Christmas TV Programming for December 2016

Christmas television programs for December 2016. Freeform is the former ABC Family. Listings are subject to change without notice. Times are Central Standard Time (CST).

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

5 PM “The Year Without a Santa Claus” | Freeform
6:05 PM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Freeform
7 PM “A Charlie Brown Christmas” | ABC
7 PM “The Man Who Came to Dinner” | TCM
8 PM “The Great American Baking Show” | ABC
8:15 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
9 PM “It Happened on 5th Avenue” | TCM
10:20 PM “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” | Freeform
11 PM “O. Henry’s Full House” | TCM
11:55 PM “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” | Freeform
1:15 PM “Meet John Doe” | TCM
3:30 PM “Fitzwilly” | TCM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

4:10 PM – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” | Freeform
6:15 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
7 PM National Christmas Tree Lighting | Hallmark
7 PM “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” | CBS
8:20 PM “The Polar Express” | Freeform




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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

5:45 PM “Arthur Christmas” | Freeform
7 PM “A Dream of Christmas” | Hallmark
7:50 PM “Elf” | Freeform
9:55 PM “The Holiday” | Freeform

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4

3:30 PM “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” | Freeform
4:35 PM “The Year Without a Santa Claus” | Freeform
5:40 PM “Elf” | Freeform
6 PM “Girlfriends of Christmas Past” | UP
7 PM “Looks Like Christmas” | Hallmark
7:45 PM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Freeform
9:55 PM “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” | Freeform


Shopping scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989).

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5

6 PM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Freeform
7 PM “The Great Christmas Light Fight” | ABC
8 PM “Scrooged” | Freeform


Elf Snowball Fight (2003).

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7

4 PM “The Polar Express” | Freeform
6 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
8 PM “Elf” | Freeform
11 PM “12 Dates of Christmas” | Freeform

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

4 PM “Deck the Halls” | Freeform
6 PM “Elf” | Freeform
7 PM “Toy Story That Time Forgot” | ABC
7 PM “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays” | Fox
7:30 PM “Shrek the Halls” | ABC
8 PM “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” | Freeform

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

4:40 PM “The Search for Santa Paws” | Freeform
6:45 PM “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups” | Freeform
8:50 PM “Snow Buddies” | Freeform
10:55 PM “Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July” | Freeform


It’s a Wonderful Life Lasso the Moon (1946).

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

7 PM A Nutcracker Christmas | Hallmark
7 PM “It’s a Wonderful Life” | NBC
9:20 PM “Toy Story That Time Forgot” | Freeform
11:55 PM “The Year Without a Santa Claus” | Freeform


The Polar Express All Aboard (2004).

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

6 PM “Season’s Greetings” | UP
7 PM “Meant To Be” | Hallmark
8:25 PM “Toy Story That Time Forgot” | Freeform
8:55 PM “The Polar Express” | Freeform

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12

4:30 PM “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” | Freeform
6 PM “The Polar Express” | Freeform
7 PM “The Great Christmas Light Fight” | ABC
7 PM “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” | CW
7 PM “Meet Me in St. Louis” | TCM
8 PM “The Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown” | CW
9 PM “Elf” | Freeform
9 PM “In the Good Old Summertime” | TCM
11 PM “Christmas Cupid” | Freeform
11 PM “A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!” | TCM
12:15 PM “Bachelor Mother” | TCM
1:45 PM “Bundle of Joy” | TCM
3:30 PM “Susan Slept Here” | TCM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

4 PM “Arthur Christmas” | Freeform
6 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
7 PM “Disney’s Prep & Landing” | ABC
7 PM “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2016” | CW
7 PM “The Shop Around the Corner” | TCM
7:30 PM “Disney’s Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice” | ABC
8 PM “The Search for Santa Paws” | Freeform
9 PM “Christmas in Connecticut” | TCM
11 PM “Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” | Freeform)
11 PM “Love Finds Andy Hardy” | TCM
12:45 PM “Desk Set” | TCM
2:45 PM “Period of Adjustment” | TCM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

6:35 PM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Freeform
7 PM The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade | CW
8:45 PM “The Polar Express” | Freeform
10:55 PM “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” | Freeform

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

5:50 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
7 PM “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” | ABC
7 PM “My Christmas Love” | Hallmark

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

4:10 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
7 PM “Sleigh Bells Ring” | Hallmark
8:50 PM “Elf” | Freeform

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22

5:45 PM “Elf” | Freeform
7 PM “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” | CW
7 PM “Holiday Affair” | TCM
7:55 PM “Jingle All the Way” | Freeform
8:00 PM – America’s Got Talent Christmas Special (NBC) (Check Time Zone)
8:45 PM “Remember the Night” | TCM
10:30 PM “A Christmas Carol” | TCM
11 PM “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” | Freeform
12:15 PM “Babes in Toyland” | TCM
1:45 PM “Little Women” | TCM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23

4 PM “A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!” | TCM
6 PM “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” | Freeform
6:30 PM “Jack Frost” | Freeform
10 PM “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish” | Freeform
NOON: “Jingle All the Way” | Freeform
2 PM “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” | Freeform
3:35 PM “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” | Freeform
4:40 PM “The Year Without a Santa Claus” | Freeform
5:45 PM “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” | Freeform
7 PM “A Home for the Holidays” | CBS
7 PM “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” | CW
7:50 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
8 PM “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” | CW
11 PM “Home Alone: The Holiday Heist” | Freeform


It’s a Wonderful Life an Angel Gets His Wings (1946).

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24

5:45 PM “Tenth Avenue Angel” | TCM
7 PM “Meet John Doe” | TCM
9:15 PM “Scrooge” | TCM
11:15 PM “It Happened on 5th Avenue” | TCM
1:15 PM “Holiday Affair” | TCM
2:30 PM “The Polar Express” | Freeform
3 PM “The Shop Around the Corner” | TCM
4:35 PM “The Santa Clause” | Freeform
5 PM “Meet Me in St. Louis” | TCM
6:40 PM “Elf” | Freeform
7 PM “It’s a Wonderful Life” | NBC
7 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
7 PM “Christmas in Connecticut” | TCM
8:45 PM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Freeform
9 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
9 PM “The Dolly Sisters” | TCM
10:55 PM “Scrooged” | Freeform
11 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
11 PM “In the Good Old Summertime” | TCM
1 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
1 PM “The Man Who Came to Dinner” | TCM
3 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
3 PM “Bell, Book and Candle” | TCM


A Christmas Miracle Scrooged (1988).

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

5 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
5 PM “Going My Way” | TCM
6 PM “The Search for Santa Paws” | Freeform
7 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
7:30 PM “Boys Town” | TCM
8 PM “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” | ABC
8:10 PM “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws” | Freeform
9 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
10:20 PM “Arthur Christmas” | Freeform
11 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
12:25 PM “The Polar Express” | Freeform
1 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
2:30 PM “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” | Freeform
3 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
3:35 PM “The Year Without a Santa Claus” | Freeform
4:40 PM “Elf” | Freeform
5 PM “A Christmas Story” | TBS
6:45 PM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Freeform
8 PM “When Calls the Heart” | Hallmark
8:55 PM “Scrooged” | Freeform

See also …
tvguide.com/special/holiday-guide/calendar

hallmarkchannel.com/christmas