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From Grinch to Gaga, holiday TV full of feel-good shows

As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” especially if you’re a fan of old and new seasonal TV shows.

Whether it’s George Bailey learning what the world would have been like without him in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” or Charlie Brown teaching his friends that Christmas means more than a skinny little tree that just “needs a little love,” the electronic hearth is warm with holiday feel-good shows and movies.

And Rudolph leads the way with his red shiny nose tonight on CBS.

Here’s a list of the upcoming holiday TV slate:



Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas — through Dec. 31, with a dozen holiday movie premieres (hallmarkchannel.com)

Hallmark Movie Channel The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas — through Dec. 25, includes the channel’s first original movie and “Christmas classic Thursdays” (hallmarkmoviechannel.com)

Lifetime It’s a Wonderful Lifetime — ongoing, with several new TV movie premieres (mylifetime.com/movies)

ABC Family Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas, Wednesday through Saturday; 25 Days of Christmas, Dec. 1-25 — holiday animation, episodes, TV movies and feature films (abcfamily.com/25days)

Disney Channel Fa-la-la-lidays — starts Friday, holiday films, episodes, cartoons for kids and family (disneychannel.com)


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — Tuesday at 8 p.m., CBS

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” — Friday at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at 8 p.m., ABC

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” — Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., ABC

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946, James Stewart) — Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at 8 p.m., NBC

“A Christmas Carol” (1951, Alastair Sim) — Dec. 19 at 10 p.m., Turner Classic Movies


Friday: “Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas” and “The Elf on the Shelf,” 8-9 p.m., CBS; “Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m., ABC

Dec. 6: “Yes, Virginia” and “Frosty the Snowman,” CBS

Dec. 9: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” ABC

Dec. 16: “Prep & Landing,” ABC

Dec. 21: Rankin-Bass marathon, ABC Family

Dec. 25: “Kung Fu Panda Holiday” and “Merry Madagascar,” The CW


Thursday: “Lady Gaga & the Muppets Holiday Spectacular” (Elton John, RuPaul), 9:30-11 p.m., ABC

Dec. 2: “CMA Country Christmas,” ABC

Dec. 4: “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” NBC

Dec. 11: “Kelly Clarkson Christmas Special,” NBC

Dec. 18: “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” (Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Fall Out Boy), The CW; “Michael Bublé Christmas Special,” NBC

Dec. 20: “Christmas in Washington,” TNT


Dec. 9-23: “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” ABC

Dec. 11: “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy,” ABC Family

Dec. 11: “Duck Dynasty,” A&E


Dec. 4: “Saturday Night Live” Christmas, NBC

Dec. 20: “I Love Lucy” colorized, CBS

Dec. 25: “The Twilight Zone,” Syfy


Tonight: WWE star The Miz in “Christmas Bounty,” 7 p.m., ABC Family

Saturday: Tatyana Ali, Jordin Sparks in “Dear Secret Santa,” 8 p.m., Lifetime

Sunday: Andy Garcia, Mary Louise Parker in “Christmas in Conway,” ABC; Nicolette Sheridan in “The Christmas Spirit,” Hallmark

Dec. 7: Sean Astin in “Santa Switch,” Hallmark; Ashley Williams, Ashanti in “Christmas in the City,” Lifetime

Dec. 8: Jennie Garth, Cameron Mathison in “Holidaze,” ABC Family


December on Turner Classic Movies Dec. 8 includes “Scrooge” (1970); other holiday films most nights Dec. 15-24

Dec. 3: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” ABC Family

Dec. 16: Tim Allen’s three “Santa Clause” films, ABC Family, also Dec. 21, 22, 24, 25

Dec. 24: “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours, TBS

Dec. 24: “Elf” for 24 hours, Starz

Dec. 24: “Bad Santa” for 24 hours, Starz Comedy

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