Christmas TV Guide: What to Watch This Holiday

8:00 AM 12/23/2016

by THR Staff

From old classics ('Miracle on 34th Street') to blockbusters ('Star Wars: The Force Awakens') to 'Sunday Night Football,' a look at what's on the small screen this holiday.

'Elf' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
'Elf' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
Courtesy of Photofest; Courtesy of Disney

  • A Christmas Story (1983)

    TNT (6 a.m. - 8 a.m. PT)

    MGM/UA Entertainment Company

    Kick off Christmas morning with the beloved 1983 classic about a young boy who dreams of getting a Red Ryder BB rifle under his Christmas tree.

  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

    HBO (6:15 a.m. - 8 a.m. PT)

    MCA/Universal Pictures/Photofest

    Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch, a Christmas-loathing resident of Whoville who plots to ruin the holiday for all of the town's citizens — until a young girl begins to change his mind.

  • Meet the Press

    NBC (8 a.m. - 9 a.m. PT)

    Getty Images

    For those who have grown tired of watching festive film reruns each holiday season, catch up on the latest political news with a new episode of NBC's Meet the Press With Chuck Todd.

  • Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

    MTV (8 a.m. - 11 a.m. PT)

    Photofest

    Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling may be winning over hearts with their chemistry in 2016's La La Land, but five years prior, they first co-starred as an unlikely couple in their 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love.

  • South Park

    Comedy Central (8:25 a.m. - 9 .a.m. PT, 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. PT)

    Photofest

    Comedy Central will be airing reruns of two of South Park's holiday-themed episodes on Christmas morning. Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo, returns as Kyle, Stan, Eric, Kenny and the town's citizens attempt to plan a politically correct celebration.

  • Neighbors (2014)

    FXX (9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PT)

    Universal Pictures

    In the 2014 comedy, a couple with a newborn baby (played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) vow to take down an unruly fraternity (led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco) that has just moved in next door. 

  • Pitch Perfect (2012)

    VH1 (10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT)

    Rewatch the Barden Bellas dominate the a cappella national competition in 2012's Pitch Perfect, starring Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson and more.

  • Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

    HBO (11 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. PT)

    20th Century-Fox/Photofest

    A department store Santa Claus' belief that he is indeed the real Saint Nick helps a skeptical young girl once again believe in the magic of Christmas in this 1994 remake of the original 1974 holiday classic.

  • Love Actually (2003)

    E! (11 a.m. - 2 p.m. PT)

    Courtesy of Photofest

    Based in London, the star-packed film follows the love lines of eight different couples, who all become loosely interconnected, in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney and Emma Thompson co-star.

  • The Polar Express (2004)

    Freeform (1:25 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PT)

    Warner Bros.

    A doubtful young boy goes on a journey of self-discovery when he boards a magical train that takes him to the North Pole and learns about life's wonders and the spirit of Christmas along the way.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

    Starz (All day beginning at 2 p.m. PT)

    Courtesy of Lucasfilms 2015/Walt Disney Studios

    Beginning at 2 p.m. and leading into the early hours of Monday morning, Starz will be playing back-to-back reruns of J. J. Abrams' The Force Awakens, starring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. The film became the third highest grossing film of all time (behind Avatar and Titantic), having amassed over $2 billion worldwide.

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

    HBO (2:10 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. PT)

    Courtesy of Warner Bros.

    In the Zack Snyder-directed film, Batman (Ben Affleck), fearing that Superman (Henry Cavill) is a dangerous threat to the community, goes head-to-head with the Man of Steel.

  • Sunday Night Football: Broncos at Chiefs

    NBC (5:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PT)

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Watch the Denver Broncos face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in a live game taking place at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri. The AFC West Division rivals will be playing against each other for the second time in one month, after the Chiefs defeated the Broncos 30-27 on Nov. 27.

  • Elf (2003)

    Freeform (5:40 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. PT)

    New Line/Photofest

    The 2003 holiday favorite stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who was orphaned as an infant and raised in the North Pole with Santa and his elves. When Buddy comes to learn that he was adopted after years of believing that he, too, had been born as an elf, he heads to New York City to find his birth father and attempts to adjust to human culture.

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