Friday, December 16, 2016

Your Guide to Holiday Marathons and Specials 2016

By Liam Mathews

There's no shortage of Christmas-themed TV to watch this year, as the list below will show.
There are the giant programming blocks, like the perennial A Christmas Story 24-hour marathon on TBS and TNT, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve and runs until 8 p.m. on Christmas Day; Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas; and everything on the Hallmark Channel from now until Dec. 25 (we've only included the channel's premiering movies to try to keep this list manageable).
And there are the one-time airings of holiday classics old and new, like The Sound of Music at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 on ABC; Dolly Parton's A Christmas of Many Colors on NBC Dec. 23 at 9 p.m., and something called Too Cute! #merrycuteness on Animal Planet at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve that's described as "kittens climb Christmas trees; puppies dash through the snow; and baby goats prance about in this holiday special," which sounds like exactly what we need this Christmas.
Or you could check out what's on the Netflix "holiday favorites" tab.
Check out the full list below. All times Eastern.
Friday, Dec. 16 
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (12 a.m., Freeform)
A Dennis the Menace Christmas (7 a.m., Freeform)
Jack Frost (9:10 a.m., Freeform)
The Search for Santa Paws (11:15 a.m., Freeform)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (1:20 p.m., Freeform)
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (3:25 p.m., Freeform)
Jingle All the Way (5:30 p.m., Freeform)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (7:35 p.m., Freeform)
Deck the Halls (8 p.m., AMC)
The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (8 p.m., The CW)
The Polar Express (9:45 p.m., Freeform)
Deck the Halls (10 p.m., AMC)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (11:55 p.m., Freeform)
Saturday, Dec. 17
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (7 a.m., Freeform)
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (8 a.m., Freeform)
Jingle All the Way (8:30 a.m., Freeform)
Happy Feet (10:30 a.m., Freeform)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1 p.m., Freeform)
The Polar Express (2:35 p.m., Freeform)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (4:40 p.m., Freeform)
Santa Claus: The Movie (5:30 p.m., AMC)
The Santa Clause (6:50 p.m., Freeform)
A Christmas Carol (8 p.m., AMC)
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (8 p.m., ABC)
My Christmas Love (8 p.m., Hallmark)
A Pentatonix Christmas Special (8 p.m., NBC)
Frozen (9 p.m., Freeform)
SNL Christmas (9 p.m., NBC)
White Christmas (10:30 p.m., AMC)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (11:30 p.m., Freeform)
Sunday, Dec. 18 
Happy Feet (7 a.m., Freeform)
Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (9:30 a.m., Freeform)
Mickey's Christmas Carol (11:30 a.m., Freeform)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (12 p.m., Freeform)
In the Good Old Summertime (12 p.m., TCM)
A Christmas Carol (1 p.m., AMC)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1:30 p.m., Freeform)
Disney's Prep & Landing (4:10 p.m., Freeform)
Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (4:40 p.m., Freeform)
The Santa Clause (5:10 p.m., Freeform)
Four Christmases (6 p.m., AMC)
The Sound of Music (7 p.m., ABC)
Black Nativity (7 p.m., BET)
Frozen (7:20 p.m., Freeform)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (8 p.m., AMC)
Sleigh Bells Ring (8 p.m., Hallmark)
Scrooge (1970) (8 p.m., TCM)
Elf (9:50 p.m., Freeform)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (10:30 p.m., AMC)
Monday, Dec. 19 
Four Christmases (1 a.m., AMC)
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (7 a.m., Freeform)
A Dennis the Menace Christmas (8:30 a.m., Freeform)
Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (10:30 a.m., Freeform)
Home Alone 3 (12:35 p.m., Freeform)
The Search for Santa Paws (2:40 p.m., Freeform)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (4:45 p.m., Freeform)
Surviving Christmas (6 p.m., TNT)
Elf (6:50 p.m., Freeform)
Deck the Halls (8 p.m., AMC)
A Christmas Carol (8 p.m., TNT)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (8:55 p.m., Freeform)
Tuesday, Dec. 20 
Just Friends (12 a.m., Freeform)
The Search for Santa Paws (7 a.m., Freeform)
All I Want for Christmas (9 a.m., AMC)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (9:10 a.m., Freeform)
Home Alone 3 (11:15 a.m., Freeform)
The Holiday (1:25 p.m., Freeform)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (4:30 p.m., Freeform)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (5:35 p.m., Freeform)
Deck the Halls (6 p.m., AMC)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (6:40 p.m., Freeform)
Four Christmases (8 p.m., AMC)
Terry Crews Saves Christmas (8 p.m., The CW)
The Santa Clause (8:50 p.m., Freeform)
Wednesday, Dec. 21 
Holidaze (12 a.m., Freeform)
Snow Buddies (7 a.m., Freeform)
Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws (9 a.m., Freeform)
Happy Feet Two (11:05 a.m., Freeform)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1:10 p.m., Freeform)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (2:10 p.m., Freeform)
The Polar Express (3:15 p.m., Freeform)
Disney's Prep & Landing (5:20 p.m., Freeform)
Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (5:50 p.m., Freeform)
Four Christmases (6 p.m., AMC)
Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot (6:20 p.m., Freeform)
The Santa Clause (6:50 p.m., Freeform)
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (7 p.m., USA)
A Christmas Carol (8 p.m., AMC)
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (8 p.m., NBC)
Terry Crews Saves Christmas (8 p.m., The CW)
Elf (8:55 p.m., Freeform)
Thursday, Dec. 22 
The Mistle-Tones (12 a.m., Freeform)
Little Women (2:45 a.m., TCM)
Happy Feet (7 a.m., Freeform)
Happy Feet Two (9:30 a.m., Freeform)
The Little Drummer Boy (11:30 a.m., Freeform)
The Polar Express (12 p.m., Freeform)
White Christmas (12:15 p.m., AMC)
Jack Frost (2:05 p.m., Freeform)
Santa Claus: The Movie (3 p.m., AMC)
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (4:10 p.m., Freeform)
Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot (4:40 p.m., Freeform)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (5:10 p.m., Freeform)
A Christmas Carol (5:30 p.m., AMC)
Elf (6:45 p.m., Freeform)
Deck the Halls (8 p.m., AMC)
Terry Crews Saves Christmas (8 p.m., The CW)
Holiday Affair (8 p.m., TCM)
Jingle All the Way (8:55 p.m., Freeform)
Remember the Night (9:45 p.m., TCM)
A Christmas Carol (11:30 p.m., TCM)
Friday, Dec. 23
Disney's A Christmas Carol (12 a.m., Freeform)
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (7 a.m., Freeform)
Jack Frost (7:30 a.m., Freeform)
Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (11 a.m., Freeform)
Jingle All the Way (1 p.m., Freeform)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (3 p.m., Freeform)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (4:35 p.m., Freeform)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (5:40 p.m., Freeform)
Deck the Halls (6 p.m., AMC)
All About Christmas Eve (6 p.m., Lifetime)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (6:45 p.m., Freeform)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (8 p.m., AMC)
A Home for the Holidays musical special(8 p.m., CBS)
Terry Crews Saves Christmas (8 p.m., The CW)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m., NBC)
Taraji's White Hot Holidays (8 p.m., Fox)
How Murray Saved Christmas (8:30 p.m., NBC)
The Santa Clause (8:50 p.m., Freeform)
Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors (9 p.m., NBC)
Four Christmases (10:30 p.m., AMC)
Saturday, Dec. 24 
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (12 a.m., Freeform)
In the Good Old Summertime (12 a.m., TCM)
Jack Frost (1979) (7 a.m., Freeform)
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (8:05 a.m., Freeform)
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (9:40 a.m., Freeform)
Scrooge (1970) (10:30 a.m., TCM)
"Very Merry Movie Marathon," with Rio, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Head of State (11 a.m., WGN America)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (11:15 a.m., Freeform)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (12:20 p.m., Freeform)
It Happened on 5th Avenue (12:30 p.m., TCM)
Arthur Christmas (1:25 p.m., Freeform)
Four Christmases (1:30 p.m., AMC)
Holiday Affair (2:30 p.m., TCM)
Deck the Halls (3:30 p.m., AMC)
The Polar Express (3:30 p.m., Freeform)
The Shop Around the Corner (4:15 p.m., TCM)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (5:30 p.m., AMC)
The Santa Clause (5:35 p.m., Freeform)
Meet Me In St. Louis (6 p.m., TCM)
Elf (7:40 p.m., Freeform)
Too Cute! #merrycuteness (8 p.m., Animal Planet)
It's A Wonderful Life (8 p.m., NBC)
A Christmas Story 24-hour marathon (8 p.m., TBS & TNT)
Christmas In Connecticut (8 p.m., TCM)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (9:45 p.m., Freeform)
Scrooged (11:55 p.m., Freeform)
Sunday, Dec. 25 
The Search for Santa Paws (7 a.m., Freeform)
"AFV Ha Ha Holidays" America's Funniest Home Videos marathon (9 a.m., Freeform)
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (9:10 a.m., Freeform)
Arthur Christmas (11:20 a.m., Freeform)
The Polar Express (1:25 p.m., Freeform)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (3:30 p.m, Freeform)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (4:35 p.m., Freeform)
Elf (5:40 p.m., Freeform)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (7:45 p.m., Freeform)
When Calls the Heart (8 p.m., Hallmark)
Scrooged (9:55 p.m., Freeform)

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