When to Catch Holiday Movies on TV

You’ve got to love the holidays. After three people steal (OK, beat you to) your parking space in one day, there’s nothing like coming home and enjoying the warm glow of a television screen and A Charlie Brown Christmas, spiked eggnog in hand of course. When you put aside the cut-throat parking lots and lines at the mall, there’s something special about getting to enjoy family traditions, like gathering around the TV to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. Oh, and nothing quiets your nephew down like a little Rudolph so you can wrap presents in peace. Instead of having you waste precious minutes scouring the listings looking for your favorite flicks, I put together a one-stop holiday movie TV schedule. Get those remotes, DVRs and cocktails ready and have yourself some merry little tube time.

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Friday, Dec. 4

Fred Claus, 7pm, ABC Family
Elf, 9:30pm, ABC Family
Prancer, 11:50pm, ABC Family

Saturday, Dec. 5

Prancer, 12:15pm, ABC Family
The Polar Express, 5pm, ABC Family
Elf, 7:15pm, ABC Family
Just in Time for Christmas, 8pm, Hallmark
The Flight Before Christmas, 8pm, Lifetime
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 9:30pm, ABC Family

Sunday, Dec. 6

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, 12:30am, ABC Family
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 9am, ABC Family
Disney’s A Christmas Carol, 12:30pm, ABC Family
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, 4:45pm, ABC Family
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 6:30pm, ABC Family
Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge, 8pm, Hallmark
Last Chance Christmas, 9pm, Lifetime
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 10pm, ABC Family

Monday, Dec. 7

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 7am, ABC Family
Love Actually, 1pm, ABC Family
Fred Claus, 4pm, ABC Family
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 6:30pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Tuesday, Dec. 8

The Mistle-Tones, 12am, ABC Family
Fred Claus, 7am, ABC Family
Secret Santa, 11am, ABC Family
The Mistle-Tones, 1pm, ABC Family
Disney’s A Christmas Carol, 4pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause, 6:30pm, ABC Family
The Polar Express, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Prancer, 12:10pm, ABC Family
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, 4:30pm, ABC Family
The Polar Express, 6:30pm, ABC Family
Elf, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Thursday, Dec. 10

Prancer, 7am, ABC Family
Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 2pm, ABC Family
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, 2:30pm, ABC Family
Elf, 6:30pm, ABC Family
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Friday, Dec. 11

The Family Man, 1pm, ABC Family
Fred Claus, 4pm, ABC Family
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 6:45pm, ABC Family
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 9pm, ABC Family

Saturday, Dec. 12

Jack Frost, 7am, ABC Family
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, 8am, ABC Family
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, 9:45am
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 6pm, ABC Family
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, 8pm, Hallmark
Becoming Santa, 8pm, Lifetime
Elf, 9pm, ABC Family
The Flight Before Christmas, 9pm, CBS
Fred Claus, 11:15pm, ABC Family

Sunday, Dec. 13

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, 7am, ABC Family
Mickey’s Twice Upon Christmas, 8:45am, ABC Family
Elf, 2:15pm, ABC Family
Wish Upon a Christmas, 9pm, Lifetime

Monday, Dec. 14

Mr. St. Nick, 7am, ABC Family
Twas the Night Before Christmas, 9am, ABC Family
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Santa Baby, 1pm, ABC Family
Santa Baby 2, 3pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 6pm, ABC Family
Elf, 8:15pm, ABC Family

Wednesday, Dec. 16

The Family Man, 11am, ABC Family
Elf, 6pm, ABC Family
The Polar Express, 8:15pm, ABC Family

Thursday, Dec. 17

Love Actually, 10:15am, ABC Family
The Polar Express, 6:30pm, ABC Family
Disney’s A Christmas Carol, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Friday, Dec. 18

Holidaze, 12am, ABC Family
The Mistle-Tones, 12pm, ABC Family
Disney’s A Christmas Carol, 4:15pm, ABC Family
Yes, Virginia, 8:30pm, ABC
The Santa Clause, 7:30pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 9:45pm, ABC Family

Saturday, Dec. 19

Jack Frost, 10:30am, ABC Family
The Santa Clause, 5:15pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 7:30pm, ABC Family
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!, 8pm, ABC
The Spirit of Christmas, 8pm, Lifetime
A Christmas Melody, 8pm, Hallmark
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 9:45pm, ABC Family

Sunday, Dec. 20

Jack Frost, 8am, ABC Family
Prancer, 10am, ABC Family
Disney’s A Christmas Carol, 12:45pm, ABC Family
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, 3pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 4:45pm, ABC Family
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 7pm, ABC Family
Christmas Land, 8pm, Hallmark
Elf, 9:15pm, ABC Family
Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 11:30pm, ABC Family

Monday, Dec. 21

Prancer, 7am, ABC Family
Disney’s A Christmas Carol, 9am, ABC Family
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, 11:15am, ABC Family
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 2:30pm, ABC Family
Elf, 6:30pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Jack Frost, 12am, ABC Family
Holidaze, 10am, ABC Family
Jack Frost, 2:15pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause, 6:30pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 8:45pm, ABC Family

Wednesday, Dec. 23

The Mistle-Tones, 7am, ABC Family
Santa Baby, 11am, ABC Family
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe, 1pm, ABC Family
Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 7pm, ABC Family
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, 7:30m, ABC Family
National Lampoon’s Family Vacation, 9:45pm, ABC Family

Thursday, Dec. 24

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 12am, ABC Family
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 11am, ABC Family
Prancer, 1pm, ABC Family
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, 3:15pm, ABC Family
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 6:30pm, ABC Family
It’s a Wonderful Life, 8pm, NBC
A Christmas Story Marathon, 8pm, TBS (Movie will play for 24 hours)
It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, 8pm, ABC
Elf, 8:45pm, ABC Family
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 9pm, ABC

Friday, Dec. 25

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, ABC Family, Midnight
Prancer, 7am, ABC Family
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, 12:30pm, ABC Family
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Elf, 5pm, ABC Family

Monday, Dec. 28

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8pm, ABC
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, 9pm, ABC

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beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.