Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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When to watch 'Frozen,' 'Rudolph,' 'Charlie Brown Christmas,' more holiday classics, specials

There still might be Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge and the number on the thermostat probably doesn't read cool enough for sweaters, but the holiday season has officially started.

And what better way to spend the mild Florida winter evenings than with a hefty slate of Christmas TV specials?

Some channels have been airing Christmas movies since early November (looking at you, Hallmark Channel), but the rest kick it into high gear this week.

There are plenty of holiday classics and special premieres to go around. Check local listings for more movies and up-to-date schedules.

New this year

Frozen: Disney's 2013 hit has its small screen debut this holiday season. The sweet adventure story about the love between two sisters set in a snowy kingdom is what all the kids have been obsessed with for the past three years. 8 p.m. Dec. 11. ABC.

The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle: The story behind Elsa and Anna from Frozen comes from the classic fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. The special is a sneak peek of a new holiday special starring the characters coming in 2017, along with a behind the scenes look at the origins and evolutions of the film. 10 p.m. Dec. 11. ABC.

A Pentatonix Christmas Special: The Grammy Award-winning a cappella group sings its favorite Christmas songs with Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson with more guests to be announced. 8 p.m. Dec. 14. NBC.

The classics

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The adorably glum leader of the Peanuts discovers the true meaning of Christmas. 8 p.m., Dec. 1, ABC.

Jack Frost: The wintry spirit falls in love with a human girl and begs Father Winter to make him real so he can be with her. 11 a.m. Dec. 2; 9 a.m. Dec. 16; 2 p.m. Dec. 22. Freeform.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town: The iconic stop motion story of the origins of Santa Claus as told by mailman S.D. Kluger (Fred Astaire). 4:30 p.m. and 10:55 p.m. Dec. 4; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20; 1:10 p.m. Dec. 21; 4:35 p.m. Dec. 23; 11:15 a.m. Dec. 24; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 25. Freeform.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The 1964 animated musical tells the story of the most famous reindeer of all. 8 p.m., Nov. 29. CBS.

Frosty's Winter Wonderland: The most famous snowman returns to bring joy and fun to the children during the first snowfall. 11 a.m. Dec. 9; 4:10 p.m. Dec. 22. Freeform.

It's a Wonderful Life: In the heartwarming black and white classic from 1946, an angel is sent to Earth to make George's wish of never being born come true. But George starts to realize how great his life was. 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 24. NBC.

A Christmas Story: It's not Christmas without seeing Ralphie suck on a bar of Lava soap and watch his friend get double-dog-dared into sticking a tongue on a frozen pole. Whoopie, a Zeppelin! 8 p.m. Dec. 24; all day marathon Dec. 25. TBS.

Mickey's Christmas Carol: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters star in an animated adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale. 11:30 a.m. Dec. 18. Freeform.

Newer traditions

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Christmas is often a packed house full of annoying relatives, overcooking the turkey and setting the tree on fire. No matter how hard Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold tries, his Christmas is far from a silent night. 7 p.m. Dec. 1; 8:45 p.m. Dec. 4; 7 p.m. Dec. 5; 9 p.m. Dec. 13; 5 p.m. Dec. 14; 7:35 p.m. Dec. 16.; 4:40 p.m. Dec. 17; 8:55 p.m. Dec. 19.; 6:40 p.m Dec. 20.; 9:45 p.m. Dec. 24; 7:45 p.m. Dec. 25. Freeform.

The Santa Clause: Scott (Tim Allen) accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, and he and his son are magically transported to the North Pole where Scott learns he must become Santa before the next Christmas. 9:15 p.m. Dec. 1, 9 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 9 p.m. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 6:50 p.m. Dec. 17, 5:10 p.m. Dec. 18, 8:50 p.m. Dec. 20, 6:50 p.m. Dec. 21, 5:35 p.m. Dec. 24. Freeform.

Elf: Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally raised in the North Pole among Santa's elves. Feeling out of place, he ventures to New York in search of his real father. 8:50 p.m. Dec. 3; 6:40 p.m. Dec. 4; 9 p.m. Dec. 7; 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 9 p.m. Dec. 12; 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 9:50 p.m. Dec. 18; 8:55 p.m. Dec. 21.; 6:45 p.m. Dec. 22; 7:40 p.m. Dec. 24; 5:40 p.m. Dec. 25. Freeform.

The Polar Express: A young boy's Christmas spirit wavers until he's invited aboard a special train headed to the North Pole. 9:20 p.m. Dec. 2.; 4:40 p.m. Dec. 3; 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 5 p.m. Dec. 7.; 9:55 p.m. Dec. 11; 7 p.m. Dec. 12; 2:35 p.m. Dec. 17.; 3:15 p.m. Dec. 21.; noon Dec. 22; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 24.; 1:25 p.m. Dec. 25. Freeform.

And the rest …

Christmas in Rockefeller Center: 8 p.m. Nov. 30. NBC

Taraji's White Hot Holidays: 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Fox.

I Love Lucy Christmas Special: 8 p.m. Dec. 2. CBS.

The Little Drummer Boy: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Freeform.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown: 8 p.m. Dec. 17. ABC.

The Year Without a Santa Claus: 6 p.m. Dec. 1; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2; 5:35 p.m. Dec. 4; 4 p.m. Dec. 5; 11:40 a.m. Dec. 11; 5:35 p.m. Dec. 20; 2:10 p.m. Dec. 21; 5:40 p.m. Dec. 23; 12:20 p.m. Dec. 24; 4:35 p.m. Dec. 25. Freeform.

 
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