Holiday TV Viewing Guideby IMDb-Editors | created - 03 Nov 2015 | updated - 21 Dec 2015 | Public
Need a break from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Here's a rundown of all the premieres, specials, finales, live events, TV movies, and more to keep you glued to the small screen this season.
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1. The Great Christmas Light Fight (2013– )
TV-PG | 120 min | Reality-TV
Four families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays in just 21 days.
The Season 3 finale of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" airs Monday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
2. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)
TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.
"The Year Without a Santa Claus" airs Monday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.
3. Four Christmases (2008)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.
Votes: 58,930 | Gross: $120.15M
"Four Christmases" airs Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" airs Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
5. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family
With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.
Votes: 37,650 | Gross: $73.78M
"Christmas with the Kranks" airs Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Votes: 135,875 | Gross: $71.32M
"Christmas Vacation" airs Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs Thursday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
8. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 TV Movie)
Approved | 53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »
"Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol" airs Thursday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.
9. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
"It's a Wonderful Life" airs Thursday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
10. A Christmas Story (1983)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.
Votes: 122,844 | Gross: $20.61M
"A Christmas Story" airs Thursday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.
11. Doctor Who (2005– )
TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor and their companions from planet Earth.
"Doctor Who: 2015 Christmas Special" airs Friday, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on BBCA.
12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Votes: 584,127 | Gross: $317.58M
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" airs Friday, Dec. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
13. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 1,049,006 | Gross: $136.80M
"The Green Mile" airs Saturday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
14. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986 TV Movie)
G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Charlie Brown is obliged to attend Peppermint Patty's New Year's Eve party, even though he has to finish the novel "War and Peace".
"Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" airs Monday, Dec. 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
15. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976 TV Movie)
TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rudolph must find Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight on New Year's Eve.
"Rudolph's Shiny New Year" airs Monday, Dec. 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
16. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.
Season 6 of "Downton Abbey" premieres Sunday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
17. Teen Wolf (2011–2017)
TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
An average high school student and his best friend get caught up in some trouble causing him to receive a werewolf bite. As a result they find themselves in the middle of all sorts of dramas in Beacon Hills.
Season 5 of "Teen Wolf" premieres Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
18. The Shannara Chronicles (2016–2017)
TV-14 | 42 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Series of adventures, war, and evil that occur throughout the history of the Four Lands.
"The Shannara Chronicles" premieres Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
19. American Idol (2002– )
TV-PG | 42 min | Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV
Twelve American finalists (six men and six women) compete in a singing contest.
Season 15 of "American Idol" premieres Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
20. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2009–2016)
TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy
Todd Margaret is an American who takes a job running the London sales team for an energy drink. He has no experience with British culture, knows nothing about sales and has only one employee, Dave.
Season 3 of "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" premieres Thursday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.
21. MythBusters (2003– )
TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Mystery, Reality-TV
A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.
Season 19 of "MythBusters" kicks off Saturday, Jan. 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.
22. 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016 TV Special)
TV-14 | Comedy
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 73rd annual event honoring excellence in film and television, hosted by Ricky Gervais.
The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.