The following is a schedule of the special Christmas programming for the St. Louis market (all times CST).
For a more complete Christmas TV Schedule, visit the TV Guide listing.
Christmas time is almost here! Along with it comes a season favorite of my wife, special Christmas television shows. If your family is like mine, watching the Christmas shows is a yearly tradition we like to enjoy together.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
7 p.m. Tuesday November 26 on CBS
A Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass. It first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network in the United States, and was sponsored by General Electric. The special was based on the Johnny Marks song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” which was itself based on the 1939 poem Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer written by Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May. It has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special in history, and one of only four 1960’s Christmas specials still being telecast, the others being A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman. (Wikipedia)
Frosty The Snowman
7:00 p.m Friday December 6 on CBS
A discarded silk top hat becomes the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician and a group of schoolchildren after it magically brings a snowman to life. Realizing that newly-living Frosty will melt in spring unless he takes refuge in a colder climate, Frosty and a young girl who he befriends stow away on a freight train headed for the north pole. Little do they know that the magician is following them, and he wants his hat back. This animated short is based on the popular Christmas song of the same name. (IMDb)
A Charlie Brown Christmas
7:00 p.m. December 2 on NBC
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. (IMDb)
National Lampoons A Christmas Vacation
10:00 p.m. December 3 on ABC Family
It’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
A Christmas Story
Christmas Day All Day Marathon
Ralphie, a young boy growing up, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ‘ol Santa Claus himself.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
6:30 p.m. December 2 on ABC Family
It’s the same old classic Charles Dickens story with an all star Disney cast. Uncle Scrooge McDuck is appropriately enough Scrooge and is visited by his dead partner and 3 spirits one night to remember the joys of Christmas. (IMDb)
The Santa Clause
8:00 p.m. Monday December 2 on ABC Family
Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad’s new job, though Scott’s convinced it’s a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food… Now he’s accepted it, there’s just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family? (IMDb)
Miracle on 34th Street’ (1949)
6:50 a.m. Wednesday November 27 on HBO
A 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. The film has become a perennial Christmas favorite. (Wikipedia)
SNL Thanksgiving Special
8 p.m. Wednesday November 27 on NBC
This holiday special is a two-hour compilation of memorable Thanksgiving and family-themed moments from SNL. Sketches include “Debbie Downer”, “Paul’s Monologue Worries,” “The Ladies’ Man,” “The Bird Family,” “Adam Sandler’s Turkey Song,” “Martha Stewart Living,” “Nikey Turkey,” “Big Kids,” “Fuzzy Memories,” “Ed Grimley’s Thanksgiving,” “Dysfunctional Family Dinner,” “Swerski’s Super Fans’ Thanksgiving,” “The Loud Family,” and “Greetings from Tonto, Tarzan, and Frankenstein.” (NBC)
8:00 p.m. Wednesday November 27 and 3:00 p.m. Thursday November 28 on Hallmark Movie Channel
Holiday Affair is a black-and-white 1949 light romantic comedy film starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. In this modest film, directed and produced by Don Hartman, Mitchum expanded from his typical roles in film noir and war films. (Wikipedia)
5:20 and 8:20 p.m. Thursday November 28 on Encore
As a baby, Buddy crawls into Santa’s toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf. A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a “Scrooge”-like father and a cynical ten-year-old stepbrother who doesn’t believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world. (IMDb)
Christmas in Connecticut
7:30 p.m. Thursday November 28 on Hallmark Movie Channel
Christmas in Connecticut is a 1945 American Christmas film and romantic comedy directed by Peter Godfrey, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet. (Wikipedia)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (1966)
7:00 p.m. Friday November 29 on ABC
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the homonymous children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. The special, which is considered a short film as it runs less than an hour, is one of the very few Christmas specials from the 1960’s to still be shown regularly on television.
Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas
7:00 p.m. Friday November 29 on CBS
Hoops and Yoyo wait up to see Santa, and inadvertently end up in his sleigh, traveling with him through the time-space continuum that allows Santa to visit everyone in the world in one night. When they fall off the sleigh part-way through the continuum, they find themselves back in time with a young Kris Kringle, who has not yet become the magical toy-giver we know of today. Their arrival back in time disrupts the natural order of events that will make Kris Kringle, Santa, forcing the duo into a desperate race to set things right so that the world will have its Santa Claus. (IMDb)
Shrek the Halls
7:30 p.m. Friday November 29 on ABC
The Christmas tree isn’t the only thing green in this new holiday classic. Shrek is back and trying to get into the spirit of the season. After promising Fiona and the kids a Christmas they’ll remember, he is forced to take a crash course in the holiday. But just when he thinks he has everything for their quiet family Christmas just right, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingy and the rest of the gang decide to crash the party. Shrek the Halls is the greatest holiday tale that’s never been told…until now. (Amazon)
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
8:00 p.m. Friday November 29 on the CW
As if young Jake Spankenheimer doesn’t have enough problems on Christmas eve, he has to help his mom and dad prevent mean-spirited cousin Mel from taking ownership of the family store. When his grandmother gets lost in the cold in the midst of the confusion, Jake is sent out to find her, only to discover that she’s become the victim of a rather unusual hit-and-run accident, and that Santa is real but not quite the sort of guy he was expecting.
Thanks for reading.