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Holiday helping: The season burns bright with television specials

Thursday, November 22, 2001

By Rosa Colucci, Post Gazette Staff Writer

The stars come out to celebrate all that is merry and bright this holiday season.

The 1994 remake of the classic "Miracle on 34th Street," starring Mara Wilson as Susan and Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle, airs through the holiday season on ABC Family cable network.

From musical specials to personal reflections of their lives, they're pulling out all the stops to make holiday family viewing something special.

Mariah Carey and a cavalcade of pop and movie stars come "Home for the Holidays" with inspirational stories of adoption. If you're feeling a little more like "nesting," Isabella Rossellini and Francis Ford Coppola join Martha Stewart to share their family traditions.

New original family specials include Tim Meadows, Kristin Davis and Reed Diamond starring in "Three Days," about a neglectful man who loses his wife in a Christmas Eve accident and the angel who gives him a chance to redeem himself. Too heavy for your taste? Then don't miss the animated special "Donner." And there's always everyone's favorite, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

And this year, ABC is showing a remastered version of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 16. A 17-minute behind-the-scenes story of how the special was created will air immediately after the special. Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, the mini-documentary will include interviews with producer Lee Mendelson, animator/director Bill Melendez and the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. In addition, the original cast from 36 years ago will be seen for the very first time. The story also includes a tribute to composer Vince Guaraldi.

This guide lists holiday movies, cartoons, music specials, parades and other programming to celebrate the season and make the holidays bright. So clip it out and get the VCR ready -- the holidays are officially here.

Today

    "75th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," NBC, 9 a.m.

    "The All-American Thanksgiving Parade," CBS, 9 a.m.

    "The Waltons: The Thanksgiving Story" (marathon episodes until 11 p.m.) TNN, 9 a.m.

    "Barbie in the Nutcracker," CBS, 12:30 p.m.

    "Miracle On 34th Street" (1947 movie), AMC, 8 p.m.

Tomorrow

    "Casper's Haunted Christmas" (2000 movie), USA, 11 a.m.

    "Jack Frost" (1998 movie), TNT, 8 and 10 p.m.

    "'N Sync Live! The Atlantis Concert," CBS, 10 p.m.

Saturday

    "Celebrate the Season Parade," WPXI, 9 a.m.

    "Jack Frost," (1998 movie), TNT, 6 p.m.

    "It's a Wonderful Life," NBC, 8 p.m.

    "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," CBS, 8 p.m.

    "Prancer Returns," USA, 7 p.m.

    "A Christmas Story," TNT, 8 p.m.

    "A Diva's Christmas Carol," VH1, 9 p.m.

Sunday

    "Jack Frost," (1998 movie) TNT, 10 a.m.

    "Willard Scott's Home & Garden Almanac for the Holidays," HGTV, 4 p.m.

    "Prancer Returns," USA, 4 p.m.

    "The Santa Clause," ABC, 7 p.m.

    "White Christmas," WNPA, 7:30 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TNT, 8 and 10 p.m.

    "Gaither Homecoming Christmas: A Time for Joy," TNN, 10 p.m. and midnight

Monday

    "Doug's Thanksgiving," DIS, 2 p.m.

    "Prancer Returns," USA, 2 p.m.

Tuesday

    "Room by Room: Holiday Decorating," HGTV, 9 p.m.

Wednesday

    "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," NBC, 8 p.m.

Nov. 29

    "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," DIS, 8:45 p.m.

Nov. 30

    "Frosty the Snowman," CBS, 8 p.m.

    "Frosty Returns," CBS, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Sound of Music," WPGH, 8 p.m.

Dec. 1

    "The Great Christmas Movies," AMC, 7:15 a.m.

    "The Nutcracker," SHO, 7:15 a.m.

    "What's with Andy: Merry Chaos," ABC FAM, 8 a.m.

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 10 a.m.

    "S Club 7: Christmas Special," ABC FAM, 11 a.m.

    "Santa Mouse and Ratdeer," ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABC FAM, 2 p.m.

    "Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABC FAM, 2:30 p.m.

    "Pinocchio's Christmas," ABC FAM, 3 p.m.

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "A Diva's Christmas Carol," VH1, 4 p.m.

    "First Christmas," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Little Drummer Boy: Book II," ABC FAM, 5:30 p.m.

    "Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold," ABC FAM, 6:30 p.m.

    "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Rugrats: The Santa Experience," CBS, 8 p.m.

    "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "Rugrats Chanukah," CBS, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Wizard of Oz," TNT, 8 p.m.

    "The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 9 p.m. and midnight

    "Jack Frost" (animated), ABC FAM, 10 p.m.

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 11 p.m.

Dec. 2

    "The Nutcracker," WNPA, noon

    "Celebrate the Season Parade" (repeat), WPXI, noon

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABC FAM, 2 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WNPA, 2 p.m.

    "Prancer Returns," USA, 3:30 p.m.

    "Prancer," WNPA, 4 p.m.

    "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Even Stevens Heck of a Hanukkah," DIS, 5:30 p.m.

    "Must Be Santa," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Gospel Super Fest," WBGN, 8 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994 movie), ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "The Wizard of Oz," TNT, 5:45 p.m.

    "Call Me Claus," TNT, 8 and 10 p.m. and midnight

    "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994 movie), ABC FAM, 10 p.m.

Dec. 3

    "A Diva's Christmas Carol," VH1, noon

    "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABC FAM, 8:30 p.m.

    "Special Delivery," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

    "Jeremiah," HALL, 9 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TBS, 10:15 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

Dec. 4

    "The Great Christmas Movies," AMC, 10:30 a.m.

    "Red Boots for Christmas," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABC FAM, 6:30 p.m.

    "First Christmas," ABC FAM, 7:30 p.m.

    "Home for the Holidays with Martha Stewart," CBS, 8 p.m.

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "Esther," HALL, 9 p.m.

Dec. 5

    "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper: Christmas '95," TNN, 4 p.m.

    "The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey," ABC FAM, 6:30 p.m.

    "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," DIS, 7 p.m.

    "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Hey Arnold!" NIC, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Christmas Path," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

    "Ebbie: Dickens' Christmas Carol," LIFE, 9 p.m.

Dec. 6

    "The Great Christmas Movies," AMC, 8 a.m.

    "Madeline at the North Pole," DIS, 1 p.m.

    "Pepper Ann: A Kosher Christmas," DIS, 2:30 p.m.

    "First Christmas," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Noel," ABC FAM, 6:30 p.m.

    "The Christmas Elves," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC, 8 p.m.

    "The Story of the First Noel," WBGN, 9 p.m.

    "The Christmas List," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

    "Christmas in My Hometown," LIFE, 9 p.m.

Dec. 7

    "MGM Parade," TCM, 6 a.m.

    "The Christmas Elves," ABC FAM, 3 p.m.

    "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "Even Stevens: Heck of a Hanukkah," DIS, 5:30 p.m.

    "The Proud Family: Seven Days of Kwanzaa," DIS, 7 p.m.

    "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 8 p.m.

    "Must Be Santa," ABC FAM, 8 and 9:50 p.m.

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," LIFE, 9 p.m.

    "The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 10 p.m.

Dec. 8

    "Call Me Claus," TNT, 11:30 a.m.

    "Prancer," WNPA, 2 p.m.

    "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," WPGH, 2 p.m.

    "Babes in Toyland," ABC FAM, 2 p.m.

    "The Night Before Christmas," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "Special Delivery," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "A Christmas Story," TBS, 7 p.m.

    "MGM Parade," TCM, 7:30 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 8 p.m.

    "Project Bundle-up Telethon," WTAE, 8 p.m.

    "A Musical Christmas from the Vatican," WQED/WQEX, 9 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TBS, 9 p.m.

    "The Night They Saved Christmas," HALL, 9 p.m.

    "The Ultimate Christmas Present," DIS, 9:50 p.m.

    "WPXI Carol Sing," WPXI, 7 p.m.

Dec. 9

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," STARZ!, 7:05 a.m.

    "Breakfast with the Arts: The Canadian Brass Christmas Special," A&E, 8 a.m.

    "Pepper Ann: A Kosher Christmas," DIS, 11:30 a.m.

    "A Christmas Wish," WNPA, noon

    "A Christmas Romance," WNPA, 2 p.m.

    "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," DIS, 2 p.m.

    "Christmas in Connecticut," TCM, 2 p.m.

    "Christmas Every Day," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," STARZ!, 5 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994 movie), ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Jingle All the Way," ABC, 7 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WNPA, 8 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 8 p.m.

    "Nutcracker on Ice," HALL, 9 p.m.

    "The Seventh Stream," CBS, 9 p.m.

    "Three Days," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," DIS, 9:50 p.m.

Dec. 10

    "The Nutcracker," SHO, 9:15 a.m.

    "Pinocchio's Christmas," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "As Told By Ginger: An Even Steven Holiday Special," NIC, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Christmas Path," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

Dec. 11

    "On the 2nd Day of Christmas," LIFE, 3 p.m.

    "The Cricket on the Hearth," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "The Christmas List," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

Dec. 12

    "Christmas in My Hometown," LIFE, 3 p.m.

    "Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABC FAM, 6:30 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 7 p.m.

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WGN, 8 p.m.

Dec. 13

    "Madeline at the North Pole," DIS, 1 p.m.

    "A Christmas Story," TBS, 2 p.m.

    "Ebbie: Dickens' Christmas Carol," LIFE, 3 p.m.

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994 movie), ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

Dec. 14

    "Christmas Eve," AMC, 10:15 a.m.

    "The Great Christmas Movies," AMC, noon

    "Pepper Ann: A Kosher Christmas," DIS, 2:30 p.m.

    "Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer," ABC FAM, 3 p.m.

    "Unlikely Angel," LIFE, 3 p.m.

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 3:30 p.m.

    "Christmas Every Day," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," WB, 8 p.m.

    "A Different Kind of Christmas," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "The Santa Claus Brothers," DIS, 8 p.m.

    "Call Me Claus," TNT, 9 p.m.

    "The Christmas Secret," CBS, 9 p.m.

    "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC FAM, 10 p.m.

    "Jack Frost" (1998 movie), TNT, 11 p.m.

Dec. 15

    "The Bells of St. Mary's," TCM, 6:30 a.m.

    "Jack Frost" (1998 movie), TNT, noon

    "An All Dogs Christmas Carol," WNPA, noon

    "The Forgotten Toys," ABC FAM, 2 p.m.

    "Call Me Claus," TNT, 2 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WNPA, 2 p.m.

    "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABC FAM, 2:30 p.m.

    "The Great American Toy Test," WPXI, 2:30 p.m.

    "O Christmas Tree," ABC FAM, 3 p.m.

    "A Christmas Story," TCM, 4 p.m.

    "The Nutcracker," WNPA, 4 p.m.

    "As Told By Ginger: An Even Steven Holiday Special," NIC, 4:30 p.m.

    "A Bing Crosby Christmas: Like the Ones We Used to Know," BRAVO, 5 p.m.

    "Like Father, Like Santa," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Even Stevens: Heck of a Hanukkah," DIS, 5:30 p.m.

    "Very Catdog Christmas," NIC, 5:30 p.m.

    "The Three Tenors and Friends Sing Christmas," BRAVO, 6 p.m.

    "The Proud Family: Seven Days of Kwanzaa," DIS, 7 p.m.

    "Must Be Santa," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," NBC, 8 p.m.

    "The Story of Santa Claus," CBS, 8 p.m.

    "Holiday at Pops!" A&E, 9 p.m.

    "Beverly Hills on Ice," HALL, 8 p.m.

    "Mrs. Santa Claus," HALL, 9 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TNT, 10 p.m.

    "The Christmas List," ABC FAM, 11 p.m.

Dec. 16

    "A Christmas Story," TBS, 8 a.m.

    "Casper's Haunted Christmas," USA, 9 a.m.

    "A Bing Crosby Christmas: Like the Ones We Used to Know," BRAVO, 11 a.m.

    "The Three Tenors and Friends Sing Christmas," BRAVO, 12 p.m.

    "Boy Meets World: Santa's Little Helper," DIS, 1 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WGN, 1 p.m.

    "The Lighting of the Great Tree," WPXI, 1 p.m.

    "The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas," ABC FAM, 2 p.m.

    "Santa Claus: The Movie," WGN, 3 p.m.

    "Christmas Snow," HALL, 3 p.m.

    "The Christmas List," TNT, 4 p.m.

    "Soul Train Christmas Starfest," WGN, 5 p.m.

    "Call Me Claus," TNT, 6 p.m.

    "Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too!" ABC, 7 p.m.

    "White Christmas," WNPA, 7:30 p.m.

    "A Town Without Christmas," CBS, 9 p.m.

    "A Charlie Brown Christmas," ABC, 8 p.m.

    "Christmas in Washington," TNT, 8 and 11 p.m.

    "Borrowed Hearts," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "The White House Christmas," HGTV, 9 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," TNT, 9 p.m.

    "Christmas Eve," ABC FAM, 10 p.m.

Dec. 17

    "Deck the Halls," ABC FAM, noon

    "Red Boots for Christmas," ABC FAM, 12:30 p.m.

    "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "Pepper Ann: A Kosher Christmas," DIS, 2:30 p.m.

    "The Christmas Path," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," HBO, 7:30 p.m.

    "Santa Baby!," FOX, 8 p.m.

    "Call Me Claus," TNT, 8 p.m.

    "Prancer," USA, 8 p.m.

    "Rugrats: The Santa Experience," NIC, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Greatest Christmas Moments of All Time," FOX, 9 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994 movie), ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

    "Christmas in Washington," TNT, 10 p.m.

    "The Three Tenors and Friends Sing Christmas," BRAVO, 1 a.m.

Dec. 18

    "Christmas Every Day," ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "Prancer," USA, 3 p.m.

    "Noel: Narrated by Charlton Heston," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Red Boots for Christmas," ABC FAM, 5:30 p.m.

    "Little Drummer Boy: Book II," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold," ABC FAM, 6:30 p.m.

    "The Three Tenors and Friends Sing Christmas," BRAVO, 7 p.m.

    "MGM Parade," TCM, 7:30 p.m.

    "Mad TV: Yule Blazers," TNN, 7:30 p.m.

    "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "As Told By Ginger: An Even Steven Holiday Special," NIC, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

    "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," DIS, 9 p.m.

    "A St. Olaf Christmas Festival," WQED/WQEX, 10 p.m.

Dec. 19

    "Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer," ABC FAM, noon

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 12:30 p.m.

    "Madeline's Christmas," DIS, 1 p.m.

    "Must Be Santa," ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "Jacob's Gift," WBGN, 4:30 p.m.

    "Stingiest Man in Town," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Anabelle's Wish," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "The Santa Claus Brothers," DIS, 7 p.m.

    "Children's Hospital Free Care Fund Telethon," KDKA, 7 p.m.

    "Like Father, Like Santa," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Live from Lincoln Center: Nutcracker Swing with Wynton Marsalis," WQED/WQEX, 8 p.m.

    "A Celebration of Christmas with Jose Carreras, Natalie Cole and Placido Domingo," BRAVO, 8 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 8 p.m.

    "Very Thornberry Christmas," NIC, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Sons of Mistletoe," CBS, 9 p.m.

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

    "A Christmas Story," TBS, 9 p.m.

    "South Park: Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics," COM, 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

    "A Celebration of Christmas with Jose Carreras, Natalie Cole and Placido Domingo," BRAVO, 11 p.m.

Dec. 20

    "The Greatest Store in the World," HBO, 6:30 a.m.

    "A Celebration of Christmas with Jose Carreras, Natalie Cole and Placido Domingo," BRAVO, 11 a.m.

    "Pepper Ann: A Kosher Christmas," DIS, 2:30 p.m.

    "Tour of Duty," TNT, 3 p.m.

    "Pinocchio's Christmas," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Hollywood Lives and Legends: The Great Christmas Movies," AMC, 5:30 p.m.

    "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Scrooge, The Musical," WGN, 8 p.m.

    "Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABC FAM, 8:30 p.m.

    "Christmas with Stars," WBGN, 9 p.m.

    "Santa's Funniest Moments," WBGN, 10 p.m.

    "A Bing Crosby Christmas: Like the Ones We Used to Know," BRAVO, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Dec. 21

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," STARZ!, 9:30 a.m.

    "The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas" ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "Pepper Ann: A Kosher Christmas," DIS, 2:30 p.m.

    "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July," ABC FAM, 3 p.m.

    "Trapped in Paradise," USA, 3 p.m.

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey," ABC FAM, 5:30 p.m.

    "The Proud Family: Seven Days of Kwanzaa," DIS, 6 p.m.

    "Red Boots for Christmas," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," STARZ! 6 p.m.

    "A Home for the Holidays with Mariah Carey," CBS, 8 p.m.

    "The Ultimate Christmas Present," DIS, 8 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994 movie), ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "Holiday at Pops!" A&E, 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 9:30 p.m.

    "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," ABC FAM, 10 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TBS, 10 p.m.

Dec. 22

    "The Nutcracker on Ice," WPXI, noon

    "An All Dogs Christmas Carol," UPN, noon

    "Beverly Hills on Ice," WPXI, 1 p.m.

    "Children's Parade," WBGN, 1 p.m.

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "Scrooge," WNPA, 2 p.m.

    "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish," ABC FAM, 2 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TBS, 2 p.m.

    "Carol Sing," WPXI, 2 p.m.

    "Red Boots for Christmas," WPGH, 3 p.m.

    "The Puzzle Club Christmas Mystery," WPGH, 3:30 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WNPA, 4 p.m.

    "Special Delivery," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "The White House Christmas," HGTV, 5 p.m.

    "The Year Without a Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "The Science of Christmas," DSC, 8 p.m. and midnight

    "Frosty's Winter Wonderland," ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire," ABC FAM, 8:30 p.m.

    "The Christmas Path," ABC FAM, 9 p.m.

    "Holiday's Celebrity Sports," WBGN, 10 p.m.

    "Trapped in Paradise," USA, midnight

Dec. 23

    "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," AMC, 6 a.m.

    "The Nutcracker," SHO, 6:35 a.m.

    "The Great Christmas Movies," AMC, 7 a.m.

    "Christmas Is," WCWB, 1 p.m.

    "Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer," ABC FAM, 1 p.m.

    "The City that Forgot about Christmas," WCWB, 1:30 p.m.

    "Scrooge," WGN, 3 p.m.

    "The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "The Snowman," ABC FAM, 4:30 p.m.

    "Santa Claus: The Movie," WPGH, 5 p.m.

    "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "The White House Christmas," HGTV, 5 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WGN, 5 p.m.

    "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "The Proud Family: Seven Days of Kwanzaa," DIS, 7 p.m.

    "Scrooge," WNPA, 8 p.m.

    "Sing We Now of Christmas," WBGN, 8 p.m.

    "The Santa Claus Brothers," DIS, 8 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994 movie), ABC FAM, 8 p.m.

    "Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue," HALL, 9 p.m.

    "A Gospel Christmas," WBGN, 9 p.m.

    "One Special Night," CBS, 9 p.m.

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," ABC FAM, 10 p.m.

Dec. 24

    "The Cricket on the Hearth," ABC FAM, 7 a.m.

    "Pinocchio's Christmas," ABC FAM, 8 a.m.

    "Ebenezer," TNT, 11 a.m.

    "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," ABC FAM, noon

    "If You Believe," LIFE, noon

    "Madeline's Christmas," DIS, 1 p.m.

    "The Year Without a Santa Claus," DIS, 1 p.m.

    "Christmas in My Hometown," LIFE, 2 p.m.

    "Pepper Ann: A Kosher Christmas," DIS, 2:30 p.m.

    "The Santa Claus Brothers," DIS, 3 p.m.

    "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," ABC FAM, 3 p.m.

    "Christmas Eve," AMC, 3:45 p.m.

    "Twas the Night Before Christmas," ABC FAM, 3:45 p.m.

    "Ebbie: Dickens' Christmas Carol," LIFE, 4 p.m.

    "Christmas Lamb," WBGN, 4 p.m.

    "Little Drummer Boy: Book II," ABC FAM, 4:30 p.m.

    "Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey," ABC FAM, 5 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TNT, 5 p.m.

    "Hollywood Lives and Legends: The Great Christmas Movies," AMC, 5:30 p.m.

    "First Christmas," ABC FAM, 5:30 p.m.

    "Pinocchio's Christmas," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "On the 2nd Day of Christmas," LIFE, 6 p.m.

    "Babes in Toyland," Encore, 6:05 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," TCM, 6:30 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 7 p.m.

    "Rudolph's Shiny New Year," ABC FAM, 7 p.m.

    "Christmas: Behind the Traditions," HGTV, 7 p.m.

    "A Christmas Story," TNT, 7 and 8:40 p.m. and 1:40 a.m.

    "Prancer," USA, 7 and 11 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," HBO, 7:30 p.m.

    "It's a Wonderful Life," NBC, 8 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street," AMC, 8 p.m. (Marathon ends 8 p.m. Dec. 25)

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," STARZ!, 8 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WGN, 8 p.m.

    "Babes in Toyland," DIS, 8:50 p.m.

    "The Year Without a Santa Claus," AMC, 9 p.m.

    "Prancer Returns" USA, 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

    "Christmas in Connecticut," TCM, 10 p.m.

    "A Smoky Mountain Christmas," DIS, 10 p.m.

    "A Bing Crosby Christmas: Like the Ones We Used to Know," BRAVO, 11 p.m.

    "Scrooge," WGN, 11 p.m.

    "Christmas Eve at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome," NBC, 11:35 p.m.

    "Christmas Eve Service at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Mo.," CBS, 11:35 p.m.

    "A Disney Christmas Gift," DIS, 2 a.m.

Dec. 25

    "Prancer Returns," USA, 5 a.m.

    "The Greatest Store in the World," HBO, 6:05 a.m.

    "Madeline's Christmas," DIS, 7 a.m.

    "The Forgotten Toys," ABC FAM, 7 a.m.

    "Prancer," USA, 7 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    "Miracle on 34th Street," AMC, 7 a.m. (Marathon until 8 p.m.)

    "O Christmas Tree," ABC FAM, 7 a.m.

    "Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales," ABC FAM, 8 a.m.

    "Christmas of Yesteryear," HGTV, 8 a.m.

    "Donner," ABC FAM, 8:30 a.m.

    "Christmas at Christ Church," WGN, 9 a.m.

    "Happy Christmas Miss King," HALL, 9 a.m.

    "Timothy Tweedle the First Christmas Elf," DIS, 10 a.m.

    "Christmas Across America," HGTV, 10 a.m.

    "Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue," HALL, 11 a.m.

    "The Three Tenors and Friends Sing Christmas," BRAVO, 11 a.m.

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," STARZ!, 11:30 a.m.

    "A Christmas Story," TNT, 11:40 a.m. and 1:20 and 3 p.m.

    "A Bing Crosby Christmas: Like the Ones We Used to Know," BRAVO, noon and 6 p.m.

    "The Santa Claus Brothers," DIS, noon

    "Twas the Night," HBO, noon

    "Even Stevens: Heck of a Hanukkah" DIS, 1 and 5:30 p.m.

    "One Christmas," HALL, 1 p.m.

    "The Proud Family: Seven Days of Kwanzaa." DIS, 1:30 p.m.

    "Twas the Night," DIS, 2 and 8:30 p.m.

    "The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas," ABC FAM, 2 p.m.

    "Unlikely Angel," LIFE, 2 p.m.

    "Mrs. Santa Claus," HALL, 3 p.m.

    "Send 'Round the Song," BRAVO, 3 p.m.

    "A Christmas Carol," WGN, 3 p.m.

    "A Celebration of Christmas with Jose Carreras, Natalie Cole and Placido Domingo," BRAVO, 4 and 11 p.m.

    "The Santa Claus Brothers," DIS, 4 p.m.

    "Must Be Santa," ABC FAM, 4 p.m.

    "Holiday in Your Heart," HALL, 5 p.m.

    "The Last Polar Bears," ABC FAM, 6 p.m.

    "Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire," ABC FAM, 6:30 p.m.

    "The Christmas Box," HALL, 7 p.m.

    "Home Alone 3," WPGH, 8 p.m.

    "Holiday Affair," LIFE, 8 p.m.

    "Scrooged," TNT, 8 and 11 p.m.

    "Santa Claus: The Movie," WGN, 8 p.m.

    "Rugrats: The Santa Experience," NIC, 8:30 p.m.

    "Timepiece," HALL, 9 p.m.

    "The White House Christmas," HGTV, 10 p.m.

    "The Bells of St. Mary's," TCM, 10:15 p.m.

    "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," DIS, 10:20 p.m.

    "Small Town Christmas," HGTV, 11 p.m.

    "Ebenezer," TNT, 1 a.m.

    "Walt Disney Presents: Christmas at Walt Disney World," DIS, 2 a.m.

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