On TV: Holiday Specials and Moviesby IMDb-Editors | created - 19 Nov 2014 | updated - 08 Dec 2014 | Public
Find out when your favorite holiday specials and movies are airing, and check back often as more schedules are announced.
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1. Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010 TV Short)
TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Po is to host the annual winter holiday feast and he struggles to meet his friends' expectations.
Airs: 9pm Friday, November 28 on The CW.
2. 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.
Airs: 9pm Friday, November 28 on CBS.
3. Merry Madagascar (2009 TV Short)
TV-PG | 28 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
When Santa and his reindeer crash onto Madagascar it's up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melvin, and the penguins to save Christmas.
Airs: 9:30pm Friday, November 28 on The CW.
4. Yes, Virginia (2009 TV Short)
TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Short
An eight-year-old girl living in New York City in 1897 learns about belief and Christmas when her classmates question if Santa is even real.
Airs: 9:30pm Friday, November 28 on CBS.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Votes: 289,012 | Gross: $75.08M
Airs: 7:30pm Saturday, November 29, and 10:40am Sunday, November 30, on Disney.
6. The Flight Before Christmas (2008)
G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear, takes flying lessons from a clumsy flying squirrel and heads to the North pole to save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.
Airs: 8pm Saturday, November 29 on CBS.
7. Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014 TV Movie)
G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Grumpy Cat is an Internet meme sensation with over 6 million Facebook friends, who has graced the cover of New York Magazine, is the spokescat for Friskies, appeared on American Idol and the MTV Movie Awards.
Airs: 8pm Saturday, November 29 on Lifetime.
8. The Story of Santa Claus (1996 TV Movie)
47 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
The special presents an origin story for Santa Claus, who is depicted as a man named Nicholas Claus who wishes to give every child in the world a gift for Christmas. The elves of the North ... See full summary »
Airs: 9pm Saturday, November 29 on CBS.
9. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011 TV Short)
TV-PG | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
Sid, Eddie and Crash get in trouble with Santa and have to get their names off of the naughty list.
Airs: 7pm Sunday, November 30 on Fox.
10. Jack Frost (1979 TV Movie)
TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.
Airs: 4pm Monday, December 1 on ABC Family.
11. 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: 148,850 | Gross: $71.32M
Airs: 6pm Monday, December 1 on ABC Family.
12. Elf (2003)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.
Votes: 212,716 | Gross: $173.40M
Airs: 8pm Monday, December 1 on ABC Family.
13. 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: 92,745 | Gross: $144.83M
Airs: 10pm Monday, December 1 on ABC Family.
14. 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: 4,456 | Gross: $18.59M
Airs: 5pm Wednesday, December 3 on ABC Family.
15. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
G | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.
Votes: 31,799 | Gross: $84.50M
Airs: 7pm Wednesday, December 3 on ABC Family.
16. Christmas in Rockefeller Center (2014 TV Special)
Airs: 8pm Wednesday, December 3 on NBC.
17. SNL Christmas (2012 TV Special)
85 min | Comedy
SNL presents it's favorite holiday sketches spanning nearly 40 years.
Airs: 9pm Wednesday, December 3 on NBC.
18. 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: 169,185 | Gross: $183.37M
Airs: 9pm Wednesday, December 3 on ABC Family.
19. 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: 5pm Thursday, December 4 on ABC Family.
20. 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: 6pm Thursday, December 4 on ABC Family.
21. Peter Pan Live! (2014 TV Movie)
131 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A live telecast of the beloved J. M. Barrie story.
Airs: 9pm Thursday, December 4 on NBC.
22. 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: 99,210 | Gross: $137.86M
Airs: 9pm Thursday, December 4 on ABC Family.
23. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
Votes: 199,573 | Gross: $260.04M
Airs: 8pm Friday, December 5 on ABC Family.
24. How Murray Saved Christmas (2014 TV Special)
TV-G | 42 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
One-hour animated special surrounding a surly deli owner Murray Weiner, who is forced to step into Santa's shoes for one Christmas and bumbles his way into doing a great job.
Airs: 8pm Friday, December 5 on NBC.
25. Fred Claus (2007)
PG | 116 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help Santa and the elves prepare for Christmas in exchange for cash.
Votes: 39,037 | Gross: $72.01M
Airs: 11:30pm Friday, December 5 on ABC Family.
26. All I Want for Christmas (2007 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 86 min | Family, Romance
Anxious to help his struggling, widowed mom SARA, 10 year old JESSIE enters a national video contest. But Jessie's winning entry, "All I Want for Christmas is a Husband for my Mom," has ... See full summary »
Airs: 7am Saturday, December 6 on ABC Family.
27. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976 TV Short)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?
Airs: 1:30pm Saturday, December 6 on ABC Family.
28. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.
Votes: 48,527 | Gross: $139.24M
Airs: 7pm, 9:30pm Saturday, December 6; 8pm, 10:30pm Monday, December 8; 8pm, 10:30pm Wednesday, December 10; 8pm, 10:30pm Sunday, December 21; 2pm, 8pm Tuesday, December 23; midnight, 4:30pm Wednesday, December 24 on AMC.
29. 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 Saturday, December 6, and 8pm Wednesday, December 24 on NBC.
30. Mr. Miracle (2014 TV Movie)
TV-G | 86 min | Comedy
A Guardian Angel, posing as an English teacher, helps a young woman find her way before Christmas.
Airs: 8pm Saturday, December 6, on the Hallmark Channel.
31. Arthur Christmas (2011)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Santa's (Jim Broadbent's) clumsy son Arthur (James McAvoy) sets out on a mission with Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours.
Votes: 49,279 | Gross: $46.46M
Airs: 9pm Saturday, December 6 on ABC Family.
32. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Short)
Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Drama
An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
Airs: 9am Sunday, December 7 on ABC Family.
33. Christmas at Cartwright's (2014 TV Movie)
TV-G | 84 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
A single mom gets a holiday job as a department store Santa to help boost her finances, and then an angel enters her life and brings about some positive changes, including the spark of a new romance.
Airs: 8pm Sunday, December 7 on Hallmark Channel.
34. Bad Santa (2003)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.
Votes: 132,105 | Gross: $60.06M
Airs: 8pm Tuesday, December 9, and 10:30pm Sunday, December 14 on WGN America; 3pm Saturday, December 13 and 2am Sunday, December 14 on The CW.
I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
The I Love Lucy Christmas Show
G | 26 min | Comedy, Family
On Christmas Eve, the Ricardos and the Mertzes recall past events in their lives, as seen in clips from past episodes.
Airs: 8pm Sunday, December 7 on CBS.
36. Robot Chicken (2005– )
TV-MA | 11 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Pop culture references fly thick and fast as stop-motion animation is featured in sketches lampooning everything from television movies to comic books.
(AKA "The Robot Chicken Lots of Holidays but Don’t Worry Christmas is Still in There Too so Pull the Stick Out of Your Ass Fox News Special")
Airs: 11:30pm Sunday, December 7 on Adult Swim.
37. Prometheus (I) (2012)
R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.
Votes: 563,243 | Gross: $126.48M
Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday, December 9, 7:30pm Wednesday, December 10, and 7:30pm Saturday, December 13 on FX.
38. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.
Airs: 8pm Tuesday, December 9 on CBS.
39. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.
Votes: 293,609 | Gross: $173.59M
Airs: 8pm and 10:30pm Tuesday, December 9; 8pm and 10:30pm Sunday, December 14; 8pm and 10:30pm Monday, December 15; and 4:30pm and 9:30pm on Tuesday, December 23 on AMC.
Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)
How the 'A' Stole Christmas
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
It is Christmas time and all of the liars are planning on having a great time at the Ice ball, but 'A' has other plans.
Airs: 8pm Tuesday, December 9 on ABC Family.
41. 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: 8pm Tuesday, December 9 on ABC.
42. This Christmas (2007)
PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.
Votes: 8,128 | Gross: $49.12M
Airs: 8pm Wednesday, December 10; 1:30pm Thursday, December 11; and 8pm Friday, December 12 on BET.
43. Reindeer Games (2000)
R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
After assuming his dead cell-mate's identity to get with the other man's girlfriend, an ex-convict finds himself a reluctant participant in a casino heist.
Votes: 37,152 | Gross: $23.36M
Airs: 9:30am Thursday, December 11 on AMC.
44. The Family Stone (2005)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Votes: 59,618 | Gross: $60.06M
Airs: 12:45pm Thursday, December 11 on HBO.
45. Scrooged (1988)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 83,462 | Gross: $60.33M
Airs: 8pm Thursday, December 11 on ABC Family.