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Holiday TV 2013: When to watch holiday specials, movies, classics


  • "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" flies onto TV screens again this year.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" flies onto TV screens again… (CBS )
November 26, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

The holiday season is in full swing on TV. From "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to "A Christmas Story" and beyond, here's a schedule of when your favorite holiday classics and new specials will be on TV. (I'll add more as I find them.)

Sunday, Dec. 29
6:30 | "Call the Midwife Holiday Special," PBS (Midwives keep busy during Christmas 1958.)

Monday, Dec. 30
7 | "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown," ABC
8 | "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC

Tuesday, Dec. 31
7 | "New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women In Music," ABC (Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host.)
8 | "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin," CNN (special)
9 | "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014," ABC (Ryan Seacrest spotlights year's hottest artists, groups and songs.)
9 & 10:30 | "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly," NBC (special)
10 | "New Year's Eve Live," Fox (Mario Lopez hosts from Las Vegas.)
10 | "TeenNick Top 10: New Year's Eve Countdown," Nickelodeon networks (Nick Cannon counts down top music videos of 2013.)
10:30 | "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014, Parts 1 & 2," ABC (annual event with Ryan Seacrest from Times Square)

Tuesday, Nov. 26
6 | "Christmas Bounty," ABC Family (movie; former bounty hunter back in business at Christmas.)
7 | "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," CBS (stop-motion classic)
9 | "Swamp People: Swampsgiving," History (Troy Landry invites his friends over.)

Wednesday, Nov. 27
7 | "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," CW (John Hughes' ode to holiday travel horror)
8 | "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving," NBC (best of the holiday sketches)

Thursday, Nov. 28
8 a.m. | "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," NBC
8 a.m. | "Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," Hallmark Movie Channel (movie; runaway girl decides to return home)
9 a.m. | "Thanksgiving with FRIENDS," TBS (14-episode marathon of all 10 "Friends" holiday eps, plus 4)
10 a.m. | "Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure," Hub Network (animation; moose wants to fly with Santa's reindeer.
Noon | "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina," NBC
7 p.m. | "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," ABC (Animated 1973 classic celebrates 40th anniversary.)
7:30 | "Christmas in Connecticut," Hallmark Movie Channel (1945 movie; single food columnist writes as country wife)
8:30 | "Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular," ABC (music and Muppets)

Friday, Nov. 29
7 | "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ABC (1966 animated masterpiece)
8 | "My Santa," ION (movie; young mother loses faith in Christmas)
7 | "The Dog Who Saved the Holidays," Hub (2 dogs team up to save the holidays.)
7 | "Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas," CBS (Animated kitty and bunny stow away on Santa's sleigh.)
7 | "One Christmas," TV One (music, dance, spoken word and comedy showcase)
7:30 | "The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story," CBS (based on children's story)
7:30 | "Shrek the Halls," ABC (The ogre and his friends celebreate holidays.)

Saturday, Nov. 30
7 | "Let It Snow," Hallmark (movie; job trip turns to romance)
7 | "Dear Secret Santa," Lifetime (movie; Woman (Tatyana Ali) moves back to house where she grew up.)
7 | "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's Holiday Special," OWN

Sunday, Dec. 1
6 a.m. | "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas," ABC Family (Kelsey Grammer narrates 3 Christmas stories.)
2 p.m. | "Mike the Knight and the Christmas Castle," Nick Jr. (holiday special)
4 | "The Polar Express," ABC Family (movie; Boy rides a magical train.)
6 | "Silver Bells," UP (holiday movie; man loses site of Christmas)
6 | "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ABC Family (2000 live-action movie)
7 | "The Christmas Spirit," Hallmark (movie; spirits meet during holiday)
7 | "Liv and Maddie," Disney (Liv has to sing at holiday spectacular while Maddie is tasked with decorating town Christmas tree in "Fa-la-la-A-Rooney.")
7:30 | "Austin & Ally," Disney (A Kids Club holiday party in "Mix-Ups & Mistletoe")
8 | "Christmas in Conway," ABC (movie; Man wants to give perfect holiday gift to wife. Andy Garcia, Mary-Louise Parker star.)
8 | "Holiday Road Trip," ION (movie; Maya falls for one guy while ex pursues her)
Monday, Dec. 2
5 | "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too," ABC Family (Winnie the Pooh and Piglet rush to deliver Christopher Robin's letter to Santa.)
7 | "The Santa Clause," ABC Family (movie; Tim Allen plays becomes Santa.)
7 | "A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC (best Christmas tree ever?)
8 | "CMA Country Christmas," ABC (music from Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, others)

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