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Don’t Miss Out On the Holiday Fun: Here’s a Round-up of Christmas TV Specials for 2018

With just a month away, it’s time to start gearing up for Christmas (if you haven’t already). Aside from the mouthwatering smell of freshly baked treats and the continuous playing

of carols on the radio, the one thing that I love the most about this holiday season is the Christmas TV specials that have become a tradition in our household. Most networks have recently started

their Christmas countdown with the launch of special programs to prepare for the season. Kickstarting the trend is the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage this Thursday, to be followed by several entertaining celebrity shows, Christmas-themed rom-coms and family movies, animated classic shows and many more.

Travel back in time and once again see your favorite Christmas characters like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman on CBS. Get your couch and TV ready.


Here is a list of our favorite special Christmas TV specials for 2018 together with their EST airing schedule.

November 22, Thursday

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9:00 AM – (CBS) Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

9:00 AM – (NBC) Macy’s 92nd Thanksgiving Day Parade

8:00 PM – (Hallmark) Christmas at Grand Valley

November 23, Friday

7:30 AM – (Freeform) Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

3:15 PM – (TBS) Fred Claus

8:00 PM – (NBC) Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon)

8:00 PM – (TBS) Love Actually

8:30 PM – (NBC) DreamWorks Trolls Holiday

November 26, Monday

7:00 PM – (AMC) Elf (2003, starring Will Ferrell)

9:00 PM – (ABC) The Great Christmas Light Fight

November 29, Thursday

9:00 AM – (AMC) The Christmas Star

1:00 PM – (AMC) The Sons of Mistletoe

3:30 PM – (Freeform) The Holiday (2006, starring Cameron Diaz)

9:00 PM – (AMC) The Polar Express (2004, starring Tom Hanks)

December 1, Saturday

11:30 AM – (AMC) The Story of the First Christmas Snow

1:15 PM – (Freeform) Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

8:00 PM – (Lifetime) A Twist of Christmas

December 7, Friday

9:50 PM – (Freeform) Disney’s A Christmas Carol

December 9, Sunday

8:15 AM – (TCM) Christmas in Connecticut (Rerun of the 1945 version)

7:00 PM – (UP) Christmas with a Prince

8:00 PM – (Lifetime) A Christmas in Tennessee

11:35 PM – (Freeform) Love the Coopers

December 11, Tuesday

11:00 AM – (Freeform) Pop Up Santa Holiday Special

8:31 PM – (ABC) The Kids Are Alright

December 15, Saturday

7:30 AM – (Freeform) Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

12:00 PM – (TCM) Holiday Affair (1949 film)

8:00 PM – (Lifetime) Christmas Pen Pals

December 20, Thursday

8:00 PM – (ABC) A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

9:00 PM – (ABC) The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition

11:00 PM – (NBC) Ellen’s Game of Games

December 23, Sunday

7:30 AM – (Freeform) Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

4:00 PM – (TCM) All Mine to Give

7:00 PM – (UP) Hometown Holiday

8:00 PM – (Hallmark) Christmas Made to Order

9:00 PM – (Hallmark) Christmas Bells Are Ringing

December 24, Monday

7:30 AM – (TCM) The Shop Around the Corner

10:00 PM – (TBS) A Christmas Story ( 1983 film)

11:30 PM – (NBC) Christmas Eve Mass From St. Peter’s Basilica

December 25, Tuesday

7:00 AM – (Freeform) Disney’s Prep & Landin 2: Naughty vs. Nice

10:00 AM- (ABC) Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

8:00 PM – (Hallmark) When Calls the Heart Christmas

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