Holiday TV schedule




        It's time to make your Christmas TV list — but check it twice. This schedule of holiday TV programs may change, so consult your daily listings.

KEY TO NETWORKS
  Ch. 5, 22 (NBC)
  Ch. 9 (ABC)
  Ch. 12, 7 (CBS)
  Ch. 19 (Fox)
  A&E (Arts & Entertainment)
  AMC (American Movie Classics)
  BET (Black Entertainment TV)
  COM (Comedy Central)
  DISC (Discovery)
  DISN (Disney)
  FAM (Fox Family)
  LIFE (Lifetime)
  NICK (Nickelodeon)
  MTV (Music Television)
  PAX (Pax TV)
  TBS (Turner Broadcasting System)
  TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
  TNT (Turner Network Television)
  TVLAND (TV Land)
  WGN (WGN Chicago)
  USA (USA)
        FRIDAY, DEC. 3

        5 p.m. Stingiest Man in Town. Animated musical version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. (FAM)

        6 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Immortals adopt a mortal baby, who later returns to Earth to make children happy. (FAM)

        6:05 Roseanne. A Christmas snowstorm scatters the Conners. (TBS)

        6:35 Roseanne. Dan returns from California for Christmas. (TBS)

        7 Rudolph's Shiny New Year. Rudolph searches for the New Year baby. Animated. (FAM)

        8 A Charlie Brown Christmas.(1965) Linus and Charlie Brown ponder the meaning of Christmas. (Ch. 12, 7).

        8 Doug. Pork Chop is accused of attacking Beebe. (NICK)

        8:30 Snowden's Christmas. Snowden and his friends travel to New York City to be with a boy who loves them. Animated. (Ch. 12, 7)

        9 The Nuttiest Nutcracker. Assorted nuts await the return of the Nutcracker Prince. Animated. Voices: Jim Belushi, Cheech Marin, Phyllis Diller. (Ch 12, 7).

        SATURDAY, DEC. 4

        10:35 a.m. Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night. Two mouse musicians foil the cat and spread Christmas cheer. (DISN)

        2 p.m. Muppet Christmas Carol. (1992) The Muppet version of Dickens. (Ch. 64)

        2 Babes in Toyland. (1986) A girl (Drew Barrymore) wakes up in a magical toy world. (FAM)

        4 White Christmas. (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney. Army buddies do a show with a sister act to save a general's hotel in Vermont. (Ch. 64)

        5 Soul Train Christmas Starfest. With Lou Rawls, Take 6, Kenny G, Jeffrey Osborne, Whispers, Patti LaBelle and Mary J. Blige. (WGN)

        5 Pinocchio's Christmas. Pinocchio earns money for Geppetto's Christmas gift. (FAM)

        6 Like Father, Like Santa. (1998) Harry Hamlin, Gary Coleman. Santa's son is reunited with the Claus clan. (FAM)

        7 Lawrence Welk Holiday Special: Great Moments and Memories. Highlights from Lawrence Welk Shows. (Ch. 48)

        8 Amy Grant: A Christmas to Remember. With Tony Bennett, 98` and CeCe Winans. (Ch. 12, 7)

        8 I'll Be Home for Christmas. (1988) Hal Holbrook, Eva Marie Saint. A New England family reunites for the holiday. (FAM)

        10 An American Christmas Carol. (1979) Henry Winkler's Depression-era version of Dickens. (FAM)

        SUNDAY, DEC. 5

        8:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Arts. “Carols From King's: A Celebration of Christmas” from King's College. (A&E)

        10 Lights.Judd Hirsch narrates an animated history of Hanukkah. (DISN)

        11 For Better or For Worse: A Christmas Angel. Elizabeth has a sledding accident. Animated. (DISN)

        Noon A Christmas Carol (1984). George C. Scott's version of Dickens. (Ch. 64)

        Noon A Taste of Chanukah. Celebrating traditions of Hanukkah. (Ch. 48)

        1 p.m. A Christmas Story. (1983) A boy (Peter Billingsley) wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. (TNT)

        3 How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (1966) Boris Karloff narrates the Dr. Seuss tale. Animated. (TNT)

        5 Soul Train Christmas Starfest. With Lou Rawls, Take 6, Kenny G, Jeffrey Osborne, Whispers, Patti LaBelle, and Mary J. Blige. (WGN)

        5:30 The Bishop's Wife. (1947) Cary Grant, Loretta Young. She and her Episcopal husband are saved from spiritual doubt and marital woe by an angel. (AMC)

        6 Rudolph's Shiny New Year. Rudolph searches for the New Year baby. Animated. (FAM)

        6:30 Lights. Judd Hirsch narrates an animated history of Hanukkah. (DISN)

        7 Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too. Pooh carries his friends' wish lists to Santa. Animated. (Ch. 9, 2)

        7 Santa Claus is Coming to Town. A mailman explains why Santa lives at the North Pole. Animated. (FAM)

        8 A Rosie Christmas. Rosie O'Donnell sings holiday favorites with Rosemary Clooney, Celine Dion, Elmo, Gloria Estefan, 'N Sync, Trisha Yearwood, Donny Osmond. (Ch. 9, 2)

        10 Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. (1991) Richard Thomas, Edward Asner. An Irish emigrant's daughter ask the New York Sun if Santa exists in 1897. (FAM)

        MONDAY, DEC. 6

        6 p.m. The Twelve Days of Christmas. A knight has 12 days to win a princess. Animated. (FAM)

        6:30 Noel.A glassblower's tear brings a Christmas ornament to life. Animated. (FAM)

        7 Bear in the Big Blue House. The bears seek a magical berry. (DISN)

        7:30 Frosty's Winter Wonderland. The magical snowman marries. Animated. (FAM)

        8 Cinderelmo. Elmo and the Muppets' version of Cinderella with Keri Russell, French Stewart and Kathy Najimy. (Ch. 19, 45)

        8 The Christmas List. (1997) A store clerk (Mimi Rogers) gets everything on her wish list. (FAM)

        8 Christmas Time with Eddy Arnold. With LeAnn Rimes and Faith Hill. (TNN)

        8 A Christmas Carol.(1997) Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg. Animated version of Dickens. (WGN)

        9 A Glen Campbell Christmas. With Collin Raye and the Kinleys. (TNN)

        10 And So This is Christmas. Songs by Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Harry Connick Jr. and Babyface. (Ch. 12, 7)

        10 Sawyer Brown: Where Christmas Goes. With Wynonna, Bryan White, Chely Wright and Toby Keith. (TNN)

        10:15 A Mom for Christmas.(1990) A store mannequin (Olivia Newton-John) comes to life in this NBC film shot in Cincinnati and suburban Wyoming. (DISN)

        3 a.m. St. Elsewhere. A Santa has a heart attackin “Santa Claus Is Dead.” (TVLAND)

        TUESDAY, DEC. 7

        7 p.m. Little Drummer Boy: Book II. Aaron and his animal friends try to recover three stolen silver bells. Animated. (FAM)

        8 Frosty the Snowman. Jimmy Durante narrates this tale of the snowman who comes to life. (Ch. 12, 7)

        8 Christmas Comes to Willow Creek. (1987) Feuding brothers (John Schneider, Tom Wopat) take toys to Alaska. (FAM)

        8:30 Frosty Returns.A snow-removal spray threatens Frosty. (Ch. 12, 7)

        9 I'll Be Home for Christmas. (1997) Ann Jillian, Robert Hays. The mayor of St. Nicholas tries to persuade a former beau to stay and be the town doctor. (LIFE)

        WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8

        7 p.m. Bear Who Slept Through Christmas. A curious bear tries to stay awake. Animated. (FAM)

        8 Martha Stewart's Home for the Holidays: The Family Tree. Martha Stewart's annual holiday show. With Aretha Franklin and the Yale University choral group. (Ch. 12, 7)

        8 The Christmas Gift.(1986) John Denver, Jane Kaczmarek. An architect and his daughter visit a Colorado town where everyone believes in Santa Claus. (FAM)

        8:40 It Nearly Wasn't Christmas. (1989) Charles Durning, Ted Lange. An elf, a con man and Santa Claus help a little girl visit her father in Los Angeles. (DISN)

        9 Christmas in My Hometown. (1996) Melissa Gilbert, Tim Matheson. An executive sent to close a Nebraska plant falls in love. (LIFE)

        9 A Classic Christmas with Martina McBride. With the Nashville Symphony. (TNN)

        THURSDAY, DEC. 9

        7 p.m. Merry Christmas Mr. Bean. Rowan Atkinson sketches. (FAM)

        8 The Story of Santa Claus. A jolly couple at the North Pole begins a magical toy-giving tradition. (Ch. 12, 7)

        8 The Night They Saved Christmas. (1984) Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney. Oil drilling threatens Santa's toy factory. (FAM)

        8 The Gathering, Part II. (1979) Maureen Stapleton, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. A widow's new suitor upsets her family. (TNN)

        9 A Holiday to Remember. (1995) Connie Sellecca, Randy Travis. A recently divorced mother reunites with her first love in South Carolina. (LIFE)

        10 Dukes of Hazzard. Boss Hogg steals all the Christmas trees in Hazzard County. (TNN)

        12:30 a.m. Christmas in Connecticut. (1992) Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Braun. Remake of 1945 Barbara Stanwyck film. (TNT)

        FRIDAY, DEC. 10

        5 p.m. Christopher the Christmas Tree. A pine wants to be a Christmas tree. (FAM)

        5:30 Night the Animals Talked. Animals speak on the first Christmas. Animated. (FAM)

        6:30 Frosty's Winter Wonderland. The magical snowman marries. Animated. (FAM)

        7:30 Ernest Saves Christmas.(1988) Nitwit Ernest (Jim Varney) bails out Santa Claus. (DISN)

        8 The Snowden, Raggedy Ann & Andy Holiday Show. Doc (Scott Hamilton) and a magical doll wagon help make children's dreams come true. (Ch. 12, 7)

        8 Babes in Toyland. (1986) A girl (Drew Barrymore) wakes up in a magical world. (FAM)

        SATURDAY, DEC. 11

        10:30 a.m. A Family Circus Christmas. Animated. (DISN)

        Noon March of the Wooden Soldiers. (1934) Laurel and Hardy version of Babes in Toyland. (Ch. 19)

        Noon Ms. Scrooge. (1997) Cicely Tyson version of A Christmas Carol. (USA)

        2 Christmas Stallion. A family returns to Wales to save the family farm. (Ch. 19)

        4 A Hollywood Christmas. Jane Seymour looks at Christmas movies. (Ch. 19)

        4 It's a Wonderful Red Green Christmas. Christmas in the lodge. (Ch. 48)

        4 O Christmas Tree. A small tree becomes a beautiful Christmas tree. (FAM)

        5 A Star for Jeremy. A boy dreams about a small star's importance. Animated. (PAX)

        5 Santa Claus is Coming to Town. A mailman explains why Santa lives at the North Pole. Animated. (FAM)

        6 Christmas Every Day. (1996) A self-absorbed 13-year-old must relive Christmas, day after day, until he appreciates its meaning. (FAM)

        7:30 How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (1966). Boris Karloff narrates the Dr. Seuss cartoon. (TNT)

        7:30 Rugrats. The Pickles spend Christmas in a cabin. (NICK)

        8 A Garfield Christmas Special. Garfield has a country Christmas. (Ch. 12, 7)

        9 Gaither: Joy to the World. The Gaithers celebrate Christmas with Christ Church Choir in Nashville. (TNN)

        10 The Kid Who Loved Christmas. (1990) Cicely Tyson, Michael Warren, Sammy Davis Jr. A Chicago social worker helps a jazz saxophonist adopt a son. (PAX)

        10 Christmas Eve. (1986) Loretta Young, Trevor Howard. A rich eccentric tries to reunite her family. (FAM)

        11 MAD TV. “Christmas Show '99.” (Ch. 19, 45)

        SUNDAY, DEC. 12

        8:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Arts. Judy Collins' Christmas at the Biltmore. (A&E)

        10 Bluetoes, the Christmas Elf. The smallest elf rides in Santa's sleigh. Animated. (DISN)

        10:30 The Small One. A boy gives his donkey to a couple going to Bethlehem. Animated. (DISN)

        1 p.m. A Christmas Carol.(1997) Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg. Animated version of Dickens. (WGN)

        2 Muppet Christmas Carol. (1992) Muppet version of Dickens. (Ch. 64)

        2 Lawrence Welk Holiday Special: Great Moments and Memories. Highlights from Lawrence Welk Shows. (Ch. 48)

        3 Scrooge. (1970) Albert Finney-Alec Guinness version of Dickens. (WGN)

        4 Santa Claus: The Movie. (1985) Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. How Santa came to be. (Ch. 64)

        4 The First Christmas. Animated story of the birth of Jesus. (PAX)

        4:30 The Night Before Christmas. An animated history of Clement C. Moore's 1822 poem. (PAX)

        5 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Colorized film about Macy's Santa with Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. (WGN)

        8 Christmas in Washington. With B.B. King, Jewel, Christina Aguilera and 98`. (TNT)

        10 The Man in the Santa Claus Suit. (1979) Fred Astaire, Gary Burghoff. Three men rent Santa suits from a magical costumer. (FAM)

        11 Christmas at Home. With Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Barry Manilow and Carly Simon. (PAX).

        MONDAY, DEC. 13

        6:30 p.m. A Christmas Tree. Two kids climb a beanstalk to recover the stolen spirit of Christmas. Animated. (FAM)

        7 Babes in Toyland.(1997) Cartoon about nursery-rhyme characters rescuing a toy factory. (DISN)

        8 The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (1996) Robert Urich. Depression-era kids ask President Hoover to free their jailed father for Christmas. (FAM)

        8 Rugrats. The Pickles spend Christmas in a cabin. (NICK)

        8 White Christmas. (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney. Army buddies do a show with a sister act to save a general's hotel in Vermont. (WGN)

        8:05 Holiday Festival on Ice. Skating withKristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Todd Eldredge and Kurt Browning. (TBS)

        10:05 A Christmas Story. (1983) A boy (Peter Billingsley) wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. (TBS)

        TUESDAY, DEC. 14

        7 p.m. It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989) Charles Durning, Ted Lange. An elf, a con man and Santa Claus help a little girl visit her father in Los Angeles. (DISN)

        7 Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. An editor responds to a girl's letter about Santa. Animated. (FAM)

        8 A Christmas Reunion. (1993) James Coburn, Edward Woodward. An orphan and his grandfather come together through Santa. (FAM)

        8 Doug. Pork Chop is accused of attacking Beebe. (NICK)

        8 Holiday Celebration on Ice. With Nancy Kerrigan, Surya Bonaly and Rudy Galindo. (TNN)

        8 March of the Wooden Soldiers. (1934) Laurel and Hardy version of Babes in Toyland. (WGN).

        9 Unlikely Angel. (1996) Dolly Parton, Brian Kerwin. A dead country singer seeks to get into heaven by uniting a troubled family during the holidays. (LIFE)

        WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15

        11:30 a.m. The Busy World of Richard Scarry. “The Big Apple Christmas Caper.” (NICK)

        7 p.m. Benji's Very Own Christmas. (FAM).

        8 Next Door with Katie Brown: The 12 Tips of Christmas. Decorating the home for the holidays. (LIFE)

        8 The Wild Thornberrys. Eliza helps the animals in a “Very Thornberry Christmas.” (NICK)

        8 A Classic Christmas with Martina McBride. With the Nashville Symphony. (TNN)

        8 A Christmas Carol. (1984) George C. Scott version of Dickens. (WGN)

        9 The West Wing. President Bartlet sneaks out of the White House for Christmas shopping. (Ch. 5, 22)

        10 A Glen Campbell Christmas. With Collin Raye and the Kinleys. (TNN)

        THURSDAY, DEC. 16

        7 The Nutcracker Prince. (1990) A girl joins toy soldiers and a prince in a Mouse King's dreamland. (DISN)

        7 Little Drummer Boy. A child accompanies the Magi to Bethlehem. Animated. (FAM)

        8 The 2nd Nobel Concert for Peace. With Phil Collins, Elton John, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, the Cranberries, Andrea Bocelli and Enrique Iglesias. (FAM)

        8 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Colorized film about Macy's Santa with Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. (WGN)

        8 It's A Miracle. A Jewish family flees the Nazis during Hanukkah. (PAX).

        10 A Taste of Chanukah. Celebrating the traditions of Hanukkah. (Ch. 48)

        10 ER.On Christmas Eve, Lucy helps a woman needing a heart transplant. (Ch. 5, 22)

        FRIDAY, DEC. 17

        4 p.m. White Christmas. Peter and Dorothy go in search of a white Christmas. (FAM)

        4:30 Twelve Days of Christmas. A knight has 12 days to win a princess. Animated. (FAM)

        5:30 Red Boots for Christmas. A shoemaker thinks Christmas is for greedy people. (FAM)

        6 Noel. A glassblower's tear brings a Christmas ornament to life. Animated. (FAM)

        6:30 An All Dogs Christmas Carol. (1998) The pups try to stop a bulldog from ruining the holidays. Animated. (FAM)

        7 Rugrats. The Pickles spend Christmas in a cabin. (NICK)

        8 All I Want for Christmas (1991). Kids try to get their divorced parents (Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan) together for Christmas. (WGN)

        8 Olive the Other Reindeer. A little dog Olive helps Santa deliver presents when his reindeer are injured. (Ch. 19, 45)

        8:05 A Christmas Story. (1983) A boy (Peter Billingsley) wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. (TBS)

        9 The PJs Christmas Special. Animated. (Ch. 19, 45)

        9:30 That '70s Show. Red gives Eric money to buy a Christmas tree. (Ch. 19, 45)

        SATURDAY, DEC. 18

        Noon The Nutcracker. (1993) Ballet about a little girl in fantasy world with Macaulay Culkin as the Nutcracker Prince. (Ch. 64)

        1 Next Door with Katie Brown: The 12 Tips of Christmas. Home decorating suggestions. (LIFE)

        1 Holiday Affair. (1996) Cynthia Gibb, David James Elliott. Remake of 1949 film about two men vying for a young widow. (USA)

        2 All I Want for Christmas (1991). Kids try to get their divorced parents (Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan) together for Christmas. (Ch. 64)

        2 An All Dogs Christmas Carol. (1998) The pups try to stop a bulldog from ruining the holidays. Animated. (FAM)

        2 A Holiday to Remember. (1995) Connie Sellecca, Randy Travis. A recently divorced mother reunites with her first love in South Carolina. (LIFE)

        3:30 Frosty's Winter Wonderland. The magical snowman marries. Animated. (FAM)

        4 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Colorized film about Macy's Santa with Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. (Ch. 64)

        4 We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Three orphans give the gift of Christmas music. (FAM)

        6 The Gathering. (1977) A dying businessman reunites his family at Christmas. With Ed Asner, Maureen Stapleton, Gregory Harrison and Veronica Hamel (TNN).

        8 Holiday at Pops 1999. The Boston Pops Orchestra with Aaron Neville, Conan O'Brien and Liz Callaway. (A&E)

        8 The Christmas List.(1997) A store clerk (Mimi Rogers) gets everything on her wish list. (FAM)

        10 A Hobo's Christmas. (1987) A hobo visits his estranged son and grandchildren. (FAM)

        SUNDAY, DEC.19

        8:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Arts. “Holiday at Pops 1999.” The Boston Pops Orchestra with Aaron Neville, Conan O'Brien and Liz Callaway. (A&E)

        10 The Snowman. David Bowie tells how a boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve. Animated. (DISN)

        10:30 Teddy Bears Christmas. A teddy bear comes to life. (DISN)

        1 White Christmas. (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney. Army buddies do a show with a sister act to save a general's hotel in Vermont. (WGN)

        2 Christmas Every Day. (1996) A self-absorbed 13-year-old must relive Christmas until he appreciates its meaning. (FAM)

        3 How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (1966). Boris Karloff narrates the Dr. Seuss cartoon. (TNT)

        3 A Christmas Carol. (1984) George C. Scott version of Dickens. (WGN)

        4 The Night They Saved Christmas. (1984) Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney. Oil drilling threatens Santa's toy factory. (FAM)

        7 Top 10 Toys. The 10 most popular toys of this century. (A&E).

        7 Scrooge.(1970) The Albert Finney-Alec Guinness version of Dickens. (WGN)

        8 Biography: The Unknown Jesus. A two-hour special about the life of Jesus Christ. (A&E)

        8 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) The Jimmy Stewart classic about a man ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve. (Ch. 5, 22)

        8 One Christmas. (1994) Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler. An Alabama boy spends Christmas in New Orleans in 1930. (FAM)

        9:30 Bewitched.Santa comes to visit and stays. (NICK)

        10 The 2nd Nobel Concert for Peace. With Shania Twain, Phil Collins, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, the Cranberries, Andrea Bocelli and Enrique Iglesias. (FAM)

        10 The Jeffersons. Lionel and Jenny marry on Christmas. (NICK)

        Midnight The Jeffersons. George plays Santa for orphans. (NICK)

        Midnight Christmas Past. Short silent films. (TCM)

        MONDAY, DEC. 20

        5 p.m. Santa Claus is Coming to Town. A mailman explains why Santa lives at the North Pole. (FAM)

        6 Babes in Toyland. (1986) A girl (Drew Barrymore) wakes up in a magical toy world. (FAM)

        8 7th Heaven. An unlikely Santa helps Simon and Ruthie. (Ch. 64)

        8 All I Want for Christmas (1991). Kids try to get their divorced parents (Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan) together for Christmas. (FAM)

        8 Holiday Celebration on Ice. With Nancy Kerrigan, Surya Bonaly and Rudy Galindo. (TNN)

        9 A Classic Christmas with Martina McBride. With the Nashville Symphony. (TNN)

        TUESDAY, DEC. 21

        5 p.m. Benji's Very Own Christmas. (FAM)

        7 ER. Nurse Hathaway treats a patient who resembles Santa. (TNT)

        8 Christmas Every Day. (1996) A self-absorbed 13-year-old must relive Christmas until he appreciates its meaning. (FAM)

        9:30 Just Shoot Me. Kelsey Grammer narrates “How the Finch Stole Christmas.” (Ch. 5, 22)

        WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

        5 p.m. The Night Before Christmas. An orphan's dreams come true. (FAM)

        6 All Mine to Give. (1957) Glynis Johns. An orphan raised by Scottish pioneers in Wisconsin seeks homes for his five siblings. (TCM)

        8 A Christmas Gloria with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Canadian Brass. (Ch. 48)

        8 The Gathering. (1977) A dying businessman reunites his family at Christmas. With Ed Asner, Maureen Stapleton, Gregory Harrison and Veronica Hamel (TNN).

        8 Walker, Texas Ranger. Walker tells orphans about an 1876 Ranger who saved a child at Christmas. (USA)

        8:35 Ernest Saves Christmas. (1988) Nitwit Ernest (Jim Varney) bails out Santa Claus. (DISN).

        9 The Christmas Wish. (1998) A Wall Street businessman (Neil Patrick Harris) helps his widowed grandmother (Debbie Reynolds). (Ch. 12, 7)

        9 Jessye Norman: A Holiday Homecoming. With the Augusta Children's Chorale in Georgia. (Ch. 48)

        9 The Science of Christmas. The evolution of Christmas traditions. (DISC)

        10 The Waltons. Bad weather and emergencies threaten the family's plans. (TNN)

        10:30 U.S. Naval Academy Presents Handel's Messiah. (Ch. 48)

        THURSDAY, DEC. 23

        1 p.m. Ebbie. (1995) Susan Lucci version of Scrooge as a heartless CEO. (LIFE)

        1:30 Life with Louie. Louie and his dad decorate a neighbor's house. (FAM)

        4:30 Ellen. Ellen's parents give her a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift. (LIFE)

        5 Designing Women. Someone swipes the Sugarbakers' Christmas gifts. (LIFE)

        5:30 Red Boots for Christmas. A shoemaker thinks Christmas is for greedy people. (FAM)

        6 Frosty's Winter Wonderland. The snowman marries. Animated. (FAM)

        6 Golden Girls. A lonely Santa takes the women hostage. (LIFE)

        6:30 Golden Girls. The roommates volunteer at a soup kitchen. (LIFE)

        6:30 An All Dogs Christmas Carol. (1998) The pups try to stop a bulldog from ruining the holidays. Animated. (FAM)

        7 JAG. A blizzard strands the crew on Christmas Eve. (USA)

        7:30 Rugrats. The Pickles prepare for a Christmas card photo. (NICK)

        8 Cincinnati Pops Holiday (1995). Mel Torme concert taped at Cincinnati Music Hall. (Ch. 48)

        8 A Home for the Holidays. Celebrities promote adoption. With Steven Spielberg, Rene Russo, Rhea Perlman, Morgan Freeman, Henry Winkler, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, LeAnn Rimes and 'N Sync. (Ch. 12, 7)

        8 It's a Miracle. Vandals destroy a family menorah. (PAX)

        8 The Christmas List. (1997) A store clerk (Mimi Rogers) gets everything on her wish list. (FAM)

        8 Rugrats. The Pickles spend Christmas in a cabin. (NICK)

        8 The Gathering, Part II. (1979) Maureen Stapleton, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. A widow's new suitor upsets her family. (TNN)

        8 Christmas in Washington. With B.B. King, Jewel, Christina Aguilera and 98`. (TNT)

        9 On the 2nd Day of Christmas. (1997) Mary Stuart Masterson, Mark Ruffalo. A security guard arrests a couple of pickpockets. (LIFE)

        10 The Waltons. Corabeth's holiday pageant is canceled. (TNN)

        10 A Beavis and Butt-Head Christmas. Parodies of It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. (MTV)

        11 Highway to Heaven. Jonathan helps a jailed Santa. (PAX)

        Midnight Saturday Night Live. Christmas sketches with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Steve Martin and Candice Bergen. (COM)

        FRIDAY, DEC. 24

        6:30 a.m. Family Ties. The Alex Keaton version of Dickens. (TBS)

        7 Saved by the Bell. Zack and the gang help a homeless girl and her father. (TBS)

        7:45 A Christmas Carol. 1938. Reginald Owen version of Dickens. (TCM)

        8 Stingiest Man in Town. Animated musical version of Dickens. (FAM)

        8 Designing Women. Someone swipes the Sugarbakers' Christmas gifts. (LIFE)

        8 Family Matters. The family helps a homeless person. (TBS)

        8 CHiPS. A 15th-century church bell is stolen. (TNT)

        8 America's Funniest Home Videos. Kids open Christmas gifts. (USA)

        9 Little House on the Prairie. The Ingalls celebrate Christmas. (TBS)

        10 Little House on the Prairie. The Ingalls are snowbound on Christmas Eve. (TBS)

        10 Bear in the Big Blue House. The gang seeks the magical winter berry. (DISN)

        11 Gullah Gullah Island Christmas. (NICK)

        11 Mama's Family. The Christmas dinner goose becomes a pet. (TBS)

        11:30 The Busy World of Richard Scarry. Elves lose the key to Santa's shop. (NICK)

        Noon Matlock. A sidewalk Santa (Pat Hingle) is charged with murder. (TBS)

        12:30 Andy Griffith. Andy and Barney throw a Christmas party in the jail. (Ch. 64)

        1 Home Matters. Holiday cookies and kitchen gifts. (DISC)

        1 Madeline's Christmas. (NICK)

        2 Northern Exposure. Joel treats a self-proclaimed Santa's elf and buys a Christmas tree. (A&E)

        3 Baby-Sitters Club. The girls throw a Christmas party for hospitalized children. (DISN)

        3 I'll Be Home for Christmas. (1997) Ann Jillian, Robert Hays. The mayor of St. Nicholas tries to persuade a former beau to stay and be the town doctor. (LIFE)

        4 A Christmas Carol. (1951) The Alastair Sim version of Dickens. (AMC)

        4 The Story of the First Christmas Snow. A nun in 1845 France cares for a boy blinded by lightning. (FAM)

        4:30 Growing Pains. Ben invites a street girl home for the holidays. (DISN)

        4:30 Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. An orphan donkey leads Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Animated. (FAM)

        5 Little Drummer Boy. A child accompanies the Magi to Bethlehem. Animated. (FAM)

        5 A Holiday to Remember. (1995) Connie Sellecca, Randy Travis. A recently divorced mother reunites with her first love in South Carolina. (LIFE)

        5:05 Full House. Stephanie fears Santa won't find her on vacation. (TBS)

        5:30 Christmas Eve. (1947) George Raft, Ann Harding. An eccentric spinster's three foster sons must reunite to save her estate from a scheming nephew. (AMC)

        5:30 Little Drummer Boy: Book II. Aaron and his animal friends recover three stolen silver bells. Animated. (FAM)

        5:35 Full House. A grumpy store owner (Mickey Rooney) ruins Christmas. (TBS)

        6 Simon & Simon. The guys reunite a little girl with her gambler father in “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Liberace.” (A&E)

        6 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Immortals adopt a mortal baby, who later returns to Earth to make children happy. (FAM)

        7 The Greatest Christmas Movies. Clips from It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop's Wife and A Christmas Story. (AMC)

        7 Pinocchio's Christmas. Pinocchio earns money for Geppetto's Christmas gift. (FAM)

        7 ER.Dr. Romano spoils Dr. Benton's Christmas. (TNT)

        8 It's A Wonderful Life (1946) The Jimmy Stewart classic about a man ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve. (Ch. 5, 22)

        8 Mrs. Santa Claus. (1996) Santa's wife (Angela Lansbury) is stranded in 1910 New York City while testing a new route for her husband. (Ch. 12, 7)

        8 The Bishop's Wife. (1947) Cary Grant, Loretta Young. She and her Episcopal husband are saved from spiritual doubt and marital woe by an angel. (AMC)

        8 Trapped in Paradise. (1994) Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz. Three bumbling brothers plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve. (COM)

        8 The Small One. A boy gives his donkey to a couple going to Bethlehem. Animated. (DISN)

        8 A Christmas Story. (1983) A boy (Peter Billingsley) wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. (TNT)

        8:05 How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (1966). Boris Karloff narrates the Dr. Seuss story. (TBS)

        8:40 A Flintstones Christmas Carol. The Fred and Wilma version of Dickens. (TBS)

        9 Holiday at Pops 1999. The Boston Pops Orchestra with Aaron Neville, Conan O'Brien and Liz Callaway. (A&E)

        9 Santa Claus is Coming to Town. A mailman explains why Santa lives at the North Pole. Animated. (FAM)

        10 Jesus. (1979) Brian Deacon, Rivka Noiman. The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of St. Luke. (PAX)

        10 Roots: The Gift. (1988) Fiddler and Kunte Kinte (Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton) lead slaves to freedom on Christmas Eve. (BET)

        10 Christmas in Connecticut. (1945) Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan. A magazine columnist hosts a Navy hero. (TCM)

        10 A Christmas Story. See 8 p.m. today.

        10:20 Holiday Festival on Ice. With Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Todd Eldredge and Kurt Browning. (TBS)

        10:30 A Christmas Carol. (1951) Alastair Sim version of Dickens. (AMC)

        11 Christmas Eve. (1986) Loretta Young, Trevor Howard. A rich eccentric tries to reunite her family. (LIFE)

        11 Scrooge. (1970) The Albert Finney-Alec Guinness version of Dickens. (WGN)

        11:35 Christmas Eve at St. Peter's Basilica. Pope John Paul II celebrates midnight Mass in Vatican City. (Ch. 5)

        SATURDAY, DEC. 25

        6 a.m. Hollywood Backstage. Bob Hope's Christmas party. (AMC)

        6 Holiday Music Videos. (VH1)

        6:20 Trumpet of Conscience. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Christmas Eve sermon inspires a visual essay. (TBS)

        7 The Story of the First Christmas Snow. A nun in 1845 France cares for a boy blinded by lightning. (FAM)

        7 Pippi Longstocking. “Pippi's Christmas.” (HBO)

        7 Family Ties. A snowbound Christmas inspires family reminiscing. (TBS)

        7:30 Family Ties. Alex works as a Santa. (TBS)

        8 Bear in the Big Blue House. The bears seek a magical berry. (DISN)

        8 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Immortals adopt a mortal baby, who later returns to Earth to make children happy. (FAM)

        8 Family Matters. Urkel decorates the house. (TBS)

        9 Santa Claus is Coming to Town. A mailman explains why Santa lives at the North Pole. Animated. (FAM)

        9 Family Matters. Urkel and Carl get lost cutting down a Christmas tree. (TBS)

        9 Christmas at Christ Church. (WGN)

        10 Saturday Night Live. Christmas sketches with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Steve Martin and Candice Bergen. (COM)

        10 Spot's Magical Christmas. A puppy helps reindeer find their missing sleigh. (DISN)

        10 A Christmas Story. (1983) A boy (Peter Billingsley) wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. (TNT)

        10:05 The Bishop's Wife. (1947) Cary Grant, Loretta Young. She and her Episcopal husband are saved from spiritual doubt and marital woe by an angel. (AMC)

        10:30 Bluetoes, the Christmas Elf. The smallest elf rides in Santa's sleigh. Animated. (DISN)

        10:55 Babes in Toyland. (1997) Cartoon about nursery-rhyme characters rescuing a toy factory from a grouch. (DISN)

        11 Designing Women. Someone swipes the Sugarbakers' Christmas gifts. (LIFE)

        11 Maude. Maude invites a feminist to her Christmas party. (TVLAND)

        11 Andy Griffith. Andy and Barney throw a Christmas party in the jail. (WGN)

        Noon Roots: The Gift (1988). Fiddler and Kunte Kinte (Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton) lead slaves to freedom on Christmas eve. (Ch. 64)

        Noon The Great Christmas Movies. Clips from It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop's Wife and A Christmas Story. (AMC)

        Noon Golden Girls. A lonely Santa takes the roommates hostage. (LIFE)

        Noon A Christmas Story. See 10 a.m. today

        Noon All In The Family. Archie's Christmas bonus falls through. (TVLAND)

        12:30 Golden Girls. The women volunteer at a soup kitchen. (LIFE)

        12:30 Sanford & Son. The Fred Sanford version of Dickens. (TVLAND)

        1 A Christmas Carol. (1951) The Alastair Sim version of Dickens. (AMC)

        1 Gunsmoke. Seven homeless children spend Christmas traveling to California. (TVLAND)

        2 A Little Piece of Heaven. A young man (Kirk Cameron) brings Christmas to two orphans.(Ch. 64)

        2 Young Pioneers (1976). Linda Purl. Young pioneers go homesteading in the Dakotas. (Ch. 19).

        2 Christmas Every Day. (1996) A self-absorbed 13-year-old must relive Christmas until he appreciates its meaning. (FAM)

        2 Unlikely Angel. (1996) Dolly Parton, Brian Kerwin. A dead country singer seeks to get into heaven by uniting a troubled family during the holidays. (LIFE)

        2 A Christmas Story. See 10 a.m. today.

        3 The Science of Christmas. The evolution of Christmas traditions. (DISC)

        3 It Nearly Wasn't Christmas. (1989) Charles Durning, Ted Lange. An elf, a con man and Santa Claus help a girl visit her father in Los Angeles. (DISN)

        4 Toys (1992). A man (Robin Williams) battles his brother (Michael Gambon) over running the family toy factory. (Ch. 64)

        4 A Christmas Story. See 10 a.m. today.

        4:40 Ernest Saves Christmas. (1988) Nitwit Ernest (Jim Varney) bails out Santa Claus. (DISN)

        5 Eight is Enough. A burglar steals the Bradfords' gifts. (PAX)

        5:30 Dragnet. The infant disappears from a church manger. (TVLAND)

        6 Red Skelton's Christmas Dinner. Freddie the Freeloader and friend (Vincent Price) enjoy a pricey holiday meal. (Ch. 48)

        6 Like Father, Like Santa. (1998) Harry Hamlin, Gary Coleman. Santa's son is reunited with the Claus clan. (FAM)

        6 Ebbie. (1995) The Susan Lucci version of Dickens as a heartless CEO. (LIFE)

        6 The Gathring, Part II. (1979) Maureen Stapleton, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. A widow's new suitor upsets her family. (TNN)

        6 A Christmas Story. See 10 a.m. today

        6:20 A Mom For Christmas. (1990) A store mannequin (Olivia Newton-John) comes to life for a motherless little girl in a film shot in Greater Cincinnati. (DISN)

        8 King of Kings. (1961) Orson Welles narrates the story of Jesus. (TBS)

        8:30 Are You Being Served? “Hoorah for the Holidays.” (Ch. 48)

        9 Keeping Up Appearances. Richard wears a Father Christmas costume. (Ch. 48)

        9 Holiday Celebration on Ice. With Nancy Kerrigan, Surya Bonaly and Rudy Galindo. (TNN)

        9:30 Dragnet. See 5:30 p.m. today.

        10 The Gift. (1979) Glenn Ford. A sailor on Christmas leave visits his father and mother in 1950s Brooklyn. (PAX)

        10 One Christmas. (1994) Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler. An Alabama boy spends Christmas in New Orleans in 1930. (FAM)

        10 All In The Family. “Edith's Christmas Story.” (TVLAND)

        10:30 Maude. Maude invites a feminist to her Christmas party. (TVLAND)

        4 a.m. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. (1964) John Call, Leonard Hicks. Martians kidnap Santa and two earthling children. (AMC)



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