The Complete Holiday TV Schedule You've Been Waiting For!

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Elf cover Will FerrellIf you're a HUGE, HUGE, COLOSSAL fan of holiday movies, then you've come to the right place. All your favorite television networks have started to kick off their holiday programming with a jingle. Make way for some new favorites, some old ones, and some movies so awesome you've got to tune in every time they air (cough *Elf* cough).

So grab the kids, a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows, and snuggle up on the couch together ... because this time of year it's all about the holiday flicks! And since this season is also all about giving, we've put together a jam-packed, all-inclusive list of every must-watch holiday show on TV in December. Set your DVRs, too, so you don't miss any of those classics.

Please note: All times are based on EST schedules. Other time zones, please check your local listings as times may vary. Additionally, many of the popular shows air multiple times; this list is meant to give you an overview of the programming.

December 4:

Little House on the Praire: Christmas at Plum Creek, 5:00 am EST, Hallmark Channel

Rudolph's Shiny New Year, 4:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Mickey's Christmas Carol, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Abominable Christmas, 5:30 pm EST, Cartoon Network

Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too!, 6:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Scooby-Do Haunted Holidays, 6:30 pm EST, Cartoon Network

Jack Frost, 6:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Frosty's Winter Wonderland, 7:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Elf, 8:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8:00 pm EST, CBS

December 5:

Home Alone, 7:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, 7:30 pm EST, Cartoon Network

The Polar Express, 9:00 pm EST, ABC Family

December 6:

A Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation!, 5:00 pm EST, Disney XD

Disney's A Christmas Carol, 8:00 pm EST, ABC Family

It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!, 8:00 pm EST, Nickelodeon

December 7:

The Action Elves Save Christmas, 11:30 am EST, Nickelodeon

Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas!, 2:30 pm EST, Disney Channel

A Fairly Odd Christmas, 8:00 pm EST, Nickelodeon

December 8:

Fred Claus, 1:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation!, 7:00 pm EST, Disney Channel

Frosty the Snowman, 8:00 pm EST, CBS

The Borrowers, 8:00 pm EST, ABC

Good Luck Charlie: A Duncan Christmas, 8:00 pm EST, Disney Channel

Frosty Returns, 8:30 pm EST, CBS

The Flight Before Christmas, 9:00 pm EST, CBS

December 9:

12 Dates of Christmas, 12:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Santa Baby, 2:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, 4:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Holiday in Handcuffs, 6:00 pm EST, ABC Family:

The Mistle-Tones, 8:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Prep & Landing, 8:00 pm EST, ABC

December 10:

A Miser Brothers' Christmas, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Jack Frost (1979), 6:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Frosty's Winter Wonderland, 7:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Mickey's Christmas Carol, 7:30 pm EST, ABC Family

The Year Without Santa Clause, 8:00 pm EST, ABC Family

December 11:

All I Want for Christmas (2007), 10:00 pm EST, Hallmark Channel

Home Alone, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Santa Clause, 7:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, 8:00 pm EST, ABC

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, 9:00 pm EST, The CW

December 12:

The Christmas Card, 10:00 pm EST, Hallmark Channel

December 13:

All I Want for Christmas (1991), 11:30 am, AMC

Miracle on 34th Street (1947), 8:00 pm, AMC

Christmas in The White House, 8:00 pm EST, NBC

December 14:

Caillou’s Christmas, 1:00 pm EST, PBS

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, 8:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Eloise at Christmastime, 8:00 pm EST, Hallmark Channel

The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story, 9:30 pm EST, CBS

December 15:

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat, 7:30 am EST, ABC Family

The Little Drummer Boy, 8:00 am EST, ABC Family

The Little Drummer Boy Book II, 8:30 am EST, ABC Family

Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, 9:00 am EST, ABC Family

Pinocchio's Christmas, 9:30 am EST, ABC Family

A Miser Brothers' Christmas, 10:30 am EST, ABC Family

The Story of the First Christmas Snow, 11:30 am EST, ABC Family

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, 12:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Frosty's Winter Wonderland, 12:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Jack Frost (1979), 1:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July, 2:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Disney's A Christmas Carol, 4:00 pm EST, ABC Family

December 16:

Richie Rich's Christmas Wish, 7:00 am EST, ABC Family

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 9:00 am EST, ABC Family

Home Alone 4, 11:00 am EST, ABC Family

The Year Without a Santa Claus, 1:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, 2:00 pm EST, ABC Family

A Christmas Carol (1984), 8:00 pm EST, AMC

December 17:

Sons of Mistletoe, 11:00 am EST, ABC Family

Christmas Every Day, 1:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Christmas Do-Over, 3:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat, 6:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 7:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, 8:00 pm EST, FOX

December 18:

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, 11:00 am EST, ABC Family

Frosty's Winter Wonderland, 12:00 pm EST, ABC Family  

Santa Who?, 12:30 pm EST, ABC Family

The Christmas List, 2:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Disney Prep & Landing, 4:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Miracle on 34th Street (1994), 5:30 pm EST, ABC Family

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:00 pm EST, ABC

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, 8:00 pm EST, The CW

Shrek the Halls, 8:30 pm EST, ABC

The Polar Express, 10:00 pm EST, ABC Family

December 19:

Christmas in Boston, 8:00 am EST, ABC Family

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 10:00 am EST, ABC Family

Three Days, 12:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Family Man, 2:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Home Alone, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Disney's A Christmas Carol, 9:00 pm EST, ABC Family

December 20:

Christmas Caper, 11:00 am EST, ABC Family

A Christmas Proposal, 12:00 pm EST, Lifetime

Secret Santa, 1:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Christmas Pageant, 2:00 pm EST, Hallmark Channel

The Mistle-Tones, 3:00 pm EST, ABC Family

12 Dates of Christmas, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8:00 pm EST, ABC

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 9:00 pm EST, ABC Family 

CMA Country Christmas, 9:00 pm EST, ABC

Friday, December 21

A Very Brady Christmas, 7:00 am EST, ABC Family

Christmas Cupid, 9:00 am EST, ABC Family

Snowglobe, 11:00 am EST, ABC Family

Santa Baby, 1:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Santa Baby 2 Christmas Maybe, 3:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Holiday in Handcuffs, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8:00 pm EST, ABC

December 22:

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, 7:00 am EST, ABC Family

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, 8:30 am EST, ABC Family

Disney Prep & Landing, 10:00 am EST, ABC Family

Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, 10:30 am EST, ABC Family

Mickey's Christmas Carol, 11:00 am EST, ABC Family

Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too, 11:30 am EST, ABC Family

A Chipmunk Christmas, 12:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Rudolph's Shiny New Year, 2:00 pm EST, ABC Family

A Miser Brothers' Christmas, 3:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Santa Clause, 6:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Santa Clause 2, 8:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, at 10:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol, 8:00 pm EST, NBC

December 23:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, 7:00 am EST, ABC Family

A Dennis the Menace Christmas, 8:30 am EST, ABC Family

Unaccompanied Minors, 10:30 am EST, ABC Family

Fred Claus, 12:30 pm EST, ABC Family

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 3:00 pm EST, ABC Family

The Polar Express, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 7:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Monday, December 24

Boy Meets World Christmas Episodes, 7:00 am EST, ABC Family

Full House: A Very Tanner Christmas, 9:00 am EST, ABC Family

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 11:00 am EST, ABC Family

The Garfield Show: Home for the Holidays, 11:00 am EST, Cartoon Network

Gift of the Magi, 2:00 pm EST, Hallmark Movie Channel

The Amazing World of Gumball: Christmas, 6:30 pm ET, Cartoon Network

It’s a Wonderful Life, 8:00 pm EST, NBC

A Christmas Story (24-hour Marathon), starts at 8:00 am EST, TBS

The Regular Show: The Christmas Special, 8:00 pm EST, Cartoon Network

Tuesday, December 25

A Chipmunk Christmas, 9:00 am EST, ABC Family  

Disney's A Christmas Carol, 5:00 pm EST, ABC Family

Home Alone, 7:00 pm EST, ABC Family

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 9:00 pm EST, ABC Family

See, told ya it was long.

What's your favorite holiday movie? How come?

 

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nonmember avatar April

Rudolph is actually on NBC tomorrow. I just added it to my DVR.

kelti... kelticmom

My favourites are "Meet Me In St. Louis" and " It's A Wonderful Life" and the original "Bishop's Wife" with Carey Grant and David Niven. Can't beat the classics.

rhps2000 rhps2000

Love A Christmas Story! Also Elf, Christmas Vacation, Funny Farm and Gremlins. :)

jalaz77 jalaz77

So many. Fav, It's A Wonderful Life. It's so real. A lot of people feel the way George feels but you surpass. A Christmas Story, Lampoons Christmas Vaca, Elf and The Grinch are watched EVERY year more than once.

hello... hellokd87

I LOVE all of the old Burl Ives Christmas Cartoons. I remember as a child growing up and watching them back to back when they would show them. Wasn't The Wizard Of Oz also a Christmas special? It kind of depresses me how much they've added new shows to the Christmas lineup (Amazing World of Gumball, Spongebob, etc). It's just not the same watching Nestor the Long Eared donkey only once.

cutetush cutetush

sucks having regular channels, most of the christmas moves are on cable/satelite, :'(

Sal Belleci

The One movie That Is Not Shown Around Christmas is
An American Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler. Youtube has it in 10 parts

Carme... Carmen8706

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original), a Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, and a Garfield special I remember from when I was a kid.

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