Christmas TV: Here’s the mega-list

If TV people have their way, we’ll spend the next month staring at Christmas shows.
We’ll start this Thanksgiving Day with the Macy’s parade (shown here in a previous year), continue through Christmas Day with the Disney parade, then watch a few reruns. We’ll be happy, apparently.
Last year, TV slowed down slightly, to allow COVID caution. This year, it’s moving faster than ever. This mega-list starts on Thanksgiving morning and is packed. Read more…

If TV people have their way, we’ll spend the next month staring at Christmas shows.

We’ll start this Thanksgiving Day with the Macy’s parade (shown here in a previous year), continue through Christmas Day with the Disney parade, then watch a few reruns. We’ll be happy, apparently.

Last year, TV slowed down slightly, to allow COVID caution. This year, it’s moving faster than ever. This mega-list starts on Thanksgiving morning and is packed.

Hallmark started showing new Christmas movies on Oct. 22; UPtv followed on Nov. 6. Lifetime waited until Nov. 12, but then sped up: Beginning Friday, it has new 8 p.m. movies on 30 straight nights.

At times, Hallmark will even double up. It will have new movies at 6 and 8 p.m. … or a new one at 8 p.m., then another at 10:01 on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

Others have jumped in: CBS hasn’t had a made-for-TV movie in nine years; now it has two, Dec. 12 and 19.

There are a few trends here: More movies try to tie songs into their stories. And after way too many white Christmases, the movies finally have diverse casting and subjects.

This list includes 83 Christmas movies that debut between Nov. 25 and Dec. 25, plus some key old ones. It has a few new cartoons (and lots of old ones), plus new specials and reality-type shows.

And there’s much more out there. The streaming services are bloated with past films, some of them – “Elf” on HBO Max, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” on Disney+– excellent.

This list (subject to late changes) doesn’t include shows that debuted before Thanksgiving. It skips specials that aren’t really about the holiday, eventhough some – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at 8 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 28) on CBS, “Annie Live,” at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and 20 on NBC – are promising.

But it includes a lot. Here we go:


– Nov. 25: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m. to noon, NBC, CBS and Peacock. After last year’s TV-only event (a one-block parade for the cameras) this is back to nearly full-size. It has 10 bands. 36 inflatables, 800 clowns and 28 floats, many with singers – lKristin Chenoweth, Nelly, Sara Baeilles, Jimmie Allen etc. – on-board. Networks also have separate performances for the early portion: NBC plans Carrie Underwood and the casts of “Annie Live” and Broadway’s “Six,” “Wicked” and “Moulin Rouge”; CBS plans the casts of “Chicago” and “Waitress.”

– Dec.17: “Hollywood Christmas Parade,” 8 p.m., CW. The Nov. 28 parade is shown on tape. It has bands, balloons, celebrities (even the “Leave It to Beaver” guys) and a giant Idaho potato truck.

– Dec. 25: “Magical Christmas Day Parade,” 10 a.m. to noon, ABC (but 9-11 a.m., PT). Last year’s event skipped the parade and simply billed itself as a “Celebration,” with some portions rerun from previous years. Now the parade is back, with new music.


– Nov. 26: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m., NBC; repeating, 8 p.m., Dec. 25.Also, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Dec. 11, TBS; 7 and 9:30 p.m., Dec. 17, TNT. Dr. Seuss’ witty book was brilliantly animated by Chuck Jones, the Road Runner and Bubs Bunny guy.

– Nov. 26: “Frosty the Snowman,” 8 p.m., CBS; also, 9 p.m., Dec. 11. Also, it airs often on Freeform – 7:10 p.m., Dec.4; 5 p.m., Dec. 5; 6:10 p.m., Dec. 19; 4:40 p.m., Dec. 20; 8:30 p.m., Dec. 24; 5:05 p.m., Dec. 25. On CBS, it’s followed by the sub-par “Frosty Returns”; on Freefom, it isn’t.

– Dec. 4: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 7:45 p.m., Freeform; also, 5:35 p.m., Dec.5; 6:45 p.m., Dec. 19; 5:15 p.m., Dec. 20; 9 p.m., Dec. 24; 5:40 p.m., Dec. 25. And CBS – which already aired it Nov. 22 – will rerun it at 8 p.m. ,Dec. 19.

– Dec. 19: “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., PBS and PBS Kids. It’s Charles Schulz’s wondrous mix of warmth, humor and music; also, any time, Apple TV+.


– Nov. 26: “5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas,” 8:30 p.m., NBC. Jimmy Kimmel narrates. from his book.

– Nov. 26: “Trolls Holiday in Harmony,” 9 p.m., NBC.

– Dec. 1: “Beebo Saves Christmas,” 8 p.m., CW. An efficiency elf (Chris Kattan) tries to have a Christmas without Santa; also, 8 p.m., Dec. 21.

– Dec. 4: “Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas,” Netflix.


– Nov. 26: “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” 8 p.m., ABC.; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 23. In addition, it’s on Freeform: 6:05 p.m., Dec. 4; 3:55 p.m., Dec. 5; 1 p.m., Dec. 21; 10 p.m., Dec. 24.

– Nov. 26: “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” 8-9 p.m., CW; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 22. And it’s on AMC, 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 9 a.m., Dec. 15.

– Nov. 27: “Robbie the Reindeer” and its sequel, 8-9 p.m., CBS. It offers droll, British wit.

–Nov. 27: “The Story of Santa Claus,” 9 p.m., CBS.

– Dec. 1: A holiday episode of “The Simpsons,” 10:30 a.m., Freeform; others are 7 a.m., Dec. 4; 10:30 a.m., Dec. 6; and midnight to 2 a.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 8.

– Dec. 2: “The Little Drummer Boy,” 10:30 a.m., Freeform; also, 7 a.m., Dec. 3; 9:05 a.m., Dec. 11; 12:30 p.m., Dec. 21; 7 a.m., Dec. 22.

–Dec. 2: “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” and “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC; also, 8 p.m. Dec.24.

– Dec. 3: Holiday episodes of “Family Guy,” 11:35 a.m. to 4:35 p.m., Freeform. Also, 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 10; 7-9 a.m., Dec. 17; plus latenight (midnight to 2 a.m.) on the nights of Dec. 10, 13, 15, 21 and 24.

– Dec. 6: “Super Colossal Cartoon Christmas,” 8 p.m., MeTV digital channel. It assembles holiday cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Popeye, Tom & Jerry and more; also, 7 a.m. Dec. 16, 7:30 a.m. Dec. 17, 6 p.m. Dec. 25.

– Dec. 9: “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., AMC; also, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10; 9:30 a.m., Dec. 11.

– Dec. 11: Two Mickey Mouse compilations – “Once Upon a Christmas” and “Twice Upon a Christmas” – at 11:40 a.m. and 1:10 p.m., Freeform; also, 9 and 10:30 a.m., Dec. 23.

– Dec. 13: “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” 6:45 p.m., AMC.

– Dec.24: “Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m., ABC. Then “Disney Prep & Landing” and its sequel, 9 and 9:30.


– Nov. 28: “Magical Holiday Celebration,” 7-9 p.m. ABC. The Hough siblings, Derek and Julianne, host, introducing music and dance.

– Nov. 29: “CMA Country Christmas,” 8-9 p.m., ABC; also, 10 p.m., Dec.23. There’s an emphasis on newer stars, with Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce hosting and a line-up that includes Breland and Lainey Wilson. But the line-up also has Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Jimmy Allen, Lady A and Miranda Lambert’s trio, the Pistol Annies.

– Nov. 29: “The Black Pack: We Three Kings,”8-9 p.m., CW. Taye Diggas, Ne-Yo and Eric Bellinger perform. Guests include Jordin Sparks, Sevyn Streeter. Tank and Bre-Z, who co-stars with Diggs in CW’s “All-American.”

– Dec. 1: “Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around,” 10 p.m., NBC.; also, 10 p.m. Dec. 15. It includes music – Ariana Grande, Brett Eldredge, Leslie Odom Jr. – plus Jay Leno, Amy Poehler and Melissa McCarthy.

– Dec, 3: “Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues,” Apple TV+, which has last year’s special, “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special.” The new special includes Kirkm Franklin and Khalid.

– Dec. 5: “National Christmas Tree Lighting,” 8:30 p.m.. CBS (but 8 p.m. PT). LL Cool J hosts this special (taped on Dec. 2), with music by Billy Porter, H.E.R., Kristin Chenoweth, Keb’ Mo’, Patti LaBelle, Juanes and country’s Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton, plus a band and chorus.

– Dec. 5: “A Home For the Holidays,” 9:30 p.m., CBS (but 9 p.m. PT). Alongside real-life adoption stories, it will have music by Justin Bieber, Kane Brown, Alessia Cara and Darren Criss.

– Dec. 6: “A Very Boy Band Holiday,” 8-9 p.m., ABC; also, 10 p.m., Dec. 23.

– Dec. 6: “Michael Buble’s Christmas in the City,” 10 p.m., NBC; also, 10 p.m. Dec. 22)

– Dec. 13: “20 Years of Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir,” 8-10 p.m., PBS. Also, 9 p.m. ET Dec. 16,; then 9 p.m. Dec. 24, PBS. Last year’s event – which would have aired now – was canceled by COVID, so Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell performs with a socially distanced orchestra and has highlights of past shows. A mega-chorus backs great voices – Audra McDonald, Kristen Chenoweth, Gladys Knight, Nathan Gunn, Kelli O’Hara, David Archuleta, many more.

– Dec. 15: “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021,” 8-9:30 p.m., CW; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 25. This is from a Dec. 3 concert that has BTS, Ed Seeran, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Black Eyed Peas, The Kid Laroi, Saweetie, Tate McRae, Bazzi and Dixie D’Amelio.

– Dec.20: Christmas at Belmont, 9 p.m., PBS. Josh Turner, a country star, returns to his alma mater in Nashville, performing with the Belmont University orchestra and choral groups

– Dec. 24: Two key reruns, featuring Dolly Parson and the music of the late Kenny Rogers. “Holly Dolly Christmas” is 8 p.m.; “All in For the Gambler” is 9.


– Nov. 25: “The Magic Maker,” 8 p.m., ABC. Adam Trent makes holiday wishes come true, including a marriage proposal and a soldier’s family suddenly appearing.

– Nov. 26: “Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2021,” 9 p.m., CW; also, 9 p.m. Dec. 22.

– Nov. 26: “Saturday Night Live Christmas Special,” 9:30-11 p.m., NBC.

– Dec. 10: “Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us,” 8 p.m., CW.

–Dec. 12: “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2021,” 9 p.m., CW; also 9 p.m., Dec. 21.

–Dec. 15: “A Very Chrisley Christmas,” 9:30 p.m., NBC.


– Nov. 28, Nov. 29, Dec.2: “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 9-11 p.m.,ABC. Families take holiday decorations to a flashy extreme. Each hour, one of the hosts (Carter Oosterhouse or Taniya Nayak) chooses a winner.

– Dec. 1: “Candified: Home For the Holidays,” Hulu. The four-parter has teams making life-size homes out of candy.

– Dec. 2: “Baking It,” Peacock. These six episodes are patterned after “Making It,” with funny hosts and amiable contestants. Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg host, eight duos do holiday baking and the judges are opinionated grandparents.

– Dec. 3: “Holiday Magic Quest,” 7 p.m., Disney Channel. Four “Zombies” stars tackle challenges inside Hollywood Studios at Disney World.

– Dec. 4: “The Great British Baking Show: Holidays,” Netflix.

– Dec. 5: “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic,” 9:05 a.m., Freeform; also, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 and 13.

– Dec. 5, 12 and 19: “Small Town Christmas,” 9 p.m. ET, UPtv. It visits Branson, Mo., Bethlehem, Pa. and Summerville, S.C.

– Dec. 8: “Christmas Around the World,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 24.

– Dec. 10: “Play-Doh Squished,” any time, IMDB TV, a free streaming service. Three teams (two adults, two kids) make Play-Doh holiday creations; Sarah Hylamd (“Modern Family”) hosts.

– Also: “Blown Away: Christmas” is already on Netflix, with glassblowers competing.


(Some of these aren’t directly linked to Christmas, but have become essential parts of the holiday.)

– Nov. 25: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 7:45 p.m., TBS; also noon, Nov. 26, TBS; then 7 and 9:15 p.m. Dec. 20, TNT; and 8 p.m. Dec. 25, TBS.

– Nov.29: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), 4:30 p.m., AMC; also, 10:30 a.m., Dec.11; 9 a.m., Dec. 17; 11 a.m.,Dec. 20.

– Dec. 4: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), 8-11 p.m., NBC; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 24 and any time, Netflix.

– Dec. 4: “A Christmas Story,” 6 and 8 p.m., TBS; also, 9 p.m. Dec. 11, TBS. Then 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, TNT. And on Dec.24-25, it runs every two hours, for 24 hours; that starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 24 on TBS, then 9 p.m. on TNT.

– Dec. 19: “The Sound of Music,” 7-11 p.m., ABC.


– Dec. 4: The Jim Carrey version (2004), 3:55 p.m., Freeform; also, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 7; 3:10 p.m., Dec. 12; 4 p.m., Dec. 21.

– Dec. 6: The Patrick Stewart version (1999), 10 p.m., TNT; also, 10 p.m. Dec. 18.

– Dec. 11: The Reginald Owen version (1938), noon ET, Turner Classic Movies; also, 10:30 a.m. Dec.21, 10 p.m. Dec. 24.

– ALSO: “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983) and “A Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) are at Disney+/


– Nov.25: “Christmas Deja Vu,” any time, BET+. Amber Riley stars, with an angel (Loretta Devine) giving her a second chance to be a singer.

–Nov. 26: “Christmas in Tune,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Reba McEntire and John Schneider play a former couple, thrown together for a Christmas show.

– Nov. 28: “Christmas in Tahoe,” 6 p.m., Hallmark. Broadway’s Laura Osnes and Pat Monahan of Train star in the story of a booker who must land her ex-boyfriend (who fired her as manager), to save her family hotel’s Christmas show.

– Nov. 28: “Miracle in Motown,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. A mom (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) promises Smokey Robinson will be at her church’s Christmas program.

– Dec. 2: “The Mistle-Tones” (2012), 7 a.m., Freeform. It’s Mowry-Hardrict again, this time organizing a group for a Christmas Eve singing contest.

– Dec. 3: “A Christmas Dance Reunion,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Two “High School Musical” stars – Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman – play former dance partners who hope to re-invigorate a Christmas resot.

– Dec. 4: “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), 3:30 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. This spans the seasons, but is known for Judy Garland introducing the song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

– Dec. 4: “A Gospel Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Kirk Franklin produced this film about a young woman taking over as her church’s lead pastor, in the month before Christmas.

– Dec. 5: “My Favorite Christmas Melody,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Rainbow Sun Francks and Mya star.

– Dec. 6: “A Hip Hop Christmas,” 9 p.m., VH1. Jamie Foxx produced this film, about a family that tries to soften its image with a live holiday special. Music stars include Ne-Yo and MC Lyte.

– Dec. 16: “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996), 10:30 a.m., Freeform; Whitney Houston stars.

–Dec. 20: “Miracles Across 125th Street,” 9 p.m., VH1. Nick Cannon wrote, directed and stars as a Harlem rapper who returns to his family’s church. It has gospel music from Fred Hammond, Karen Clark Sheard and many more.

– Dec. 21: “Song & Story: Amazing Grace,” 9 p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. It’s a story based on the themes of “Amazing Grace.” Gospel star Karen Clark Sheard co-stars.

– Dec. 23: “A White Christmas (1954), 9 a.m., AMC; also, 11:15 a.m., Dec. 24. Bing Cosby stars.


– Nov. 27: “Christmas Vacation” (1989), has a 24-hour marathon on TBS, starting at 6 a.m. Then it’s on AMC at 8 ad 10:15 p.m. Dec. 16, with more on Dec. 18, 22, 24 and 25.

– Dec. 1: The three “Santa Clause” movies (1994, 2002, 2006) are 11:05 a.m. and 1:15 and 3:45 p.m., Freeform. They’ll repeat often – 7:15 p.m., Dec. 3; 6:20 p.m., Dec. 6; 11:40 a.m., Dec. 9; 5:15 p.m., Dec. 12; 1:30 p.m., Dec. 13; 1:35 p.m., Dec. 15; 5:10 p.m., Dec. 17; 12:55 p.m., Dec. 18; 6:20 p.m., Dec. 20; 7:15 p.m., Dec. 22; and 9:10 a.m. Dec. 25.

– Dec.1: “Scrooged” (1988), 1:30 p.m., Dec. 1, AMC; then 16 more times. Bill Murray stars.

– Dec 1: The first two “Home Alone” movies (1990 and 1992) are 5:50 and 8:20 p.m., Freeform. They rerun at 3:10 and 5:40 p.m. Dec. 2 … and many more. The final week (Dec. 19-25), they run every day.

– Dec. 2: “Polar Express,” 1:30 and 10:15 p.m., AMC. Then 12 more times.

– Dec. 6: “The Family Man” (2000), 8 p.m., AMC; also, 12:30 p.m., Dec. 7; 10:30 a.m., Dec. 19. Nicolas Cage stars.

– Dec. 10: “Santa Claus” (1985), AMC. It’s a big-budget epic.

– Dec. 11: “Toy Story” marathon, Freeform. “The Toy Story That Time Forgot” is 2:30 p.m., with the four movies (1995, 1999, 2010, 2019) at 3:10, 5:10. 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.

– Dec. 12: “A Christmas in Connecticut” (1945), 4:15 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies; also, 8 p.m. Dec. 22; 4 p.m. Dec. 24.

– Dec. 14: “Office Christmas Party” (2016), 8:30 p.m., Freeform; also, 11 a.m. Dec. 15. A fun film with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston.

– Dec. 17: “Love Actually” (2003), 9 a.m.; Freeform; also, 7:35 a.m., Dec. 18. It’s a witty British film.

– Dec. 22: “The Grinch,” 8 p.m., NBC. It’s animated, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing The Grinch.


There are a zillion reruns out there, but a few exceptional ones include:

– Dec. 5: “Chasing Christmas”(2005), 8 a.m. ET, Ovation. Tom Arnold and Andrea Roth star in the witty tale of a Ghost of Christmas Past gone rogue.

– Dec. 6: “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie,” 7 a.m., Freeform; also, 7 a,m. Dec. 23.

– Dec. 7: “Stealing Christmas” (2003), 7 a.m., Freeform; with Tony Danza, 7 a.m.

– Dec. 8: “Snow” (2004), 7 a.m., Freeform; Tom Cavanagh (as Santa’s son) and Ashley Williams.

– Dec. 9: “Snow 2” (2007), 7 a.m., Freeform; also, “Snowglobe” (2007), with Christina Milian, that night at midnight.

NEW MOVIES (some key ones)

– Nov. 25: “A Waltons Homecoming,” 8 p.m., CW. Fifty years after it led to the “Waltons” series, it’s retold. The family tries to get together for Christmas, despite a rough economy and a rougher storm.

– Nov. 27: “Christmas at Castle Hart,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. Lacey Chabert plays someone who travels to Ireland and accidentally is put in charge of an epic castle party.

– Nov. 27: “Time For Them to Come Home For Christmas,” 10:01 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The fourth Christmas film based on the Blake Shelton song “It’s Time For Me to Come Home,” this has Jessy Schram as an amnesiac, searching for clues to her past.

– Nov. 29: “Adventures in Christmasing,” 9 p.m., VH1. Kim Fields co-wrote the film and stars as a cautious talk-show host who spends three days in the wild with an adventurer.

–Dec. 2: “The Bitch Who Stole Christmas,” 9 p.m., VH1. RuPaul and other drag stars are in a story about a small town and its fiercely fought holiday pageant.

– Dec. 3: “Christmas … Again?” Disney Channel. An 11-year-old’s wish to a mall Santa goes awry when she keeps repeating the same day.

– Dec. 4: “A Clusterfunke Chistmas,” 7 and 9 p.m., Comedy Central. Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer wrote this film and co-star as the owners of an inn that a developer wants to turn into a mega-resort.

– Dec. 4: “Our Christmas Journey,” 10:01 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Holly Robinson Peete plays the mother of an autistic teen-ager, coming to a crossroads in her life.

– Dec. 5 and 12: “Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday” and “Sister Swap: Christmas in the City,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. Real-life sisters Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams created and starred in this two-parter, in which sisters trade lives, fixing up the hometown theater and a city restauant.

– Dec. 9: “The Housewives of North Pole,” any time, Peacock. That’s North Pole, Vermont, where friends (Betsy Brandt, Kyle Richards) have always won the home-decorating contest. When they have a falling-out, a town-wide rift begins.

– Dec. 11: “Hot Mess Holiday,” 7 and 9 p.m., Comedy Central. When a finance executive is dumped by her cheating fiance during the Diwali holiday, her friend plans a festive event; it turns dangerous.

– Dec. 11: “The Holiday Fix Up,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. When an interior decorator (Jana Kramer) starts fixing up an inn, she finds that the contractor (Ryan McPartlin) is the guy she broke up with.

– Dec. 12: “A Christmas Proposal,” 8:30 p.m., CBS (but 8 p.m. PT). The first made-for-CBS movie in nine years, it stars Jessica Camacho and Adam Rodriguez.

–Dec. 13: “Let’s Get Married,” 9p.m.,VH1. Eva Longoria produced this film about a holiday-hater whose bachelorette party is at a Christmas-themed adventure park.

– Dec. 17: “Mistletoe in Montana,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Melissa Joan Hart is a veteran of Christmas movies. This time, she plays a dude-ranc owner; a single dad (Duane Henry) is lost around horses.

– Dec. 18: “When Hope Calls Christmas,” IMDB TV. This combines the season’s first two episodes of “When Hope Calls,” a spin-off of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart.” It’s also notable because of a guest spot by Lori Loughlin, who was dumped by Hallmark after the college-admissions scandal.

– Dec. 19: “Christmas Takes Flight,” 8 p.m., CBS. And here’s the second CBS movie in nine years; Katie Lowes stars as a pilot whose Christmas trip for kids may be shut down.

– Dec. 25: “Call the Midwife: Holiday Special,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS; movie-length story from the Christmas of 1966.


The streamers have huge collections of past movies – plus manyof the ones that debut this year on cable. In addition, they also have some new Christmas films; ones not mentioned so far include:

i Netflix: “A Castle For Christmas,” Nov. 26; “Single All the Way,” Dec. 2.

— Roku: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas,” Dec. 1. The canceled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” reassembles its characters for this movie.

– BET+: “The Business of Christmas 2”; Tim Reid directs his wife, Daphne Maxwell Reid; “Merry Switchmas,” Dec. 9; “A Christmas Wish,” Dec. 16.

— IMDB TV: “Angel Falls Christmas,” Nov, 26, with Chad Michael Murray; “A Lot Like Christmas,” Dec. 5, with Maggie Lawson.

– Hallmark Movies Now: “Sugar Plum Twist,” Dec. 2.

– AMC+: “Christmas With Felicity” (no, not based on the books or the old TV show), “Cape Cod Christmas” and “Silent Night.”

— Fox Nation: “Christmas in the Wilds,” “Christmas in the Pines” and “Romance in the Wilds.”


– Nov. 26: “The Nine Kittens of Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Nov. 26: “A Loud House Christmas,” 7 p.m., Nickelodeon. It’s a movie-length story from the “Loud House” series.

– Nov. 26: “Christmas CEO” and “Making Spirits Bright,” 6 and 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Nov. 27: “Merry Liddle Christmas Baby,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Nov. 27: “Time For Them to Come Home For Christmas,” 10:01 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

– Nov. 28: “A Christmas Witness,” 8 p.m., Ion.

– Nov. 28: “Christmas Contest,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Nov. 29: “Welcome to the Chistmas Family Reunion,” 8 p.m. Lifetime.

– Nov. 30: “Saying Yes to Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 1: Match Made in Mistletoe,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 2: “A Christmas Village Romance,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 3: “Eight Gifts of Hanukkah,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Dec. 4: “Christmas Under the Stars,” 7 p.m., ET, UPtv.

– Dec. 4: “A Very Merry Bridesmaid,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Dec. 5: “A Furry Little Christmas,” 7 p.m. ET, UPtv.

– Dec. 5: “The Christmas Thief,” 8 p.m., Ion.

– Dec. 6: “Secretly Santa,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 7: “Christmas With Movie Magic,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 8: “Christmas With a Crown,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 9: “A Fiance For Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 10: “Holiday in Sante Fe,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 10: “A Dickens of a Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Dec. 11: “Christmas in the Rockies,” 7 p.m. ET, UPtv.

– Dec. 11: “A Royal Queens Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Dec. 11: “A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love,” 10:01 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

– Dec. 12: “Fixing Up Christmas,: 7 p.m. ET, UPtv.

– Dec. 12: “Blending Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 12: “A New Lease on Christmas,” 8 p.m., Ion.

– Dec. 13: “Maps and Mistletoe,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 14: “Ghosts of Christmas Past,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 15: “The Enchanted Christmas Cake,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 16: “Christmas by Chance,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 18: “Toying With Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 18: “Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Dec. 18: “Christmas For Keeps,” 10:01 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

– Dec. 19: “Under the Christmas Tree,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 19: “’Tis the Season to Be Merry,” 8 p.m., Hallmark.

– Dec. 20: “Candy Cane Candidate,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 21: “The Christmas Ball,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 22: “It Takes a Christmas Village,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 23: “Rebuilding a Dream Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 24: “Hot Chocolate Holiday,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.

– Dec. 25: “Writing Around the Christmas Tree,” 8 p.m., Lifetime.


– Dec. 12: “Getting to the Nutcracker,” 8 a.m. ET, Ovation; a 2014 documentary.

– Dec. 12: “The Snow Queen,” 10 a.m. ET, Ovation; a Redondo Ballet production.

– Dec. 12: “The Nutcracker,” noon ET, Ovation; new production by French choreographer Kader Belarbi.

– Dec. 14: “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. Not a dance production this has the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s music. combined with a more complete version of the E.T.A. Hoffman story, read by Alan Cumming.

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