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What to watch this week: Countdown to Christmas with 'Elf,' 'Ice Age,' Harold and Kumar specials

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas combines elements from the hilarious 2003 movie and the fun Broadway show for an all-new retelling of Buddy's story.


Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas combines elements from the hilarious 2003 movie and the fun Broadway show for an all-new retelling of Buddy's story.



Watch this week


Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 9 p.m., PBS: Broadway's Laura Osnes and actor Martin Jarvis join the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a holiday celebration featuring Metropolitan Opera soloists Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss and Tyler Simpson.

Marie Claire Young Women's Honors, 9 p.m., CW: The first-annual awards ceremony honoring women's achievement, vision and drive and those making a difference in their fields. Hosted by Gina Rodriguez with honorees including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden and critical care physician Dr. Vanessa Kerry.

America's Got Talent Christmas special, 8 p.m., NBC: Fan-favorites from the series celebrate the holidays with music and magic. Appearances by Penn and Teller, Grace VanderWaal, the Clairvoyants, Brian Justin Crum, Olate Dogs, Sal Valentinetti, Jackie Evancho, Mat Franco, the Regurgitator and Professor Splash.

First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special, 8 p.m., CBS: Oprah Winfrey does a final one-on-one interview with First Lady Michelle Obama inside the White House.

SEASON FINALE: The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8 p.m., ABC: Displays for the fourth season finale include a replica of the Space Needle, a two-acre exhibit and a theme park, among others in this combined episode.


Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come, 9 p.m., NBC: Celebrate the singer's birthday with a musical special and performances by Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. Lang, Rufus Wainwright and Stevie Wonder.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special, 8 p.m., Fox: Sid the sloth fears he's on the naughty list after ruining Manny's Christmas decorations. He and his pals go to the North Pole to fix things, but they end up damaging Santa's workshop.


Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, 8 p.m., NBC: Blends elements of the film starring Will Ferrell and the Broadway musical to tell the tale of an elf coming to New York City to meet his dad.


Movie Stills Database

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC: Charlie Brown bemoans holiday commercialism while the gang plans a holiday pageant to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Great Holiday Baking Show, 9 p.m., ABC: It's chocolate week and the bakers must make a dozen lava cakes, create truffles and whip up a layered mousse cake just in the first half of the combined episode.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, 7:55 p.m., Comedy Central: Harold and Kumar are reunited after several years apart and scout the streets of New York City for the perfect Christmas tree.

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