Holiday Specials and Moviesby IMDb-Editors | created - 20 Nov 2012 | updated - 13 Jun 2013 | Public
It's that time of year again! Find out when your favorite holiday specials and movies are airing.
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1. A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)
PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy
An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.
Airs 12am and 3pm Saturday, December 22 on TNT. Repeats 9pm Monday, December 24.
2. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.
Votes: 8,989 | Gross: $21.00M
Airs 11am Saturday, December 22 on ABC Family.
3. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976 TV Movie)
TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.
Airs 2pm Saturday, December 22 on ABC Family.
4. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)
TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.
Airs 4pm Saturday, December 22 on ABC Family.
5. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)
TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.
Airs 5pm Saturday, December 22 on ABC Family.
6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 355,047 | Gross: $2.08M
Airs 7pm and 9:15pm Saturday, December 22. Repeats 9:30am Sunday, December 23.
7. Holiday Affair (1949)
Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young widow is romanced by a sales clerk whom she inadvertently got fired.
Airs 3pm Monday, December 24 on TCM.
8. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.
Airs 4:30pm Monday December 24 on AMC.
9. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.
Votes: 18,416 | Gross: $7.57M
Airs 4:30pm Monday, December 24 on TCM.
10. The Polar Express (2004)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
Votes: 156,831 | Gross: $183.37M
Airs 1pm Monday, December 24 on ABC Family.
11. White Christmas (1954)
Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
Votes: 28,546 | Gross: $30.00M
Airs 1:45pm Monday, December 24 on AMC.
12. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)
Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »
Airs 8pm Saturday, December 22 on NBC.
13. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011 TV Short)
TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology.
Airs 8pm Saturday, December 22 on ABC.
14. The Santa Clause (1994)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
Votes: 85,883 | Gross: $144.83M
Airs 9pm Friday, December 22 on ABC Family. Repeats 6pm Saturday, December 23; 3pm Monday, December 24; 11am Tuesday, December 25.
15. The Sound of Music (1965)
G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Votes: 184,824 | Gross: $163.21M
Airs 7pm Sunday, December 23 on ABC.
16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
Votes: 184,839 | Gross: $260.04M
Airs 7pm and 9:30pm Sunday, December 23 on ABC Family, and 8:30pm December 25 on ABC.
17. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.
Airs 8pm Sunday, December 23 on TCM. Repeats 1pm Monday, December 24.
18. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.
Airs 10pm Sunday, December 23 on TCM.
19. Prancer (1989)
G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.
Votes: 4,077 | Gross: $18.59M
Airs 11:15am and 11:30pm Monday, December 24 on AMC.
20. March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)
Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's Bogeymen are set on Toyland.
Airs 6:30pm Monday, December 24 on TCM.
21. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Airs 8pm Monday, December 24 on NBC.
22. Prep & Landing (2009 TV Short)
TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit.
Airs 8pm Monday, December 24 on ABC.
23. Christmas Is Here Again (2007 Video)
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Christmas Is Here Again is a musical animated tale that follows the exciting journey of a young orphan girl, Sophianna, and her unlikely band of adventurers as they help recover Santa's ... See full summary »
Airs 8pm Monday, December 24 on The CW.
24. A Christmas Story (1983)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
Votes: 122,370 | Gross: $20.61M
Airs back-to-back in a 24-hour marathon, beginning at 8pm Monday, December 24 until 8pm Tuesday, December 25 on TBS.
25. Shrek the Halls (2007 TV Short)
TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
This half-hour animated TV special features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions.
Airs 8:30pm Monday, December 24 on ABC.
26. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 410,339 | Gross: $285.76M
Airs 9pm Monday, December 24 on ABC Family. Repeats 7pm Tuesday, December 25.
27. Auntie Mame (1958)
Approved | 143 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.
Votes: 9,592 | Gross: $23.30M
Airs 9pm Monday, December 24 on TCM.
28. Second Star to the Left (2001 TV Short)
29 min | Animation, Short, Family
Seasonal animation in which a hamster, a rabbit and a guinea pig embark on a journey to deliver a Christmas present lost by Santa Claus.
Airs 9:30pm Monday, December 24 on The CW.
29. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Votes: 134,833 | Gross: $71.32M
Airs 12am and 9pm Tuesday, December 25 on ABC Family.
30. A Christmas Carol (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family
An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
Votes: 92,554 | Gross: $137.86M
Airs 7am and 5pm Tuesday, December 25 on ABC Family.
31. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)
Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.
Airs at 8pm Tuesday, December 25 on ABC.
32. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986 TV Movie)
G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Charlie Brown is obliged to attend Peppermint Patty's New Year's Eve party, even though he has to finish the novel "War and Peace".
Airs 8pm Thursday, December 27 on ABC.
Winter in Portlandia
TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy
Peter and Nance struggle to keep off winter weight; Candace's son visits the feminist bookstore during the holidays; artisan curators Bryce and Lisa offer a winter vacation at their newly opened Outlet Hotel.
Airs 11:30am Tuesday, January 1 on IFC.
34. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family
A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.
Aired 8pm Friday, November 23 on CBS.
35. Frosty Returns (1992 TV Short)
TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Short, Family
The continuing exploits of the famous snowman as he goes up against a more powerful force which threatens all of Christmas.
Aired 8:30pm Friday, November 23 on CBS.
36. The Happy Elf (2005 Video)
Not Rated | 45 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
Highlighted by Harry Connick, Jr. as the animated narrator, "The Happy Elf" tells the story of Eubie the Elf, one of Santa's helpers whose overly enthusiastic, rose-colored view of the ... See full summary »
Aired 9pm Friday, November 23 on The CW.
The Simpsons (1989– )
Holidays of Future Passed
TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy
Thirty years in the future the Simpsons get together for Christmas. Bart and Lisa are struggling as parents to connect with their children.
Aired 9pm Friday, November 23 on Fox.
38. hoops&yoyo Ruin Christmas (2011 TV Movie)
TV-G | 22 min | Animation
Hoops and Yoyo wait up to see Santa, and inadvertently end up in his sleigh, traveling with him through the time-space continuum that allows Santa to visit everyone in the world in one ... See full summary »
Aired 9pm Friday, November 23 on CBS.
39. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Votes: 179,711 | Gross: $148.17M
Aired 8pm Saturday, December 15 on VH1. Repeats 10am Sunday, December 16.