TV spreads holiday cheer with a blizzard of movies, specials
Deck the halls and warm up the DVR. a veritable blizzard of holiday-themed fare is about to blow into your television sets.
Yes, once again the broadcast networks and cable channels have pieced together a vast lineup of festive specials, movies and animated treats. Some are making their debut this season, but most are perennial favorites that continue to enchant us.
So we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of prime time’s main holiday highlights. keep in mind that many of these programs — especially those on cable — will receive multiple airings.
The Holiday Hall of Fame
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: Quick, put Whoville on lockdown. The grouchy beast is on the prowl once again. (7 p.m. Dec. 23, ABC).
“a Charlie Brown Christmas”: our round-headed hero bonds with a puny tree and learns the true meaning of Christmas. (7 p.m. Dec. 7 & 16, ABC).
“The Year Without a Santa Claus”: The big guy gets his feelings hurt and decides to go on strike. (8 p.m. Dec. 9, ABC Family).
“Frosty the Snowman”: It’s time to chill out with that “jolly, happy soul.” (7 p.m. Dec. 11; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, CBS).
Gifts that keep giving
“Shrek the Halls”: America’s favorite ogre struggles to get into the Christmas spirit. (7 p.m. Dec. 9, ABC).
“Disney Prep & Landing”: a covert unit of elves readies homes for the big night. (7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, ABC).
“a Miser Brothers’ Christmas”: The 2008 sequel to 1974’s “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” (9 p.m., Dec. 9, ABC Family).
“Frosty Returns”: Apparently, there’s still some magic in that old silk hat. (7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; 8 p.m. Dec. 17, CBS).
“The Flight Before Christmas”: a young reindeer yearns to be an expert flyer just like his father. (8 p.m. Dec. 11, CBS).
“yes, Virginia”: a curious, letter-writing girl questions the existence of Santa Claus. (7 p.m. Dec. 17, CBS).
“The Polar Express”: all aboard for a magical train ride to the North Pole. (5 & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, ABC Family).
“The Nightmare Before Christmas”: Jack Skellington brings some ghoulish delight to the holiday. (10 p.m. Dec. 4, ABC Family).
“Miracle on 34th Street”: a department store Santa restores our faith in humanity. (7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, ABC Family).
“a Christmas Carol”: Reginald Owen plays the miserable miser in this 1938 version of the Dickens classic. (7 p.m. Dec. 10, TCM).
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