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Last updated: November 29, 2021

Along with holly and mistletoe, another great Christmas tradition includes families gathered around the warm glow of a TV to watch much beloved Christmas movies and TV specials.

This year, watch for a select group of U.S. stations specializing in everybody's favorite Christmas gems - such as CBS for animated specials, TMC for movies, or Freeform for the big mix of movies, specials and animated tales.

It's a Wonderful Life on NBC Christmas Eve? The 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon on TBS? We've got it covered.

It's nice to know that some things never change, especially around the holidays. But what else is happening around TV land this Christmas?


2021 Christmas TV - What's On?

Peter Billingsley in A Christmas Story
Christmas Special Highlights
(see complete schedule below)

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Nov. 19 7:30PM ET PBS
• Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Nov. 20 6:30PM TBS
"Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"
Nov. 22 8PM ET CBS
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov. 25 9AM ET NBC
"Frosty the Snowman"
Nov. 26 8PM ET CBS
• "The Sound of Music"
Dec. 19 7PM ET ABC
"A Christmas Story" Marathon
Dec. 24 8PM ET TBS
"It's a Wonderful Life"
Dec. 4, Dece 24 8PM ET NBC

As always, NBC will herald the arrival of the holidays at the 87th lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree. Stay tuned for the "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" 2021 telecast on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 with live performances by top musical talent from 8–9PM ET.

And speaking of beloved holiday traditions, watch for the movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" to air on NBC on Christmas Eve on Friday, December 24, 2021 at 8PM ET. Meanwhile, the annual kickoff of the 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon on TBS begins at 8PM ET with continuous showings through Christmas day.

AND ,,, Charlie Brown is back on network television this year! .... as the Peanuts Christmas special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs on Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on PBS and PBS Kids.

In the further race for holiday ratings, the Hallmark Channel once again promises hours of programming devoted to Christmas movies and specials in 2021.

And, for more holiday fun there's the highly anticipated "25 Days of Christmas" on Freeform, beginning December 1.

Meanwhile, keep it here to check back for the latest updates as we fill in the blanks for a full schedule of U.S. television programming and streaming movies tagged especially for the holidays.

Merry Christmas!

 

also see ->Top 10 Christmas movies | New Year's Eve TV schedule

 

All times ET

November 1
The Claus Family (Netflix, Nov. 1)

November 5
Gingerbread Miracle (Hallmark, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.)
Open by Christmas (Hallmark, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.)

November 6
Next Stop, Christmas (Hallmark, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.)

November 7
Father Christmas is Back (Netflix, Nov. 7)
A Christmas Treasure (Hallmark, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.)

November 13
My Christmas Family Tree (Hallmark, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.)
One December Night (Hallmark, Nov. 13, 10 p.m.)

November 14

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (TBS, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.)
Four Christmases (TBS, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.)
A Holiday in Harlem (Hallmark, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.)
Adele One Night Only (CBS, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m.)
12 Dates of Christmas (TBS, Nov. 14,10 p.m.)
Four Christmases (TBS, Nov. 14, 12 a.m.)

November 17
Christmas Flow (Netflix, Nov. 17)

November 18
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (Netflix, Nov. 18)

November 19
Blown Away: Christmas (Netflix, Nov. 19)
Nantucket Noel (Hallmark, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.)

November 20
The Polar Express (TBS, Nov. 20, 4:30 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (TBS, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) (TBS, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. )
A Christmas Together with You (Hallmark, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.)
The Wizard of Oz (TBS, Nov. 20, 8 p.m. )
Five More Minutes (Hallmark, Nov. 20, 10 p.m.)
12 Dates of Christmas Finale (TBS, Nov. 20, 10:15 p.m.)

November 21

The Polar Express (TBS, Nov. 21, 2:45 p.m.)
The Wizard of Oz (TBS, Nov. 21, 4:45 p.m. )
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (PBS, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.)
A Kiss Before Christmas (Hallmark, Nov. 21, 8 p.m.)

November 22
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (CBS, Nov. 22, 8 p.m.)

November 23
Waffles + Mochi’s Holiday Feast (Netflix, Nov. 23)

November 24
Robin Robin (Netflix, Nov. 24)
A Boy Called Christmas (Netflix, Nov. 24)

November 25 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
2021 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.)
Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.)
2021 National Dog Show  (NBC, Nov. 25, 12 p.m.)
Four Christmases (TBS, Nov. 25, 6 p.m.)
The Wizard of Oz (TBS, Nov. 25, 7:45 p.m.)
The Magic Maker (ABC, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.)
The Nine Kittens of Christmas (Hallmark, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.)

November 26
Christmas CEO (Hallmark, Nov. 26, 6 p.m.)
Four Christmases (TBS, Nov. 26, 7 p.m.)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (NBC, Nov. 26, 8 p.m.)
Frosty the Snowman (CBS, Nov. 26, 8 p.m.)
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABC, Nov. 26, 8 p.m.)

Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2021 (The CW, Nov. 26, 8 p.m.)
An Unexpected Christmas (Hallmark, Nov. 26, 8 p.m.)
Frosty Returns (CBS, Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m.)
5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas (NBC, Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m.)
Trolls Holiday in Harmony (NBC, Nov. 26, 9 p.m.)
Four Christmases (TBS, Nov. 26, 9:30 p.m.)
A Castle For Christmas (Netflix, Nov. 26)
School of Chocolate (Netflix, Nov. 26)

November 27
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Marathon (TBS, Nov. 26, 6 a.m.)
Making Spirits Bright (Hallmark, Nov. 27, 6 p.m.)
Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire (CBS, Nov. 27, 8 p.m.)
Christmas, Castle Hart (Hallmark, Nov. 27, 8 p.m.)
Robbie the Reindeer: Legends of the Lost Tribe (CBS, Nov. 27, 8:30 p.m.)
The Story of Santa Claus (CBS, Nov. 27, 9 p.m.)
Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas (Hallmark, Nov. 27, 10 p.m.)

November 28
Elves (Netflix, Nov. 28)
Christmas in Tahoe (Hallmark, Nov. 28, 6 p.m.)
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (ABC, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.)
One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (CBS, Nov. 28, 8.pm.)

The Christmas Contest (Hallmark, Nov. 28, 8 p.m.)
The Waltons’ Homecoming (The CW, Nov. 28, 8 p.m.)

November 29
CMA Country Christmas (ABC, Nov. 29, 8 p.m.)

December 1 COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 1, 5:50 p.m. )
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 1, 8:20 p.m )
Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.)
Beebo Saves Christmas (The CW, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.)
World’s Funniest Animals: Christmas (The CW, Dec. 1, 9 p.m.)
Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around (NBC, Dec. 1, 10 p.m.)

December 2
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 2, 6:20 p.m.:)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 2, 8:20 p.m.:)
Annie Live! (NBC, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.)
Olaf's Frozen Adventure (ABC, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.)
Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC, Dec. 2, 8:30 p.m.)

Single All the Way (Netflix, Dec. 2)

December 3
Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues (Apple TV+, Dec. 3 )
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 4 (Netflix, Dec. 3)
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (Netflix, Dec. 3)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 3, 4:35 p.m.:)
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 3, 7:15 p.m.)
Eight Gifts of Hanukkah (Hallmark, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 3, 9:25 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 3, 11:55 p.m.)

December 4

A Christmas Story (TBS, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (Freeform, Dec. 4, 6:05 p.m:)
Frosty the Snowman (Freeform, Dec. 4, 7:10 p.m.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Freeform, Dec. 4, 7:45 p.m..)
It's a Wonderful Life (NBC, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.)
A Christmas Story (TBS, Dec. 4, 8 p.m. )
A Very Bridesmaid (Hallmark, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 4, 8:50 p.m.)
Our Christmas Journey (Hallmark, Dec. 4, 10 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 4, 11:20 p.m.)

December 5
Frosty the Snowman (Freeform, Dec. 5, 5:00 p.m.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Freeform, Dec. 5, 5:35 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 5, 6:40 p.m.)
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday (Hallmark, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 5, 9:10 p.m.)
The 23rd Annual A Home for the Holidays at the Grove (CBS, Dec. 5, 9:30 p.m.)
Daddy's Home 2 (Freeform, Dec. 5, 11:50 p.m.)

December 6
David and the Elves(Netflix, Dec. 6)
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 6, 6:20 p.m.)
A Very Boy Band Holiday (ABC, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.)
Christmas Around The World (The CW, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.)
Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City (NBC, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 6, 12 a.m.)

December 7
Disney's A Christmas Carol (Freeform, Dec. 7, 6:15 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 7, 8:20 p.m.)
Arthur Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 7, 12 a.m.)

December 8
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) (Freeform, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 8, 9:30 p.m.)

December 9
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) (Freeform, Dec. 9, 3:50 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 9, 5:50 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 9, 8:20 p.m.)
Snowglobe (Freeform, Dec. 9, 12 a.m.)

December 10
Snoopy Presents For Auld Lang Syne (Apple+, Dec. 10)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 10, 2:35 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 10, 4:10 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 10, 6:40 p.m.)
A Dickens of a Holiday! (Hallmark, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.)
Penn & Teller: Merry Fool US (The CW, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 10, 9:20 p.m.)

December 11
Toy Story That Time Forgot (Freeform, Dec. 11, 2:40 p.m.)
Toy Story (Freeform, Dec. 11, 3:10 p.m.) Toy Story 2 (Freeform, Dec. 11, 5:10 p.m.)
Toy Story 3 (Freeform, Dec. 11,7:15 p.m)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (TBS, Dec. 11, 8 p.m. )
A Royal Queens Christmas (Hallmark, Dec. 11, 8 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (TBS, Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. )
A Christmas Story (TBS, Dec. 11, 9 p.m. )
Toy Story 4 (Freeform, Dec. 11, 9:45 p.m.)
A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love (Hallmark, Dec. 11, 10 p.m.)
Arthur Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 11, 11:55 p.m.)

December 12
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 12, 5:15 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 12,7:25 p.m.)
Sister Swap: Christmas in the City (Hallmark, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.)
A Christmas Proposal (CBS, Dec. 12, 8:30 p.m.)
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2021 (The CW, Dec. 12, 9 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 12, 9:55 p.m.)
Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist (Freeform, Dec. 12, 12 a.m.)

December 13
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 13, 4:00 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 13, 6:00 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 13, 8:30 p.m.)

December 14
StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year (Netflix, Dec. 14)
Love Actually (Freeform, Dec. 14, 12:30 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 14, 6:00 p.m.)
Office Christmas Party (Freeform Premiere) (Freeform, Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m.)
The Night Before (Freeform, Dec. 14, 12 a.m.)

December 15
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 15, 1:35 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2: (Freeform, Dec. 15, 3:45 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 15, 6:15 p.m.)
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021 (The CW, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.)
A Very Chrisley Christmas (NBC, Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 15, 8:20 p.m.)

December 16
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 16,6:00 p.m.)
Home Alone 2Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m.)
Dogs of the Year 2021 (The CW, Dec. 16, 8 p.m.)
A California Christmas: City Lights(Netflix, Dec. 16)

December 17
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 17,5:10 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 17, 7:20 p.m.)
The 89th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (The CW, Dec. 17, 8 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 17, 9:50 p.m.)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (Freeform, Dec. 17, 11:55 p.m.)

December 18
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 18, 12:55 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 18, 3:05 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 18, 5:35 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) (Freeform, Dec. 18, 7:40 p.m.)
The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls (Hallmark, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 18, 9:40 p.m.)
Christmas for Keeps (Hallmark, Dec. 18, 10 p.m.)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 18, 12:20 a.m.)

December 19
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) (Freeform, Dec. 19, 4:10 p.m.)
Frosty the Snowman (Freeform, Dec. 19, 6:10 p.m.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Freeform, Dec. 19, 6:45 p.m.)
The Sound of Music (ABC, 7 p.m., Dec. 19)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (PBS and PBS Kids, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 19, 7:50 p.m.)
Christmas Takes Flight (CBS, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 19, 10:20 p.m.)

December 20

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Freeform, Dec. 20, 5:15 p.m..)
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 20, 6:20 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 20, 12 a.m.)

December 21
Disney's A Christmas Carol (Freeform, Dec. 21, 4:00 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 21, 6 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m.)
Beebo Saves Christmas (The CW, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.)
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2021 (The CW, Dec. 21, 9 p.m.)

December 22
Grumpy Christmas (Netflix, Dec. 22)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 22, 4:35 p.m.)
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 22, 7:15 p.m.)
Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (NBC, Dec. 22, 8 p.m.)
The 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (CBS, Dec. 22, 9 p.m.)
Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2021 (The CW, Dec. 22, 9 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 22, 9:25 p.m.)
Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City (NBC, Dec. 22, 10 p.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 22, 11:55 p.m.)

December 23
.Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 23, 4:05 p.m)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 23, 6:35 p.m.)
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABC, Dec. 23, 8 p.m.)
A Very Boy Band Holiday (ABC, Dec. 23, 9 p.m.)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 23, 9:15 p.m.)
CMA Country Christmas (ABC, Dec. 23, 10 p.m.)
Arthur Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 23, 11:55 p.m.)

December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE
1000 Miles From Christmas / 1000 Kms de la Navidad (Netflix, Dec. 24)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (Freeform, Dec. 24, 6:00 p.m.)
It's a Wonderful Life (NBC, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.)
Olaf's Frozen Adventure (ABC, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.)
Christmas Around The World (The CW, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.)
A Christmas Story marathon begins (TBS, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.)
A Holly Dolly Christmas (Dolly Parton Holiday Special) (CBS, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.)
Frosty the Snowman (Freeform, Dec. 24, 8:30 p.m.)
Shrek the Halls (ABC, Dec. 24, 8:30 p.m.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Freeform, Dec. 24, 9 p.m.)
Disney Prep & Landing (ABC, Dec. 24, 9 p.m.)
Disney Prep & Landing 2 : Naughty vs Nice (ABC, Dec. 24, 9:30 p.m.)

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (Freeform, Dec. 24, 10 p.m.)
Christmas Eve Mass (NBC, Dec. 24, 11:30 p.m.)

December 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS! - CHRISTMAS DAY
Arthur Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 25, 7 a.m.)
A Christmas Story marathon continues until 8 p.m. (TBS, Dec. 25, 8 a.m.)
The Santa Clause (Freeform, Dec. 25, 9:10 a.m.)
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (ABC, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.)
The Santa Clause 2 (Freeform, Dec. 25, 11:20 a.m.)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform, Dec. 25, 1:50 p.m.)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (Freeform, Dec. 25, 4 p.m.)
Frosty the Snowman (Freeform, Dec. 25, 5:05 p.m.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Freeform, Dec. 25, 5:40 p.m.)
Home Alone (Freeform, Dec. 25, 6:45 p.m.)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (NBC, Dec. 25, 8 p.m.)
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021 (The CW, Dec. 25, 8 p.m.)
The Wizard of Oz (TBS, Dec. 25, 8 p.m.)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Freeform, Dec. 25, 9:15 p.m.)
Arthur Christmas (Freeform, Dec. 25, 11:55 p.m.)


 
 

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