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When your favorite holiday shows air

Everyone has a favorite holiday TV show or film and, while many air more than once during the season, missing one can put you in a Grinch-like mood. Here is a list of some old favorites – and some new ones that could become faves – and when they will air. Caveat: Times are subject to change so check local listings.

▪  “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 9 p.m. Nov. 30, ABC: This is the 50th anniversary of the animated special starring the Peanuts gang.

▪  “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” 11 a.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is visited by three ghosts.

▪  “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas,” 1 p.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: Kelsey Grammer narrates three Christmas tales.

▪  “The Polar Express,” 7 p.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: A young boy takes a magical train to the North Pole.

▪  “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, CBS: A young deer who is the brunt of jokes becomes a hero.

▪  “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: Jim Carrey plays the green character who terrorizes Whoville.

▪  “The Santa Claus,” 8:45 p.m. Dec. 2, ABC Family: Divorced father takes over for Santa Claus. Tim Allen stars.

▪  “Christmas at Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m. Dec. 2, NBC: NBC stars and musical guests attend the 83rd annual tree lighting from Rockefeller Plaza.

▪  “The Wiz Live!,” 8 p.m. Dec. 3, NBC: Shanice Williams and an all-star cast star in this stage production based on “The Wizard of Oz.”

▪  “Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, ABC: The lovable ogre deals with the holidays.

▪  “A Very Murray Christmas,” 12:01 a.m. Dec. 4, Netflix: Bill Murray hosts an homage to holiday variety shows.

▪  “Elf,” 9:30 p.m. Dec. 4, ABC Family: An elf travels to New York to meet the father he never knew.

▪  “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 12:30 a.m. Dec. 5, ABC Family: Jack Skellington takes over Christmas.

▪  “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 10 p.m. Dec. 6, ABC Family: The Griswold family celebrates the holidays in their special way.

▪  “Love Actually,” 1 p.m. Dec. 7, ABC Family: Several love stories play out against a holiday background.

▪  “Arthur’s Perfect Christmas,” 3 p.m. Dec. 7, PBS: The famous aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions.

▪  “Odd Squad,” 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, PBS: Olive and Otto assist Santa in tracking down his missing reindeer.

▪  “Fred Claus,” 7 a.m. Dec. 8, ABC Family: Vince Vaughn plays the misfit son of Santa.

▪  “Coat of Many Colors,” 9 p.m. Dec. 10, NBC: Special is based on the Dolly Parton song.

▪  “Scrooge,” 10 p.m. Dec. 11, TCM: Albert Finney stars in this 1970 adaptation.

▪  “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” 12:15 p.m. Dec. 12, ABC Family: Kermit the Frog narrates the story of Alice Otter and her son.

▪  “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. Dec. 12, NBC: Jimmy Stewart stars in this 1946 film that has become a holiday tradition.

▪  “The Flight Before Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 12, CBS: Young reindeer has the ambition to be an expert flyer.

▪  “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!,” 8 p.m. Dec. 19, ABC: Snoopy invites his brother for a visit.

▪ “Meet Me in St. Louis,” noon Dec. 20, TCM: This is the 1944 classic film starring Judy Garland.

▪  “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8 p.m. Dec. 23, CBS: Features tow classic episodes of the 1950s series.

▪  “How Murray Saved Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 23, NBC: Animated story based on Mike Reiss’ best-selling children’s book.

▪  “A Christmas Story,” 8 p.m. Dec. 24, TBS: This is the start of a marathon of screenings of the Peter Billingsley film.

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