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Last updated: May 7, 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
"A Christmas Story" marathon
will be back on TBS beginning
Christmas Eve 2020 at 8PM.

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 again 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.

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 of all time

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