Here’s a rundown of returning programs. Be aware that many of them will air multiple times. With a few exceptions, we have listed only the initial telecasts.


“The Polar Express (7 p.m. & 9 p.m., AMC)

“Frosty the Snowman” (8 p.m., CBS)

“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” (8 p.m., The CW; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 18)

“Frosty Returns” (8:30 p.m., CBS)


“The Year Without a Santa Claus” (5:45 p.m. & 11 p.m., AMC)

“Elf” (7 p.m. & 9 p.m., AMC)

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (8 p.m., NBC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 24; Will also air at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 on USA Network)

“Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire” (8 p.m., CBS)

“Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe” (8:30 p.m., CBS)

“The Story of Santa Claus” (9 p.m., CBS)


“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (6 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., AMC)

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (8 p.m., ABC)

“Christmas with the Kranks” (10:30 p.m., AMC)


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (8 p.m., CBS)


“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (8 p.m., NBC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25)


“87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (8 p.m., NBC)


“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC)

“A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special” (9 p.m., NBC; re-airs 9 p.m. Dec. 23)

“Miracle on 34th Street” (10 p.m., AMC)

Dec. 12

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” (8 p.m., ABC)

“Toy Story That Time Forgot” (8:30 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 13

“The 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” (8 p.m., The CW)

Dec. 14

“DreamWorks Trolls Holiday” (8:30 p.m., NBC)

Dec. 16

“Greatest Holidays Commercials Countdown” (9 p.m., The CW; re-airs 9 p.m. Dec. 24)

“Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir Featuring Kristin Chenoweth” (9 p.m, PBS)

Dec. 17

“Shrek the Halls” (9:30 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 18

“Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic 2019” (9 p.m., The CW)

Dec. 19

“Disney Prep & Landing” (8 p.m., ABC)

“iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” (8 p.m., The CW; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25)

“Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice” (8:30 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 20

“I Love Lucy Christmas Special” (8 p.m., CBS)

Dec. 22

“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” (7 p.m., ABC)

“A Home for the Holidays With Idina Menzel” (9 p.m., CBS)

Dec. 24

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

Dec. 25

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” (9 a.m., PT and CT; 10 a.m. ET, ABC)

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — Jim Carrey film (8:30 p.m., NBC)

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

Dec. 26

“Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (8 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 31

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020” (8 p.m., ABC)

“A Toast to 2019!” (8 p.m., NBC)

“NBC New Year’s Eve Special” (10 p.m., NBC)

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Make a holiday associated movie and your film will be assured of regular air time in perpetuity. This is the brilliance of "Groundhog Day."

Holmes -- the real one

Apparently that strategy is pretty effective for Holiday music collection albums too.

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