XFINITY December Holiday TV Guide

Holiday programming on TV used to play like an afterthought, a few specials scheduled between winter finales and football. It typically began with the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special and peaked with the annual airing of It’s A Wonderful Life. There wasn’t much in between. Maybe a sing-a-long with the Osmonds – or you waited for Rankin/Bass’s claymation Frosty the Snowman.

But those days are long gone. This December, the holidays span the entire month, but now the choices span the traditional Charlie Brown special (celebrating its 50th anniversary) and the non-traditional Victoria's Secret supermodels.

The season already kicked off with Christmas at Rockefeller Center for the annual lighting of the tree in New York City, and it continues nearly nonstop through the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. If that's not enough, the Hallmark Channel airs Christmas-themed movies every Saturday and Sunday. We put together a list of holiday highlights on TV.


12/3 The Wiz Live – 8pm on NBC
12/3 CMA Country Christmas – 9pm on ABC

12/5 The Flight Before Christmas (Lifetime)
12/5 Royal Family Christmas (TV One)

12/6 Sinatra 100 – An All-Star Grammy Concert 9pm on CBS

12/7 U2 – Innocence & Experience Live in Paris – 9pm on HBO

12/8 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 10pm on CBS

12/9 Food Network Special All-Star Holidays 8pm on FOOD
12/9 Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays 9pm on FOX

12/10 Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond 8pm on ABC
12/10 Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood 8pm on NBC
12/10 Coat of Many Colors 9pm on NBC

12/11 84th Annual Holiday Christmas Parade 8pm on The CW

12/12 On the 12th Day of Christmas: Countdown to Christmas 8pm on Hallmark

12/14 Adele Live in NYC 10pm on NBC

12/17 American Country Countdown’s Top 10 Stories of 2015 8pm on FOX
12/17 IHeartRadio Jingle Ball 8pm on The CW
12/17 Running Wild with Bear Grylls: President Barack Obama 10pm on NBC

12/18 CBS Special: Home for the Holidays 9pm on CBS

12/19 Spirit of Christmas – 8pm on Lifetime
12/19 I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown – 8 pm on ABC
12/19 AMC Special: Imagine: John Lennon’s 75th Birthday Concert 9pm on AMC
12/19 Pit Bulls and Parolees – Holiday Special 9pm on Animal Planet

12/20 USA Special: Santa’s Little Helper 8pm on USA
12/20 OWN Special: Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple 9pm on OWN

12/22 Chrisley Knows Best – A Very Chrisley Christmas 2 10pm on USA

12/23 I Love Lucy Christmas Special – 8pm on CBS
12/23 USA Special: WWE Tribute to the Troops 8pm on USA

12/24 A Christmas Story – 8 pm on TBS
12/24 It’s A Wonderful Life – 8 pm on NBC
12/24 It’s Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown – 8 pm on ABC
12/24 A Charlie Brown Christmas – 9 pm on ABC

12/25 Doctor Who Christmas Special 9pm on BBC America
12/25 Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special 8pm on CBS
12/25 CMA Country Christmas – 8 pm on ABC

12/29 Kennedy Center Honors – 9 pm on CBS

12/31 Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 – 8 pm on ABC
12/31 Pit Bull’s New Year’s Revolution, Part 1 – 8 pm on FOX
12/31 New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly – 10 pm on NBC

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