What to watch this week: Holiday movies galore with ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘Scrooged,’ ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Times files.Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood in a scene from the 1947 film "Miracle on 34th Street."
Times files.Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood in a scene from the 1947 film "Miracle on 34th Street."
Published December 18 2017

There's only one week left until Christmas. By now, we hope you're finishing up shopping and preparing to hunker down in front of the tree and TV for a wrapping spree. Don't worry, there's plenty of holiday movies and specials to keep your mind off all the wrapping paper cuts and lopsided bows.


The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors, 9 p.m., CW: The special, hosted by Montel Williams, celebrates those who have been honored over the years with stars on the Walk of Fame.

SEASON FINALE: The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8 p.m., ABC: The fifth season finale explores the Birkett family display, which includes a mine shaft and a castle.

Decorating Disney, 8 p.m., Freeform: An inside look at how the holidays come to life at Disney parks around the world. Features all 12 theme parks, four cruise ships and resorts transformed into winter wonderlands.

Holiday Baking Championship, 9 p.m., Food Network: The final three bakers prepare a dessert from two last-minute gift ideas. Later, they make one inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas.


Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, 8:30 p.m., ABC: An elf needs help troubleshooting a holiday crisis after a mischievous kid hacks Santa's database.

The Year: 2017, 9 p.m., ABC: A look back at the news and people that shaped 2017.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special, 9:30 p.m., Fox: Sid the sloth fears he's on Santa's naughty list after ruining Manny's decorations, so he and his pals go to the North Pole to try to clear his name.


Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, 8 p.m., CW: Elmo Shropshire narrates the animated adaptation of the offbeat holiday song as Jakes tries to find his grandma and save her Christmas shop.

Scrooged, 8 p.m., AMC: A greedy TV executive (Bill Murray) learns the true meaning of Christmas in this twist on A Christmas Carol.


A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC: Your last chance to watch the Christmas classic where Charlie Brown bemoans holiday commercialism and his friends plan a Christmas pageant to get him in the spirit.

Arthur Christmas, 8 p.m., Disney Channel: The animated comedy follows Santa's son Arthur as he races against time to make sure the children around the world get their presents Christmas morning.

The Polar Express, 8:50 p.m., Freeform: An 8-year-old boy doubts the spirit of Christmas and Santa Claus, so he's whisked away to the North Pole on a magical train to meet the man himself.

Miracle on 34th Street, 8 p.m., AMC: Edmund Gwenn is a department store Santa who has to prove he's the real Kris Kringle in this 1947 Christmas classic.

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