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Last updated: November 16, 2018

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 (formerly known as ABC Family) 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?


2018 Christmas TV - What's On Tonight?

Peter Billingsley in A Christmas Story
"A Christmas Story" marathon
will be back on TBS beginning
Christmas Eve 2018 at 8PM.

As always, NBC will herald the arrival of the holidays at the 86th lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree. Stay tuned for the "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" 2018 telecast on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 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, December 24, 2018 at 8PM ET. Meanwhile, the annual kickoff of the 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon on TBS begins at 8PM ET as well, 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 2018. And, for more holiday viewing the whole family can look forward to Freeform's "25 Days of Christmas", beginning December 1.

Until then, 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 tagged especially for Christmas 2018.

Happy Holidays!

also see ->Top 10 Christmas movies of all time

Movie / TV Special TV Channel Date / Time (Eastern)
Deck the Halls FREEFORM November 16, 4:00pm
Wish Upon a Christmas LIFETIME November 16, 6:00pm
Christmas in Mississippi LIFETIME November 16, 8:00pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story FREEFORM November 16, 9:00pm
Christmas with the Kranks FREEFORM November 17, 12:45pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story FREEFORM November 17, 2:50pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 FREEFORM November 17, 4:50pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 FREEFORM November 17, 6:55pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) TBS November 17, 7:00pm
The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story TBS November 17, 7:30pm
– Elf Pets: Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas TBS November 17, 8:00pm
Christmas at Graceland HALLMARK November 17, 8:00pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) TBS November 17, 8:30pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 FREEFORM November 18, 2:15pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 FREEFORM November 18, 4:20pm
Mingle All the Way HALLMARK November 18, 8:00pm
Disney's The Lion King FREEFORM November 18, 8:55pm
Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride FREEFORM November 18, 11:00pm
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
ABC November 21, 8:00pm
Christmas at the Palace HALLMARK November 21, 8:00pm
My Christmas Inn LIFETIME November 21, 8:00pm
A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving NBC November 21, 9:00pm
Return to Christmas Creek HALLMARK November 18, 9:00pm
A Christmas Arrangement LIFETIME November 21, 10:00pm

"The Wizard of Oz" airs Thanksgiving Day at 6PM and 8:45PM ET on TBS.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS CBS November 22, 9:00am
2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC November 22, 9:00am
The Wizard of Oz TBS November 22, 6:00pm
Christmas at Grand Valley HALLMARK November 22,. 8:00pm
The Christmas Contract LIFETIME November 22, 8:00pm
The Wizard of Oz TBS November 22, 8:45pm
‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion LIFETIME November 22, 10:00pm
 
Wizard of Oz
TBS November 23, 5:45pm
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town ABC November 23, 8:00pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) NBC November 23, 8:00pm
Love Actually TBS November 23, 8:00pm
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe
HALLMARK November 23, 8:00pm
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer CW November 23, 8:00pm
Poinsettias for Christmas LIFETIME November 23, 8:00pm
Frosty Returns CBS November 23, 8:30pm
DreamWorks Trolls Holiday NBC November 23, 8:30pm
Every Other Holiday LIFETIME November 23, 10:00pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM November 24, 7:45pm
Christmas Everlasting HALLMARK November 24, 8:00pm
Every Day is Christmas LIFETIME November 24, 8:00pm
Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire CBS November 24, 8:00pm
The Story of Santa Claus CBS November 24, 8:30pm
Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe
CBS November 24, 9:00pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM November 24, 9:50pm
Christmas Harmony LIFETIME November 24, 10:00pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM November 25, 4:50pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM November 25, 6:55pm
A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
HALLMARK November 25, 8:00pm
Jingle Belle LIFETIME November 25, 8:00pm
The Truth About Christmas FREEFORM November 25, 9:00pm
Christmas Perfection LIFETIME November 25, 10:00pm
Elf AMC November 26, 7:00pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM November 26, 7:15pm
The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC November 26, 8:00pm
Paddington FREEFORM November 26, 8:55pm
Elf AMC November 26, 9:00pm
Miracle on 34th Street (1947, Natalie Wood) AMC November 26, 11:00pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM November 27, 5:05pm
Paddington FREEFORM November 27, 6:45pm
The Santa Clause 2
AMC November 27, 7:00pm

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" airs November 27 at 8PM ET on CBS.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer CBS November 27, 8:00pm
The Santa Clause 2
AMC November 27, 9:30pm
Christmas in Rockefeller Center NBC November 28, 8:00pm
Disney's A Christmas Carol FREEFORM November 28, 8:50pm
National Lampoon’s Christmas AMC November 28, 9:15pm
A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissy NBC November 28, 10:00pm
Disney's A Christmas Carol FREEFORM November 29, 6:40pm
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure ABC November 29, 8:00pm
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot ABC November 29, 8:30pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM November 29, 8:50pm
The Wonderful World of Disney:
Magical Holiday Celebration
ABC November 29, 9:00pm
Jingle All the Way 2 FREEFORM November 29, 12:00am
Christmas with the Kranks FREEFORM November 30, 4:35pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM November 30, 6:40pm
A Very Nutty Christmas LIFETIME November 30, 8:00pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM November 30, 8:50pm
I'll Be Home for Christmas FREEFORM November 30, 12am
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa HALLMARK December 1, 8:00pm
A Twist of Christmas LIFETIME December 1, 8:00pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM December 1, 7:35pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 1, 9:15pm
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) TCM December 1, 9:45pm
Love for Christmas LIFETIME December 1, 10:00pm
Life-Size FREEFORM December 1, 11:55pm
A Majestic Christmas HALLMARK December 2, 8:00pm
The Christmas Pact LIFETIME December 2, 8:00pm
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve FREEFORM December 2, 9:00pm
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special ABC December 2, 10:00pm
A Star for Christmas LIFETIME December 2, 10:00pm
The Holiday FREEFORM December 2, 11:00pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 3, 7:25pm
The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC December 3, 8:00pm
Pop Up Santa Holiday Special FREEFORM December 3, 9:30pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 4, 6:50pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 4, 8:55pm
Saturday Night Live Best of Christmas NBC December 4, 9:00pm
Home Alone 3 FREEFORM December 4, 12:00am
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 5, 6:50pm
Christmas with the Kranks FREEFORM December 5, 8:55pm
I’ll Be Home for Christmas FREEFORM December 5, 12:00am
Disney Pixar's Toy Story FREEFORM December 6, 6:55pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas ABC December 6, 8:00pm

"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs December 6 at 8PM ET on TBS.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon) TBS December 6, 8:00pm
Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf TBS December 6, 8:30pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 FREEFORM December 6, 8:55pm
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition ABC December 6, 9:00pm
Call Me Claus FREEFORM December 6, 12:00am
Disney Pixar's Toy Story FREEFORM December 7, 3:15pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 FREEFORM December 7, 5:15pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 FREEFORM December 7, 7:20pm
Christmas Lost and Found LIFETIME December 7, 8:00pm
Disney’s A Christmas Carol FREEFORM December 7, 9:50pm
A Belle for Christmas FREEFORM December 7, 11:55pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 FREEFORM December 8, 5:30pm
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic FREEFORM December 8, 8:00pm
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition ABC December 8, 8:00pm
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer CBS December 8, 8:00pm
Holiday Inn (1942, Bing Crosby) TCM December 8, 8:00pm
Homegrown Christmas HALLMARK December 8, 8:00pm
Santa’s Boots LIFETIME December 8, 8:00pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 8, 9:00pm
Frosty the Snowman CBS December 8, 9:00pm
Frosty Returns CBS December 8, 9:30pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 8, 11:00pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 9, 4:50pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 9, 6:55pm
Christmas Wonderland HALLMARK December 9, 8:00pm
A Christmas in Tennessee LIFETIME December 9, 8:00pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 9, 9:00pm
Love the Coopers FREEFORM December 9, 11:35pm

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" airs December 10 at 4:40PM ET on Freeform.
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM December 10, 4:40pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 10, 6:20pm
CMA Country Christmas
ABC December 10, 8:00pm
No Sleep ‘Til Christmas FREEFORM December 10, 9:00pm
The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC December 10, 10:00pm
Holiday in Handcuffs FREEFORM December 10, 12:00am
Ice Age: Continental Drift FREEFORM December 11, 6:25pm
Disney Pixar's Finding Nemo FREEFORM December 11, 8:30pm
Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas NBC December 11, 9:00pm
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure FREEFORM December 11, 12:00am
Disney Pixar's Finding Nemo FREEFORM December 12, 6:30pm
Disney’s A Christmas Carol FREEFORM December 12, 9:00pm
Call Me Claus FREEFORM December 12, 12:00am
The Holiday FREEFORM December 13, 5:45pm
Disney’s Prep & Landing ABC December 13, 8:00pm
Disney’s Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice ABC December 13, 8:30pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 13, 8:55pm
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition ABC December 13, 9:00pm
Saturday Night Live Best of Christmas NBC December 13, 9:00pm
Deck the Halls FREEFORM December 13, 12:00am
Deck the Halls FREEFORM December 14, 5:15pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 14, 7:20pm
I Love Lucy Christmas Special CBS December 14, 8:00pm

"The Sound of Music" airs December 16 at 7PM ET on ABC.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 14, 9:25pm
The Family Stone FREEFORM December 14, 11:30pm
The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade CW December 14, 8:00pm
Christmas Around the Corner LIFETIME December 14, 8:00pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story FREEFORM December 15, 2:40pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 FREEFORM December 15, 4:40pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 FREEFORM December 15, 6:45pm/
A Gingerbread Romance HALLMARK December 15, 8:00pm
Christmas Pen Pals LIFETIME December 15, 8:00pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 15, 9:15pm
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve FREEFORM December 15, 11:55pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story FREEFORM December 16, 12:00pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2 FREEFORM December 16, 2:00pm
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 FREEFORM December 16, 4:05pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 16, 6:35pm
The Sound of Music ABC December 16, 7:00pm
Disney’s A Christmas Carol FREEFORM December 16, 9:15pm
A Miracle on Christmas Lake FREEFORM December 16, 11:20pm
Entertaining Christmas HALLMARK December 16, 8:00pm
Hometown Christmas LIFETIME December 16, 8:00pm
Disney’s A Christmas Carol FREEFORM December 17, 5:10pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM December 17, 7:15pm
Paddington FREEFORM December 17, 8:55pm
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish FREEFORM December 17, 12:00am
The Holiday FREEFORM December 18, 5:45pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 18, 8:55pm
Dates of Christmas FREEFORM December 18, 12:00am
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 19, 5:05pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 19, 7:10pm
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure ABC December 19, 8:00pm
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer CW December 19, 8:00pm

"Love Actually" airs December 21 at 8PM ET on TBS.
Shrek the Halls ABC December 19, 8:30pm
Disney Pixar's The Incredibles FREEFORM December 19, 9:15pm
Life-Size FREEFORM December 19, 11:55pm
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town FREEFORM December 20, 5:35pm
Disney Pixar's The Incredibles FREEFORM December 20, 6:40pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas ABC December 20, 8:00pm
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition ABC December 20, 9:00pm
Ice Age: Continental Drift FREEFORM December 20, 9:20pm
Ellen’s Game of Games NBC December 20, 10:00pm
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve FREEFORM December 20, 11:25pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 21, 5:05pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 21, 7:10pm
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown ABC December 21, 8:00pm
A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary CBS December 21, 8:00pm
Love Actually TBS December 21, 8:00pm
The Great Christmas Light Fight ABC December 21, 9:00pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 21, 9:15pm
No Sleep ‘Til Christmas FREEFORM December 21, 11:55pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 22, 9:40am
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 22, 11:50am
Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot FREEFORM December 22, 1:55pm
Disney’s Prep & Landing FREEFORM December 22, 2:25pm
Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice FREEFORM December 22, 2:55pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM December 22, 3:25pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 22, 5:05pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 22, 7:45pm
Christmas Copy HALLMARK December 22, 8:00pm
A Golden Christmas LIFETIME December 22, 8:00pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 22, 9:50pm
Christmas in Connecticut TCM December 22, 11:00pm
Christmas with the Kranks FREEFORM December 22, 11:55pm

"It's a Wonderful Life" airs Christmas Eve, December 24 at 8PM on NBC.
Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot FREEFORM December 23, 11:45am
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town FREEFORM December 23, 12:15pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM December 23, 1:20pm
Christmas with the Kranks FREEFORM December 23, 3:00pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 23, 5:05pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 23, 7:10pm
Christmas Made to Order HALLMARK December 23, 8:00pm
3 Holiday Tails LIFETIME December 23, 8:00pm
Disney’s Prep & Landing ABC December 23, 8:00pm
The Holly and the Ivy TCM December 23, 8:00pm
Disney’s Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice ABC December 23, 8:30pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 23, 9:15pm
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve FREEFORM December 23, 11:55pm
Christmas Eve
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas FREEFORM December 24, 11:00am
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM December 24, 12:30pm
Jingle All the Way 2 FREEFORM December 24, 2:05pm
Disney’s A Christmas Carol FREEFORM December 24, 4:10pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas FREEFORM December 24, 6:15pm
It’s a Wonderful Life NBC December 24, 8:00pm
A Christmas Story 24-hour marathon begins TBS December 24, 8:00pm
The Bishop's Wife TCM December 24, 8:00pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 24, 8:55pm
A Christmas Carol (1938) TCM December 24, 10:00pm
Christmas Eve Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica NBC December 24, 11:30pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 24, 12:00am

"The Lion King" airs Christmas Day, December 25, at 8:55PM ET on Freeform.
Merry Christmas!
Disney’s Prep & Landing FREEFORM December 25, 7:00am
Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice FREEFORM December 25, 7:30am
A Christmas Story (marathon continues) TBS December 25, 8:00am
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas FREEFORM December 25, 8:00am
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade ABC December 25, 10:00am
The Nightmare Before Christmas FREEFORM December 25, 11:00am
Disney’s A Christmas Carol FREEFORM December 25, 12:40pm
Christmas with the Kranks FREEFORM December 25, 2:40pm
The Santa Clause FREEFORM December 25, 4:45pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause FREEFORM December 25, 6:50pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon) NBC December 25, 8:00pm
When Calls the Heart Christmas HALLMARK December 25, 8:00pm
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas NBC December 25, 8:30pm
Disney’s The Lion King FREEFORM December 25, 8:55pm
Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride FREEFORM December 25, 12:00am


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