Holiday TV: 129 Movies, Specials and Series to Watch and Stream

Frosty the Snowman, The Christmas Setup and The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special
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'Frosty the Snowman,' 'The Christmas Setup' and 'The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special'

The holidays are no longer a programming dead zone.

In addition to a host of classic specials, TV and streaming outlets will air more than five dozen original holiday movies between now and the end of 2020. Hundreds of hours of programming — jam-packed with harried big-city types discovering small-town charms, mountains of Christmas cookies and blinking reindeer noses — are on tap for the month-plus between now and the end of 2020.

Below is The Hollywood Reporter's rundown of holiday programming between now and Dec. 31. Aside from the "Classics and Perennials" section below, all programs are original. Holiday episodes of regular series aren't included. All times are ET/PT unless noted.

Classics and Perennials

One big change in this list: Apple now has rights to the Peanuts specials, meaning they won't be on over-the-air TV for the first time in decades.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Nov. 18, Apple TV+ (free from Nov. 25-27)
• Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m. Nov. 26, NBC
The National Dog Show, noon Nov. 26, NBC
Olaf's Frozen Adventure, 8 p.m. Nov. 26, ABC
Toy Story That Time Forgot, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26, ABC
Frosty the Snowman, 8 p.m. Nov. 27, CBS (re-airs on Freeform in December)
• Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, 8 p.m. Nov. 27, ABC (re-airs on Freeform in December)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 27, NBC (re-airs at 8 p.m. Dec. 25)
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, 8 p.m. Nov. 27, The CW (re-airs at 8 p.m. Dec. 21)
Frosty Returns, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27, CBS
Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire, 8 p.m. Nov. 28, CBS
Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28, CBS
The Story of Santa Claus, 9 p.m. Nov. 28, CBS
Disney Prep & Landing, 7 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC
Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, ABC
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, CBS (re-airs on Freeform in December)
Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8 p.m. Dec. 2, NBC
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, 10 p.m. Dec. 2, NBC
A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 4, Apple TV+ (free from Dec. 11-13)
Shrek the Halls, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18, ABC
The Sound of Music, 7 p.m. Dec. 20, ABC
It's a Wonderful Life, 8 p.m. Dec. 24, NBC

There is also a host of other holiday perennials filling the air during the next two months. AMC has rights to rights to Elf, Four Christmases, Scrooged, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Planes, Trains and Automobiles; all will air multiple times between now and Dec. 25 and stream on AMC+. Freeform will air the Santa Clause movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Home Alone and Home Alone 2, and The Preacher's Wife. Both AMC and Freeform have rights to Love, Actually.

Holiday Food

If you need a side of competitive juice with your festive treats, the big players in food TV have you covered.

Holiday Wars (ongoing), 8 p.m. Sundays, Food Network
Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (ongoing), 9 p.m. Sundays, Food Network
Holiday Baking Championship (ongoing), 9 p.m. Mondays, Food Network
Christmas Cookie Challenge (ongoing), 10 p.m. Mondays, Food Network
Sugar Rush Christmas, Nov. 27, Netflix
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays, Dec. 4, Netflix
Gingerbread Giants, 9 p.m. Dec. 23, Food Network

Original Movies

Fun fact: Of the 70 movies on the list below, only 15 (21 percent) don't have the word "Christmas" in the title.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Nov. 13, Netflix
One Royal Holiday, 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Hallmark
Christmas on the Vine, 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Lifetime
Christmas in Vienna, 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Hallmark
Christmas on Wheels, 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Lifetime
Meet Me at Christmas, 10 p.m. Nov. 14, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Mistletoe Magic, 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Up TV
A Timeless Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 15, Hallmark
The Christmas Edition, 8 p.m. Nov. 15, Lifetime
The Christmas Doctor, 10 p.m. Nov. 15, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
The Princess Switch: Switched Again, Nov. 19, Netflix
Alien XMas, Nov. 20, Netflix
A Taste of Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Lifetime
A Nashville Christmas Carol, 8 p.m. Nov. 21, Hallmark
Feliz NaviDAD, 8 p.m. Nov. 21, Lifetime
The Angel Tree, 10 p.m. Nov. 21, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square, Nov. 22, Netflix
Dashing Home for Christmas, 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Up TV
The Christmas House, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Hallmark
Handmade Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Lifetime
A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chances, 10 p.m. Nov. 22, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Heart of the Holidays, 8 p.m. Nov. 23, Hallmark
A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado, 8 p.m. Nov. 24, Hallmark
Happiest Season, Nov. 25, Hulu
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two, Nov. 25, Netflix
Good Morning Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 25, Hallmark
Christmas by Starlight, 8 p.m. Nov. 26, Hallmark
Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, Nov. 27, Netflix
Dear Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 27, Lifetime
Five Star Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 27, Hallmark
Christmas Waltz, 8 p.m. Nov. 28, Hallmark
Merry Liddle Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 28, Lifetime
USS Christmas, 10 p.m. Nov. 28, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
If I Only Had Christmas, 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Hallmark
People Presents: Once Upon a Main Street, 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Lifetime
The Christmas Listing, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Lifetime
Angela's Christmas Wish, Dec. 1, Netflix
Godmothered, Dec. 4, Disney+
Too Close for Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Lifetime
Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing, 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Hallmark
Let's Meet Again on Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Lifetime
A Little Christmas Charm, 10 p.m. Dec. 5, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Christmas on the Range, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Up TV
Christmas She Wrote, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Hallmark
Christmas Ever After, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Lifetime
Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas, 10 p.m. Dec. 6, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
The Santa Squad, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Lifetime
A Christmas for Mary, 9 p.m. Dec. 8, OWN
Inn Love by Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, Lifetime
Cross Country Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, Hallmark
The Christmas Setup, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, Lifetime
A Glenbrooke Christmas, 10 p.m. Dec. 12, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Dashing in December, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Paramount Network
Christmas Comes Twice, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Hallmark
A Sugar & Spice Holiday, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Lifetime
Unlocking Christmas, 10 p.m. Dec. 13, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Lonestar Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Lifetime
Cooking Up Christmas, 9 p.m. Dec. 15, OWN
Christmas on the Menu, 8 p.m. Dec. 18, Lifetime
A Christmas Carousel, 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Hallmark
A Christmas Exchange, 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Lifetime
Swept Up by Christmas, 10 p.m. Dec. 19, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Love, Lights, and Hanukkah!, 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Hallmark
A Christmas Break, 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Lifetime
Project Christmas Wish, 10 p.m. Dec. 20, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Spotlight on Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 21, Lifetime
The Christmas High Note, 8 p.m. Dec. 22, Lifetime
First Christmas, 9 p.m. Dec. 22, OWN
Christmas at the Castle, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, Lifetime
My Sweet Holiday, 8 p.m. Dec. 25, Lifetime

Series and Specials

One of the more infamous moments in Star Wars history gets a tongue-in-cheek re-creation this year, and Dolly Parton returns to network TV to celebrate the season.

The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, Nov. 17, Disney+
Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas, Nov. 18, Netflix
Top Elf, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Nickelodeon
12 Dates of Christmas, Nov. 26, HBO Max
Craftopia Holiday, Nov. 26, HBO Max
• The CBS Thanksgiving Day Celebration, 9 a.m. Nov. 26, CBS
Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, 9 p.m. Nov. 26, ABC
Minions Holiday Special, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27, NBC
The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular, 9 p.m. Nov. 28, Nickelodeon
The Disney Holiday Singalong, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, ABC
• CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m. Nov. 30, ABC
Our OWN Christmas, 9 p.m. Dec. 1, OWN
My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, Dec. 3, HBO Max
The Voice Holiday Celebration, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, NBC (re-airs Dec. 16 and 22)
Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special, Dec. 4, Apple TV+
The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, The CW
Disney Holiday Magic Quest, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Disney Channel
Challenge Accepted! Disney Channel's Epic Holiday Showdown, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Disney Channel
A Holly Dolly Christmas, 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT Dec. 6, CBS
The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8 p.m. Dec. 9, ABC
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical!, 8 p.m. Dec. 9, NBC
Silent Night — A Song for the World, 8 p.m. Dec. 10, The CW
High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special, Dec. 11, Disney+
The Christmas Caroler Challenge, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, The CW
Disney Channel Holiday House Party, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, Disney Channel
Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event, 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT Dec. 20, CBS
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration, 10 a.m. Dec. 25, ABC
Yearly Departed, Dec. 30, Amazon


The NFL will have its usual three-game buffet on Thanksgiving: Houston at Detroit (11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT, CBS), Washington at Dallas (3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT, Fox) and Baltimore at Pittsburgh (7:20 p.m. ET/4:20 p.m. PT, NBC). College football's bowl season is scheduled to start Dec. 19 and run though the national championship game on Jan. 11, with two playoff semifinals in the Rose and Sugar bowls on New Year's Day. The NBA is aiming for a Dec. 22 start to the season, which likely means its Christmas Day set of games is still in the cards.

New Year's Eve

There won't be throngs of people in New York's Times Square, but several outlets will still usher out 2020 and ring in 2021 with televised specials.

Countdown to 2021, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, NBC
NBC's New Year's Eve Special, 10 p.m. (part 1) and 11:30 p.m. (part 2) Dec. 31, NBC