December 7, 2023


Arts Eternal

How to watch the best Christmas movies and holiday specials

The getaway year is in full swing — and that suggests a plethora of Television set specials, episodes and flicks each new and previous that will take us by means of Xmas Working day (and further than).

Here’s a snapshot glimpse at some of the upcoming holiday programming.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

“Mr. Mayor’s Magical LA Christmas” (9 p.m. NBC)

Ted Danson’s sitcom returns for a 1-off holiday break episode in which Neil (Danson) displays his appreciate for his personnel by forcing them to operate on Xmas Eve — as they wait for his “perfect gift” to arrive. Co-starring Holly Hunter, Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, Kyla Kenedy and Bobby Moynihan.

Mike Cabellon, Ted Danson and Holly Hunter in the “Mr. Mayor” holiday break episode airing Wednesday night time.
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Thursday, Dec. 16

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (5:30 p.m., Freeform)

Jim Carrey stars as the vengeful, environmentally friendly-hued grinch dwelling on the outskirts of Whoville in the 2000 film directed by Ron Howard and co-starring Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who.

Jim Carrey as 'The Grinch.'
Jim Carrey as ‘The Grinch.’

“Grey’s Anatomy” vacation episode (9 p.m., ABC)

As the medical professionals at Gray Sloan Memorial celebrate the holiday seasons, Hamilton and Meredith (Peter Gallagher, Ellen Pompeo) prepare for a milestone on their challenge while Backlink (Chris Carmack) wishes to commit the getaway with Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Scout as a relatives.

“A Royal Queens Christmas” (8 p.m., Hallmark)

A prince (Julian Morris) lands in Queens for the duration of Christmas when a area girl (Megan Park) enlists his enable with a children’s Xmas show.

Julian Morris and Megan Good stand in front of a Christmas tree and gaze at each other in a scene from "A Royal Queens Christmas."
Julian Morris and Megan Park share a second in “A Royal Queens Christmas,” airing on Hallmark Channel.

Friday, Dec. 17

“With Love” (Amazon)

Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Working day at a Time”) established and co-stars in this 5-episode collection — established for the duration of a unique holiday getaway throughout the year — in which siblings Lily and Jorge (Emeraude Toubia, Mark Indelicato) embark on a mission to locate enjoy and objective. Featuring Constance Marie, Benito Martinez, Desmond Chiam, Rome Flynn, Isis King and Todd Grinnell.

Saturday, Dec. 18

“When Hope Phone calls: A Country Christmas, Areas 1 & 2” (IMDb Tv)

The city of Brookfield gets into the holiday break spirit right after currently being named “America’s #1 Place Christmas Town” — but the locals aren’t experience very festive. Morgan Kohan and Ryan-James Hatanaka co-star.

“Toying with the Holidays” (8 p.m., Life span)

Workaholic designer Danielle (Cindy Busby) returns to her hometown for the holidays with her youthful son to introduce him to the town’s North Pole Convey practice. The only challenge? It’s been derailed — but hey, it’s a Life time movie, so Danielle’s high university flame, design educate fanatic Kevin (Chad Michael Murray), will come to the rescue. And, of system … sparks fly.

Cindy Busby and Chad Michael Murray as Danielle and Kevin sitting on the front steps of a house.
Cindy Busby and Chad Michael Murray as Danielle and Kevin in “Toying with the Holidays” on Lifetime.

Sunday, Dec. 19

“Christmas Requires Flight” (8 p.m., CBS)

A pilot (Katie Lowes) and a quantity-crunching CEO (Evan Williams) engage in a battle of wills right after he buys her household-owned regional airline and stars chopping prices — threatening the airline’s yearly Christmas charitable reward for underserved little ones. Romance? You guess.

Katie Lowes and Evan Williams in a scene from "Christmas Takes Flight." Their characters are looking at each other and are in a bar.
Katie Lowes and Evan Williams star in the feelgood intimate comedy “Christmas Normally takes Flight” on CBS.

“The Audio of Music” (7 p.m., ABC)

Julie Andrews and Christoper Plummer star in the Oscar-winning 1965 musical (and vacation favorite) set in Austria, about the no cost-spirited governess (Andrews) to Capt. Von Trapp’s (Plummer) seven youngsters as Earth War II looms on the horizon. Catchy music (including “Do-Re-Mi”) courtesy of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Monday, Dec. 20

“Miracles Throughout 125th Street” (VH1)

Nick Cannon stars as a Harlem rapper who, just out of rehab for drug dependancy, confronts his earlier on Xmas Eve by returning to his family’s church.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Freeform)

The holiday break prevent-motion animated chestnut, which initial premiered on NBC in 1964, never get outdated as bashful, adore-struck Rudolph, he of the shiny pink nose, misfit elf and wannabe dentist Hermey and Yukon Cornelius embark on an adventure and experience the Abominable Snow Monster alongside the way. It is all in great fun. Burl Ives (as Sam the Snowman) narrates the action.

Hermey and Rudolph in the snow in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." They're looking at each other and laughing.
Rudolph and Hermey acquire a magical journey in the 1964 traditional “Rudolph the Pink-Nosed Reindeer.”
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Tuesday, Dec. 21

“The Xmas Ball” (Life span)

What happens when a guide ballerina (Deidre Mullins) is allow go before the Christmas season’s Nutcracker — and visits her aunt in England, where she satisfies a community professor and historian (Nick Hendrix) who’s serving to her aunt maintain the relatives manor. Cue the dancing and romance. Caroline Langrishe co-stars.

Thursday, Dec. 23

“Christmas for Sale” (Wager+)

Nadine Ellis, Aaron Spears and Shanti Lowry star in this tale about a youthful serious estate agent who pretends to be a billionaire’s yoga teacher even though on a holiday ski excursion in buy to achieve a lucrative true estate listing — but finishes up falling in like.

“Yearly Departed” (Amazon Primary)

The comedy unique returns with host Yvonne Orji and stars which include Jane Fonda, Megan Stalter, Chelsea Peretti, Dulce Sloan and X Mayo who mirror on the earlier tumultuous 12 months with a search at the headlines. It incorporates a distinctive efficiency from Grammy-profitable pop star Alessia Cara.

Friday, Dec. 24

“A Xmas Story” 24-hour marathon (8 p.m., TNT/TBS)

Be a part of younger Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) in his everlasting quest for that elusive ideal Christmas present — a Red Ryder BB Gun — as he dodges yellow-eyed bully Scut Farkas (Zack Ward) and his “toadie,” Grover Dill (Yano Anaya).

“A Holly Dolly Christmas” (8 p.m., CBS)

Dolly Parton performs faith-loaded hymns and lighthearted holiday getaway classics from an intimate, candlelit set, such as tracks from her new holiday break album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”

Photo showing Dolly Parton, who's wearing a white gown, singing a song with her arms up in the air at her side.
Dolly Parton sings hymns and holiday break favorites in “A Holly Dolly Xmas,” airing 8 p.m. Friday on CBS.

Xmas Working day

“Call the Midwife Vacation Special” (9 p.m., PBS)

It is now December 1966 at Nonnatus Property as Lucille (Leonie Elliott) and Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) put together for their impending winter wedding — whilst the maternity home is crammed with expectant mothers-to-be, each individual with their have tough scenario. Co-starring Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett and Miriam Margolyes.

Sunday, Dec. 26

Home City: Ben’s Holiday break Workshop” (8 p.m., HGTV)

HGTV star Ben Napier (“Home Town”) welcomes “Deadliest Catch” father-daughter duo Captain Sig and Mandy Hansen to make unique wooden creations in time for Xmas. He also groups up with Stephen “tWitch” Manager and his wife, Allison Holker Boss (“Design Star: Future Gen”) to make an interactive wall display for a neighborhood children’s perform centre place.

Honorable Mention

“Rugrats: Traditions” (Paramount +)

When Tommy’s 1st Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve, the Pickles relatives has to juggle their relatives traditions to make positive each feels significant, though also celebrating Las Posadas with Betty and her family. 

Tommy Pickles and the other "Rugrats" characters gaze at a Christmas tree.
Tommy and the gang rejoice Hanukkah on Xmas Eve in “Rugrats: Traditions.”