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A Christmas TV guide to ‘Rudolph,’ ‘The Grinch,’ Hallmark movies and more

Discover the true meaning of Christmas with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Discover the true meaning of Christmas with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” ABC

It’s the most wonderful (TV) time of the year.

Whenever you need a little bump of holiday spirit, all you have to do is turn on your TV and there’s a cheery holiday movie or a comforting Christmas classic to be found. We’re here to help with the finding.

We’ll be updating this guide throughout December as more holiday specials populate the schedule. We know this isn’t everything (for instance, we’re sticking mostly to prime time programming), but it’s a lot.

Note that the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel are showing Christmas movies pretty much 24/7. We’ll list new ones here, but not the repeats, as well as the new holiday movies by Lifetime and ION. And we’ll include some classics like “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” even though those aren’t new.

And if you miss a broadcast network airing of something like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” don’t worry, because those will likely air multiple times in December. Check back with us often.

Friday, Nov. 24

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.

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

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Boris Karloff narrates the 1966 special about a heartless grinch who tries to steal Christmas. NBC

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 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.

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.

Saturday, Nov. 25

The Christmas Train (8 p.m., Hallmark) – This is Hallmark’s biggie. Danny Glover, Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Joan Cusack star in this movie based on the best-selling David Baldacci novel. A disillusioned journalist must get from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles in time for Christmas, and the trip becomes an adventure that leads to love.

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(L-R): Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Dermot Mulroney and Danny Glover in Hallmark’s “Christmas Train.” Ryan Plummer Crown Media

Wrapped Up in Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) – An 8-year-old girl asks the mall Santa to find a boyfriend for her beloved aunt.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Switched for Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) – At their obligatory pre-Christmas lunch, estranged identical twins (Candace Cameron Bure) decide to swap lives up until Christmas day.

A Very Merry Toy Store (8 p.m., Lifetime) – Rival toy shop owners join forces when an unscrupulous toy magnate opens a box store in their town.

Monday, Nov. 27

CMA Country Christmas (8 p.m., ABC) – Reba McEntire hosts this special featuring Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood and more.

A Very Pentatonix Christmas (10 p.m., NBC) – A special featuring a cappella performances of holiday songs.

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8 p.m., CBS) – It’s him. The reindeer with the shiny nose guides Santa’s sleigh through a bad storm on Christmas Eve in this beloved 1964 classic. Narrated by Burl Ives.

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which debuted in 1964, is the longest-running holiday special in television history. CBS

Drunk History Christmas Special (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – Rob Corddry, Colin Hanks and Ken Marino reenact iconic holiday scenes such as Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas day, Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and Teddy Roosevelt’s ban on Christmas trees at the White House.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Christmas in Rockefeller Center (8 p.m., NBC) – The annual tree-lighting in New York features performers Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani, Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles and The Tenors.

Thursday, Nov. 30

A Charlie Brown Christmas (8 p.m., ABC) – Linus helps Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas in this 1965 Charles M. Schulz “Peanuts” classic.

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Discover the true meaning of Christmas with “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” ABC

Disney’s Magical Holiday Celebration (9 p.m., ABC) – A celebration from Disney resorts with performers Ciara, Darius Rucker, Lea Michele and Jason Derulo.

Friday, Dec. 1

Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic (9 p.m., The CW) – Featured magicians include Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan, Greg Gleason and Christmas Choir.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Magical Christmas Ornaments (7 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – Marie finds her Christmas spirit reawakened when her mother begins sending her the family's Christmas ornaments. As each ornament arrives, it brings a positive change to Marie's life, including an introduction to the handsome man from next door.

Elf (7 p.m., Freeform) – Will Ferrell plays a grown man raised as one of Santa’s elves, who leaves the workshop to search for his real father in New York. It also stars Bob Newhart, James Caan, Edward Asner, Zooey Deschanel and Mary Steenburgen.

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(L-R): Daniel Tay, James Caan and Will Ferrell in “Elf.” New Line Cinema/Photofest

Christmas in Evergreen (8 p.m., Hallmark) – Hoping to spur her longtime beau to action, a small-town veterinarian wishes upon a snow globe that this will be her most romantic Christmas ever.

Tiny Christmas (8 p.m., Nickelodeon) – A clumsy elf accidentally shrinks two kids on Christmas Eve. They get scooped up in Santa’s sack and deposited across the street, and then have to make the journey home.

Four Christmases and a Wedding (8 p.m., Lifetime) – Chloe and Evan’s whirlwind romance ends when Evan is sent overseas for a job, and events always conspire to keep them apart at Christmas. On their fourth Christmas, something magical may finally bring them together.

Madea Christmas (8 p.m., BET) – Madea accompanies her niece to the country for a holiday visit.

Christmas in Angel Falls (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – Guardian angel Gabby is sent to the town of Angel Falls to restore its Christmas spirit. As she helps the townspeople to revive their traditions, Gabby meets a volunteer fire chief who teaches her the truth about the love she admires from afar.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9 p.m., Freeform) – Jim Carrey stars as the big green grinch in this live action adaptation that also stars Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (6:05 p.m., Freeform) – Jim Carrey stars as the big green grinch in this live action adaptation that also stars Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph, left, and Audrey Smallman in “Christmas at Holly Lodge” on the Hallmark Channel. Ricardo Hubbs Crown Media

Christmas at Holly Lodge (8 p.m., Hallmark) – Sofie Bennet feels the pressure as she struggles to pay the mortgage for Holly Lodge, which has been in her family for generations. When a handsome young visitor shows up, Sofie is instantly drawn to him, but her best friend Callie discovers he is there on behalf of his millionaire boss to buy the lodge.

The Santa Clause 2 (8 and 10 p.m., FX) – Scott (Tim Allen) has to marry by Christmas Eve or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

The Santa Clause (8:45 p.m., Freeform) – An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for Santa after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

Magical Christmas Ornaments (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – When Marie begins receiving ornaments from her mother, a new coincidental blessing comes with each one, causing Marie to feel more excited for the holidays than she has in years. Marie’s once-lost Christmas sprit gets another boost when she meets her handsome neighbor, Nate, and feels a spark with him while celebrating the season.

Monday, Dec. 4

Elf (6:40 p.m., Freeform) – Will Ferrell plays a grown man raised as one of Santa’s elves, who leaves the workshop to search for his real father in New York. It also stars Bob Newhart, James Caan, Edward Asner, Zooey Deschanel and Mary Steenburgen.

The Great Christmas Light Fight (8 p.m., ABC) – A Raleigh family – the Heindels – are featured in this show’s season premiere. The family’s dazzling home has holiday figurines, giant lollipops and a radio station so cars can tune in as they drive through the neighborhood. Other episode highlights include a wireless light show, a large property with 78 wrapped trees and a concert of lights with a five-piece band. Four families compete tonight, with the winner getting $50,000. If you want to see the Heindel home in person, it’s at 8501 Sleepy Creek Drive in Raleigh.

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Chevy Chase in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Warner Bros.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (8:50 p.m., Freeform) – The Griswolds spend the holiday with relatives in this 1999 holiday comedy, including a country cousin who arrives in an RV. It stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, randy Quaid and Diane Ladd.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (6:45 p.m., Freeform) – The Griswolds spend the holiday with relatives in this 1999 holiday comedy, including a country cousin who arrives in an RV. It stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, randy Quaid and Diane Ladd.

The Polar Express (8:55 p.m., Freeform) – The conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. Stars Tom Hanks.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

The Polar Express (6:45 p.m., Freeform) – The conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. Stars Tom Hanks.

Elf (8:50 p.m., Freeform) – Will Ferrell plays a grown man raised as one of Santa’s elves, who leaves the workshop to search for his real father in New York. It also stars Bob Newhart, James Caan, Edward Asner, Zooey Deschanel and Mary Steenburgen.

A Very Pentatonix Christmas (8 p.m., NBC) – A special featuring a cappella performances of holiday songs.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Shrek the Halls (8 p.m., ABC) – The ogre’s plans for a cozy Christmas are derailed when Donkey, Puss in Boots and the rest of the gang show up for the fun.

A Very Discovery Christmas (9 p.m., Discovery) – Discovery channel families share their favorite Christmas traditions, including trimming the tree, making bush gifts, hunting holiday meals and making moonshine.

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Chef Vivian Howard, right, and her sister Leraine, left, pepare a red velvet cake in the “Chef’s Life Holiday Special.” Josh Woll A Chef’s Life

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special (10 p.m., UNC-TV) – From 2014, chef Vivian Howard’s holiday celebration features Southern cooking and Hanukkah traditions. Recipes include corned ham, oyster dressing, hoppin’ john and red velvet cake.

Friday, Dec. 8

Joy of the Season: NC Master Chorale (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – The NC Master Chorale performs holiday music, recorded live at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh.

Great British Baking Show (10 p.m., UNC-TV) – In the Christmas Masterclass episode, contestants make mince pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and other tasty treats for the holiday season.

Saturday, Dec. 9

The Christmas Cottage (8 p.m., Hallmark) – A cynical interior designer must decorate a honeymoon cottage for best friend — and gets snowed in with the bride-to-be’s sexy brother.

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which debuted in 1964, is the longest-running holiday special in television history. CBS /Landov

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8 p.m., CBS) – It’s him. The reindeer with the shiny nose guides Santa’s sleigh through a bad storm on Christmas Eve in this beloved 1964 classic. Narrated by Burl Ives.

Christmas in Mississippi (8 p.m., Lifetime) – Holly returns to her hometown to help with a light show and must work with her high school sweetheart.

Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (8:35 p.m., Freeform) – Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) contends with a mischievous scheme by Jack Frost (Martin Short) to freeze him out of Christmas.

Christmas Encore (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – A struggling actress finds a renewed passion for her work when she’s cast in a modern, off-Broadway take on “A Christmas Carol.”

Frosty the Snowman (9 p.m., CBS) – The 1969 animated story of a snowman who came to life one day. Narrated by Jimmy Durante.

Runaway Christmas Bride (9 p.m., ION) – A runaway bride hides out at a winter resort, where she meets a charming ski patrol rescuer.

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Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart star in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Universal

It’s a Wonderful Life (9 p.m., USA) – In this Frank Capra classic, a suicidal man ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve sees his life in a new light thanks to his guardian angel. It stars James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

Frosty Returns (9:30 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.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Sharing Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) – A real estate developer wants to transform an old shopping complex, but the one tenant holding out is the Christmas shop owner.

Elf (8:40 p.m., Freeform) – Will Ferrell plays a grown man raised as one of Santa’s elves, who leaves the workshop to search for his real father in New York. It also stars Bob Newhart, James Caan, Edward Asner, Zooey Deschanel and Mary Steenburgen.

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Luke Macfarlane and Jill Wagner in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie “Maggie’s Christmas Miracle.” Bettina Strauss Crown Media

Maggie’s Christmas Miracle (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – A single mother’s son needs help at school, so she gets him a tutor, who becomes a father figure. Based on the novel by Karen Kingsbury.

Royal Christmas Ball (9 p.m., ION) – Bachelor King Charles of Baltania doesn’t have a date for the Christmas ball, so he tracks down his American college sweetheart, who has a 17-year-old daughter. Then he does the math.

Monday, Dec. 11

Great Christmas Light Fight (8 p.m., ABC) – This neighbors vs. neighbors episode includes a synchronized light show and a Santa tracker.

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In “The Polar Express,” the conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. Castle Rock

Polar Express (9 p.m., Freeform) – The conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. Stars Tom Hanks.

Holiday Baking Championship (9 p.m., Food) – The four remaining bakers make Hanukkah jelly doughnuts and ye olde fruitcake.

Christmas Cookie Challenge (10 p.m., Food) – The cookie masters represent their favorite Christmas Eve tradition in 3D cookie form.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

The Santa Clause (8:50 p.m., Freeform) – An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for Santa after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

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(L-R): Santa Claus, Gwen Stefani, Ken Jeong in “Gwen Sefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas” on NBC. NBC Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas (9 p.m., NBC) – Blake Shelton, Chelsea Handler and other guests join Gwen for a night of song (classics and originals), dance and festive skits — with celebrity cameos.

The Mayor (9:30 p.m., ABC) – Courtney pledges to make Christmas joyous for all, but doesn’t have the budget to make it happen.

Scrooged (8 p.m., AMC) – Bill Murray plays a ruthless TV network chief who meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

A Christmas Carol (9 p.m., TNT) – Patrick Stewart is Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1999 telling of the Charles Dickens classic.

American Housewife (9:30 p.m., ABC) – The Ottos struggle to be together for Christmas.

Thursday, Dec. 14

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 (8 p.m., The CW) – Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello and Niall Horan perform at this annual concert event.

Showtime at the Apollo (8 p.m., Fox) – Steve Harvey hosts this Christmas episode of the talent showcase, featuring Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men and DMX.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas (8 p.m., CMT) – Jackie (Mena Suvari), a single mom and attorney, looks forward to Christmas alone with her daughter. Then her dad (James Brolin) shows up.

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Danny DeVito in “Deck the Halls.” Twentieth Century Fox

Deck the Halls (8 p.m., AMC) – Neighbors in a New England town go to war after one puts enough lights on his house to make it visible from space. Stars Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick and Kristen Chenoweth.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (8 p.m., ABC) – Anna and Elsa realize they have no family traditions of their own, so Olaf sets out on a mission to bring them the best traditions.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (8:30 p.m., ABC) - Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology.

Christmas Vacation (8:50 p.m., Freeform) – The Griswolds spend the holiday with relatives in this 1999 holiday comedy, including a country cousin who arrives in an RV. It stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, randy Quaid and Diane Ladd.

Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (9 p.m., Fox) – Taraji P. Henson hosts this holiday special featuring Fergie, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Leslie Odom Jr., Chaka Khan, Faith Evans, Jussie Smollett, Salt-N-Pepa and Ying Yang Twins.

Ernest Saves Christmas (10 p.m., AMC) – Ernest (Jim Varney) bails out Santa Claus, who is in Florida on a deadline to recruit a new Santa.

Friday, Dec. 15

Hollywood Christmas Parade (8 p.m., The CW) – The 86th annual event has celebrities like Erik Estrada and Dean Cain. Dr. Oz is the grand marshal.

It’s a Wonderful Life (8 p.m., USA) – In this Frank Capra classic, a suicidal man ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve sees his life in a new light thanks to his guardian angel. It stars James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

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Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in the 1940 classic “The Shop Around the Corner.” MGM

The Shop Around the Corner (8 p.m., TCM) – In this 1940 classic, two department store co-workers (Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan) fight in person, but fall in love as secret pen pals at Christmas time.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – Tenor Rolando Villain joins the choir to perform seasonal favorites.

The Santa Claus 2 (8 p.m., FX) – Scott (Tim Allen) has to marry by Christmas Eve or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

A Christmas Story 2 (8 p.m., CMT) – Teenage Ralph wrecks his dream car before he even gets it off the lot in this “Christmas Story” sequel.

Elf (9:20 p.m., Freeform) – Will Ferrell plays a grown man raised as one of Santa’s elves, who leaves the workshop to search for his real father in New York. It also stars Bob Newhart, James Caan, Edward Asner, Zooey Deschanel and Mary Steenburgen.

Holiday Affair (10 p.m., TCM) – A war widow (Janet Leigh) with a young son has two men (Robert Mitchum, Wendell Corey) who want to marry her for Christmas in this 1940 film.

Saturday, Dec. 16

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! (8 p.m., ABC) – Lucy and Linus’ little brother, Rerun, turns to Snoopy and Spike for holiday cheer.

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Jesse Metcalfe and Fiona Gubelmann in “Christmas Next Door” on the Hallmark Channel. Ben Mark Holzberg Ben Mark Holzberg

Christmas Next Door (8 p.m., Hallmark) – An author of bachelor lifestyle books must take care of his young niece and nephew for the holidays, and turns to his Christmas-loving neighbor for help.

Snowed Inn Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) – Jenna and Kevin volunteer for a special assignment at Christmas, then become stranded in a snow storm in Santa Claus, Indiana, and they join the fight to save the historic town inn.

Miracle on 34th Street (8 p.m., AMC) – In this 1947 classic, an adwoman’s lawyer boyfriend tries to prove that Macy’s Santa Claus is the real thing. It stars Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn (the best Santa) and Natalie Wood.

Rocky Mountain Christmas (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – A woman goes to her uncle’s ranch to escape New York after a breakup, but then a Hollywood star arrives at the same ranch to prepare for an upcoming film.

Ten Days in the Valley (9 p.m., ABC) – ABC is burning off episodes of this canceled Kyra Sedgwick drama – two air tonight.

A Christmas Cruise (9 p.m., ION) – A novelist’s best friend invites her on a holiday-themed cruise and she finds the love of her life.

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Jim Carrey stars as the big green Grinch in this live action adaptation “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Universal

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9 p.m., Freeform) – Jim Carrey stars as the big green grinch in this live action adaptation that also stars Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

White Christmas (10 p.m., AMC) – In this 1954 musical, former Army bodies (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye) put on a show at Christmas to save their general’s hotel in Vermont.

Sunday, Dec. 17

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Clockwise from top: Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Andy Walken and Tyler Wladis in Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live.” TOMMY GARCIA / FOX

A Christmas Story LIVE! (7 p.m., Fox) – From the team that brought us “Grease: Live” last year (and it was really good), it’s “A Christmas Story: Live!” – a live musical version of the beloved 1983 film and the Broadway hit. The music is from the Tony-nominated score to “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” plus some new songs have been written especially for the 3-hour show. The cast includes Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, David Alan Grier, Ken Jeong and Anna Gasteyer. Newcomer Andy Walken plays Ralphie Parker.

The Sound of Music (7 p.m., ABC) – This four-hour presentation of the beloved 1965 musical with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is a holiday tradition.

Christmas Connection (8 p.m., Hallmark) – A flight attendant accompanies an 8-year-old cross-country to be with his dad, and ends up staying for Christmas dinner.

Scrooged (8 and 10 p.m., AMC) – Bill Murray plays a ruthless TV network chief who meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

Monday, Dec. 18

The Great Christmas Light Fight (8 p.m., ABC) - The finale features a display with 115,000 lights.

A Christmas Carol (8 p.m., TNT) – Patrick Stewart is Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1999 telling of the Charles Dickens classic.

Holiday Baking Championship (9 p.m., Food) - The final three bakers must make one impressive dessert.

Elf (9 p.m., Freeform) – Will Ferrell plays a grown man raised as one of Santa’s elves, who leaves the workshop to search for his real father in New York. It also stars Bob Newhart, James Caan, Edward Asner, Zooey Deschanel and Mary Steenburgen.

The Christmas Cookie Challenge (10 p.m., Food) - In the finale, bakers must make custom Santa cookie shapes without cookie cutters.

This Christmas (8 p.m., AMC) - A matriarch assembles her brood for their first holiday reunion in four years, but secrets come out and family ties become strained. It stars Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba and Loretta Devine.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Christmas with the Kranks (6:40 p.m., Freeform) - A Chicago couple scramble to put together a holiday celebration for their daughter.

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"Olaf's Frozen Adventure" on ABC features Kristoff, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven. Disney Disney

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (8 p.m., ABC) – Anna and Elsa realize they have no family traditions of their own, so Olaf sets out on a mission to bring them the best traditions.

Home for the Holidays with Josh Groban (8 p.m., CBS) – Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown join Josh Groban for this show promoting adoption.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (8:30 p.m., ABC) - Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology.

Christmas Vacation (8:40 p.m., Freeform) – The Griswolds spend the holiday with relatives in this 1999 holiday comedy, including a country cousin who arrives in an RV. It stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, randy Quaid and Diane Ladd.

Ernest Saves Christmas (10 p.m., AMC) – Ernest (Jim Varney) bails out Santa Claus, who is in Florida on a deadline to recruit a new Santa.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Scrooged (8 p.m., AMC) – Bill Murray plays a ruthless TV network chief who meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

Top 12 Christmas Movies of All Time (9 p.m., The CW) – Dean Cain and friends count down popular holiday films.

Thursday, Dec. 21

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Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood and Maureen O'Hara in “Miracle On 34th Street” from 1947. Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick

Miracle on 34th Street (8 p.m., AMC) – In this 1947 classic, an adwoman’s lawyer boyfriend tries to prove that Macy’s Santa Claus is the real thing. It stars Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn (the best Santa) and Natalie Wood.

Polar Express (8:50 p.m., Freeform) – The conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. Stars Tom Hanks.

Saturday Night Live Christmas Special (9 p.m., NBC) – A special look back at some of the show’s best Christmas-themed sketches and digital shorts.

Friday, Dec. 22

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“I Love Lucy Christmas Special” features two colorized episodes of the series, including a 1956 episode that originally aired on Christmas Eve. SCREEN GRAB CBS Entertainment

I Love Lucy Christmas Special (8 p.m., CBS) – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel reminisce as they trim the tree on Christmas Eve.

Christmas in Connecticut (8 p.m., TCM) – The publisher of a woman’s magazine has his best columnist play host to a Navy hero at Christmas, in this 1945 film starring Barbara Stanwyck.

Remember the Night (9 p.m., TCM) – Barbara Stanwyck once again in this 1940 film about a sympathetic attorney and the beautiful shoplifter he takes home for Christmas.

Greatest Holiday Commercials (9 p.m., The CW) – A countdown of the world’s best holiday commercials.

Christmas at Belmont 2017 (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – Nearly 700 student musicians sing traditional carols and seasonal favorites.

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! (8 p.m., Nickelodeon) – Chaos strikes in this 2011 film when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays.

Saturday, Dec. 23

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Bridget Regan and Travis Van Winkle in the Hallmark Christmas movie “Christmas Getaway.” Kailey Schwerman Kailey Schwerman

Christmas Getaway (8 p.m., Hallmark) – After a surprising breakup with her boyfriend, a travel writer goes on a picturesque Christmas vacation alone. But then a reservation mixup means she must share her cabin with a handsome widower and his young daughter. This one sounds perfect for our Hallmark Christmas Movie Drinking Game.

The Wizard of Oz (8 p.m., TNT) – A tornado whisks Kansas farm girl Dorothy (Judy Garland) to a magic land, so she must travel with new friends to the Emerald City for help getting back home in this 1939 classic.

CMA Country Christmas (8 p.m., ABC) – Reba McEntire hosts this special featuring Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood and more. (A repeat from Nov. 27.)

The Perfect Christmas Present (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – A man whose business is helping clients find the perfect gifts for their loved ones is hired to buy a gift for his friend’s girlfriend. But the more he researches, the more he likes her.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9:20 p.m., Freeform) – Jim Carrey stars as the big green grinch in this live action adaptation that also stars Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

Sunday, Dec. 24

A Christmas Story (TNT, TBS) – Marathoning all day and night, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas.

It’s a Wonderful Life (8 p.m., NBC) – What’s better on Christmas Eve than Jimmy Stewart? In this Frank Capra classic, a suicidal man (Stewart) ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve sees his life in a new light thanks to his guardian angel. It also stars Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

The Bishop’s Wife (8 p.m., TCM) – Cary Grant gives Jimmy Stewart a run for his money tonight as a suave angel who saves a woman (Loretta Young) and her Episcopal husband (David Niven) from spiritual doubt and marital woe at Christmas.

A Christmas Carol (8 p.m., AMC) – Patrick Stewart is Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1999 telling of the Charles Dickens classic.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (8:30 p.m., Fox) – Manny convinces Sid that he is on the naughty list, so the whole gang heads to the North Pole to explain themselves to Santa Claus.

A Madea Christmas (9 p.m., BET) – Madea accompanies her niece to the country for a holiday visit.

Joy of the Season: North Carolina Master Chorale (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – The NC Master Chorale performs holiday music, recorded live at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (10 p.m., UNC-TV) – Tenor Rolando Villain joins the choir to perform seasonal favorites.

Monday, Dec. 25

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.

When Calls the Heart (8 p.m., Hallmark) – It’s Christmastime in Hope Valley and the town is abuzz over the introduction of the Wishing Tree, with all the townspeople eagerly placing their wishes on its branches in the hopes they’ll be granted.

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (8 p.m., The CW) – Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello and Niall Horan perform at this annual concert event which originally aired on Dec. 14.

The Holiday (8 p.m., Lifetime) – In this 2006 movie, two women (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet) swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8:30 p.m., NBC) – Jim Carrey stars as the big green grinch in this live action adaptation that also stars Jeffrey Tambor and Christine Baranski. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (8:50 p.m., Freeform) – The Griswolds spend the holiday with relatives in this 1999 holiday comedy, including a country cousin who arrives in an RV. It stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid and Diane Ladd.

Call the Midwife (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – This year’s holiday episode takes place in the winter of 1963, during what is popularly known in the UK as The Big Freeze. During the story, The midwives struggle to care for their patients while dealing with ice, snow, frozen pipes and no electricity.

Love Actually (9 p.m., CMT) – A prime minister, a pop star, a jilted writer and others deal with relationships in London at Christmas. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson and others star in this 2003 film.

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