Get ready for onslaught of TV holiday chestnuts
Deck the halls and crank up your DVR. The annual blizzard of holiday-themed TV fare is about to begin.
As usual, programmers aremaking merry with a lineup chock-full of specials, mushy movies and animated treats that celebrate the socalled most wonderful time of the year.
To help you get with the program, we’ve made a list — and checked it twice— of the notable shows airing from now through New Year’s Eve. Be aware that many programs reair multiple times. With a few exceptions, we have listed only the initial telecasts that occur in evening hours.
If you don’t spot a favorite here, consult your listings. Our rundown starts with new programming and is followed by a list of air dates for the perennials.
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“Great Performances: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn — The Broadway Musical” — They’re dreaming of a “White Christmas” in this adaptation of the classic 1942movie musical. (9p.m., PBS).
“CMA Country Christmas” — Reba McEntire and her pals celebrate the holiday from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. (8p.m., ABC) “A Very Merry Pentatonix Christmas” — The popular vocal group belts out holiday favorites and welcomes guests Jennifer Hudson, Darci Lynne Farmer and Jay Leno. (10p.m., NBC; re-airs 8p.m. Dec. 6).
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center”— It’s time to light up the big tree in the Big Apple, with performances by Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani, The Tenors and others. (8p.m., NBC).
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration ”— Julian ne Hough and Nick Lac hey host
a “magical” two-hour event fromWalt DisneyWorld and Disneyland. (9p.m., ABC).
“Masters of Illusion: ChristmasMagic”— Magicians show off their tricks. (9p.m., The CW; re-airs 8p.m. Dec. 22).
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” — It’s the battle of the bulbs as ClarkGriswoldwannabes compete in this overthe-top home-decorating contest. (8p.m., ABC).
“A Nashville Christmas”— Wynonna, Emmylou Harris, LorrieMorgan and PamTillis come together to perform traditional carols and pop standards. (8p.m., getTV). “The Great American Baking Show”— Ayesha Curry and Anthony “Spice” Adams host this reality competition that challenges contestants to whip up festive treats. (9 p.m., ABC).
“America’s Funniest Home Videos”— Holiday-themed clips are featured. (7p.m., ABC).
“GwenStefani’s YouMake It Feel Like Christmas”— Stefani sings tunes from her new holiday albumand welcomes guests Blake Shelton, Chelsea Handler, Ken Jeong, Seth MacFarlane and Ne-Yo. (9 p.m., NBC). “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown”— Kevin Frazier ushers viewers through 12of the best holiday ads ever. (8p.m., TheCW; reairs 9p.m. Dec. 22).
“Taraji’sWhite Hot Holidays” — “Empire” dynamo Taraji P. Henson spreads some cheer and goodwill. Guests include Chaka Khan, Ciara, Faith Evans, Fergie, Jussie Smollett, Salt-N-Pepa and the Ying Yang Twins. (8p.m., Fox). “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017”— Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, the Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello and Niall Horan celebrate the season with musical performances. (8p.m., The CW; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25). “Showtime at the Apollo: Christmas”— Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Fifth Harmony, DMX and others take the stage at New York City’s famed venue. (9p.m., Fox).
“The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” — It’s a massive procession down Hollywood Boulevard, with fancy floats, marching bands, celebrities and bloated balloons. (8p.m., The CW). “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir”— Tenor Rolando Villazon joins the choir on an array of holiday numbers. (9p.m., PBS; re-airs at 9p.m. Dec. 21).
“A Christmas Story Live!”— A new production inspired by the classic film and the Broadway musical. The cast includes Maya Rudolph, MatthewBroderick and Jane Krakowski. (7p.m., Fox).
“Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic”— A behind-thescenes look at how Disney transforms its theme parks and hotels into winter wonderlands. (8p.m., Freeform).
“The Top 12Greatest ChristmasMovies of AllTime”— Dean Cain hosts a countdown of the festive flicks that viewers cherish. (9p.m., The CW; ).
“I Love Lucy Christmas Special”— Back-to-back airings of two colorized episodes from the classic comedy. (8 p.m., CBS).
“Call theMidwife Holiday Special”— It’s the coldest winter in ages as the midwives feverishly battle the snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide care for their patients. (9p.m., PBS). “DoctorWho Christmas Special”— Regeneration happens. Say farewell to Peter Capaldi and welcome Jodie Whittaker as the newDoctor. (TBA, BBC America).
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest”— The guy who seems to be everywhere rings in 2018from New York City. (8p.m., ABC). “Fox’sNewYear’s EveWith Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square”— Harvey hosts his first New Year’s Eve special and promises to make you laugh. (8-10p.m. and 11p.m.-12:30a.m., Fox). “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly”— The host of “The Voice” ushers in 2018with plenty of guests. (8p.m., NBC)
Heartwarming holiday movies
What follows are some of the notable new made-forTV movies airing for the first time this year:
“Finding Santa”— Jodie Sweetin stars as a woman desperate to find someone to play the jolly bearded guy for her small town’s Christmas parade. (8p.m., Hallmark).
“The Christmas Train”— A journalist (Dermot Mulroney) embarks on a cross-country train ride and unexpectedly rediscovers holiday magic and a love he thought he’d lost. Danny Glover, Joan Cusack and KimberlyWilliamsPaisley also star. (8p.m., Hallmark).
“A Very Merry Toy Store”— Melissa Joan Hart andMario Lopez play owners of rival toy stores in a Connecticut town who come together when a new big-box toy outlet threatens their livelihoods. (8 p.m., Lifetime). “Switched for Christmas” — Candace Cameron Bure heads the cast of this film about two estranged twin sisters who swap lives around the holidays. (8p.m., Hallmark).
“AngryAngel” — A young woman turned angel (Brenda Song) is stuck on Earth and can’t seem to ring the right bells in order to pass through the pearly gates into heaven. Jason Biggs also stars. (9 p.m., Freeform).
“Christmas in Evergreen”— Folks in a smallVermont town believe that a snow globe in a local cafe canmakewishes come true. Are they delusional? (8p.m., Hallmark). “Four Christmases and a Wedding”— A love-starved woman says there is no Mr. Right for her. Butmaybe she’s wrong. (8p.m., Lifetime).
“Miss Me This Christmas”— A couple who had a fairy-tale Christmas wedding three years ago are suddenly headed for a breakup. Can they make things right during the hoilidays? (7p.m., TV One).
“Christmas in Mississippi” — A young woman is eager to help organize her town’s holiday festival, but— uh-oh — it’s being run by her former high school sweetheart. Now what? (8p.m., Lifetime).
“Christmas Next Door” — Jesse Metcalfe is bachelor who must babysit his niece and nephew for the holidays. Naturally, he turns to a female neighbor for help. Naturally, sparks fly. (8p.m., Hallmark).
“Romance at Reindeer Lodge” — A group of adults who think the holidays are yucky have their cynical heartsmelted while on vacation. (8p.m., Hallmark).
“When Calls the Heart: The ChristmasWishing Tree” — The community of Hope Valley comes together to help a young Mountie desperately
For the kids
“DreamWorks Trolls Holiday”— Poppy and the gang return in an animated musical special inspired by last year’s feature film. The voice talent includes Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake and Zooey Deschanel as Bridget. (8:30 p.m., NBC; debuts on Netflix Dec. 6).
Returning specials and movies, including the usual chestnuts:
“Frosty the Snowman” (8 p.m., CBS) “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (8p.m., NBC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25) “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (8p.m., ABC) “Frosty Returns” (8:30p.m., CBS)
“Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire” (8p.m., CBS) “Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe” (8:30p.m., CBS) “The Story of Santa Claus” (9 p.m., CBS)
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (8p.m., CBS)
“Home Alone” (8:30p.m., Freeform)
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (8p.m., ABC)
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (7:05p.m., Freeform) “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (8p.m., The CW; re-airs 8p.m. Dec. 20). “Elf” (9:15p.m., Freeform)
“The Santa Clause” (8:45 p.m., Freeform)
“The Polar Express” (8:55 p.m., Freeform)
“Shrek the Halls” (8p.m., ABC) “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (8:30p.m., ABC)
“It’saWonderful Life” (8 p.m., NBC; re-airs 8p.m. Dec. 24)
“Disney Prep and Landing” (8:30p.m., ABC)
“Miracle on 34th Street,” 1947(8p.m. and 10:15p.m., AMC) “IWant a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” (8p.m., ABC)
“Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice” (8:30p.m., ABC)
“Christmas in Connecticut” (8p.m., TCM)
“Scrooged” (8p.m., AMC) “A Christmas Carol,” 1984(10 p.m., AMC)
“A Christmas Story” marathon (8p.m., TBS) “The Bishop’sWife” (8p.m., TCM)
“Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (8p.m., ABC) “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (9p.m., ABC)
Singer Gwen Stefani, who has a new holiday album, hosts a Christmas special Dec. 12on NBC.
Yes, of course “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, will be broadcast for the holidays — Dec. 9and 24on NBC. searching for Christmas inspiration. (8p.m., Hallmark). Today