Holiday Specials and Movies

by IMDb-Editors | created - 20 Nov 2012 | updated - 13 Jun 2013 | Public

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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.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice

Votes: 7,491

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.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary

Votes: 3,046

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 6,964

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 10,602

Airs 5pm Saturday, December 22 on ABC Family.

6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

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.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

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.

Director: Don Hartman | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Gordon Gebert

Votes: 3,809

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.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 10,978

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

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

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

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.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

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 »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 2,275

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.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers | Stars: Dave Foley, Derek Richardson, Sarah Chalke, Rob Riggle

Votes: 1,229

Airs 8pm Saturday, December 22 on ABC.

14. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

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

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

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

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

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.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Votes: 12,634

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.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore

Votes: 2,911

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.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Abe Vigoda

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.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry

Votes: 5,561

Airs 6:30pm Monday, December 24 on TCM.

21. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 361,763

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.

Directors: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers | Stars: Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke, Mason Vale Cotton, David DeLuise

Votes: 2,347

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 »

Directors: Robert Zappia, Darrell Van Citters | Stars: Jay Leno, Edward Asner, Kathy Bates, Madison Davenport

Votes: 287

Airs 8pm Monday, December 24 on The CW.

24. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

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.

Director: Gary Trousdale | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 11,685

Airs 8:30pm Monday, December 24 on ABC.

26. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

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.

Director: Morton DaCosta | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark

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.

Director: Graham Ralph | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Barbara Windsor, Mark Williams, Henry Cherrytree

Votes: 142

Airs 9:30pm Monday, December 24 on The CW.

29. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

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

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

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.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 41,185

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".

Directors: Sam Jaimes, Bill Melendez | Stars: Chad Allen, Kristie Baker, Melissa Guzzi, Aron Mandelbaum

Votes: 1,348

Airs 8pm Thursday, December 27 on ABC.

33. Portlandia (2011–2018)
Episode: Winter in Portlandia (2012)

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.

Director: Jonathan Krisel | Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Lucas

Votes: 178

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 13,523

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.

Directors: Evert Brown, Bill Melendez | Stars: Jonathan Winters, Jan Hooks, Andrea Martin, Brian Doyle-Murray

Votes: 2,734

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 »

Director: John Rice | Stars: Harry Connick Jr., Rob Paulsen, Carol Kane, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 358

Aired 9pm Friday, November 23 on The CW.

37. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Holidays of Future Passed (2011)

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.

Directors: Rob Oliver, Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,366

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 »

Director: Tony Craig | Stars: Bob Holt, Mike Adair, Bev Carlson, Michael Monken

Votes: 90

Aired 9pm Friday, November 23 on CBS.

39. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 179,711 | Gross: $148.17M

Aired 8pm Saturday, December 15 on VH1. Repeats 10am Sunday, December 16.



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