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What to Watch on Friday: ‘Santa Claus,’ ‘The Grinch’ and ‘Trolls’ kick off Christmas viewing

The 1970 stop-motion classic “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” airs on ABC.
The 1970 stop-motion classic “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” airs on ABC. ABC

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (8 p.m., ABC) – I like to call this 1970 stop-motion classic the animated true story of the origin of Santa.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m., NBC) – Boris Karloff narrates this 1966 special about a heartless grinch who tries to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Finding Santa (8 p.m., Hallmark) – Oh, a movie about a Christmas parade. This one is set in a New England town and the parade gets major attention from a national morning show (for nice reasons).

Frosty the Snowman (8 p.m., CBS) – The 1969 animated story of a snowman who came to life one day. Narrated by Jimmy Durante

Frosty Returns (8:30 p.m., CBS) – A 1995 sequel to “Frosty the Snowman” involves a snow-removal spray that threatens magic. John Goodman voices Frosty and it’s narrated by Jonathan Winters.

DreamWorks Trolls Holiday (8:30 p.m., NBC) – In this new animated special, Poppy, the queen of the Trolls, realizes her best friend has no holidays in her calendar.

Savage Kingdom: Uprising (9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild) – The critically acclaimed show returns to the remote wilderness of Africa, following lion king Sekekama and his three treacherous sons.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn: The Broadway Musical (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – A Broadway adaptation of the 1942 Christmas movie musical featuring the music of Irving Berlin.

Grammy’s 60th Anniversary Special (9 p.m., CBS) – John Legend and Carrie Underwood host a look back at 59 years of Grammy performances.

Cuba and the Cameraman (Netflix) – For this documentary, director Jon Alpert followed Fidel Castro and three Cuban families affected by his policies for 42 years.