Christmas mega-list? Here’s an update

Yes, the Christmas TV season has already been going on for a few weeks (or a few months or maybe a few years).
But there’s a lot more coming, so it’s time for an update. We’ve added several late-scheduled shows, plus details on some of the others, including the “CMA Christmas” special Dec. 14 with (shown here) Trisha Yearwood and Amy Grant. We’ve also deleted everything before today (Dec. 5), plus one show that was shelved.
(For general reference, the original list still exists, under “stories.”)
This skips most Christmas episodes of regular shows and (with a few exceptions) reruns of TV movies. For theatrical films, it includes the eternal ones and skips the rest. Also, it barely scratches the vast resources of streaming networks; check your streamer for details. Here we go: Read more…

Yes, the Christmas TV season has already been going on for a few weeks (or a few months or maybe a few years).
But there’s a lot more coming, so it’s time for an update. We’ve added several late-scheduled shows, plus details on some of the others, including the “CMA Christmas” special Dec. 14 with (shown here) Trisha Yearwood and Amy Grant. We’ve also deleted everything before today (Dec. 5), plus one show that was shelved.
(For general reference, the original list still exists, under “stories.”)
This skips most Christmas episodes of regular shows and (with a few exceptions) reruns of TV movies. For theatrical films, it includes the eternal ones and skips the rest. Also, it barely scratches the vast resources of streaming networks; check your streamer for details. Here we go:

— Dec. 15: Hollywood Christmas Parade, 8-10 p.m., CW.
— Dec. 25: Disney Parks Chrismas parade,10 a.m. to noon (except 9-11 a.m., PT), ABC. The parade’s 40th year includes music filmed at the parks. That’s from Julianne Hough and Derek Hough (the hosts) and from Meg Donnelly, Chrissy Metz, Iam Tongi, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Broadway and touring casts of “Aladdin.”

One of TV’s all-time great half-hours is available on Peacock and:
— On NBC, Dec. 25.
— On TBS, 8 a.m., Dec 16; 8 p.m., Dec. 22; 7:30 p.m., Dec. 23.
— On TNT, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14; 5:03 p.m., Dec. 17.
Also, on Peacock.

This is the other all-time great cartoon, but has limited availability:
— Dec. 16-17: Apple TV+. This is the brief window when Apple makes it available for free.
— Other times, it’s for Apple subscribers, plus three other Charlie Brown Christmas specials.

Dec. 9.: “Shrek the Halls,” 8 p.m., NBC.
Dec. 9: “Trolls Holiday in Harmony,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Dec. 10: “Mickey Saves Christmas,” 7 p.m., ABC. Pluto causes Santa to lose all his presents.
Dec. 10: “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” 7:30 p.m., ABC. The clueless snowman tries to gather traditions for the first holiday since the gates re-opened.
Dec.12: “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” 8 p.m., ABC. It’s also on Freeform at 4:10 p.m., Dec. 4; 9:55 p.m., Dec. 20; 3:35 p.m., Dec. 21; and 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Dec. 25.
Dec. 16: “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas,” 8:30 a.m., Freeform; also, 8 a.m., Dec. 21.
Dec. 16: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m., CBS. Then it’s on Freeform,5:15 p.m., Dec. 21; 5:35 p.m., Dec. 24; and 3:30 p.m., Dec. 25.
Dec. 16: “Frosty the Snowman” and “Frosty Returns,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., CBS. Also, “Frosty” runs on Freeform (without its sequel) at 8:15 p.m., Dec. 3; 5:15 p.m., Dec. 4; 4:40 p.m., Dec. 21; 6:40 p.m., Dec. 24; and 4:30 p.m., Dec. 25.
Dec. 16: “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas,” 10 a.m., Freeform; also, 8 a.m., Dec. 22; 9:05 a.m., Dec. 24.
Dec. 19: “Disney Prep & Landing,” 8 p.m., ABC with its .sequel follows at 8:30. They’re also at 7 and 7:30 a.m., Dec. 22 on Freeform, which has just the sequel at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 4.
Dec. 24: “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” 9-10 p.m., CW.

NEW CARTOONS (any time)
— “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Apple TV+. The story starts with William, 7, getting a stuffed toy for Christmas.
— “Mickey’s Christmas Tales,” Disney+.
— Christmas specials from “The Snoopy Show” and “Frog and Toad,” Apple TV+.

— The cartoon classic airs at 5:15 p.m., Dec. 9, on Freeform, with its sequels at 7:15, 9:20 and 11:50.
— Its half-hour special, “The Toy Story That Time Forgot,” is on Freeform at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 9; 9:30 a.m., Dec. 22; and 8 a.m., Dec. 23.

— On TNT: 8 p.m., Dec. 14; 5:33 p.m., Dec. 17; 7:45 p.m., Dec. 18.
— On both: The annual 24-hour marathon starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 24.
— Also, last year’s sequel – “A Christmas Story Christmas” –is on TNT at 7:33 p.m., Dec. 17; and 9 p.m. Dec. 25.

— The 2009 one, with Jim Carrey, is on Freeform: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 7; 5:10 p.m., Dec. 10; 1:30 p.m., Dec. 15; 4:15 p.m., Dec. 18; 10:30 a.m., Dec. 19; 1:05 p.m., Dec. 23; and 7 a.m., Dec. 25.
— The 1999 one, with Patrick Stewart as a fierce Scrooge, is 10 p.m. Dec. 14, TNT.
— The 1938 one, with Reginald Owen, is noon ET, Dec. 11, Turner Classic Movies; also, 10:30 a.m. ET, Dec. 21; 10 p.m., Dec. 24.
— Others are streaming. Disney+ has “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” a 26-minute gem. Hulu has “Muppet Christmas Carol” (1993), a fun film with Michael Caine; it also has a 1984 one with George C. Scott.

— And all three movies rerun together on Freeform. That starts at 4:15 p.m., Dec. 6; 7:15 p.m., Dec. 10; 10:30 a.m., Dec. 14; 7:15 p.m., Dec. 16; 11 a.m., Dec. 20; 7:15 p.m., Dec. 22; and 7:15 p.m., Dec. 24. The first two run at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Dec. 25.
— Both seasons of the sequel series, “The Santa Clauses,” are on Disney+.

— The 1993 movie, with Macaulay Culkin as the Nutcracker Prince, is on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
— “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” a lush (but odd) film with Misty Copeland, is on Disney+.
— Several others are on Ovation Now, via a free app. They are “Getting to the Nutcracker,” “The Nutcracker: Marlinsky” and “The Nutcracker by Kader Belarbi.”

(Religion is a key part of many Christmas shows; this is a brief sampling of ones in which it is especially key.)
— “Black Nativity” (2013), midnight on the night of Dec. 11, Freeform. It’s adapted from a Langston Hughes story.
— “Favorite Son Christmas,” Dec. 14, BET+. To rescue a church’s finances, a gospel concert is planned, hoping to re-unite a once-successful group. This includes music from Tank, Serayah, MC Lyte and Anthony Evans.
— “Little Drummer Boy,” 7 a.m. on Dec. 16, Dec. 17 and Dec. 21, Freeform.
— “King of Kings” (1961) and “Ben-Hur” (1959), 1 and 4 p.m. ET, Dec.19, Turner Classic Movies.
— “The Chosen,” 8-9:30 p.m. Sundays, CW. This crowdfunded series views Jesus’ life through the people around him. Its current season is scheduled to end on Dec. 24.
— BYU-TV will also air the Christmas episode of “The Chosen,” at 1 p.m. ET Dec. 24. That’s part of a marathon of Christmas music and messages, Dec. 24-25.
— Christmas Eve Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, 11:30 p.m., Dec. 24, to 1 a.m., NBC.

Dec. 8: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever,” Disney+. When a snowstorm hits, Greg struggles to be on his best behavior.
Dec. 11: “Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us,” 8-9 p.m., CW.
Dec. 14: “A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special,” 8-10 p.m., NBC; also, 9-11 p.m. Dec. 23. This assembles sketches from throughout the 48 seasons.

MUSIC, new
Any time: “Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas,” Apple TV+. The Emmy-winner returns to her musical-theater roots, for a London Coliseum concert, backed by an orchestra.
Dec. 7: “Christmas at the Opry,” 8-10 p.m., NBC; also, 9-11 p.m. Dec. 20. Wynonna Judd hosts from the Grand Ole Opry. She’ll perform, as will Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins, Mickey Guyton, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina, Mitchell Tenpenny, Meghan Patrick, Adam Doleac … and Brenda Lee, 78, who debut “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” 65 years ago.
Dec. 9: “A Merry Soulful Christmas,” originally set for this day on CBS, has been replaced by four episodes of “Funny You Should Ask,” a game show from the same producer, Byron Allen.
Dec. 11: “A Very Barry Christmas,” 10 p.m., NBC; also, 8 p.m., Dec. 20. In Las Vegas, with a 24-piece band, Barry Manilow performs his past hits plus seasonal songs.
Dec. 12: “Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir,” 8 p.m., PBS; also, 8 p.m. ET, Dec. 17, BYU-TV. It’s the annual mega-concert, backing a singer with an orchestra and a 300-voice choir. This year’s soloist is Lea Salonga, the “Miss Saigon” star, with David Suchet (TV’s “Poirot”) as the narrator.
Dec. 12: “Masked Singer Holiday Singalong,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. Performers include contestants from this year and the past, plus the host and judges.
Dec. 14: “CMA Country Christmas,” 8-9:02 p.m., ABC. Amy Grant and Trisha Yearwood host and perform. Also performing: Lady A, Lainey Wilson, Jon Pardi, Ashley McBryde, Jorday Davis, Lindsey Stirling, Zach Williams and War and Treaty.
Dec. 15: “National Christmas Tree Lighting,” 8-9 p.m., CBS. Mickey Guyton hosts and performs, with othert music from Dionne Warwick, Darren Criss, Ledisi, Joe Walsh, Samara Joy, Renee Rapp and St. Vincent and the Coast Guard’s Guardians Big Band.Dec. 16: “Luminare Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. ET, AXS. John Blasucci, formerly of Mannheim Steamroller, leads a group of veteran musicians.
Dec. 17: BYU TV has the Tabernacle Choir concert (see Dec. 12) at 8 p.m. ET. The cable channel (with all times ET) also has it at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 9 p.m. Dec. 22 and 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24. A retrospective on 20 years of the concerts is 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Previous ones rerunning include Kelli O’Hara (1 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 25) and Megan Hilty (9:30 p.m., Dec. 24, and 1 p.m., Dec. 20).
Dec. 21: “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. This has highlights of a tour tht includes Nicki Minaj, Niall Horan, Olivia Rodrigo, Usher, Sza, Miguel, Sabrina Carpenter, Jelly Roll, Flo Rida, AJR, OneRepublic, Big Time Rush, NCT Dream and more.
Dec. 22: “A Home For the Holidays,” 8-9 p.m., CBS. Katharine McPhee hosts, introducing true stories about adoption. She also performs with David Foster; also performing: CeCe Winans, Gavin DeGraw, Lauren Daigle and Pentatonix.
ALSO: BYU-TV has “Christmas Under the Stars” concerts, new or reruns. They include (all times ET) BYU Vocal Point, 2 p.m., Dec. 14; Lauren Daigle, 6 p.m., Dec. 16, and 5 p.m., Dec. 25; Pentatonix, 2 p.m., Dec. 21, and 6 a.m. Dec. 25; John Legend, 6 p.m. Dec.. 23.

MUSIC, key reruns
Dec. 20: “Silent Night – A Song For the World,” 8-10 p.m., CW. This is a documentary about the song, but it includes a wide range of performances, many of them excellent.
Dec. 21: “Mountain Magic Christmas,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. There’s a script here, but this is mostly a chance to hear great music from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon and more.
Dec. 25: Mariah Carey special, 9-11 p.m., CBS.

Dec. 10 and beyond: “The Great Christmas Lights Fight” returns, with Carter Oosterhouse and Taniva Nayak taking turns judging homes’ mega-displays. There’s a one-hour edition Dec. 10, then two-hour Tuesdays on Dec. 12 and 19.
Dec. 10-11: “MasterChef Junior: Home for the Holidays, 8-10 p.m., Fox. Nine young chefs face holiday challenges, judged by Gordon Ramsay, his daughter Tilly, Aaron Sanchez and Daphne Oz.
Dec. 18-19: “Lego Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacula,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. Past contestants (David Guedes, Caleb Schilling, Krystle Starr, Randall Wilson) link with Rob Riggle, Kelly Osbourne, NeNe Leakes and Marshawn Lynch for holiday-themed creations.

TV MOVIES, key reruns
— Dec. 17: “Eloise at Christmastime” is a sweet-spirited film focusing on a 6-year-old, with Julie Andrews as her nanny. It’s on Freeform at 10 a.m.; then at 7 a.m., Dec. 20.
– Dec. 15: “Coat of Many Colors,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. This is based on the Dolly Parton song, with Jennifer Nettles as the earnest and loving mom.
— Dec. 22: “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. This continues Parton’s story, including a blizzard and a hint of a future in music.
— Dec. 22, 24, 29: CBS reruns (9-11 p.m.) the three films, varying sharply in quality, it debuted last year. “Fit For Christmas” (Dec. 22) is flat and predictable … “When Christmas Was Young” (Dec. 24) has some good moments, including a song written by Sheryl Crow … “Must Love Christmas” (Dec. 29) is clever.
— Freeform also repeats a few other films that are exceptionally entertaining. Each is at 7 a.m. — “Snow” on Dec. 6, “Snow 2” on Dec. 7 and “Snowglobe” on Dec. 11.

NEW MOVIE (broadcast)
Dec. 25: “Call the Midwife” holiday special, 8-9:30 p.m., PBS. In the two weeks before Christmas in 1968, a massive snowstorm looms.

NEW MOVIES, cable or streaming
Any time (Disney+): “The Naughty Nine.” A 5th-grader, who didn’t get a present from Santa, organizes other naughty-listers for a North Pole heist.
Any time (Amazon Prime): “Candy Dane Lane. Eddie Murphy plays a family guy, desperate to win the neighborhood’s holiday lighting contest.
Any time (Peacock): “Genie.” Melissa McCarthy plays a genie, tasked with helping a workaholic get backt o family life for the holidays.
Any time (Fox Nation):Films include “Christmas With the Foxes,” “Christmas With the Knightys,” “Christmas With the Foxes,” “Christmasin Big Sky Country,” Christmas in Maple Hills.”
Dec. 6: “Christmas as Usual,” Dec. 6, Netflix. There’s an uneasy blend of traditions from Norway and India.
Dec. 7: “To All a Good Night,” 8 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Dec. 8: “Magic in Mistletoe,” 8 p.m,, Hallmark. A grumpy author returns home for a festival celebrating his books.
Dec. 9: “Christmas on Mistletoe Lane,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. Catherine Bell and James Denton – who spent years playing a witch and her husband on Hallmark, now play an engaged couple in a multi-generation story.
Dec. 9: “A Cowboy Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Jana Kramer, who’s also a country singer, plays a business whiz, reluctantly visiting her home town to close a deal.
Dec. 9: “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” 8 p.m., GAF andHulu
Dec. 10: “Christmas at the Amish Bakery,” 7 p.m. ET, UpTV. A woman who left the Amish community returns home when she’s trying to develop an Amish cookbook.
Dec. 10: “Round and Round,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. In a time loop, Rachel is stuck on the night of her parents’ Hanukkah party.
Dec. 10: “Yes, Chef! Christmas,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Tia Mowry stars, with Buddy Valastro (a real-life chef) as her mentor.
Dec. 10: “Peppermints & Postcards,” 8 p.m., GAF.
Dec. 14: “Heaven Down Here,” 8 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Based on a Mickey Guyton song, this has four strangers (including Tina Lifford of “Queen Sugar”) stranded in a diner during a snowstorm.
Dec. 15: “The Secret Gift of Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. Meghan Ohry, the “Chesapeake Shore” star, plays a personal shopper for a widower with a daughter.
Dec. 16: “Sealed With a List,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. Katie Findlay, who stars in CW’s “Spencer Sisters” plays someone determined to conquer all the resolutions she abandoned in previous years.
Dec. 16: “Designing Christmas with You,” 8 p.m., GAF.
Dec. 16: “The Holiday Proposal Plan,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. Tatyani Ali stars.
Dec. 16: “A Christmas Intern,” 10 p.m., Lifetime. Jackee Harry, who also performs an original song, plays a retiree, working at her daughter’s cyber company.
Dec. 17: “Dial S for Santa,” 7 p.m. ET, UpTV. Returning to her home for Christmas, a private detective is soon trying to solve a string of store robberies.
Dec. 17: “Friends & Family Christmas,” 8 p.m., Hallmark. To appease their parents, Daniella and Amelia pretend they’re dating each other.
Dec. 17: “12 Games of Christmas,” 8 p.m., GAF. During a party, friends and neighbors are transported to a Christmas-themed board game.
Dec. 17: “Merry Magic Christmas.” 8 p.m., Lifetime. A financial consultant, working with a theater company, keeps seeing the same number pop up.
Dec. 21: “Miracle in Bethlehem PA,” 8 p.m.,. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Laura Vandervoort plays an adoptive mom who can’t get a room in the inn at Christmastime.
Dec. 23: “Mom’s Christmas Boyfriend,” 8 p.m., Lifetime. A 10-year-old, who was adopted from China as a baby, enters a Christmas-wish contest, wishing for a guy for her mom.
Dec. 23: “A Royal Christmas Holiday,” 8 p.m., GAF. A reporter interviews a visiting European prince.
Dec. 24: “A Christmas Letter,” 7 p.m., UpTV.

(These aren’t necessarily Christmas films, but families like to catch them during the holidays.)
— “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). TBS has it at 8 p.m., Nov. 23; 5:45 p.m., Nov. 24; 12:15 p.m., Dec. 10; 8 p.m., Dec. 16; and 8 and 10:15 p.m., Dec. 25. TNT has it at 8 and 10:15 p.m., Dec. 11.
— “Frozen” (2013), 8-10 p.m. Dec. 10 on ABC. it’s also on Freeform at 8:20 p.m., Dec. 8 and 6:20 p.m., Dec. 18, both times followed by its sequel(2019).
— “The Sound of Music” (1965), 8-11 p.m. Dec. 17, ABC.
— “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) is 8-11 p.m. Dec. 24, NBC.

— “Elf” has Will Ferrell as a 6-foot-3 ex-elf, looking for a new life. TBS has a 24-hour marathon, starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 24. TNT has it at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and at 8 and 10 p.m. Nov. 27 and 30.
— “Christmas Vacation,” with Chevy Chase. TNT as it at 9 p.m. Nov. 23 and 1:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m.) Nov. 24, then starts a 24-hour marathon at 10 p.m., Nov. 25.
— “Fred Claus” (2007) has Vince Vaughn as Santa’s less-noble brother. TBS has it at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24; then TNT has it at 3 p.m. and midnight, Nov. 27.
— “The Polar Express” (2004) is a visually splendid (but emotionally sparse) tale of one boy’s magical train ride. It’s Nov. 23 (2:12 p.m. TNT, 10:15 p.m. TBS) and Nov. 24 (11:30 a.m. ET, but 8:30 a.m. PT, TNT, 2:45 p.m., TBS.
— “Arthur Christmas” (2011), an animated trifle, is on TBS at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 24 and 1 p.m., Dec. 23.
— “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), spans the seasons, but includes Judy Garland debuting “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” It’s 3:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 4, Turner Classic Movies; also, 8 p.m. ET, Dec. 21; 6 p.m. ET, Dec. 24.
— “The Bishop’s Wife” has Cary Grant as an elegant ghost. It’s 6 p.m. ET, Dec. 5, TCM; also, 8 p.m. ET, Dec. 24.
— “O. Henry’s Full House” includes “Gift of the Magi” among its five stories; 2 p.m. ET, Dec. 12; 1:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 25, TCM.
— “Miracle on 34th Street” – the 1994 one, with Mara Wilson and Richard Attenborough — is on Freeform at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 13; 11:20 p.m., Dec. 15; 12:35 p.m., Dec. 19; and 10:30 a.m., Dec. 23. It’s also on Hulu, which also has the 1947 original, co-starring a young Natalie Wood.
— “Home Alone” (1990) is stuffed with great sight gags, as a boy defends his home from Christmastime thieves. It’s 8-10 p.m. Dec. 24, ABC. By then, it will have aired 19 times on Freeform, each time with its sequel two-and-a-half hours later. Starting times are: 7 p.m., Dec. 1; 7 a.m., Dec. 2; 8:50 p.m., Dec. 3; 11 a.m., Dec. 4; 6 p.m., Dec. 5; 11:05 a.m., Dec. 6; 3:10 p.m., Dec. 7; 10:30 a.m., Dec. 8; noon, Dec. 10; 3:10 p.m., Dec. 11; 11 a.m., Dec. 12; 4 p.m., Dec. 13; 3:30 p.m., Dec. 15; 11:30 a.m., Dec. 16; 6:20 p.m., Dec. 17; 3:10 p.m., Dec. 19; 6:20 p.m., Dec. 21; 10 a.m., Dec. 22, 5:10 p.m., Dec. 23 and 6 p.m. Dec. 25.

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