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What to Watch on Tuesday: Spend Christmas Eve with classic holiday films

Reginald Owen as the Scrooge in the 1938 film “A Christmas Carol.”
Reginald Owen as the Scrooge in the 1938 film “A Christmas Carol.” TCM

Christmas in Connecticut (8pm, TCM) - In this 1945 holiday classic, a columnist for a national housekeeping magazine (Barbara Stanwyck), as part of a promotional stunt, welcomes a returning war hero in to her country estate for an old-fashioned Christmas. The only problem is, her domestic maven persona is a sham. If you’re around a TV today, Turner Classic Movies has lots of great films running: “ Meet Me in St. Louis” (9:15 a.m.), “ A Christmas Carol” (1:15 p.m.), “ The Shop Around the Corner” (2:30 p.m.), “ Holiday Affair” (4:15 p.m.) and “ It Happened on Fifth Avenue” (6 p.m.).

Christmas Story (TBS) - I think this is on pretty much all day, maybe all day tomorrow too. I am sure it’s heresy to say so, but I just don’t get it.

Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers (8pm, UNC-TV) - A 2013 performance of the Raleigh Ringers handbell ensemble.

It’s a Wonderful Life (8pm, NBC) - Third time’s a charm. If nothing else, it’s great background noise for your Christmas Eve stirring about.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8pm, ABC) - The 1966 Dr. Seuss classic, narrated by Boris Karloff, precedes the 2000 remake starring Jim Carrey (8:30).

The National Christmas Tree Lighting (9pm, UNC-TV) - The 91st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, featuring performances by Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval and Train.