Guide to Your Holiday TV Viewing!

There's so much to see on TV during the holiday season!  Hopefully this handy dandy guide will help!!


• Macy's parade, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 22, NBC. It's the 92nd year for the parade, which has 12 bands, 26 floats, 59 balloons and 1,200 dancers and cheerleaders. NBC, with the “Today” people, also plans music by John Legend, Martina McBride, Diana Ross, Leona Lewis, Pentatonix and more.

• Same parade, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, CBS. This network has Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight hosting, with the casts of the Tony-winning “Dear Evan Hansen” and the new “King Kong” musical.

• Hollywood Christmas Parade, 8-10 p.m. Dec. 14, CW. Nancy O'Dell is grand marshal. Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams host, with music on two stages.

• Christmas Day Parade, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 25, ABC. Jordan Fischer, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Palmer host in the Disney parks. There's music by Fisher, Gwen Stefani, Andrea Bocelli (alone and with his son, Matteo), Brett Eldredge, Aloe Blacc, Maddie Poppe, Olivia Holt, Dcappella and Why Don't We.

Cartoon classics

• “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, NBC. Also, 8 p.m. Dec. 6 on TBS, followed by “Elf on the Shelf” at 8:30. Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones created one of TV's all-time greats.

• “Frosty the Snowman,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, CBS, with its sequel, “Frosty Returns,” at 8:30. They're also at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, CBS; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 8.

• “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 6; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Like “Grinch,” this is one of the all-time best. Rounding out the hour are short bits adapted from the “Peanuts” comic strip.

“A Christmas Carol”

• “Mickey's Christmas Carol,” 9 a.m. Dec. 5, Freeform; also, 7 a.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 15; 7:30 a.m. Dec. 18; 11 a.m. Dec. 21. It's a gorgeous half-hour.

• “A Christmas Carol” (1938), 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2, Turner Classic Movies; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Reginald Owen stars.

• “Disney's Christmas Carol” (2009), 9:50 p.m. Dec. 7, Freeform; also, 2:20 p.m. Dec. 8; 9 p.m. Dec. 12; 9:15 p.m. Dec. 15; 5:10 p.m. Dec. 17; 4:10 p.m. Dec. 24; 12:40 p.m. Dec. 25.


• “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8-9 p.m. Dec. 14, CBS. Here are two classic episodes, with color added by computer. There's a Christmas one that's included each year, followed by a newly colorized one, with the men and women trying to prove they could have survived in the pioneer days.

• “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now In Living Color,” 9-10 p.m. Dec. 14, CBS. This isn't really about Christmas, but makes a cozy companion to Lucy, with two colorized episodes.

• “Greatest Holiday Commercials,” 8 p.m. Dec. 18, CW. At 9 is “Greatest Holiday Video Countdown.”

Mostly music

• “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” Wednesday, Nov. 28, NBC, with details pending.

• “A Legendary Christmas,” 10 pm. Wednesday, Nov. 28, NBC. John Legend does songs from his new album, in an hour that includes his wife Chrissy Teigen and others.

• “Magical Holiday Celebration,” 9-11 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC. Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland host from Disney World, with Jesse Palmer in Disneyland. Performers include Fisher, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor (joined by Brett Eldredge for one song), Aloe Blacc, Maddie Poppe, Why Don't We and a duet with Andrea Bocelli and his son Mateo.

• “Christmas Holiday Party,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Disney (but Nov. 23 on the DisneyNOW app). Fisher hosts with the “Coop & Cami” kids, with music by Stefani, Elderdge, Asher Angel and Meg Donnelly.

• “CMA Country Christmas,” 8-10 p.m. Dec. 10, ABC; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Reba McEntire hosts, with people from Nashville (Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion) and beyond – Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling.

• “Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Hallmark. Grant is joined by her husband Vince Gill, plus Kellie Pickler and Michael W. Smith.

• “Jordan Smith 'tis the Season,” 9 p.m. Dec. 15, WCET. The “Voice” winner sings.

• “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball,” 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 16, CW; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 25. Performers include Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello, many more.

• Christmas at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” 9 p.m. Dec. 17, 22 and 24, PBS. Sutton Foster, a two-time Tony-winner, sings; Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) does readings.

• “A Home For the Holidays,” 8-9 p.m. Dec. 21, CBS. It's the 20th year for this special, which mixes top singers (still pending) with warm stories about adoption.

More specials

• “A Happy & Friends Yule Log,” concludes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The 24-hour marathon has adoptable kittens and puppies. Plus ducks, bunnies and a piglet.

• National Christmas Tree lighting, with music, 10 p.m. Dec. 2, Ovation and Reelz. It's a living tree, a Colorado blue spruce, surrounded by 56 smaller trees representing each state and territory.

• “Pop Up Santa Holiday Special,” 9:30-11 p.m. Dec. 3, Freeform; also, 8 a.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m. Dec. 11; 7 a.m. Dec. 20. Feel-good surprises range from a military base to a children's hospital to an epic family reunion. Ballerina Misty Copeland and former football star DeMarco Murray help.

• “Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Freeform; also, 11 a.m. Dec. 10; 1 p.m. Dec. 19. One wedding at Disney World has a Mary Poppins theme; another has a performance by Martina McBride. Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss host this one and “Pop Up Santa.”

• “Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic,” 8 p.m. Dec. 23, CW. Guests include magicians (Jonathan Pendragon, Murray SawChuck, etc.) and Christmas Choir.

More cartoons

• “Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,” 8-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, ABC. Young Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney) finds his goal in life. It's also on Freeform at 4:05 p.m. Dec. 5; 4:25 p.m. Dec. 8; 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9; 11 a.m. Dec. 16; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21; 12:40 p.m. Dec. 25.

• “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” 8-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, CW; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 19.

• “Trolls Holiday,” 8:30 p.m., Dec. 23, NBC. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake star.

• “Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, CBS; with its sequel at 8:30. These are drolly clever British shows, re-dubbed by American actors.

• “The Story of Santa Claus,” 9-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, CBS. Ed Asner is Santa.

• “Olaf's Frozen Adventure,” 8 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 19. This debuted last year, with songs from “Frozen” stars Josh Gad, Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

• “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC; also, 11:45 a.m. Dec. 23, Freeform. During a play date, the toys are stranded with some delusional action figures.

• “Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, 1:05 p.m. Dec. 2, Freeform; also, 7 a.m. Dec. 3; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 7:30 a.m. Dec. 15; 8:30 a.m. Dec. 20; 7 a.m. Dec. 21.

• “Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too,” 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Freeform; also, 7:30 a.m. Dec. 8; 7 a.m. Dec. 9; 7 a.m. Dec. 11; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21.

• “Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas,” 3 p.m. Dec. 12; also, 9 a.m. Dec. 15; 10 a.m. Dec. 20; 8:30 a.m. Dec. 21; 11 a.m. Dec. 24; 8 a.m. Dec. 24.

• “Disney Prep & Landing,” 8 p.m. Dec. 13, ABC, with its sequel at 8:30; also, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23. On Freeform, they're at 2:25 and 2:55 p.m. Dec. 22 and 7 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 25. These look at the high-tech crew that prepares each of Santa's stops.

• “Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19, ABC. The good-hearted ogre tries to understand the holiday.

• “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8-9 p.m. Dec. 21, ABC.

Home and food shows

• “Holiday Baking Championship” and “Christmas Cookie Challenge,” 9 and 10 p.m. Mondays, Food Network.

• “Holiday Wars” and “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown,” 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 25), Food Network

• “The Great Christmas Lights Fight,” 8-10 p.m. Mondays, ABC, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, plus an “all-stars” special at 10 p.m. Dec. 10 and 9 p.m. Dec. 21. In each hour, four homes compete with mega-displays; a judge (Taniya Nayak or Carter Oosterhouse) chooses a winner.

• Holiday cooking specials with country stars, noon Dec. 1 (Trisha Yearwood) and Dec. 2 (Martina McBride), Food Network.

• “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition,” 8-10 p.m. Thursdays, ABC, starting Dec. 6; opener reruns at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Judges include a Spice Girl (Emma Bunton) and “Spice” Adams.

• “A Hearty Holiday Feast,” 9 p.m., Dec. 18, PBS. Lidia Bastianich tries Midwestern traditions.

• “Home For the Holidays,” 9 p.m., Dec. 20, PBS. The “America's Test Kitchen” people offer tips.

• “Gingerbread Giants,” 9 p.m. Dec. 23, Food Network


A few films that originally showed in theaters have now become big at Christmas time. Some have Christmas themes, some don't, but all make popular holiday viewing:

• “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, TBS; also, 5:45 p.m. Nov. 23.

• “Love, Actually” (2003), 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, TBS; also, 5 p.m Dec. 1 and 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 10 a.m. Dec. 22.

• “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), noon Dec. 1, Turner Classic Movies; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 16; 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Judy Garland stars in this one (singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) and “Oz.”

• “The Sound of Music” (1965), 7-11 p.m. Dec. 16, ABC.

• “Holiday Inn” (1942), 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Turner Classic Movies. It's the black-and-white film in which Bing Crosby introduced “White Christmas.” He repeated it in “White Christmas” (1954) on Netflix.

• “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), 8-10 p.m. Dec. 24, ABC.

• “It's a Wonderful Life” (1946), 8-11 p.m. Dec. 24, NBC.

• “A Christmas Story” (1983), 8 p.m. Dec. 24, TBS; then 10 p.m., midnight, etc., for 24 hours.

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