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


November 26, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

Thursday, Dec. 12
7 | "The Big Bang Theory," CBS (While gathering to decorate the Christmas tree, everyone imagines life without Sheldon in "The Cooper Extraction.")
7:30 | "Babes In Toyland," Hallmark Movie Channel (movie)
7:30 | "The Millers," CBS (Carol, Nate and Tom devise a Christmas scheme in "Carol's Parents Are Coming to Town.")
8 | "Call of the Wildman: Holler Day Cheer," Discovery
8:30 | "The Michael J. Fox Show," NBC (Mike's plan for a gift exchange with Annie is thwarted when he has to anchor the news on Christmas Eve in "Christmas.")
9 | "Tanked Holiday Special," Discovery

Friday, Dec. 13
7 | "Last Man Standing," ABC (Mandy plays Santa in "Elfie.")
7:30 | "The Neighbors," ABC (Larry goes overboard buying Christmas gifts.)
8 | "Raising Hope," Fox (Town blames Burt for ruining Christmas in "The Chance Who Stole Christmas." Encore airs at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 25.)
8 | "Say Yes to the Dress: The 12 Dresses of Christmas," TLC (romantic, holiday-themed weddings)
8 | "The Rickey Smiley Show," TV One (Ricky and family get trapped in church in "Captive Christmas.")
9 | "Grimm," NBC (An old Wesen tale of an evil Santa might be the key to solving a string of missing person reports in "Twelve Days of Krampus.")

Saturday, Dec. 14
4:30 | "Spooksville," HUB (Watch's new love that threatens all of Spooksville in "The No Ones.")
6 | "Marry Me for Christmas," UP (movie; romantic home-for-the-holidays drama)
7 | "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," CBS (encore)
7 | "It's A Wonderful Life," NBC (movie; Jimmy Stewart's holiday classic get an encore Dec. 24.)
7 | "Hats Off to Christmas," Hallmark (movie; Woman overlooks dislike of coworker to help son.)
7 | "Christmas on the Bayou," Lifetime (movie; workaholic slows down at Christmas)
8 | "Frosty the Snowman," CBS (encore)
8:30 | "Frosty Returns," CBS (encore)
9 | "A Snow Globe Christmas," Lifetime (movie; TV exec has Christmas realization by looking into snow globe.)

Sunday, Dec. 15
9:30 a.m. | "Disney's Prep & Landing," ABC Family (Animated tale follows elves.)
6 p.m. | "Extreme Xmas," Travel (holiday special)
7 | "The Simpsons," Fox (Springfield tourists drive up Christmas shopping prices, causing Marge to house boarders for extra cash in "White Christmas Blues.")
7 | "Finding Christmas," Hallmark (holiday movie; singles mingle)
7 | "Treehouse Masters: Santa's Workshop," Discovery (holiday special)
7:30 | "Bob's Burgers," Fox (Belcher family spends Christmas Eve trying to outrun a truck shaped like a giant candy cane in "Christmas in the Car.")
8 | "Family Guy," Fox (Peter infuses Lois’s dad with the holiday spirit in "Christmas Guy.")
8 | "All I Want For Christmas," ION (holiday movie; magic pin helps woman be better person)
8 | "Long Island Medium: Christmas Special," TLC (Theresa Caputo and her family celebrate Christmas.)
8:30 | "American Dad," Fox (Grandpa Jack recounts how as a boy he captured the legendary "Minstrel Krampus," a demon who punished naughty children on Christmas.)

Monday, Dec. 16
7 a.m. | "Battle of the Nutcrackers: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker," Ovation (filmed in 2008; encores 7 a.m. Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 8 a.m. Dec. 25)
6:30 p.m. | "AwesomenessTV," Nickelodeon ("Swag Master J: Swagify Your Christmas” includes holiday sketches.)
8 | "The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause," ABC Family (movie; Tim Allen's Santa needs a wife.)
8 | "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas," Fox (Mammoths celebrated a long time before the birth of Christ.)
8:30 | "Dreamworks Dragon: Gift of the Night Fury," Fox (story of faith, love, friendship and dragons.)
11 | "Robot Chicken: Born Again Virgin Christmas Special," Adult Swim (origins of many a Christmas legend)

Tuesday, Dec. 17
7 a.m. | "Battle of the Nutcrackers: The Nutcracker Mariinsky," Ovation (filmed in 2012 at historic Saint Petersburg theater; encores 11 a.m. Dec. 22)
6:30 p.m. | "Mickey's Christmas Carol," ABC Family (Disney gang does Dickens.)

Wednesday, Dec. 18
7 a.m. | "Battle of the Nutcrackers: The Nutcracker, The Story of Clara," Ovation (Aging ballerina reminisces about Nutcrackers past; encores 11 a.m. Dec. 21)
7 p.m. | "A Home For the Holidays with Celine Dion," CBS (music)
7 | "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013," CW (music)
9 | "Michael Buble's 3rd annual Holiday Special," NBC (music)
9 | "Kirstie," TV Land (holiday episode)
9:30 | "The Exes," TV Land (holiday episode)

Thursday, Dec. 19
6 a.m. | "Eloise at Christmastime," ABC Family (Eloise and a Christmas Eve wedding.)
9 p.m. | "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: Carols & Caravans," TLC (tight-knit Gypsy community in Britain during Christmas)
9:30 | "Silent Night," WTTW (WWI Christmas Eve truce 1914 in France is retold as an opera.)
11:15 | "NTSF:SD:SUV::" Adult Swim (Trent's children learn the true meaning of Christmas when a terrorist Mall Santa takes over the mall in "Wreck the Malls.")

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