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cold comforts

Kitchen Hero Christmas Special

RTE1, 8.30pm The enthusiastic young chef, Donal Skehan (below), travels to Stockholm in Sweden for a festive edition of the cookery programme, where he makes glugg, a local gluwein, at a market before preparing gingerbread at a friend's house. He then goes north to Kiruna in the Arctic circle, and cooks baked ham, gravadlax and a Christmas rice pudding at the world's first ice hotel.

family fun

Dublin Airport: Coming Home for Christmas

TV3, 8pm It's Dublin Airport's busiest time and camera crews capture reunions at the airport's arrival gate as families and friends come together for the festive season. The programme also discovers how airport staff get into the festive spirit.

Loud and lovely

Off the Rails

RTE1, 8pm It's the last programme in the series and Girls Aloud member and solo artist Nicola Roberts -- who's gone from being the plain one of the group to really developing her own sense of style -- shares her beauty and fashion secrets.

Meanwhile, make-up artist Claude Defresne gives advice on the best look for the festive period, and Brendan Courtney designs a new blouse for the Guinness Choir.

arts and crafts

Kirstie's Home for Christmas

Channel 4, 8pm Tonight, in the second of two programmes Kirstie Allsopp attends a magnificent annual Christmas fair with all the craft-making friends she met during the summer. There's carol singing, spiced cider and plenty of good food. But how will Kirstie get on in the yule log competition?