"Comfort & Joy," direct to your television

By Southern Living
December 19, 2018
Credit: Masterpiece on PBS

If you're already dreading the end of the holidays because packing up the ornaments leaves you blue, fear not. The beginning of the New Year doesn't have to mean the end of the holiday season. In fact, the Christmas spirit continues this January on Masterpiece on PBS. On January 6, PBS will be airing an encore of Season 2, Episode 7, of the popular series Victoria. The episode is entitled "Comfort & Joy," and it takes place at Christmastime. (We're feeling merrier already.)

This holiday-themed season two Victoria encore might just inspire you to leave your Christmas decorations up a little longer this year. The episode originally aired as a Christmas special on December 25, 2017, and PBS is planning to re-air the episode at 10 pm ET on January 6, 2019. The episode will also be available to stream via PBS Passport, though if you can't wait until January, the show is also available to watch online now with a Thirteen Passport subscription.

As a synopsis for the episode, PBS offers, "It's Christmastime at the palace and Albert is intent on re-creating the holiday joy he remembers from his youth. Victoria gets more than one surprise visitor and finds herself threatened by a relative. Meanwhile, the festive spirit sparks romantic tension throughout the palace." If you've already seen the festive episode, you know the story takes more than a few dramatic turns. (You can also find a preview below to jog your memory.)

Watch the preview:

You can watch the short video "A Victoria Christmas" to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the show's production, and for a deep dive into the history of the episode, read the PBS article "Fact or Fiction: Inside Episode 7," which shares what is pulled from the history books and what comes from the minds of the creators. You can also find the entire the Masterpiece on PBS lineup at pbs.org.

Tune into PBS to celebrate the holidays a little longer this year, and also be sure to set your DVRs for the Victoria season three premiere, which is set to air on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

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Will you tune into this Victoria Christmas episode when it re-airs in January? Let us know if you've seen this episode already and if you'll tune into season three in the New Year.