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The 2018 Christmas TV guide, from Rudolph to the Grinch and all the Hallmark movies

MGM, United Feature Syndicate, Paramount Pictures, Rankin Bass

We’re back with our 2018 guide to the most wonderful (TV) time of the year.

We’ll be updating this guide throughout December as more holiday specials populate the schedule. We’re sticking mostly to prime-time programming on broadcast networks and basic cable. We’ll alert you to the airings of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Grinch,” and movie classics like “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Also note that the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel are showing Christmas movies pretty much 24/7 now, and we’re also getting original Christmas movies from Lifetime, BET and ION. We’ll list new ones here, but not the repeats.

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.

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

Friday, Nov. 23

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (8 p.m., ABC) - This 1970 stop-motion special is maybe the greatest Christmas special ever created. Fred Astaire explains the Santa Claus origin story – which includes his struggle against the bitter Burgermeister Meisterburger, who fights to keep Kris Kringle from delivering toys to the children of Sombertown. This is Santa 101, folks.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m., NBC) - Boris Karloff narrates this 1966 animated tale of a lonely and heartless Grinch who decides to dress up like Santa and steal Christmas decorations, gifts and food from the kind people of Whoville.

Frosty the Snowman (8 p.m., CBS) - The 1969 animated adaptation of Romeo Muller’s story of a snowman who comes to life, narrated by Jimmy Durante.

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“Frosty The Snowman,” the popular animated musical special narrated by Jimmy Durante, airs Saturday on CBS. Classic Media, Inc.

A Madea Christmas (8 p.m., USA) - From 2013, Madea (Tyler Perry) accompanies her niece to the country for a surprise holiday visit with the niece’s daughter, but what they find prompts Madea to dish out her own brand of Christmas spirit.

Poinsettias for Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) - A woman returns home to help her father save the family poinsettia farm. As she searches for a way to deliver the plants in time for the town’s annual parade, she finds herself falling for the local botanist.

Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (8 p.m., Hallmark) - Financial advisor Darcy Fitzwilliam (Lacey Chabert) returns home for the holidays and quickly reconnects with her high school nemesis, Luke Bennett (Branden Penny). They spend time together helping Darcy’s mother plan a Christmas charity gala and realize the hasty judgments they made on one another in high school may be incorrect. As they spend more time together, Darcy feels a connection with Luke and begins to suspect he brings her more happiness than her job in the city or her one-time boyfriend, Carl. As Christmas approaches and her time at home nears its end Darcy must decide where she wants to spend her future and with whom.

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Brendan Penny, left, and Lacey Chabert in the Hallmark Christmas movie “Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe.” Shane Mahood Crown Media

Frosty Returns (8:30 p.m., CBS) - John Goodman is the voice of Frosty in this sequel in which Frosty is threatened by a snow-removal spray. Narrated by Jonathan Winters.

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

Every Other Holiday (10 p.m., Lifetime) - Recently separated parents spend Christmas together at the request of their children.

Saturday, Nov. 24

A Christmas Story (8 p.m., TNT) - Little Ralphie tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas in this 1983 favorite.

Marty Anderson talks about his holiday passion, the 1983 classic movie "A Christmas Story," and his leg lamp displayed proudly displayed in the front window of his home, as part of Santa Claus Lane, a neighborhood synchronized light display in Clo

Christmas Everlasting (8 p.m., Hallmark) - Hold up! We have people of color at the center of this romantic story! Thank you, Santa. In this movie, Lucy’s long workdays are about to pay off for her as the holidays approach, but when her older sister unexpectedly passes away, she returns to her hometown to handle her sister’s estate. And you know she’s going to find love there.

Every Day is Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) - A self-proclaimed workaholic embraces the Christmas spirit when her past, present and future collide, forcing her to risk her heart.

It’s a Wonderful Life (8 p.m., USA) - In this 1946 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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Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart star in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Universal

The Santa Clause (8 p.m., Freeform) - From 1994, an adman (Tim Allen) takes over for Santa after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire (8 p.m., CBS) - Robbie the Reindeer heads to the North Pole to claim his spot as the leader of Santa’s team.

Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe (8:30 p.m., CBS) - When the evil Blitzen is released from prison 50 years early and threatens to ruin the tourist business Robbie has set up, Robbie must rely on Vikings to save the day.

Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - After their parents pass, siblings agree to sell the family home, leaving Emma in charge. While their mother’s collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that helps them discover the power of love during the holidays.

The Story of Santa Claus (9 p.m., CBS) - A jolly couple comes to live at the North Pole and starts a toy-giving tradition. Featuring the voices of Ed Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry.

Christmas Harmony (10 p.m., Lifetime) - A soft-spoken woman used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, returns to her hometown after getting dumped and discovers the heart that her big city life had been missing.

Sunday, Nov. 25

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark movie, Noelle, who hates the holidays, gets locked in a department store on Christmas Eve. There she meets a woman who claims to be her guardian angel and she introduces Noelle to several ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.

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As Christmas approaches, a department store worker whose life lacks fulfillment meets her guardian angel, who offers her a chance to change her circumstances by magically transporting her to Christmases past whenever she tries on a new pair of shoes. But just as things begin to look promising and she moves toward landing her dream job, improving a family relationship and finding love with a handsome fireman challenges arise and she begins to lose faith in the Christmas spirit. When she once again revisits a Christmas past, shes offered one last chance for her holiday wishes to come true. Photo: Luke Macfarlane, Candace Cameron Bure Credit: ©2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steven Ackerman Steven Ackerman Crown Media

Love, Actually (8 p.m., TNT) - 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.

Jingle Belle (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this new original movie, a songwriter runs into an old flame when she returns to her hometown to help with a Christmas Eve pageant.

A Wedding for Christmas (9 p.m., ION) - In this new original movie, Haley escapes her small-town and builds a life in Los Angeles as a wedding planner. When her sister asks her to plan her wedding, Haley returns to her childhood town and reunites with a former flame.

The Truth About Christmas (9 p.m., Freeform) - In this new original movie, an encounter with a toy store Santa results in a drastic change in a political consultant, leaving her unable to lie.

Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (9 p.m., Food) - In this new series, bakers vie to create the definitive gingerbread showcase.

Christmas Perfection (10 p.m., Lifetime) - Another new Christmas movie. In this one, a woman magically wakes up in her perfect Christmas village in Ireland.

Monday, Nov. 26

The Great Christmas Light Fight (8 p.m., ABC) - Season 6 of the Celebration of Electricity starts with homes in Mississippi, Virginia, Florida, Texas, New York, Connecticut, Nebraska and Washington.

Elf (7 and 9 p.m., AMC) – 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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Will Ferrell (right) stars as Buddy the Elf in New Line Cinemas “ Elf. “ (AP Photo/ Alan Markfield/New Line Productions ) ALAN MARKFIELD AP

Holiday Baking Championship (9 p.m., Food) - In the pre-heat, inflatable holiday decorations inspire cream puff displays. In the main heat, the bakers prepare hand-painted eggnog cakes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge (10 p.m., Food) - For the decorating challenge, five of the cleverest cookie makers design two different cookies: one showcasing Santa’s new outfit and another featuring his new ride. Vivian Chan, Ree Drummond and Gesine Prado judge.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8 p.m., CBS) - It’s our first Rudolph of the holiday season. 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 /Landov

The Santa Clause 2 (9:30 p.m., AMC) - An ad man (Tim Allen) has to marry by Christmas Eve or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Christmas in Rockefeller Center (8 p.m., NBC) - The 86th annual tree-lighting ceremony in New York.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (7 and 9:15 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy (10 p.m., NBC) - John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrate the season of joy and laughter alongside the couple’s family and talented celebrity friends. Legend performs songs from his 2018 album, “A Legendary Christmas.”

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will star a new NBC Christmas special, where they celebrate the season alongside family and some celebrity friends. The movie premieres Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29

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.

Toy Story That Time Forgot (8:30 p.m., ABC) - While at a post-Christmas play date, the gang finds itself in uncharted territory after some cool new action figures turn out to be delusional, leaving it up to Trixie to save the day.

The Santa Clause (8:50 p.m., Freeform) - An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (9 p.m., ABC) - A special celebrating the holidays at Disney resorts with music and special guests, including performances by Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldredge, Andrea Bocelli, Jordan Fisher, Aloe Blacc, Maddie Poppe and Why Don’t We.

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

Friday, Nov. 30

A Very Nutty Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this original Christmas movie, a recently dumped overworked bakery owner meets a handsome soldier who may actually be a nutcracker that has come to life.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (8:50 p.m., Freeform) - Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) and a scheme by mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short) to freeze him out of Christmas.

Jingle All the Way (9 p.m., AMC) - A crazed postman (Sinbad), a tough policeman and a shady Santa impede a workaholic (Arnold Schwarzenegger) seeking a coveted toy for his son.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (Netflix) - A sequel to last year’s popular “Christmas Prince” movie picking up one year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown. The two are set for a Christmas wedding but their plans are jeopardized when Amber doubts she has what it takes to be queen. The future of the kingdom is at stake.

Saturday, Dec. 1

The Nightmare Before Christmas (7:35 p.m., Freeform) - The Pumpkin King gives the Christmas season a touch of Halloween in this animated movie from Tim Burton.

Mingle All the Way (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark Christmas movie, a young entrepreneur is trying to win over investors for the dating app she has developed. To help bring on investors for expansion, she promises to take part in using it in the weeks before Christmas to find love and track her progress.

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The creator of a new social media app that pairs busy singles with strictly platonic partners for all the social commitments of the holiday season is matched with a young advertising executive looking for the right woman on his arm to impress his boss. Everything goes exactly as planned until the one thing neither of them expected happens, and they find themselves falling for one another. Photo: Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty Credit: ©2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss Bettina Strauss Crown Media

A Twist of Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this new original movie, two single parents accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store during the Christmas frenzy. Although the two can’t stand each other, they decide to try to help each other salvage their holiday plans.

Christmas Wonderland (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - Another new original movie. In this one, Heidi returns home to watch her niece and nephew and comes face to face with her high school love. Heidi offers to help him with a dance, and the more time she spends decorating, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again.

Elf (9 p.m., AMC) - 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 Madea Christmas (9 p.m., USA) - From 2013, Madea (Tyler Perry) accompanies her niece to the country for a surprise holiday visit with the niece’s daughter, but what they find prompts Madea to dish out her own brand of Christmas spirit.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9:15 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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Jim Carrey stars as the big green Grinch in this live action adaptation “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Universal

Sunday, Dec. 2

The Christmas Pact (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this original new movie, Ben and Sadie have made a pact since childhood to always keep the spirit of Christmas alive in their hearts.

A Majestic Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark movie, Nell’s bracelet slips into a Salvation Army pot and when she tries to retrieve it, Connor accuses her of stealing. Later, Nell, an architect, learns he’s the client who wants to turn her hometown’s Majestic Theater into a multiplex. Though Nell and the town want to preserve The Majestic, she and Connor still develop an attraction.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (8:15 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - In this new movie, a woman is told she has a few months to live without a new liver, and a kind stranger hears of her plight and finds he is a perfect match. The two meet and their friendship turns into a romance.

Christmas Cupid’s Arrow (9 p.m., ION) - In this new ION movie, an English lit professor has a long history of picking the wrong men. After her younger sister announces she’s pregnant, the professor decides she’s going to make a real effort to find Mr. Right on a dating website.

Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (9 p.m., Freeform) - The young toy company CEO is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis, until her old doll comes to life help her get back on track.

Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (9 p.m., Food) - Three bakers must create a gingerbread scene inspired by the classic holiday movie “Elf.”

A Star For Christmas (10 p.m., Lifetime) - Another new original film. In this one, a recent breakup throws a baker’s life into chaos. But things start looking up with a handsome but troubled actor comes into the store and the two fall in love.

Jingle All the Way (10:30 p.m., AMC) - A crazed postman (Sinbad), a tough policeman and a shady Santa impede a workaholic (Arnold Schwarzenegger) seeking a coveted toy for his son.

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ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas with a total of $300,000 in prizes ($50,000 per episode) up for grabs. Donald Rager ABC

Monday, Dec. 3

The Great Christmas Light Fight (8 p.m., ABC) - Tonight’s show features homes in Kokomo, Indiana; Weirsdale, Florida; Grand Rivers, Kentucky; Clifton, Ohio; Rockaway Beach, New York; Fox River Grover, Illinois; and San Francisco, California.

The Santa Clause 2 (8 p.m., AMC) - An ad man (Tim Allen) has to marry by Christmas Eve or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

Holiday Baking Championship (9 p.m., Food) - The five bakers have to update traditional rugelach with unexpected flavors like cardamom, grapefruit, guava paste, peanut butter or chai.

Pop Up Santa Holiday Special (9:30 p.m., Freeform) - A special celebrating the spirit of the holiday season through heartwarming moments like a home giveaway, a baby shower at a military base and a celebration for kids at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

Christmas Cookie Challenge (10 p.m., Food) - The cookie makers use traditional nesting dolls as inspiration to make six cookies of the same design that get progressively smaller.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

The Polar Express (8 p.m., AMC) - The conductor of a train (Tom Hanks) to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus.

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(L-R) Rachel Dratch, Fred Armisen and Alec Baldwin in the “Saturday Night Live” “Glengarry Christmas” sketch. NBC

Saturday Night Live Christmas (9 p.m., NBC) - A two-hour special featuring some of the most memorable SNL Christmas sketches.

Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (9 p.m., Freeform) - Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) and a scheme by mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short) to freeze him out of Christmas.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Elf (8 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Christmas with the Kranks (9 p.m., Freeform) - A Chicago couple (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis) scramble to put together a holiday celebration after their daughter decides to come home for Christmas.

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

Thursday, Dec. 6

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.

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.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (8 p.m., AMC) - 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.

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

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (9 p.m., ABC) - In the first episode of the season, contestants prepare cakes and sweet and savory pastries.

Watch Santa's worldwide travels in real time beginning Christmas Eve. It started with a child's phone call to NORAD in 1955 (North American Aerospace Defense Command), and the tradition of tracking Santa began. Using cutting edge technology to pro

Friday, Dec. 7

Christmas Lost and Found (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this new original film, a New York City event planner goes to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances, after years of missing family gatherings. While there, she mistakenly throws out a box of precious family ornaments.

A Christmas Story (9 p.m., TBS) - Little Ralphie tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas.

Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (8 p.m., AMC) - In this 2017 animated special, a little girl who desperately wants a puppy for Christmas agrees to take care of her uncle’s dog to prove she’s responsible.

Bad Santa (9 p.m., WGN) - Two criminals (Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox) disguise themselves as St. Nick and an elf to rob stores at Christmastime. I’m sure this gets a heavy TV-edit, but still definitely definitely definitely not for the kids.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol (9:50 p.m., Freeform) - Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) faces uncomfortable truths when three Christmas ghosts take him a journey through his past, present and future.

The Year Without A Santa Claus (10 p.m., AMC) - A depressing animated special in which Santa feels sad and unwanted, so he takes the day off before Christmas. Voiced by Mickey Rooney and Shirley Booth.

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Saturday, Dec. 8

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (8 p.m., CBS) - 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.

Santa’s Boots (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this new original movie, Holly returns home for Christmas and is put to work as Santa’s elf at her family’s store, where she meets Nick and falls in love. When Nick disappears days before Christmas, Holly looks for him but all she can find is his misplaced black boot.

Homegrown Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark movie, former sweethearts are forced to work together to organize a high school dance and rediscover what made them fall in love years ago.

Holiday Inn (8 p.m., TCM) - At his New England inn, which is open only during the holidays, a singer (Bing Crosby) competes with a dancer (Fred Astaire) for the affections of a beautiful woman (Marjorie Reynolds). Irving Berlin won an an Oscar for his song “White Christmas,” featured in this 1942 film.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic (8 p.m., Freeform) - Romantic holiday weddings at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Santa Clause 2 (8:30 p.m., AMC) - An ad man (Tim Allen) has to marry by Christmas Eve or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

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“Frosty The Snowman,” the popular animated musical special narrated by Jimmy Durante, airs Saturday on CBS. Classic Media, Inc.



Frosty the Snowman (9 p.m., CBS
) - The 1969 animated adaptation of Romeo Muller’s story of a snowman who comes to life, narrated by Jimmy Durante.

Memories of Christmas (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - Noelle inherits her mother’s house and finds that for the past two years, her aging mother had been hiring professionals to decorate it for Christmas. Noelle tells the decorator that the deal is off, but he won’t take “no” for an answer.

The Santa Clause (9 p.m., Freeform) - From 1994, an adman (Tim Allen) takes over for Santa after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

Frosty Returns (9:30 p.m., CBS) - John Goodman is the voice of Frosty in this sequel in which Frosty is threatened by a snow-removal spray. Narrated by Jonathan Winters.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Welcome to Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark movie, a real estate developer finds romance with a charming sheriff in a small town during the holidays.

Christmas in Tennessee (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this new movie, a baker unites the people of her small mountain town to resist a real estate developer’s plan to build a ski resort.

The Polar Express (8:30 p.m., AMC) - The conductor of a train (Tom Hanks) to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus.

Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - In this new movie, two strangers — a businesswoman and a country music star — are both booked on a flight to Tulsa before the holidays but the flight is canceled because of a snowstorm. They decide to try to get to Tulsa together, and share secrets along the way.

A Snow White Christmas (9 p.m., ION) - In this new movie, Blanca must spend Christmas with her dastardly stepmother, who is trying to cheat her out of her father’s inheritance. Jealous that a handsome designer has eyes for Blanca, the stepmother has Blanca hypnotized so that she’ll forget everything about her life. When Blanca wakes up in a quaint motor lodge out of town with severe amnesia, she receives the help of seven quirky friends, the Holly Jollies, to help her figure out her life.

Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (9 p.m., Food) - Three bakers race to create their take on a gingerbread North Pole.

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.

Monday, Dec. 10

CMA Country Christmas (8 p.m., ABC) - Country music stars perform Christmas classics and festive collaborations. Reba McEntire hosts and performs.

No Sleep ‘Till Christmas (9 p.m., Freeform) - In this new movie, an engaged woman meets a bartender and they discover they can only fall asleep when they are next to each other. It stars Dave Annable and his real-life wife Odette.

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NO SLEEP ‘TIL CHRISTMAS - Dave and Odette Annable will star in “No Sleep ‘Til Christmas,” an unexpected and whimsical holiday romantic comedy about two insomniac strangers plagued by exhaustion. Lizzie (Odette Annable) is a high-end event planner preparing for her own lifeÕs biggest event - her wedding. She lies awake nightly while her devoted fianc Josh (Charles Michael Davis) rests peacefully, unaware of how to solve her issue. When a sleep-deprived incident causes her to run into Billy (Dave Annable), a low-key bartender who is just as sleepless and frustrated as she is, they discover that they can only fall asleep while next to each other. What seems like an odd coincidence, and frankly a disruption to their lives, might be more meaningful than theyÕd like to admit. “No Sleep ‘Til Christmas” premieres Monday, December 10 (9:00 P.M. ET/PT) on Freeform. (Freeform/John Medland) DAVE ANNABLE, ODETTE ANNABLE John Medland Freeform

Holiday Baking Championship (9 p.m., Food) - In the pre-heat, bakers have to combine common pantry ingredients like balsamic vinegar, potato chips, oatmeal, red wine and olive oil in a new version of a classic holiday dessert. Later, the bakers must use two key fruitcake components in a new dessert.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (9:15 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night (10 p.m., NBC) - A one-hour holiday special featuring a variety of heartwarming a cappella performances with celebrity guests.

The Great Christmas Light Fight (10 p.m., ABC) - A new episode featuring over-the-top Christmas displays.

Christmas Cookie Challenge (10 p.m., Food) - The five cookie makers must imagine what Christmas Eve looks like for Mrs. Claus.

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Tuesday, Dec. 11

Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas (9 p.m., NBC) - Singing ventriloquist and “America’s Got Talent” champion Darci Lynne Farmer and her puppet pals Petunia, Oscar, Edna and Katie celebrate the holiday season with special performances and surprise guests.

Elf (9 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Disney’s A Christmas Carol (9 p.m., Freeform) - Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) faces uncomfortable truths when three Christmas ghosts take him a journey through his past, present and future.

Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy (10 p.m., NBC) - A repeat of this new special in which John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrate the season of joy and laughter alongside the couple’s family and talented celebrity friends. Legend performs songs from his 2018 album, “A Legendary Christmas.”

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The Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” (1947) Twentieth Century Fox file photo

Thursday, Dec. 13

Miracle on 34th Street (9:15 p.m., AMC) - In this 1947 classic, an adwoman’s (Maureen O’Hara) lawyer boyfriend (John Payne) tries to prove that Macy’s Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) is the real thing.

Disney Prep & Landing (8 p.m., ABC) - An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve.

Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty and Nice (8:30 p.m., ABC) - Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid.

The Santa Clause (8:55 p.m., Freeform) - An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

Saturday Night Live Christmas (9 p.m., NBC) - A two-hour special featuring some of the most memorable SNL Christmas sketches.

Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (9 p.m., ABC) - Another installment of the holiday-themed baking competition.

Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers (10 p.m., UNC-TV) - The community handbell choir based in Raleigh, N.C., performs holiday song selections including “March of the Toys” and an instrumental version of “Silent Night.”

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“I Love Lucy Christmas Special” features two colorized episodes of the series. SCREEN GRAB CBS Entertainment

Friday, Dec. 14

I Love Lucy Christmas Special (8 p.m., CBS) – In this colorized special, which originally aired in 1956, Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel reminisce as they trim the tree on Christmas Eve.

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.

Christmas Around the Corner (8 p.m., Lifetime) -A venture capitalist from New York travels to a small town for Christmas. Upon arrival, she discovers that the town’s bookstore is in a dire state of disrepair and immediately takes it upon herself to revitalize the store.

Hollywood Christmas Parade (8 p.m., The CW) - This 87th annual event features inflatable character balloons, celebrities and musical performances. Look for Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams host, with Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. Nancy O’Dell is the grand marshal.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Entertaining Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark movie, the daughter of a lifestyle mogul is poised to become the new face of the brand. The only trouble is, she can’t cook, sew, or do any of the other things for which her mother is known.

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Candace Livingstone, daughter of famous lifestyle mogul Liz Livingstone and heir to the family empire, has never lived up to her mothers perfectionist standards. When a young girl posts a video online begging Liz to help arrange a special Christmas party, a reluctant Candace is sent in her place. As she struggles to prove herself worthy of running her moms empire, Candace meets and begins falling for the young girls uncle, a local news reporter who, unbeknownst to her, has been asked to write a less-than-flattering expose. Photo: Jodie Sweetin, Brendan Fehr Credit: ©2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Iden Ford  Iden Ford Crown Media

Christmas Pen Pals (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this new Lifetime movie, a tech wiz heads back to her hometown for the holidays just after an unexpected breakup. She signs up for an anonymous holiday pen pal service and becomes enchanted by each beautifully written letter she receives.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (8:30 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.

Northern Lights of Christmas (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - In this new original movie, Zoey has been working hard to own her own plane, but everything changes when she inherits a reindeer farm. Now buried in taking care of the farm and all of the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange blow.

Country Christmas Album (9 p.m., ION) - Another new original movie. In this one, country music starlet Tess Stapleton is forced to record a Christmas album with ex-teen heartthrob Derek Copeland. They appear to be polar opposites, but as the album shapes up, they find themselves growing closer over their shared love of music.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9:15 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. 16

The Sound of Music (7 p.m., ABC) - This Julie Andrews movie has become a holiday tradition. Andrews plays a novitiate who leaves her convent to become a governess for Capt. Von Trapp’s seven children in Austria before World War II. Christopher Plummer also stars.

A Gingerbread Romance (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark movie, an architect begins to find herself longing for a place to call her own as she works alongside a baker to win a gingerbread house contest.

Hometown Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) - In this new movie, a woman has big plans to resurrect her town’s live nativity, which her late mother previously organized. Things get complicated when she realizes he has to work with her former high school sweetheart.

Meet Me in St. Louis (8 .m., TCM) - This 1944 film, in which a St. Louis lawyer’s family (Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien) stays in town for the 1904 World’s Fair, has one of the saddest Christmas songs ever (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”).

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018 (8 p.m., The CW) - This annual concert features performances by Shawn Mendes, Cardi B and Camila Cabello.

Elf (8:15, AMC) - 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.

Small Town Christmas (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - Another new movie -- in this one, Nell’s last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to Springdale, the hometown of Emmett, a young man she met while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. It stars Hallmark favorites Kristoffer Polaha and Ashley Newbrough.

A Christmas in Royal Fashion (9 p.m., ION) - In this new movie, a handsome prince hopes to convince an American fashion company to bring more business to his kingdom. He hosts a Christmas fashion show, where he meets an intriguing young assistant.

Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (9 p.m., Food) - Three finalists compete for the top prize in the season finale.

Monday, Dec. 17

The Great Christmas Light Fight (8 p.m., ABC) - The two-hour season finale features displays in Greeley, Colo.; Ballplay, Ala.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Temecula, Cali.; Escondido, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Bismarck, N.D.; and Ambler, Penn.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (9 p.m., PBS / UNC-TV) - This Christmas concert in Salt Lake City features Tony Award-winner (and TV star) Sutton Foster. Narrated by Hugh Bonneville.

Holiday Baking Championship (9 p.m., Food) - In the season finale, three final bakers must create an edible holiday ornament, and later a cake that is decorated like a gift but contains a surprise inside.

Christmas Cookie Challenge (10 p.m., Food) - The remaining cookie makers have to create cookies that contain at least four shades of a color for the season finale.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown (8 p.m., The CW) - A countdown of the twelve best holiday commericals.

Christmas with the Kranks (8 p.m., FX) - A Chicago couple (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis) scramble to put together a holiday celebration after their daughter decides to come home for Christmas.

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The Santa Clause (9 p.m., Freeform) - An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

Greatest Holiday Video Countdown (9 p.m., The CW) - The Holderness family of Raleigh — remember “Christmas Jammies”? — hosts this look at the best holiday videos.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 19

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

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (8 p.m., ABC) - When the kingdom of Arendelle empties out for the holiday season, Anna and Elsa realize that they have no family traditions of their own. So Olaf sets out on a merry mission to bring home the very best traditions and save Christmas.

Shrek the Halls (8:30 p.m., ABC) - The ogre’s plans for a cozy family Christmas go awry when Donkey, Puss in Boots and the rest of the fairy-tale gang try to join in the fun.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (9:15 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night (10 p.m., NBC) - A repeat of NBC’s one-hour holiday special featuring a variety of heartwarming a cappella performances with celebrity guests.

Thursday, Dec. 20

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

A Christmas Story Live! (8 p.m., Fox) - From last year, a live production of the movie about little Ralphie, who tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas.

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (9 p.m., ABC) - In the season finale, the five finalists remain in the tent as they face three final bakes, including French custards and cakes.

A Christmas for the Books (9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) - A romance expert conceals her recent breakup and asks a morning show producer to pretend they are a couple before she is exposed as a fraud. When he agrees, she never expects to find herself falling for him.

Marry Friggin’ Christmas (10 p.m., Paramount) - A 2014 movie in which a man (Joel McHale) is forced to spend Christmas at his parents’ house and has to hit the road with his eccentric father (Robin Williams) to get his son’s Christmas gifts before morning.

Friday, Dec. 21

The Wizard of Oz (7:30 p.m., TNT) - Not a Christmas movie, exactly, but an airing of “Wizard of Oz” has become a Christmas TV tradition. In this 1939 classic, a tornado whisks Kansas farm girl Dorothy (Judy Garland) to a magic land, and she must travel to the Emerald City to ask for help in getting back home.

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

A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary (8 p.m., CBS) - LL Cool J hosts this show of inspirational stories of lives changed through adoption. Scheduled performers include Gwen Stefani, Train and Lukas Graham.

Elf (8 p.m., AMC) – 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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Boris Karloff narrates this 1966 special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” NBC

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9:15 p.m., Freeform) - The live action version of the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who sets out to squash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving people of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9:45 p.m., TNT) - This is the animated (and far superior) version of the story, narrated by Boris Karloff. In it, the lonely and heartless Grinch dresses up like Santa to steal the Christmas decorations, gifts and even the special holiday roast beast from the Whos of Whoville.

A Christmas Carol (10:15 p.m., TNT) - Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge (Patrick Stewart) receives visits from three Christmas spirits who show him his past, present and future in this 1999 film.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Jingle Around the Clock (8 p.m., Hallmark) - In this new Hallmark movie, Elle decides to reunite her friends for Christmas, but her plans are thwarted by an opportunity at work. She’s forced to team up with Max, who has a different take on the holidays. As they work together, they find themselves falling for each other.

Remember the Night (8 p.m., TCM) - Love blooms in this 1940 movie between a sympathetic attorney (Fred MacMurray) and the pretty shoplifter (Barbara Stanwyck) he has taken home for the Christmas holiday.

CMA Country Christmas (8 p.m., ABC) - A repeat of this country Christmas special hosted by Reba McEntire.

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(L-R): Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow and Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz.” Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Wizard of Oz (8 p.m., TNT) - Not a Christmas movie, exactly, but an airing of “Wizard of Oz” has become a Christmas TV tradition. In this 1939 classic, a tornado whisks Kansas farm girl Dorothy (Judy Garland) to a magic land, and she must travel to the Emerald City to ask for help in getting back home.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (8, 10:15 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Christmas in Connecticut (10 p.m., TCM) - The publisher of a women’s magzine has his best columnist (Barbara Stanwyck) play holiday host to a Navy hero (Dennis Morgan).

Fred Claus (10:15 p.m., TNT) - Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti) bails his ne’er-do-well brother Fred (Vince Vaughn) out of trouble and puts him to work in his factory.

Sunday, Dec. 23

The Polar Express (7:30 p.m., AMC) - The conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. Stars Tom Hanks.

Christmas Made to Order (8 p.m., Hallmark) - An architect turns to a holiday coordinator for help when he learns he’s hosting his family for Christmas. Her Christmas spirit brings his family closer together, and the two form an even closer bond.

The Holly and the Ivy (8 p.m., TCM) - In this 1952 film, a British vicar’s (Ralph Richardson) Christmas with his family brings him closer to his son and daughters (Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton).

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas (8 p.m., Disney) - In this 2011 Disney movie, chaos tsrikes when a woman and her daugther get separated from their family during the holidays.

Gingerbread Giants 2 (9 p.m., Food) - Five gingerbread artists from across the country convene at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville for the 25th annual National Gingerbread House Competition.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (9:15 p.m., Freeform) - The live action version of the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who sets out to squash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving people of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

A Christmas Carol (10 p.m., TCM) - Charles Dickens’ London miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) meets the spirits of Christmases past, present and future in this 1951 version of the story.

Monday, December 24

(Note: AMC has Christmas movies going 24 hours at this point.)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (6:15 p.m., Freeform) - The live action version of the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who sets out to squash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving people of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

It’s a Wonderful Life (8 p.m., NBC) - It’s the only broadcast network airing of this 1946 Frank Capra classic, in which 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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Cary Grant and Loretta Young in the 1946 film “The Bishop’s Wife.” Samuel Goldwyn Co.

The Bishop’s Wife (8 p.m., TCM) - A holiday favorite from 1947. A charming angel (Cary Grant) saves a woman (Loretta Young) and her Episcopal husband (David Niven) from spiritual doubt and marital woe at Christmastime.

A Christmas Story (8 p.m., TBS) - The marathon begins. Little Ralphie tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas in this 1983 favorite. This marathon ends at 8 p.m. Christmas day.

Christmas Eve in Duke Chapel (8 p.m., UNC-TV) - Recorded in live in 2017, this annual service, led by the Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel, shares the Lessons and Carols of the season.

Elf (8:30 p.m., AMC) - 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 Santa Clause (8:55 p.m., Freeform) - There must have been a deal on this movie because it has aired about a hundred times this month. An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for Santa after a rooftop accident on Christmas Eve.

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Holiday Baking Championship (9 p.m., Food) - Six previous Holiday Baking Championship winners step back into the kitchen for a new competition judged by Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale.

A Christmas Story (9 p.m., TNT) - TNT joins the marathon. Little Ralphie tries to convince his parents in the 1940s to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas in this 1983 favorite. The marathon ends at 9 p.m. Christmas day.

A Christmas Carol (10 p.m., TCM) - In the 1938 version of Dickens’ classic, Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Reginald Owen.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

(Note: AMC is still going wall-to-wall with the Christmas movies all day.)

A Christmas Story (TBS and TNT) - The 24-hour marathon ends at 8 p.m. tonight on TBS and at 9 on TNT.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (8 p.m., PBS / UNC-TV) - The inquisitive monkey makes preparations for a perfect Christmas.

ABC11 Raleigh Christmas Parade (12:30 p.m., WTVD) - WTVD airs their version of this year’s Raleigh Christmas Parade.

Raleigh Christmas Parade (3 p.m., WRAL) - WRAL airs their version of this year’s Raleigh Christmas Parade.

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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 (3 p.m., UNC-TV) - Chef Vivian Howard’s holiday celebration features Southern cooking and Hanukkah traditions. Recipes include corned ham, oyster dressing, hoppin’ john and red-velvet cake.

Santa Claus: The Movie (7:30 p.m., CMT) - Santa (David Huddleston) and an elf (Dudley Moore) foil a New York toy manufacturer (John Lithgow) with aschme to get rich off Christmas.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (7:30 p.m., AMC) - 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.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m., NBC) - This is the animated (and far superior) version of the story, narrated by Boris Karloff. In it, the lonely and heartless Grinch dresses up like Santa to steal the Christmas decorations, gifts and even the special holiday roast beast from the Whos of Whoville.

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“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” airs on NBC. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8:30 p.m., NBC) - The live action version of the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who sets out to squash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving people of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

When Calls the Heart (8 p.m., Hallmark) - A group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, so their caretakers lead Bill to investigate the circumstances of their arrival.

Call the Midwife (9 p.m., PBS / UNC-TV) - In the annual Christmas episode, Sister Mildred arrives at Nonnatus House with four Chinese orphans.

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“Love Actually” from 2003 is a romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, among other British A-Listers, that tells several interrelated love stories within the Christmas season. Universal Pictures

Love, Actually (9 p.m., TNT) - 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.

The Polar Express (9:45 p.m., AMC) - A conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus. Stars Tom Hanks.

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Brooke Cain is a North Carolina native who has worked at The News & Observer for more than 20 years. She writes about TV and local media for the Happiness is a Warm TV blog, and answers CuriousNC questions for readers.
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