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Last updated August 20, 2016

What would Christmas be without the family gathered around the warm glow of a TV?

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 ABC Family for the big mix of movies, specials and animated tales.

The 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon on TBS? Check! It's a Wonderful Life on NBC Christmas Eve? Check! It's nice to know that some things never change, especially around the holidays.

So what else is happening around TV land this Christmas?

2016 Christmas TV special sneak peak

Peter Billingsley in A Christmas Story
"A Christmas Story" marathon
is back on TBS beginning
Christmas Eve at 8PM.

As always, NBC will again herald the arrival of the holidays with a display of top musical talent at the 84th lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree.

Stay tuned for the "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" 2016 telecast on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 with live performances from 7–9PM ET.

The following week, NBC is back -- with another live Broadway musical in what has become a beloved holiday tradition. Following in the footsteps of “The Sound of Music Live!, “Peter Pan Live!” and "The Wiz" watch for this year's live telecast of the Broadway hit "Hairspray Live" on NBC on Wednesday, December 7. 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. 

This years NBC Broadway production of "Hairspray" features an all-star cast including Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, Rosie O'Donnell, and introducing Maddie Baillio as the teenage misfit who becomes the star of the show.

In the further race for holiday ratings, the Hallmark Channel once again promises hours of programming devoted to Christmas movies and specials in 2016 with its "Countdown to Christmas". Of course, for more holiday viewing the whole family can look forward to ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, beginning December 1.

Until then, keep it here as TV schedules are announced, and check back often for the latest updates as we fill in the blanks for a full schedule of U.S. television programming tagged especially for Christmas 2016.

Happy Holidays!

also see ->Top 10 Christmas movies

All times Eastern

Christmas Melody HALLMARK October 28, 10PM
One Starry Christmas HALLMARK October 29, 6AM
Hats Off to Christmas! HALLMARK October 29, 8AM
Christmas at Cartwright's HALLMARK October 29, 10AM
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM October 29, 11AM
A Royal Christmas HALLMARK October 29, 12PM
I'm Not Ready for Christmas HALLMARK October 29, 2PM
Merry Matrimony HALLMARK October 29, 4PM
Crown for Christmas HALLMARK October 29, 6PM
A Wish for Christmas HALLMARK October 29, 8PM
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas HALLMARK October 29, 10PM
'Tis the Season for Love HALLMARK October 29, 12AM


"The Nightmare Before Christmas" airing on Freeform, October 29th at 11AM ET.


Snow Bride HALLMARK October 30, 6AM
Northpole: Open for Christmas HALLMARK October 30, 8AM
Ice Sculpture Christmas HALLMARK October 30, 10AM
A Princess for Christmas HALLMARK October 30, 12PM
A Wish for Christmas HALLMARK October 30, 2PM
The Nine Lives of Christmas HALLMARK October 30, 4PM
Christmas Under Wraps HALLMARK October 30, 6PM
Family for Christmas HALLMARK October 30, 8PM
Christmas Land HALLMARK October 30, 10PM
It's Christmas, Carol! HALLMARK October 31, 6AM
Christmas Incorporated HALLMARK October 31, 8AM
Hitched for the Holidays HALLMARK October 31, 2PM
Best Christmas Party Ever HALLMARK October 31, 4PM
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year HALLMARK October 31, 6PM
A Royal Christmas HALLMARK October 31, 8PM
Christmas at Cartwright's HALLMARK October 31, 10PM
A Wish for Christmas HALLMARK November 5, 8PM
Mistletoe Promise HALLMARK November 6, 8PM
Every Christmas Has a Story HALLMARK November 12, 8PM
Christmas Cookies HALLMARK November 13, 8PM
My Christmas Dream HALLMARK November 19, 8PM
A December Bride HALLMARK November 20, 8PM
Christmas in Homestead HALLMARK November 23, 8PM
November 24 - Thanksgiving Day
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC November 24, 9AM
National Dog Show NBC November 24, 12PM
Christmas List HALLMARK November 24, 8PM
Journey Back to Christmas HALLMARK November 25, 8PM
A Heavenly Christmas HALLMARK November 26, 8PM
Broadcasting Christmas HALLMARK November 27, 8PM
Christmas in Rockefeller Center NBC November 30, 7PM

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The Man Who Came to Dinner TCM December 1, 8PM
It Happened on 5th Avenue TCM December 1, 10PM
National Christmas Tree Lighting HALLMARK December 2, 8PM
A Dream of Christmas HALLMARK December 3, 8PM
Looks Like Christmas HALLMARK December 4, 8PM
Hairspray Live NBC December 7, 8PM
A Nutcracker Christmas HALLMARK December 10, 8PM
Meant To Be HALLMARK December 11, 8PM
Meet Me in St. Louis TCM December 12, 8PM
In the Good Old Summertime TCM December 12, 10PM
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! TCM December 12, 12AM
The Shop Around the Corner TCM December 15, 8PM
Christmas in Connecticut TCM December 15, 10PM
My Christmas Love HALLMARK December 17, 8PM
Sleigh Bells Ring HALLMARK December 18, 8PM
Holiday Affair TCM December 22, 8PM
Remember the Night TCM December 22, 9:45PM
A Christmas Carol TCM December 22, 11:30PM
Babes in Toyland TCM December 22, 1:15AM
December 24 - Christmas Eve
Scrooge TCM December 24, 10:15am
It Happened on 5th Avenue TCM December 24, 12:15PM
Holiday Affair TCM December 24, 2:15PM
The Shop Around the Corner TCM December 24, 4PM
Meet Me in St. Louis TCM December 24, 6PM
It's a Wonderful Life NBC December 24, 8PM
A Christmas Story marathon begins TBS December 24, 8PM
Christmas in Connecticut TCM December 24, 8PM


"It's A Wonderful LIfe" airs on NBC Christmas Eve, December 24 at 8PM ET.


December 25 - Christmas Day
Going My Way TCM December 25, 6AM
A Christmas Story marathon continues TBS December 25, 8AM
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