It's time to map out your Christmas-show viewing plans


The Christmas TV list seems to keep growing, even untended. Earlier, I sent a mega-list to papers and put it here. Since then, however, there have been several additions; here's the current version:

By Mike Hughes

Old-timers might
recall when Christmas was a day, or maybe 12 days. Now it's a
marathon..

Back in 1996, the
Family Channel created “25 Days of Christmas.” Since then, the
channel has changed its name three times and has decided 25 days
aren't nearly enough. Now it's called Freeform and started it
“Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” on Sunday (Nov. 18).

By then, the
Hallmark Channel has already shown two new Christmas movies. It has
20 more this season ... plus another 15 on Hallmark Movies &
Mysteries.

Still, the real rush
starts with the parades on Thanksgiving morning. Here's a list of the
key things – new TV movies, specials and cartoons, plus reruns of a
few of the key cartoons and movies.

Everything is
subject to change and to extra details. A few networks have said when
their new shows will rerun, but many haven't; two (Fox and NBC) –
have been slow with any specifics. Still, here's a guide to what's
set so far, for a busy (and long) Christmas TV season.

Parades

-- Macy's parade, 9
a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 22, NBC. It's the 92nd year
for the parade, which has 12 bands, 26 floats, 59 balloons and 1,200
dancers and cheerleaders. NBC, with the “Today” people, also
plans music by John Legend, Martina McBride, Diana Ross, Leona Lewis,
Pentatonix and more.

-- Same parade, 9
a.m. to noon Thursday, CBS. This network has Kevin Frazier and Keltie
Knight hosting, with the casts of the Tony-winning “Dear Evan
Hansen” and the new “King Kong” musical.

-- Hollywood
Christmas Parade, 8-10 p.m. Dec. 14, CW. Nancy O'Dell is grand
marshal. Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams
host, with music on two stages.

-- Christmas Day
Parade, 10 a.m. to noon ET Dec. 25, 9-11 a.m. in other time zones,
ABC. Jordan Fischer, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Palmer host in the Disney
parks. There's music by Fisher, Gwen Stefani, Andrea Bocelli (alone
and with his son Matteo), Brett Eldredge, Aloe Blacc, Maddie Poppe,
Olivia Holt, Dcappella and Why Don't We.

Cartoon classics

-- “How the Grinch
Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, NBC. Also, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 (originally scheduled for Dec. 6) and 7 and 9:45
p.m. Dec. 21 on TBS. Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones created one of TV's all-time
greats.

-- “Frosty the
Snowman,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, CBS, with its sequel, “Frosty
Returns,” at 8:30. They're also at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

-- “Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, CBS; also, 8 p.m.
Dec. 8.

-- “A Charlie
Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 6; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Like
“Grinch,” this is one of the all-time best. Rounding out the hour
are short bits adapted from the “Peanuts” comic strip.

“A Christmas
Carol”

-- “Disney's
Christmas Carol” (2009), 8:50 p.m. Nov. 28, Freeform; alsom 6:40
p.m. Nov. 29; 9:50 p.m. Dec. 7; 2:20 p.m. Dec. 8; 9 p.m. Dec. 12;
9:15 p.m. D

-- “A Christmas
Carol” (1938), 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2, Turner Classic Movies; also, 8
p.m. Dec. 16 and 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Reginald Owen stars.

-- “A Christmas
Carol” (1999), 9 p.m. ET Dec, 2, 4 p.m. ET Dec, 23, 9 p.m. ET Dec, 24, GetTV (available on Dish Channel 373 and, in many areas, on a digital channel. Also, 10:15 p.m. Dec. 21 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22, TNT. Patrick
Stewart is a blisteringly good Scrooge,

 

-- “Mickey's
Christmas Carol,” 9 a.m. Dec. 5, Freeform; also, 7 a.m. Dec. 6 and
Dec. 15; 7:30 a.m. Dec. 18; 11 a.m. Dec. 21. It's a gorgeous
half-hour.

Comedy

-- “I Love Lucy
Christmas Special,” 8-9 p.m. Dec. 14, CBS. Here are two classic
episodes, with color added by computer. There's a Christmas one
that's included each year, followed by a newly colorized one, with
the men and women trying to prove they could have survived in the
pioneer days.

-- “The Dick Van
Dyke Show – Now In Living Color,” 9-10 p.m. Dec. 14, CBS. This
isn't really about Christmas, but makes a cozy companion to Lucy,
with two colorized episodes.

-- “Greatest
Holiday Commercials,” 8 p.m. Dec. 18, CW. At 9 is “Greatest
Holiday Video Countdown.”

Mostly music

-- “The Soul &
Spirit of Christmas,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, GetTV (via digital
and cable) , rerunning at 10 p.m. and midnight; many more reruns,
starting with 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, rerunning at 1 a.m. CeCe and
BeBe Winans lead a gospel-star line-up singing holiday classics;
others are Anthony Hamilton, Take 6, Karyn Hawthorne and Kyla Jade.
Except for this new special, GetTV sticks to old shows – including
the Christmas specials of decades past.

-- “Christmas in
Rockefeller Center,” 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, NBC. Expanded
from the usual one-hour special, it has Martina McBride, Diana Ross,
Brett Eldrege, Kelli Pickle, Pentatonix, Darci Lynn Farmer and Tony
Bennett singing with Diana Kall.

-- “A Legendary
Christmas,” 10 pm. Wednesday, Nov. 28, NBC. John Legend hosts with
his wife Chrissy Teigen. There's music by Legend, Stevie Wonder and
Esperanza Spalding.

-- “Magical
Holiday Celebration,” 9-11 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC. Jordan Fisher and
Sarah Hyland host from Disney World, with Jesse Palmer in Disneyland.
Performers include Fisher, Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor (joined by
Brett Eldredge for one song), Aloe Blacc, Maddie Poppe, Why Don't We
and a duet with Andrea Bocelli and his son Mateo.

-- “Christmas
Holiday Party,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Disney (but Nov. 23 on the DisneyNOW
app). Fisher hosts with the “Coop & Cami” kids, with music by
Stefani, Elderdge, Asher Angel and Meg Donnelly.

-- “CMA Country
Christmas,” 8-10 p.m. Dec. 10, ABC; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Reba
McEntire hosts, with people from Nashville (Brad Paisley, Martina
McBride, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion) and beyond –
Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey
Stirling.

-- “Amy Grant's
Tennessee Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 3 (originally scheduled for Dec. 10), Hallmark. Grant is joined by
her husband Vince Gill, plus Kellie Pickler and Michael W. Smith.

-- “iHeartRadio
Jingle Ball,” 8-9:30 p.m. Dec. 16, CW; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 25.
Performers include Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello, many
more.

-- Christmas at the
Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” 9 p.m. Dec. 17, PBS; also, 9 p.m. Dec. 24
and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 25 (check local listings). Sutton Foster, a
two-time Tony-winner, sings; Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”)
does a reading.

-- “A Home For the
Holidays,” 8-9 p.m. Dec. 21, CBS. It's the 20th year for this
special, which mixes top singers (still pending) with warm stories
about adoption.

More specials

-- “A Happy &
Friends Yule Log,” concludes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, Hallmark
Movies & Mysteries. The 24-hour marathon has adoptable kittens
and puppies. plus ducks, bunnies and a piglet.

-- National
Christmas Tree lighting, with music, 10 p.m. Dec. 2, Ovation and
Reelz. It's a living tree, a Colorado blue spruce, surrounded by 56
smaller trees representing each state and territory.

-- “Pop Up Santa
Holiday Special,” 9:30-11 p.m. Dec. 3, Freeform; also, 8 a.m. Dec.
4; 11 a.m. Dec. 11; 7 a.m. Dec. 20. Feel-good surprises range from a
military base to a children's hospital to an epic family reunion.
Ballerina Misty Copeland and former football star DeMarco Murray
help.

-- “Disney's Fairy
Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Freeform; also, 11
a.m. Dec. 10; 1 p.m. Dec. 19. One wedding at Disney World has a Mary
Poppins theme; another has a performance by Martina McBride. Allison
Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss host this one and “Pop Up
Santa.”

-- “Masters of
Illusion: Christmas Magic,” 8 p.m. Dec. 23, CW. Guests include
magicians (Jonathan Pendragon, Murray SawChuck, etc.) and Christmas
Choir.

More cartoons

-- “Santa Claus is
Comin' to Town,” 8-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, ABC. Young Kris Kringle
(Mickey Rooney) finds his goal in life. It's also on Freeform at 4:05
p.m. Dec. 5; 4:25 p.m. Dec. 8; 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9; 11 a.m. Dec. 16;
11:30 a.m. Dec. 21; 12:40 p.m. Dec. 25.

-- “Grandma Got
Run Over By a Reindeer,” 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, CW; also, 8 p.m.
Dec. 19.

-- “Trolls
Holiday,” 8:30 p.m., Nov. 23, NBC. Anna Kendrick and Justin
Timberlake star.

-- “Robbie the
Reindeer: Hooves of Fire,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, CBS; with its
sequel at 8:30. These are drolly clever British shows, re-dubbed by
American actors.

-- “The Story of
Santa Claus,” 9-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, CBS. Ed Asner is Santa.

-- “Olaf's Frozen
Adventure,” 8 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 19. This debuted
last year, with songs from the “Frozen” stars -- Josh Gad,
Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

-- “Toy Story That
Time Forgot,” 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC; also, 11:45 a.m. Dec. 23,
Freeform. During a play date, the toys are stranded with some
delusional action figures.

-- “Mickey's Once
Upon a Christmas, 1:05 p.m. Dec. 2, Freeform; also, 7 a.m. Dec. 3;
1:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 7:30 a.m. Dec. 15; 8:30 a.m. Dec. 20; 7 a.m. Dec.
21.

-- “Winnie the
Pooh and Christmas Too,” 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Freeform; also, 7:30
a.m. Dec. 8; 7 a.m. Dec. 9; 7 a.m. Dec. 11; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21.

-- “Mickey's Twice
Upon a Christmas,” 3 p.m. Dec. 12; also, 9 a.m. Dec. 15; 10 a.m.
Dec. 20; 8:30 a.m. Dec. 21; 11 a.m. Dec. 24; 8 a.m. Dec. 24.

-- “Disney Prep &
Landing,” 8 p.m. Dec. 13, ABC, with its sequel at 8:30; also, 8 and
8:30 p.m. Dec. 23. On Freeform, they're at 2:25 and 2:55 p.m. Dec. 22
and 7 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 25. These look at the high-tech crew that
prepares each of Santa's stops.

-- “Shrek the
Halls,” 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19, ABC. The good-hearted ogre tries to
understand the holiday.

-- “I Want a Dog
for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8-9 p.m. Dec. 21, ABC.

 

Home and food shows

-- “Holiday Baking
Championship” and “Christmas Cookie Challenge,” 9 and 10 p.m.
Mondays, Food Network.

-- “Holiday Wars”
and “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown,” 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday (Nov.
25), Food Network.

-- “Living by
Design Holiday Special,” 7 p.m. T Dec. 9, TV One, rerunning at 8;
also, 11 p.m. ET Dec. 25, rerunning at 2 a.m. Jake and Jazz Smollett
offer tips in this sibling special, with Lidisi as guest.

-- “The Great
Christmas Lights Fight,” 8-10 p.m. Mondays, ABC, Nov. 26, Dec. 3
and Dec. 17, plus an “all-stars” special at 10 p.m. Dec. 10 and 9
p.m. Dec. 21. In each hour, four homes compete with mega-displays; a
judge (Taniya Nayak or Carter Oosterhouse) chooses a winner.

-- Holiday cooking
specials with country stars, noon Dec. 1 (Trisha Yearwood) and Dec. 2
(Martina McBride), Food Network.

-- “The Great
American Baking Show: Holiday Edition,” 8-10 p.m. Thursdays, ABC,
starting Dec. 6; opener reruns at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Judges include a
Spice Girl (Emma Bunton) and “Spice” Adams.

-- “A Hearty
Holiday Feast,” 9 p.m., Dec. 18, PBS. Lidia Bastianich tries
Midwestern traditions.

-- “Gingerbread
Giants,” 9 p.m. Dec. 23, Food Network

Movies

A few films that
originally showed in theaters have now become big at Christmas time.
Some have Christmas themes, some don't, but all make popular holiday
viewing:

-- “The Wizard of
Oz” (1939), 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, TBS; also, 5:45
p.m. Nov. 23.

-- “Love,
Actually” (2003), 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, TBS; also, 5 p.m Dec. 1
and 9; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 10 a.m. Dec. 22. And on TNT at 8 p.m. Nov. 25
and 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

-- “It's a
Wonderful Life” (1946), 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, USA; 8 p.m. Dec.
24, NBC.

-- “A Christmas
Story” (1983), 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, TNT; also, 8 p.m.
Dec. 24, TBS and TNT; then 10 p.m., midnight, etc., for 24 hours.

-- “Holiday Inn”
(1942), 10 p.m. ET Sunday, Nov. 25, and 8 p.m. ET Dec. 8, Turner
Classic Movies. It's the black-and-white film in which Bing Crosby
introduced “White Christmas.” He later did “White Christmas”
(1954), which AMC airs Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 1:15 a.m. (late Monday
night) and noon.

-- “Meet Me in St.
Louis” (1944), noon Dec. 1, Turner Classic Movies; also, 8 p.m.
Dec. 16; 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Judy Garland stars in this one (singing
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”) and “Oz.”

-- “The Sound of
Music” (1965), 7-11 p.m. Dec. 16, ABC.

-- “Beauty and the
Beast” (1991), 8-10 p.m. Dec. 24, ABC.

New TV movies (the
top prospects)

-- “Christmas
Everlasting,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Hallmark. Lucy returns to
her home town, harboring guilt. From the prestigious “Hallmark Hall
of Fame,” this stars Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield, Dennis Haysbert
and Patti LaBelle.

-- “The Truth
About Christmas,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Freeform; also noon Dec.
3; 11 a.m. Dec. 13; 11:55 p.m. Dec. 21. Can truth and politics
co-exist? A political consultant is running her boyfriend's mayoral
campaign. A confrontation with a toy-store Santa leaves her unable to
resist spilling the truth.

-- “Life-Size 2,”
9 p.m. Dec. 2, Freeform; also, 12:40 p.m. Dec. 9; 11:55 p.m. Dec. 15;
1:30 and 11:25 p.m. Dec. 20; 11:55 p.m. Dec. 23. Back in 2000,
“Life-Size” had a sweet kid (Lindsay Lohan, then 13) bring her
doll (Tyra Banks) to life. Now the sequel has Lohan in support, Banks
as the doll and Francia Raisa as a young toy-company CEO who needs
some guidance.

-- “No Sleep Til
Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 10, Freeform; also, 11 a.m. Dec. 13. The
husband-and-wife Annables (Dave and Odette) play insomniac strangers.

-- “'Call the
Midwife' Holiday Special,” 9-10:0 p.m. Dec. 25, PBS (check local
listings). On Christmas Day, British TV has special versions of top
shows. In this one, a new nun brings four Chinese orphans.

More new TV movies
(November)

-- “Christmas at
the Palace,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, Hallmark. A skating
choreographer bumps into Alexander, unaware he's royalty – dubbed
by some “The Grinch King.”

-- “Pride,
Prejudice and Mistletoe,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, Hallmark.
Returning home fo Christmas, Darcy (Lacey Chabert) must plan a
charity event with her former rival.

-- “Poinsettias
for Christmas,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, Lifetime. Ellie's father
(John Schneider) asks her to rush home for an emergency: The family
business has a contract to provide thousands of poinsettias for the
annual parade ... but so far, the flowers haven't turned red. Doesn't
anyone have spray paint?

-- “Every Day is
Christmas,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Lifetime. Toni Braxton plays
a workaholic who ignores love – then gets a Christmas visit. Gloria
Reuben and Michael Jai White co-star.

-- “Christmas on
Honeysuckle Lane,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Hallmark Movies &
Mysteries. Returning home to sell their late parents' home, siblings
sift the belongings and find a surprise.

-- “Christmas
Harmony,” 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Lifetime. Kelly Jakle plays
(yes) Harmony.

-- “A Shoe
Addict's Christmas,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Hallmark. On Christmas
Eve, Noelle (Candace Cameron Bure) is accidentally locked inside the
department store where she works. Soon, she's visited by the spirits
of Christmases past, present and future.

-- “Jingle Belle,”
8 p.m. Nov. 25, Lifetime. Returning home to write music for the
Christmas pageant, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) is startled to find that
the show is directed by her old duet partner.

-- “Christmas
Cupid's Arrow,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Ion. It's a variation on
“Cyrano de Bergerac.”

-- “Christmas
Perfection,” 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Lifetime. An American woman
wakes up in an Irish village.

-- “A Christmas
Prince: The Royal Wedding,” Nov. 30, Netflix. This is a sequel to
last year's success.

-- “A Very Nutty
Christmas,” 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Lifetime. There's a guy in Melissa Joan
Hart's house who may be the Nutcracker Prince.

And more new ones
(December)

There are a lot
here, so we'll bunch them by date:

-- Dec. 1:
“Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa,” 8 p.m., Hallmark; “A
Twist of Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime; “Welcome to Christmas,”
9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

-- Dec. 2:
“Christmas Catch,” 7 p.m., UP; “Merry Wish-mas,” 7 p.m.,
TVOne (rerunning at 9 and 11 p.m., then often on Dec. 23-25); “A
Majestic Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark; “The Christmas Pact,” 8
p.m., Lifetime; “Northern Lights of Christmas,” 9 p.m., Hallmark
Movies & Mysteries; “A Wedding for Christmas,” 9 p.m., Ion.

-- Dec. 7:
“Christmas Lost and Found,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

-- Dec. 8: “Santa's
Boots,” 8 p.m., Lifetime; “Homegrown Christmas,” 8 p.m.,
Hallmark; “Memories of Christmas,” 9 p.m., Hallmark Movies &
Mysteries; “Rent-an-Elf,” 9 p.m., Ion.

-- Dec. 9:
“Christmas With a Prince” (there are lots of princes during
holidays), 7 p.m., UP; “Christmas Wonderland,” 8 p.m., Hallmark;
“A Christmas in Tennessee,” 8 p.m., Lifetime; “Once Upon a
Christmas Miracle,” 9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries; “A
Snow White Christmas,” 9 p.m., Ion.

-- Dec. 14:
“Christmas Around the Corner,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

-- Dec. 15: Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas,” 7 p.m.,
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (with Josh Henderson as a country
star, based on Blake Shelton's song); “Entertaining Christmas," Hallmark; “Christmas Pen Pals,” 8
p.m., Lifetime; "Northern Lights of Christmas," 9 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries"; “Country Christmas Album,”
9 p.m., Ion.

-- Dec. 16: “Coins
for Christmas,” 7 p.m., TV One (rerunning 9 and 11 p.m. and often
Dec. 23-25); “Christmas on Holly Lane,” 7 p.m., UP; “Hometown
Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime; "A Gingerbread Christmas,” 8 p.m.,
Hallmark; "Small Town Christmas," 9 p.m.,
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries; “A Christmas in Royal Fashion” (yes, there's another
prince), 9 p.m., Ion.

-- Dec. 22: “Jingle
Around the Clock,” 8 p.m., Hallmark; “Small Town Christmas,” 9
p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

-- Dec. 23:
“Hometown Holiday,” 7 p.m., UP; “Christmas Made to Order,” 8
p.m., Hallmark; “Christmas Bells are Ringing,” 9 p.m., Hallmark
Movies & Mysteries.