It’s Time to Deck the Halls for Our All-New Ho-Ho-Holiday Premieres

With new episodes of your favorite series as well as brand-new shows, we’re bringing seasonal flavors and friendly competition just in time for the holidays.

October 28, 2021

Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall with Host Jesse Palmer, as seen on Holiday Baking Championship, Season 8.

Photo by: Rob Pryce

Rob Pryce

We’re kicking off gift-giving season a bit early and announcing this year’s jam-packed lineup of holiday shows. Classic favorites you know and love, like Holiday Baking Championship, Holiday Wars and Christmas Cookie Challenge, are all returning for new seasons, and they’ll be joined by brand-new series that deliver the tastes of the season. Look out for Battle for the Bird, a Thanksgiving-themed competition, as well as Buddy vs. Duff Holiday, which will showcase both bakers’ prowess with seasonal challenges. Read on below for all the details.

Holiday Baking Championship: Premieres, Monday, Nov. 1 at 8|7c

In the biggest-ever season of Holiday Baking Championship, 12 of the best holiday bakers in America are going after the ultimate gifts — $25,000, a spot in Food Network Magazine and the title of Holiday Baking Champion. Host Jesse Palmer and warm, wise and witty judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall bring the cheer.

Host Maneet Chauhan with Judges Aarti Sequeira and Shinmin Li, as seen on Holiday Wars, Season 3.

Photo by: Sean Rosenthal

Sean Rosenthal

Holiday Wars: Premieres Sunday, Nov. 7 at 9|8c

Holiday Wars returns for the tastiest season yet with nine teams of masterful cake and sugar artists. Maneet Chauhan hosts the festivities and challenges each team to create the most magical and delicious holiday-themed cakes imaginable for judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira. When the sugar dust settles after the jolly finale, one team will take home a grand prize of $25,000.

Host’s Eddie Jackson and Ree Drummond, as seen on Christmas Cookie Challenge, Season 5

Photo by: Dawn Hoffmann

Dawn Hoffmann

Christmas Cookie Challenge: Premieres Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9|8c

Santa's workshop isn't just for toys anymore! The country's best cookie makers are putting their decorating and display skills to the test as they tackle festive challenges. After the luster dust clears, the judges will gift one lucky cookie maker with a $10,000 grand prize.

Host Jesse Palmer, as seen on Holiday Baking Championship Gingerbread Showdown, Season 1.

Photo by: Matt Blair

Matt Blair

Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown: Premieres Nov. 15 at 9|8c

Jesse Palmer hosts as three teams of gingerbreaders and baking assistants take on gingerbread builds based on a theme. The gingerbread-obsessed artists also face baking twists that can make or break their chances at the prize worth $10,000.

Judge Duff Goldman presents the Light Up the Holidays Challenge, as seen on Kids Baking Championship Holiday, Special.

Photo by: Rob Pryce

Rob Pryce

Kids Baking Championship: Light Up the Holidays: Premieres Nov. 21 at 8|7c

Returning favorites from past seasons of Kids Baking Championship are back to the kitchen, this time to bake cookies for Santa and other seasonal sweet treats. The contest will be judged by cake guru Duff Goldman as well as past KBC runner-up Abby Martin.

Photo by: Anders Krusberg

Anders Krusberg

Buddy vs. Duff Holiday: Premieres Nov. 28 at 8|7c

Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman come together for a special competition celebrating the winter holiday season. They choose a different theme for each battle and have just 20 hours to work with their talented teams to create their finished masterpieces. Four esteemed pastry chefs join the teams in their bakeries to judge the cakes: Gesine Prado and Elizabeth Falkner in Jersey City with Buddy and Stephanie Boswell and Valerie Gordon in Los Angeles with Duff. In the end, the overall winner is awarded $25,000 for the charity of their choice.

Portrait of hosts Anne Burrell and Carson Kressley at the Thanksgiving dinner, as seen on Battle for the Bird, Special.

Photo by: Anders Krusberg

Anders Krusberg

Battle for the Bird: Premieres Nov. 14 at 10|9c

Two competing kitchens heat up when a noisy family celebration goes head-to-head with a full-throttle Friendsgiving to see who can throw the best Thanksgiving party. Anne Burrell and Carson Kressley have their work cut out for them as they challenge, mentor and ultimately judge which is the biggest, baddest Turkey Day celebration and who wins the Battle for the Bird — and a prize worth $10,000!

The Best Thing I Ever Ate Holiday Edition: Premieres Nov. 21 at 10|9c

Hear from your favorite Food Network chefs and stars about the over-the-top delights they indulge in during this particularly decadent time of year.

Host Maneet Chauhan with Judges Shinmin Lee and Aarti Sequeria, as seen on Championship Cake Off.

Photo by: Sean Rosenthal

Sean Rosenthal

Holiday Wars Champion Cake-Off: Premieres Dec. 26 at 9|8c

For the first time ever, the reigning champions of Halloween Wars and Holiday Wars face off against each other! Just in time to ring in the New Year, host Maneet Chauhan challenges these two teams of champion cake and sugar artists to create their own team mascot and show how they'll ring in the New Year with a champagne-inspired cake flavor. At the end of the challenge, only one team of champs will come out on top, and judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira will award an all-expenses-paid trip for two to New York City for the biggest New Year's party in the world.

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