6:08am Sugar and Spice's Christmas Morning

Christmas fairies Sugar and Spice are back to get your Christmas morning off to an entertaining start and put you in a festive mood for the rest of the day.

7:08am Church Service for Christmas Day

This year's Christmas Service comes from St Marks Anglican Church in Remuera, Auckland. This service with music is led by the Vicar of St Mark's, the Reverend Mark Sullivan. The St Mark's Parish Choir is under the baton of organist and director of music Brian Millar, as is the soloist, singer Felicity Mayne.

12pm The World at Noon

A roundup of today's news and sport.

1:06pm A Shortcut to the North Pole

A wild and crazy joyride to Santa's workshop in the northern most reaches of boomerville! Featuring Gene Autry, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bing Crosby, The Bonzo Doo-Dah Dog Band, The Crystals, Dilly Dally, Lionel Barrymore, The Chipmunks, The Firesign Theatre, Howdy Doody, The Kinks, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Laurel and Hardy, Darlene Love, Martin Mull, NRBQ, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and George Bernard Shaw.

2:04pm River of Tears

Recalling the Tangiwai Rail disaster in which 151 people died 60 years ago when the Wellington to Auckland Overnight Express plunged into the Whangaehu River, in central North Island.

3:04pm Twelve Days of Christmas from the past 150 years of Alberton

Alberton, the large Mt Albert house was built for Allan Kerr Taylor in 1863. Here his family lived for 109 years until the death of the last child Muriel Hyacinth at the age of 85, in 1972. The house then became the property of the NZ Historic Places Trust who restored it to its original colonial glory.

For some past years a group of professional actors and musicians have arranged Christmas entertainments similar to those that were enjoyed by Victorian settlers, in several historic venues in and around Auckland.

This year to celebrate the 150 years of existence of Alberton we will return there, and perform a series of concerts similar to those that would have been held in the past, by this large musical family, which  held a prominent place in early Auckland society. The spoken and musical material is taken from 12 different Christmases over the past 150 years.

The artists for Christmas 2013 are:

George Henare who will relate tales of the family, read descriptions of several Christmases in  Auckland over the past 150 years, and sing a choice from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas which  were favourites of the family.

Cathie Harrop will narrate tales from family Christmases, plus recite a monologue with piano, and sing  and play harp music that has been found in the house .

Hadley Ronayne will accompany all music and will also perform a solo piano medley of Christmas music from the years of Alberton.

Jennie Khan cellist recently returned to NZ from France, will pay a solo from the music which was left in the house and join in other musical group playing along with Dave Khan, who as well as singing, will play mandolin and violin .

Soprano Amanda Kirk will sing one operatic aria which was often performed at Soirees in the house and together with Mezzo Chloe Irwin Whitney will sing a Victorian duet.

5:00pm The World at Five

A roundup of today's news and sport.

5:15pm Ground, by Fiona Farrell

Ellie Smith and Willliam Kircher star as an upwardly mobile Kiwi couple, determined to keep the best place in a camping ground!.

6:06pm The Queen's Message

HM The Queen with her annual message to the Commonwealth.

6:30pm It's Me Again Melanie, by Amy Brown

Melanie finds herself locked in the post-box lobby of the local post office on a Sunday. Her sole contact with the outside world is the operator on the emergency phone. And she hates their MUZAK!.

7:06pm Grokking Democracy: A Political World Transformed by Digital Technology

A special American Spectrum feature in which best-selling author and noted political journalist  Jonathan Alter, and internationally recognized news anchor, reporter, and producer Lisa Mullins examine how elections and governing have changed in today's digital world. They consider  a range of aspects  from social media campaigns to e-voting, discussing technology has changed, and will continue to change the way politics and campaigns are run. 

See the PRX website for more about this programme.

8:20pm Don't Touch That Dial

A young woman's plans become unstuck forcing her to spend Christmas at an address she'd prefer to have avoided.

9:06pm Smart Talk: Of Gods and Men

The goddess Aphrodite’s power came from her beauty. How relevant is that in the 21st century? Join Noelle McCarthy with the curator and researcher Dr Aroha Yates-Smith, Dr Caroline Daley (Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Auckland), and Colin Mathura-Jeffree (New Zealand model, actor and television host) as they ruminate on whether in a global culture of pin-ups, hook ups and celebrity tweets, appearance is all that matters.

10:00pm The World at Ten

A roundup of today's news and sport.

11:06pm Church Service for Christmas Day

This year's Christmas Service comes from St Mark's Anglican Church, Remuera, Auckland.