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Baking spirits bright: New 'Great British Baking Show: Holidays' is here

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Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas from "The Great British Baking Show Holidays"

Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas from "The Great British Baking Show Holidays"

The holiday season is synonymous with traditions, and in the TV world — or at least on Netflix — one of those traditions involves "The Great British Baking Show" (otherwise known as "The Great British Bake Off" in the United Kingdom).

Hosted by Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas and judged by Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, the popular baking competition returned to Netflix with a new season Sept. 16, just three days after Series 13 (Collection 10 here) premiered in its homeland. Since then, a new episode has been added to the Netflix library each Friday, and based on the 10-episode season format and usual timing, the finale should be available Friday, Nov. 18.

If you need more "Great British Baking Show" in your life (and who doesn't), Friday, Nov. 18, is also the day the latest holiday installments arrive on Netflix.

Unlike the series, the "Great British Baking Show" holiday specials run one year later in the U.S. and Canada than they do in the U.K., where they aired on Channel 4 in 2021 — so you might want to resist the temptation of looking up spoilers online.

As in years past, the fifth season of "The Great British Baking Show: Holidays" will feature two hour-long episodes. The first installment is the Christmas special featuring "It's a Sin" stars Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Lydia West and Shaun Dooley. Naturally, the four actors compete against one another for the coveted "Christmas Star Baker" title.

The second special of the holiday season is the franchise's New Year's special, in which "Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding see in the new year with 2018 'Bake Off' runner-up Kim-Joy and fellow baker Jon, and Hermine and Rowan from the 2020 'Bake Off' bubble."

So, why not take Netflix up on its invitation to "deck the halls with sugar, butter and chocolate" and get into the festive spirit with the fifth edition of "The Great British Baking Show: Holidays"? Both specials premiere stateside along with the current season's finale Friday, Nov. 18, on Netflix.