It’s time for holiday television programming! Here are 13 Christmas shows that your whole family can enjoy together. Included in this list are classic favorites, heartwarming holiday fare and festive specials.
Schedules are subject to change. All times listed are eastern.
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too
Friday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Pooh and his friends try writing a letter to Santa, but the process doesn’t go as smoothly as they’d hoped. If you have young children in your home, this is a sweet movie to share together.
Let It Snow
Friday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2 a.m. and 10 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 25, 10:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 26, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
In this romantic comedy, a Grinchy executive spends a week at a winter lodge, where she finds her Christmas spirit and a new love.
The Three Gifts
Hallmark Movie Channel
Friday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m.; Monday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m.
A couple takes in three orphan boys over the holidays, and each child hopes to find a permanent place in the family. Thinking only one of them can stay, they compete for the adults’ affections.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Mickey and pals present their version of Dickens’ holiday tale, in which Scrooge learns the importance of Christmas generosity and goodwill.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
This black-and-white classic from 1946 is the story of a down-on-his-luck man who thinks it would be better if he’d never been born. In a Christmas Eve miracle, his guardian angel shows him just what a difference his life has made.
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!
Turner Classic Movies
Sunday, Dec. 15, 11:15 a.m.; Monday, Dec. 23, 12:15 a.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24, 12:15 a.m.
Learn the stories behind many of your favorite Christmas movies and hear from the people involved in their creation in this 60-minute special.
Christmas with a Capital C
TBN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 5:30 a.m.; Monday, Dec. 16, 10:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m.
INSP: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1 p.m.
A town stands divided over the issue of a nativity scene placed on the lawn of City Hall. This movie could be a good starting point for a family discussion about public expressions of faith.
The Christmas Choir
Hallmark Movie Channel
Monday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m.
A volunteer at a homeless shelter changes both his life and the lives of the residents when he helps them form a choir. This movie was inspired by a true story.
The Polar Express
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 23, 10 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m.
An amazing train ride takes young passengers on a fantastic Christmas Eve ride to the North Pole. This movie, based on the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg, is rated PG.
Michael Buble Christmas Special
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10 p.m.
Singer Michael Buble returns to NBC for his third annual holiday special. He, along with guest performers, will entertain audiences with a variety of Christmas songs.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 19, 8:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.
Family members young and old will enjoy the animated story of the Grinch who stole everything Christmas out of Who-ville, only to discover that he couldn’t steal their Christmas joy.
The I Love Lucy Christmas Special
Friday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
CBS is airing two back-to-back I Love Lucy episodes, each newly colorized. Christmas Episode, a rarely-broadcast clip show, will be followed by Lucy’s Italian Movie.
May your family’s television be filled with Christmas cheer this holiday season!