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What to Watch on Sunday: Classic Christmas movies and specials for your Christmas Eve

Little Ralphie tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas.
Little Ralphie tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. MGM

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.

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Cary Grant and Loretta Young in the 1946 film “The Bishop’s Wife.” Samuel Goldwyn Co.

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.

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.

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.

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