/HolidayHandbook and follow along on social with #HolidayHandbook.
The competition is fierce this holiday season when three teams each featuring three cake masters and a sugar artist will face off to create mind-blowing fantasy holiday displays that are as festive as they are delicious, in the one-hour primetime special "Holiday Wars," premiering Sunday, Nov. 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT). Hosted by Bennett, and featuring award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li and Food Network's Jason Smith as judges, the three teams must compete in two jolly rounds, including a "Snowball Fight Challenge," where the artists must use cake and sugar to create an edible holiday design in just 45 minutes. One winning team gets a vital advantage going into the "Winter Blizzard Challenge," where the teams are tasked with developing an eye-popping, masterful Christmas display made up entirely of cake and sugar. At the end of this battle, one team will jingle all the way home with a $10,000 grand prize. Join the conversation using #HolidayWars to share your favorite holiday creations and check out the competitors' wintry confections at FoodNetwork.com/HolidayWars.
The best gingerbread artists in the country must create the most incredible, edible gingerbread masterpieces on "Holiday Gingerbread Showdown," premiering Sunday, Nov. 25 (10 p.m. ET/PT). Over four episodes, host Marcela Valladolid tests the skills of nine gingerbread artists in holiday-themed challenges. Judges Kerry Vincent, Yeh and Adam Young determine the winner of each episode that advances to the grand finale where they will square off in the ultimate showdown. But it's not all gumdrops and candy canes, as the clock is ticking on dreams of the $25,000 prize. Only one will be crowned Best Gingerbread Artist and be featured in Food Network Magazine. Follow #GingerbreadShowdown for the latest baking hacks for a holiday spread that's both creative and classic, and go to FoodNetwork.com/HolidayGingerbreadShowdown for a complete guide on all things gingerbread, including unforgettable cookies, houses, loaves and more.
Holiday special "Gingerbread Giants," premieres on Sunday, Dec. 23 (9 p.m. ET/PT), and takes edible architecture to new heights on this returning hour-long special. Follow five skilled gingerbread artists, as they go head-to head at the Annual National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, North Carolina, as they bake, build and decorate the most magnificent and detailed gingerbread houses. Share gingerbread house creations using #GingerbreadGiants and go behind the scenes of the competition at FoodNetwork.com/GingerbreadGiants.
Food Network also will offer additional holiday-themed episodes of fan-favorite series in November and December, including "Beat Bobby Flay," "Chopped," "Guy's Grocery Games," "Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro," "Guy's Ranch Kitchen," "The Kitchen," "The Pioneer Woman" and "Trisha's Southern Kitchen."
Across digital and social, FoodNetwork.com is supersizing the holidays, creating ginormous versions of fans' favorite holiday desserts to celebrate the season. From a gigantic standing snowman to giant peanut butter cup to a peanut butter blossom, Food Network is going live building incredible and enormous confections for hungry fans for the #BiggestHolidayEver! Also, count down the all-time top 10 holiday videos on Facebook at FoodNetwork.com/Holiday.

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