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Holiday movies, specials light up TV schedule

Wire Reports
| Sunday, November 21, 2010 12:00 a.m

Nov. 25

6 a.m.: HALL “A Season for Miracles” (1999) Carla Gugino, David Conrad. A woman tries to save her sister’s children from foster care by taking them to a small town where she is mistaken for a missing heiress.

8 a.m.: HALL “A Family Thanksgiving” (2010) Daphne Zuniga, Faye Dunaway. An ambitious attorney awakes in an alternate reality as a wife and mother.

9 a.m.:

  • CBS “The Thanksgiving Day Parade”
  • NBC “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”
  • WGN “McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade”

1:30 p.m.: HBO “Home Alone” (1990) Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci. Accidentally left by his Paris-bound family, an 8-year-old makes mincemeat of two burglars in the house.

2 p.m.: NBC “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) Maureen O’Hara, John Payne. An adwoman’s lawyer boyfriend tries to prove that Macy’s Santa Claus is the real thing.

4 p.m.: HALL “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” (2008) Jacqueline Bisset, Ted Atherton. In the 1800s, a wealthy woman tries to reconnect with her estranged, widowed daughter and four grandchildren.

6 p.m.: HALL “A Family Thanksgiving” (2010)

8 p.m.:

  • ABC “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”
  • HALL “The Town Christmas Forgot” (2010) Lauren Holly, Rick Roberts. A stranded family helps residents of a small town organize a Christmas pageant.

8:30 p.m.: ABCFAM “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994) Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins. A department store Santa claims to be the real St. Nick.

9 p.m.: USA “Elf” (2003) Will Ferrell, James Caan. Adopted as a baby by one of Santa’s elves, a man leaves the workshop to search for his family in New York.

1 0 p.m.: HALL “The Town Christmas Forgot” (2010)

Midnight: HALL “Call Me Claus” (2001) Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne. Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him.

2 a.m.: HALL “The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue” (1996) Diana Scarwid, Robert Urich. Three Depression-era kids ask President Hoover to free their unjustly jailed father for Christmas.

4 a.m.: HALL “A Christmas Memory” (1997) Patty Duke, Eric Lloyd. A boy and his elderly cousin spend a bittersweet holiday together before he leaves for military school.

Nov. 26

6 a.m.: HALL “Naughty or Nice” (2004) George Lopez, Lisa Vidal. A Chicago shock jock’s new persona has an impact on a young listener with a life-threatening illness.

8 a.m.: HALL “Call Me Claus” (2001)

9 a.m.: WQED “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas”

11 a.m.: MAX “Four Christmases” (2008) Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon. When their plans for a holiday getaway fall apart, a couple must spend Christmas Day trudging to a quartet of family get-togethers.

Noon: COM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo. The Griswolds spend the holiday in a garish way, especially when a country cousin pulls up in an RV.

4 p.m.: HALL “Naughty or Nice” (2004)

6 p.m.: HALL “All I Want for Christmas” (2007) Gail O’Grady, Robert Mailhouse. A boy asks contest organizers to find a new husband for his widowed mother.

8 p.m.:

  • HALL “A Family Thanksgiving” (2010)
  • USA “Elf” (2003)

10 p.m.: MAX “Four Christmases” (2008)

12:03 a.m.: HALL “What I Did for Love” (2006) Jeremy London, Dorie Barton. An urban lawyer faces his toughest jury yet when he goes home for Christmas with his country-girl fiancee to meet her parents.

4:01 a.m.: HALL “The Christmas Choir” (2008) Jason Gedrick, Rhea Perlman. A homeless man inspires a workaholic accountant to start a choir at a shelter.

Nov. 27

8 a.m.: HALL “Ebbie” (1995) Susan Lucci, Jeffrey DeMunn. The ghosts of Christmases past, present and future visit a heartless CEO.

10 a.m.: ABCFAM” Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure”

11 a.m.: LIFE “The Family Holiday” (2007) Dave Coulier, Christina Pickles. To claim an inheritance, a con man must prove he can settle down and raise a family.

Noon: HALL “What I Did for Love” (2006)

1 p.m.: LIFE “Eve’s Christmas” (2004-Drama) Elisa Donovan, Cheryl Ladd. A lonely career woman gets a second chance to rethink a fateful decision after she makes a wish upon a Christmas Eve star.

2 p.m.: HALL “A Family Thanksgiving” (2010)

3 p.m.:

  • LIFE “An Accidental Christmas” (2007) Cynthia Gibb, David Millbern. Two children scheme to reunite their estranged parents.
  • WQED “The B.E. Taylor Christmas Live at Heinz Hall”
  • HALL “The Christmas Choir” (2008)

4:30 p.m.: COM “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

5 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Home Alone 4” (2002)
  • LIFE “Home by Christmas” (2006) Linda Hamilton. A housewife must learn to make it on her own after her husband divorces her and she loses everything.

6 p.m.: HALL “Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle” (2009) James Van Der Beek, Erin Karpluk. A single man hires a nanny to help him care for his 6-year-old twins.

6:30 p.m.: WQED “Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows”

7 p.m.: LIFE “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage” (2008) Jared Padalecki, Marcia Gay Harden. Inspired by his mentor, a young artist paints a mural of his hometown.

8 p.m.:

  • NBC “Merry Madagascar”
  • HALL “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010) Doris Roberts, Eric Johnson. A new employee saves a department store in trouble during the Christmas season.

9 p.m.:

  • LIFE “Undercover Christmas” (2003) Jami Gertz, Shawn Christian. Assigned to protect a waitress, a workaholic FBI agent brings her to his parents’ home for the holidays.
  • USA “Elf” (2003)

10 p.m.: HALL “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010)

11 p.m.: LIFE “An Accidental Christmas” (2007)

Midnight: HALL “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010)

2 a.m.: HALL “A Christmas Visitor” (2002) William Devane, Meredith Baxter. Grieving over a son’s death in the Gulf War, a family meets a stranger who rekindles the holiday spirit.

3 a.m.: WQED “The B.E. Taylor Christmas Live at Heinz Hall”

4 a.m.: HALL “Ebbie” (1995)

Nov. 28

6 a.m.: HALL “One Magic Christmas” (1985) Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton. A guardian angel helps a poor, weary woman whose family faces eviction at the holidays.

8 a.m.: HALL “Christmas in Canaan” (2009) Billy Ray Cyrus, Zak Ludwig. A white boy and a black schoolmate become friends when forced to spend time together.

9:30 a.m.: ABCFAM “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish” (1998) David Gallagher, Martin Mull. Richie wishes he was never born, and his wish comes true.

10 a.m.:

  • WQED “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”
  • HALL “The Christmas Card” (2006) Ed Asner, John Newton. Home on leave, a soldier visits a small town and falls for the woman who wrote a well-wishing card to the troops.

11 a.m.: LIFE “On the 2nd Day of Christmas” (1997) Mary Stuart Masterson, Lauren Pratt. A woman and her niece are caught picking pockets in a department store on Christmas Eve.

11:30 a.m.: ABCFAM “Home Alone 4” (2002)


  • WQED “The B.E. Taylor Christmas Live at Heinz Hall”
  • HALL “The National Tree” (2009) Andrew McCarthy, Kari Matchett. A man and his son embark on a cross-country road trip to transport a Christmas tree to Washington, DC.

1 p.m.: LIFE “A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride” (2008-Drama) Joanna Garcia, Luke Perry. A scheming wedding planner disapproves of her mother’s upcoming marriage.

3 p.m.: LIFE “A Diva’s Christmas Carol” (2000) Vanessa L. Williams, Kathy Griffin. When an ego-driven superstar loses her holiday spirit, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future visit her.

4 p.m.: HALL “A Christmas Visitor” (2002)

5 p.m.: WTAE “The Magnificent Mile 2010 Lights Festival”

6 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” (2009) Dean Cain, Gary Valentine. A crafty canine jumps to the rescue when two bumbling thieves target his master’s home.
  • HALL “The Christmas Card” (2006)

7 p.m.: LIFE “12 Men of Christmas” (2009) Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hopkins. A public-relations executive uses her media savvy to stir excitement in a small Montana town.

8 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” (2010) Voices of Paris Hilton, Mario Lopez. A French poodle must save the day when inept thieves strike.
  • HALL “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010)

9 p.m.:

  • CBS “November Christmas” (2010) Sam Elliott, John Corbett. A community works together to bring an early Christmas to a sick girl.
  • FX “Deck the Halls” (2006) Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick. Neighbors in a New England town go to war over Christmas lights.
  • LIFE “Comfort and Joy” (2003) Nancy McKeon, Dixie Carter. Knocked unconscious in a car accident, a woman awakens to learn she is married and has two children.

10 p.m.: ABCFAM “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” (2010)

11 p.m.: LIFE “Deck the Halls” (2005) Gabrielle Carteris, Steve Bacic. A boy tries to set up his mother with a man he believes is Santa Claus.

Midnight: HALL “The National Tree” (2009)

2 a.m.: HALL “Silent Night” (2002) Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour. On Christmas Eve, a woman and her son welcome American and German soldiers into their cottage during World War II.

4 a.m.: HALL “One Magic Christmas” (1985)

Nov. 29

6 a.m.: HALL “A Christmas Visitor” (2002)

5 p.m.: FX “Deck the Halls” (2006)

7 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Dog Who Saved Christmas” (2009)
  • LIFE “Comfort and Joy” (2003)

8 p.m.:

  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988) Bill Murray, Karen Allen. A ruthless TV-network chief meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come.
  • HALL “Christmas in Canaan” (2009)

9 p.m.: ABCFAM “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” (2010)

9:30 p.m.: ABC “CMA Country Christmas”

10 p.m.:

  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “The Christmas Choir” (2008)

Midnight: HALL “A Christmas Visitor” (2002)

2 a.m.: HALL “Naughty or Nice” (2004)

4 a.m.: HALL “The Christmas Choir” (2008)

Nov. 30

6 a.m.:

  • HALL “The Night They Saved Christmas” (1984) Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney. An elf warns an Arctic oil-station family that Christmas Eve drilling could destroy Santa’s toy factory.
  • HBO “Jingle All the Way” (1996) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad. A crazed postman, a tough policeman and a shady Santa impede a workaholic seeking a coveted toy for his son.

7:30 a.m.: HBO “Home Alone” (1990)

8 a.m.: HALL “Ebbie” (1995)

4 p.m.: HALL “Ms. Scrooge” (1997) Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond. A contemporary version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

6 p.m.: HALL “Ebbie” (1995)

8 p.m.:

  • CBS “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • ABC “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
  • NBC “Christmas in Rockefeller Center”
  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • DIS “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006) Tim Allen, Martin Short. Scott Calvin, aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws and Jack Frost.
  • HALL “All I Want for Christmas” (2007)

8:30 p.m.: ABC “Shrek the Halls”

10 p.m.:

  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “What I Did for Love” (2006)

Midnight: HALL “A Season for Miracles” (1999)

2 a.m.: HALL “The Christmas Gift” (1986) John Denver, Jane Kaczmarek. An architect and his daughter visit a Colorado town where everyone believes in Santa Claus.

4 a.m.: HALL “Ernest Saves Christmas” (1988) Jim Varney, Douglas Seale. Nitwit Ernest bails out Santa Claus who is in Florida on a deadline to recruit a new Santa.

Dec. 1

6 a.m.: HALL “Ms. Scrooge” (1997)

8 a.m.: HALL “Karroll’s Christmas” (2004) Tom Everett Scott, Verne Troyer. A greeting-card writer wants to renew his grouchy neighbor’s holiday spirit after a misguided visit from Christmas ghosts.

9 a.m.: MAX “Four Christmases” (2008)

4 p.m.: HALL “The Christmas Card” (2006)

6 p.m.: HALL “A Season for Miracles” (1999)

8 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor. Anthony Hopkins narrates.
  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “The Town Christmas Forgot” (2010)

10 p.m.:

  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “The Christmas Card” (2006)

10:30 p.m.: ABCFAM “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

Dec. 2

6 a.m.: HALL “Silver Bells” (2005) Anne Heche, Tate Donovan. A teenage runaway connects his widowed father and a woman who lost her husband during a past Christmas holiday.

8 a.m.: HALL “Finding John Christmas” (2003) Valerie Bertinelli, Peter Falk. With help from a photographer, a nurse searches for a former firefighter who may be her long-lost brother.

4 p.m.: HALL “Silver Bells” (2005)

6 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “A Flintstone Christmas”
  • HALL “The National Tree” (2009)

7 p.m.: ABCFAM “The Santa Clause” (1994) Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold. An adman takes over for Santa.

8 p.m.:

  • ABC “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”
  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “The Santa Suit” (2010) Kevin Sorbo, Jodie Dowdall. A corporate bigwig learns valuable lessons when Santa Claus transforms him into his look-alike.

9 p.m.: ABCFAM “The Santa Clause” (1994)

10 p.m.:

  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “The Santa Suit” (2010)

Midnight: HALL “When Angels Come to Town” (2004)

2 a.m.: HALL “The National Tree” (2009)

Dec. 3

6 p.m.: ABCFAM “The Polar Express” (2004) Voices of Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter. Animated. The conductor of a train to the North Pole guides a boy who questions the existence of Santa Claus.

8:30 p.m.: ABCFAM “The Polar Express” (2004)

Dec. 4

7 a.m.: ABCFAM “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” (2010)

8 a.m.: HALL “The Good Witch’s Gift” (2010) Catherine Bell, Chris Potter. A criminal threatens the Christmas Eve wedding of an enchanting witch and a police chief.

10 a.m.: HALL “Santa Jr.” (2002, ) Lauren Holly, Judd Nelson. A public defender tries to help St. Nick’s son after he is accused of stealing Christmas presents.

11 a.m.:

  • LIFE “If You Believe” (1999) Ally Walker, Hayden Panettiere. As a highly stressed book-editor nears a breakdown, her inner child appears.
  • TBS “Surviving Christmas” (2004) Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini. A lonely man returns to his childhood home and celebrates the holiday with the strangers who live there.

Noon: HALL “Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle” (2009)

1 p.m.: LIFE “A Holiday to Remember” (1995) Connie Sellecca, Randy Travis. Returning to her South Carolina hometown reunites a recently divorced mother with her first love.

2 p.m.: HALL “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010)

3 p.m.: LIFE “Home for the Holidays” (2005) Sean Young, Perry King. A loving aunt struggles to adopt her young relatives after their parents die.

4 p.m.: HALL “Eloise at Christmastime” (2003) Julie Andrews, Sofia Vassilieva. A 6-year-old girl tries to reunite a young woman with a former boyfriend before she marries another.

6 p.m.: HALL “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2008) Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns. A snowbound stranger brightens the holidays for a retired police officer and his niece.

7 p.m.: LIFE “The Christmas Shoes” (2002) Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams. A workaholic attorney rediscovers the true meaning of love and the holiday season.

8 p.m.: HALL “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010) Christine Taylor, Chris Wiehl. A widowed magazine writer travels to the town of Mistletoe to meet a Santa Claus impersonator.

10 p.m.: HALL “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010)

11 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) Voices of Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon. The Pumpkin King gives the yuletide season a touch of Halloween.
  • HALL “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010)

4 a.m.: HALL “The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue” (1996)

Dec. 5

6 a.m.: HALL “A Season for Miracles” (1999)

8 a.m.: HALL “The Night They Saved Christmas” (1984)

10 a.m.: HALL “The Three Gifts” (2009) Dean Cain, Jean Louisa Kelly. Three orphaned boys temporarily stay with a couple during the holidays.

11 a.m.: LIFE “Holiday Wishes” (2006) Amber Benson. A spoiled, wealthy child and a girl in an orphanage magically switch bodies.

Noon: HALL “Eloise at Christmastime” (2003)

1 p.m.:

  • WPMY “Christmas Is Here Again” (2007) Voices of Ed Asner, Kathy Bates. An elf, a reindeer, a fox and a polar bear help an orphan girl find Santa’s toy sack.
  • LIFE “Under the Mistletoe” (2006) Jaime Ray Newman, Michael Shanks. A woman becomes the center of attention after she enters a dating contest on a radio station.

2 p.m.: HALL “The Town Christmas Forgot” (2010)

3 p.m.: LIFE “Christmas Child” (2003) William R. Moses, Megan Follows. A mysterious photograph leads a journalist to a small Texas town at Christmastime.

4 p.m.: HALL “A Season for Miracles” (1999)

5 p.m.: LIFE “A Dad for Christmas” (2006) Kristopher Turner, Louise Fletcher. A young man takes his newborn out of the hospital to save him from adoption.

6 p.m.: USA “Elf” (2003)

7 p.m.: LIFE “Holiday Switch” (2007) Nicole Eggert. A woman wonders if she married the wrong man when a former boyfriend returns to town.

8 p.m.:

  • WPCW “Christmas With the Kranks” (2004) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis. A Chicago couple scramble to put together a holiday celebration.
  • HALL “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010)

10 p.m.: HALL “The Three Gifts” (2009)

11 p.m.: LIFE “Holiday Switch” (2007)

Midnight: HALL “The Town Christmas Forgot” (2010)

4 a.m.: HALL “One Christmas” (1994) Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler. An Alabama boy meets a noblewoman and other characters on a visit to his father in 1930 New Orleans.

Dec. 6

6 a.m.: HALL “The Night They Saved Christmas” (1984)

8 a.m.: HALL “The Good Witch’s Gift” (2010)

4 p.m.: HALL “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” (2004) Kelsey Grammer, Jason Alexander. Three Christmas ghosts try to inject holiday spirit into Ebenezer Scrooge.

6 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Jack Frost”
  • HALL “Call Me Claus” (2001)

7 p.m.: ABCFAM “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys”

8 p.m.: DIS “The Ultimate Christmas Present” (2000) Hallee Hirsh, Brenda Song. Two girls’ plan to close school by making it snow in Los Angeles.

10 p.m.: HALL “The Good Witch’s Gift” (2010)

Midnight: HALL “Our First Christmas” (2008) John Ratzenberger, Julie Warner. Two widowed people and their children spend their first Christmas together.

2 a.m.: HALL “A Christmas Memory” (1997)

4 a.m.: HALL “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” (2004)

Dec. 7

6 a.m.: HALL “Call Me Claus” (2001)

6 p.m.: HALL “Our First Christmas” (2008)

7 p.m.: ABCFAM “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”

7:30 p.m.: ABCFAM “Cranberry Christmas”

8 p.m.:

  • ABC “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • ABCFAM “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland”
  • DIS “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

Midnight: HALL “Naughty or Nice” (2004)

2 a.m.: HALL “Ms. Scrooge” (1997)

4 a.m.: HALL “The Christmas Gift” (1986)

Dec. 8

8 a.m.: HALL “Santa Jr” (2002)

4 p.m.: HALL “Naughty or Nice” (2004)

6 p.m.: HALL “Santa Jr” (2002)

8 p.m.:

  • DIS “The Polar Express” (2004)
  • HALL “The Santa Suit” (2010)

8:30 p.m.: ABCFAM “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

10 p.m.: HALL “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2008)

Midnight: HALL “All I Want for Christmas” (2007)

1 a.m.: CMT “A Toby Keith Classic Christmas”

2 a.m.: HALL “A Season for Miracles” (1999)

4 a.m.: HALL “Finding John Christmas” (2003)

Dec. 9

6 a.m.: HALL “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” (2010) Jennifer Beals, Rick Roberts. A family must save Christmas when Santa Claus lands on the roof and loses his magic bundle.

8 a.m.: HALL “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2008)

4 p.m.: HALL “Finding John Christmas” (2003)

6 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”
  • HALL “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” (2010)

8 p.m.:

  • ABC “Shrek the Halls”
  • ABCFAM “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”
  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “The Santa Incident” (2010) Ione Skye, Greg Germann. A family helps Santa Claus after the U.S. government shoots down his sleigh.

8:30 p.m.: ABC “Disney’s Prep & Landing”

9 p.m.: ABCFAM “The Year Without a Santa Claus”

10 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas”
  • AMC “Scrooged” (1988)
  • HALL “The Santa Incident” (2010)

2 a.m.: HALL “The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue” (1996)

4 a.m.: HALL “When Angels Come to Town” (2004)

Dec. 10

8 a.m.: HALL “Hollywood Christmas Parade”

4 p.m.: HALL “When Angels Come to Town” (2004)

5 p.m.: USA “Elf” (2003)

6 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Year Without a Santa Claus”
  • HALL “The Christmas Card” (2006)

6:30 p.m.: WTRF “Wheeling Christmas Parade”

7 p.m.: ABCFAM “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

8 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Santa Clause” (1994)
  • HALL “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010)
  • TBS “Fred Claus” (2007) Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti. Santa Claus bails his ne’er-do-well brother out of trouble and puts him to work in his factory.

10 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Santa Clause 2” (2002) Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell. Santa must get married by Christmas Eve.
  • HALL “Mr. St. Nick” (2002) Kelsey Grammer, Charles Durning. Santa Claus wants to pass the torch to his reluctant son who would rather stay in Miami and enjoy the nightlife.

10:30 p.m.: TBS “Fred Claus” (2007)

Midnight: HALL “Silver Bells” (2005)

2 a.m.: HALL “Christmas in Canaan” (2009)

4 a.m.: HALL “Mr. St. Nick” (2002)

Dec. 11

6 a.m.: HALL “The Three Gifts” (2009)

7 a.m.: ABCFAM “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (2001) Connie Sellecca, Corbin Bernsen. A boy behaves badly after thinking Santa is trying to ruin his parents’ marriage.

9 a.m.: ABCFAM “Snow” (2004) Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams. A North Pole-based toy distributor must rescue one of his family’s magical reindeer.

10 a.m.: HALL “The Christmas Card” (2006)

11 a.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Snow 2: Brain Freeze” (2008) Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams. Santa’s wife must save Christmas when St. Nicholas gets amnesia.
  • LIFE “Recipe for a Perfect Christmas” (2005, ) Christine Baranski, Carly Pope. A food critic agrees to visit a restaurant if its chef will date her mother.

Noon: HALL “Silver Bells” (2005)

1 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Unaccompanied Minors” (2006) Dyllan Christopher, Tyler James Williams. After a Christmas Eve blizzard shuts down the airport, stranded youths create pandemonium.
  • LIFE “How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale” (2000) John Stamos, Joshua Malina. Three friends rent a beach house with a plan to marry wealthy women before Christmas Eve.

2 p.m.: HALL “Farewell Mr. Kringle” (2010)

3 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Jack Frost” (1998) Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston. A man who died on Christmas Eve returns to his wife and son one year later in the form of a snowman.
  • LIFE “Secret Santa” (2003) Jennie Garth, Steve Eckholdt. A young journalist learns the true meaning of Christmas while trying to uncover the identity of a mysterious philanthropist.

4 p.m.: HALL “The Three Gifts” (2009)

5 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Santa Clause” (1994)
  • LIFE “A Very Married Christmas” (2004) Joe Mantegna, Jean Smart. As the holidays approach, a man learns that his unfaithful wife wants a divorce.

7 p.m.:

  • ABCFAM “The Santa Clause 2” (2002)
  • LIFE “A Boyfriend for Christmas” (2004, ) Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon. A strangely familiar man may be the answer to a 33-year-old woman’s long-ago holiday wish for true love.

8 p.m.:

  • CBS “Frosty the Snowman”
  • NBC “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) James Stewart, Donna Reed. Ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel.
  • AMC “White Christmas” (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. Former Army buddies put on a show with a sister act to save their general’s hotel in Vermont.
  • HALL “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” (2010) Jacqueline Bisset. While in Ireland, a woman meets a former suitor who can help her granddaughter’s writing career.
  • TBS “Fred Claus” (2007)

8:30 p.m.: CBS “Frosty Returns”

9 p.m.:

  • CBS “The Flight Before Christmas” (2008)
  • ABCFAM “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006)

10 p.m.:

  • BET “The Perfect Holiday” (2007) Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut. A little girl asks a department-store Santa to fulfill her divorced mother’s fondest wish.
  • HALL “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” (2010)

10:45 p.m.: AMC “White Christmas” (1954)

11 p.m.: ABCFAM “Jack Frost” (1998)

Midnight: HALL “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” (2010)

1:30 a.m.: AMC “Holiday Inn” (1942) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire. A singer and a dancer flirt with women at the singer’s New England inn, which opens for holidays.

2 a.m.: HALL “What I Did for Love” (2006)

4 a.m.: HALL “A Christmas Memory” (1997)

Dec. 12

6 a.m.: HALL “The Christmas Choir” (2008)

7 a.m.: ABCFAM Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

7:30 a.m.: ABCFAM ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

8 a.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Once Upon a Christmas” (2000) John Dye, Kathy Ireland. The daughter of Santa Claus vows to transform a single father and his spoiled children.
  • HALL “What I Did for Love” (2006)
  • TBS “Surviving Christmas” (2004)

8:30 a.m.: MAX “Four Christmases” (2008)

10 a.m.:

  • ABCFAM “Twice Upon a Christmas” (2001) Kathy Ireland, John Dye. When a widower proposes to Santa’s daughter, his children try to discover the truth about her past.
  • HALL “Karroll’s Christmas” (2004)

11 a.m.: LIFE “All She Wants for Christmas” (2006) Monica Keena. A woman uncovers secrets while evaluating a Christmas ornament company.


  • ABCFAM “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006)
  • HALL “Call Me Claus” (2001)

1 p.m.: LIFE “Christmas on Chestnut Street” (2006) Kristen Dalton, Robert Moloney. A materialistic s

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