Holiday TV Viewing Guide

by 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.

Stars: Taniya Nayak, Carter Oosterhouse, Brian Fairlee, Michael Moloney

Votes: 162

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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 7,062

"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

41 Metascore

A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall

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.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 41,483

"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

22 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Roth | Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

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

49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

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.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 28,590

"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 »

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano

Votes: 2,283

"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

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 366,366

"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

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

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.

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith

Votes: 186,851

"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

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

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

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

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".

Directors: Sam Jaimes, Bill Melendez | Stars: Chad Allen, Kristie Baker, Melissa Guzzi, Aron Mandelbaum

Votes: 1,353

"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.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam, Harold Peary

Votes: 3,096

"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.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 148,575

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.

Stars: Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O'Brien, Linden Ashby

Votes: 117,848

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.

Stars: Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko

Votes: 51,037

"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.

Stars: Ryan Seacrest, Mark Thompson, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell

Votes: 20,574

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.

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Will Arnett, David Cross, Blake Harrison

Votes: 5,909

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.

Stars: Robert Lee, Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron

Votes: 49,051

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.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Jane Fonda

Votes: 762

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.



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