The holidays are on the horizon, and television networks everywhere are getting ready with a host of Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. Beginning on Thanksgiving Day, CBS will kick off the holiday season with its coverage of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, followed by a host of new holiday films and celebrity specials across broadcast, cable and streaming. To aid in your viewing pleasure, Variety has compiled a list of 2018’s winter holiday programming highlights.
Saturday, Nov. 10
“It’s Christmas, Eve” 8 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Eve (LeAnne Rimes) is a superintendent who needs to trim music teacher Liam’s (Tyler Hines) program. However, her friend finds a way for people to donate to save it, and the newly launched website for the program could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs.
Sunday, Nov. 11
“Giada’s Holiday Handbook” 11:30 a.m. on the Food Network Legendary Italian chef Giada De Laurentiis is sharing her party tips and tricks in the return of this Food Network holiday special. Topics will include planning a delicious menu, recipes for signature cocktails, fun decorations, music choices, and take-away gifts for guests.
“Christmas in Love” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Ellie, an aspiring crafter works in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. Ellie is determined to show him it’s the people who make the business a success, not machines, and in the process the two get closer and closer.
Monday, Nov. 12
“The Talk,” 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT on CBS Gobble up gourmet recipe ideas for Thanksgiving when renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck serves up a special Turkey Day feast and shares some of his favorite holiday traditions for hosts Eve, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, and Sheryl Underwood.
Thursday, Nov. 15
“Young Sheldon,” 8:31 p.m. on CBS Sheldon (Iain Armitage) studies his family for a psychology project, and a Thanksgiving dinner turns into a family fight when George Sr. (Lance Barber) is offered a job in Oklahoma.
Friday, Nov. 16
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m. on CBS Thanksgiving brings Grover’s (Chi McBride) parents (guest stars Louis Gossett Jr. and Gladys Knight) and brother Percy, Jr. (Clifton Powel) to Oahu for a visit tainted by sibling rivalry, and Five-0 investigates a thief who is crushed to death by an empty safe.
“The Princess Switch,” on Netflix One week before Christmas, Margaret, the gorgeous Duchess of Montenaro, switches places with Stacy, a “commoner” from Chicago, who looks exactly like her. With the assistance of a magical Santa’s helper, Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s handsome co-worker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret’s fiancé, a dashing prince.
Saturday, Nov. 17
“Christmas At Graceland,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Laurel (Kellie Pickler), a Chicago business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city’s oldest family-owned banks. There, Laurel reunites with an old flame who’s a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel’s focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.
“Return to Christmas Creek,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Amelia Hughes (Tori Anderson), a career woman lacking a little holiday spirit, returns to her hometown, Christmas Creek, to rediscover the meaning of Christmas and reunite with her childhood best friend Mike (Stephen Huszar).
Sunday, Nov. 18
“Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark When Lisa returns to her hometown and finds the historic general store closed, she decides to help the town of Evergreen bring the store back to life. She pairs up with a local contractor to work on the project, and they face one surprise after another as they restore the store. And when the staff at the Kringle Kitchen accepts the store’s “Mailbox to Santa” for safekeeping, the townspeople rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole.
“A Godwink Christmas,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark As Christmas nears, Paula (Kimberley Sustad), an antique appraiser, reluctantly gets engaged to her boyfriend Daniel — but when her Aunt Jane (Kathy Lee Gifford) invites her to Nantucket, Paula meets a charming inn owner, Gery (Paul Campbell).
Monday, Nov. 19
“The Neighborhood,” 8 p.m. on CBS Dave (Max Greenfield) and Gemma (Beth Behrs) have a memorable first Thanksgiving in their new home when Dave’s politically incorrect mother, Paula (Marilu Henner), visits from out of town and meets Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer), Tina (Tichina Arnold) and the rest of the Butlers.
“Last Vermont Christmas” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Widowed mom Megan (Erin Cahill) comes home for Christmas in Vermont, only to discover her parents are selling her childhood home — and the buyer is her high school sweetheart, Nash (Justin Bruening).
Tuesday, Nov. 20
“Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas” on Amazon Prime After performing a play about the legendary Christmas Cat, Pete and his gang set out on adventure to discover the real Christmas Cat while helping out various families along the way. The episode will also feature new Christmas music from a host of artists including Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz.
“Hope at Christmas” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Recently divorced Sydney (Scottie Thompson) and her daughter Rayanne look for a new beginning by visiting the small town in North Carolina where Sydney spent holidays as a girl. Sydney soon finds herself smitten with Mac (Ryan Paevey), an elementary school teacher and part-time Santa.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
“The Price is Right,” 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on CBS Celebrity chef Catherine McCord stops by to present a special Turkey Day-themed showcase for host Drew Carey.
“The Bold and the Beautiful,” 1:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on CBS The Forresters, Logans, Spencers, Avants and Spectras gather for their traditional Thanksgiving dinner, setting aside their grievances and saying something kind to the person to their right. Still, the evening isn’t without drama as Quinn (Rena Sofer) is forced to be gracious to Pam (Alley Mills) and Donna (Jennifer Gareis), and Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Liam (Scott Clifton) question Bill’s absence.
“Christmas at Grand Valley,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Burned out artist Kelly (Danica McKellar) returns home to picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas, and meets a businessman who reminds her of all the town’s charms of the town.
“My Christmas Inn,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Jen (Tia Mowry-Hardict) inherits a cozy Alaska inn from her aunt, and upon inspecting the property, she meets a handsome town attorney and begins to wonder if the small town is where she truly belongs.
“Reunited at Christmas” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Samantha Murphy (Nikki DeLoach) is pulled into her grandmother’s plot from the afterlife to bring the family together for one more Christmas. When Samantha’s boyfriend Simon (Mike Faiola) proposes and she accepts in front of the whole family, the couple is forced to play out an awkward charade when Samantha tells Simon she actually spoke too soon.
“A Christmas Arrangement,” 10 p.m. on Lifetime Flower shop owner Poppy enters the holiday floral show but standing in her way of victory is her rival Garrett. While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop.
Thursday, Nov. 22
“Let’s Make a Deal” on CBS Prizes for the Thanksgiving show include a trip to Belgium, a turkey fryer, two new cars and a chance at $20,000. Games also range from traders showing off their artistic talent by drawing a turkey to another that features photos of the cast eating turkey.
Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m. on CBS The 58th annual CBS special will be anchored by “Entertainment Tonight” host Kevin Frazier and correspondent Keltie Knight. Featuring portions of the 92nd annual Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade live in New York City. Performances include the cast of Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hanson” and new musical “King Kong.” A special performance will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Christmas at the Palace,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Katie, a former professional ice skater, is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. She and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other as they spend more time together, but will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?
“The Christmas Contract,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime It’s a “One Tree Hill” reunion as Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, and Antwon Tanner star in this holiday special. Jolie (Burton) is set up with Jack (Buckley) to save face for when she goes home for the holidays and has to face her ex and his new girlfriend. But what starts out as a professional agreement turns out to be more than what they signed up for.
“Murphy Brown,” 9:30 p.m. on CBS When the culinarily challenged Murphy (Candice Bergen) invites her colleagues plus Phyllis (Tyne Daly), Miguel (Adan Rocha) and his parents (Valente Rodriguez and Selenis Leyva) for Thanksgiving dinner with her and Avery (Jake McDorman), they all brace themselves for the worst.
“The Christmas Chronicles,” on Netflix Brother and sister pair Teddy and Kate Pierce hatch a plan to capture Santa (Kurt Russell) on camera on Christmas Eve. However, after sneaking onto Santa’s sleigh and causing a crash, the mischievous siblings are forced to embark on a wild adventure to save Christmas.
Friday, Nov. 23
“The Young and the Restless,” 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 p.m. PT on CBS Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victoria Newman’s (Amelia Heinle) holiday is interrupted by the J.T. Hellstrom investigation, the Rosales family joins Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) in her annual tradition of hosting Thanksgiving for the homeless at Crimson Lights, and Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) receives unexpected news during the Abbotts’ Thanksgiving dinner.
“Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Darcy (Lacey Chabert) became successful starting her own company, rather than working with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with Luke, an old rival, and they are forced to plan a charity event together. Darcy sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and a romance with Luke may also be in the cards.
“Poinsettias for Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie gets a call to return home to help with the family’s poinsettia farm. She is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist.
“Frosty the Snowman,” 8 p.m. on CBS Frosty, along with his his old silk hat, button nose and two eyes made out of coal, returns again this year for a rebroadcast, with classic narration by Jimmy Durante and the voices of Jackie Vernon as Frosty and Billy De Wolfe as Professor Hinkle.
“Frosty Returns,” 8:30 p.m. on CBS Stay tuned for a rebroadcast of the snowman’s sequel following the original, with narration by Jonathan Winters and the voice of Frosty by John Goodman.
“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” 8 p.m. on The CW The one hour classic movie about a young boy on a quest to track down his missing grandmother on Christmas Eve and prove that Santa is real returns to The CW for its holiday special slate. An encore performance will air Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
“The Soul & Spirit of Christmas,” 8 p.m. on getTV This musical special will feature solo and group renditions of classic holiday tunes including Cece Winans’ “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Bebe Winans’ “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Anthony Hamilton and the HamilTones’ “Little Drummer Boy,” Take 6’s “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” Koryn Hawthorne’s “This Christmas” and Kyla Jade’s “Merry Christmas Baby.”
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” 8 p.m. on ABC The 1970 Rankin-Bass Productions classic is returning once again with Fred Astaire narrating the timeless tale about Kris Kringle played by Mickey Rooney.
“The Patti LaBelle Show,” 9 p.m. on getTV The classic variety special is returning to television 33 years after its Thanksgiving broadcast premiere with performances by Cyndi Lauper, Luther Vandross and Amy Grant.
“Every Other Holiday,” 10 p.m. on Lifetime At the request of their daughters, recently separated parents Tracie and Rick have to spend Christmas all together. Perhaps this special gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true.
Saturday, Nov. 24
“Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire,” 8 p.m. on CBS In a rebroadcast of the animated special, Ben Stiller voices Robbie, who trains to become a part of the sleigh team carrying Santa, voiced by Jim Belushi, to deliver presents to good children across the world.
“Christmas Everlasting,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Corporate lawyer Lucy’s (Tatyana Ali) sister passes away, and per her eccentric Last Will and Testament, Lucy can only inherit the family home if she lives there for 30 straight days, including Christmas. Patti LaBelle also stars in this holiday special.
“Every Day is Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Inspired by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Alexis (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide and force her to rely on her heart.
“Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe,” 8:30 p.m.on CBS In the second “Robbie” special, Robbie tries to put a stop to a reindeer theme park, spearheaded by Blitzen, who is voiced by Hugh Grant. Britney Spears, James Woods, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller also voice characters.
“The Story of Santa Claus,” 9 p.m. on CBS A rebroadcast of animated musical special finds a humble toymaker, voiced by Ed Asner, whose only desire is for every child to have a toy on Christmas. Betty White and Tim Curry also lend their voices to the special.
“Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Emma (Alicia Witt) comes home after her parents’ passing to spend the last Christmas in the house she grew up in. While Emma’s mothers’ collection is being appraised, they find a hidden treasure that takes them on a journey of love and family.
“Christmas Harmony,” 10 p.m. on Lifetime Soft-spoken Harmony is used to living in the shadow of her pop star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holidays, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing.
Sunday, Nov. 25
“A Shoe Addict’s Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark When Noelle (Candace Cameron Bure) gets locked in at a department store on Christmas Eve, a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala.
“Jingle Bell,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) must work with the high school sweetheart she left behind to put on her hometown’s Christmas Eve Pageant. Can they put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet?
“Holiday Wars,” 8 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network A cake master and a sugar artist are joining three teams in this baking competition to create the best holiday display for $10,000. Host Jonathan Bennett will lead judges Shinmin Li and Jason Smith in judging both rounds of the competition, which will include a snowball fight challenge.
“Christmas Cupid’s Arrow,” 9 p.m. on ION A Christmas formal makes a lovelorn professor realize the perfect guy may be right under her nose.
“The Truth About Christmas,” 9 p.m. on Freeform Jillian, a successful political consultant, finds herself working on her boyfriend’s mayoral campaign. When a confrontation with a toy store Santa makes her unable to stop spilling the truth, Jillian must find a way to make it stop before she loses her job, her relationships, and her holiday.
“Holiday Gingerbread Showdown,” 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Host Marcela Valladolid will challenge nine gingerbread artists in holiday-themed challenges during this competition-based holiday special. Judges include Kerry Vincent, Molly Yeh and Adam Young who will determine which of the contestants advances to the grand finale for the chance to win $25,000 and a feature in the Food Network Magazine.
“The Truth About Christmas,” 9 p.m. on ABC Kali Hawk (“New Girl”) plays political consultant Jillian, in charge of the mayoral campaign for her boyfriend George (Damon Dayoub, Freeform’s “Stitchers”). After a strange encounter with a toy store Santa, Jillian suddenly can’t stop spilling the truth — threatening to ruin her job and her relationship if she can’t get back to normal before the holidays.
“Christmas Perfection,” 10 p.m. on Lifetime Control freak Darcy suddenly finds herself magically transported into her idea of the perfect Christmas Village and learns that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Monday, Nov. 26
“The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 8 p.m. on ABC The Richardson family is kicking off this holiday light showdown with 300 inflatable decorations in Madison Miss. Other families featured during the series season premiere include the Vaughan’s wire frame forest, the Salveson-Sangalli’s 72 Christmas trees and the Hanley’s red ranch display with a 26 foot tall giant reindeer.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m. on CBS The classic Christmas special, narrated by Burl Ives who also voices Sam the Snowman, tells the story based on the holiday number of the same name by Johnny Marks.
“House Hunters: Home for the Holidays,” 9 p.m. on HGTV The “House Hunters” spinoff features heartwarming stories of families searching for a new place to celebrate a most wonderful time of the year. The eight-episode series follows buyers as they rush to find the perfect house just in time to deck the halls and celebrate with loved ones.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
“A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy,” 10 p.m. on NBC John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are taking on the holiday season, accompanied by friends and family. Legend will perform new songs from his recently released Christmas album, “A Legendary Christmas” with several other celebrity appearances that will be announced at a later date.
Thursday, Nov. 29
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” 8 p.m. on ABC “Frozen” star Olaf is teaming up with Sven to bring some holiday traditions to princesses Anna and Elsa. Josh Gad, Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are all reprising their characters from the original Disney film.
“Toy Story That Time Forgot,” 8:30 p.m. on ABC During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang finds themselves in quite the predicament after a new set of action figures turns out to be dangerously delusional.
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” 9 p.m. on ABC A slew of musical performances will include: Gwen Stefani singing “Feliz Navidad;” Meghan Trainor performing a medley of her hits plus a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Brett Eldredge; Andrea Bocelli belting out a Christmas classic, followed by a duet with his son Matteo Bocelli of new song “Fall on Me” from Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms;” Jordan Fisher performs his Christmas hit, “Come December;” Aloe Blacc performs his debut single, “I Got Your Christmas Right Here,” American Idol winner Maddie Pope sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;” breakout musical group Why Don’t We performs a medley of the classic “Silent Night” and an original holiday song, “Hey Good Lookin.”
Friday, Nov. 30
“A Very Nutty Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime After a broken-hearted Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic straight out of a fairytale.
“A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding” on Netflix The original “A Christmas Prince” film was one of last year’s buzziest holiday movies, and its sequel promises more romance and royal intrigue. A year after Amber (Rose McIver) helped Richard (Ben Lamb) secure the crown, the two are about to tie the knot in a royal Christmas wedding — but their plans are jeopardized when Amber doubts her ability to be queen, and Richard faces a political crisis that threatens to tarnish the holiday season, as well as the future of the kingdom.
“The Great British Baking Show: Holidays,” on Netflix Deck the halls with sugar, butter and chocolate as judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith welcome some favorite bakers back to the tent for a holiday confection competition.
Saturday, Dec. 1
“Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party,” 8 p.m. on Disney Channel Musical performances include: Gwen Stefani singing “Let It Snow;” Brett Eldredge performing “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas;” Disney Channel’s Asher Angel sings “Last Christmas,” and Disney Channel’s Meg Donnelly sings the tropical Christmas hit “Mele Kalikimaka.”
“Mingle All The Way,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Molly joins a dating app that she founded to prove to her family that it’s a success. When she gets matched with a man she’s previously had disastrous encounters with, they decide to stay paired up to face upcoming holiday events together. As they spend more time together, the two realize a business arrangement may turn into something more.
“A Twist of Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime In the frenzy before Christmas, two single parents (Vanessa Lachey and Brendon Zub) accidentally mix up toys at a department store. Although the two can’t stand each other, they must come together to help each other salvage their holiday plans.
“Christmas Wonderland” 9 p.m. on Hallmark When art curator Heidi (Emily Osment) comes home to babysit her niece and nephew, she has to work with her high school sweetheart (Ryan Rottman) to plan the winter dance, rediscovering her passion for painting in the process.
Sunday, Dec. 2
“Garth: Live at Notre Dame!” 8 p.m. on CBS Catch Garth Brooks live at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana in a broadcast that gives viewers a front row seat to an electrifying performance.
“A Majestic Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Architect Nell has the daunting task of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town’s objections. She decides to give the theater’s new owner a crash course in Christmas during the town’s Twelve Day Festival, to see if he might change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.
“The Christmas Pact,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Can best friends fall in love? That’s the question next door neighbors Sadie and Ben will answer as they keep the spirit of Christmas and the magic of their childhood pact alive.
“A Wedding for Christmas,” 9 p.m. on ION Co-starring Vivica A. Fox, the special follows a big-city wedding planner who returns to her hometown for her sister’s wedding and reunites with an old friend, Carter. When sparks fly, she must question if her metropolitan life is right for her, or if she’ll fall back in love with her old town and Carter.
“Life Size 2,” at 9 p.m. on Freeform The sequel to the beloved Disney Channel movie about Eve, a life-size doll that come to life. Banks reprises her role as Eve, and Francia Raisa stars as the frazzled CEO of the toy company that created Eve.
“Once Upon a Christmas Miracle,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark When a young woman (Aimee Teegarden) with a terminal disease meets the Marine (Brett Dalton) who’s organ donation could save her, falling in love is the last outcome they’re prepared for.
“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special,” 10 p.m. on ABC Shawn Mendes, Bebe Rexha, the Chainsmokers, Halsey, Rita Ora, Kelsea Ballerini, and the Struts will perform at Victoria’s Secret’s annual fashion show. Sisters Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, as well as Kendall Jenner, will join Victoria’s Secret Angels like Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Jasmine Tookes, Candice Swanepoel, Lais Ribeiro, and more.
Monday, Dec. 3
“Pop Up Santa Holiday Special,” 9:30 p.m. on Freeform Hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker, the special follows celebrity guests including ballerina Misty Copeland, former NFL athlete DeMarco Murray, “The Fosters’” Sherri Saum, Tommy Martinez from new Freeform drama “Good Trouble,” a special Marvel guest and Freeform Santa as they team up with Freeform to spread holiday cheer. The special celebrates the spirit of the season through heartwarming moments including a home giveaway, a surprise baby shower at a military base, a family reunion of epic proportions, a celebration for two very special children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and more.
“The Good Doctor” – Winter Finale pt. 1, 10 p.m. on ABC Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Alex Park must race to contain an airborne infection at a local airport, resulting in a hospital quarantine during the holidays.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
“The Conners,” 8 p.m. on ABC Dan begins to question Peter’s motives after Jackie purchases an expensive Christmas gift for him in this holiday-themed episode. Meanwhile, Mark and Mary write up their Christmas lists while Darlene receives advice from a surprising source.
Thursday, Dec. 6
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 8 p.m. on ABC The classic animated Christmas special is returning to television once again with its cast of holiday characters including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the iconic little fir tree.
“The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition,” 9 p.m. on ABC Season four of the cooking contest is introducing ten new bakers into the baking tent for cake and pastry week with judges Anthony Adams, Sherry Yard and “The Great British Baking Show” veteran Paul Hollywood as well as new host Emma Bunton.
“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. on CBS Financial strain at home makes it difficult for Deacon (Jay Harrington) to focus on his role as leader of the SWAT division’s annual holiday toy drive. Also, the SWAT team sets out to recover dozens of DNA evidence kits stolen from an LAPD crime lab and bring in the crew responsible after a close friend of Captain Hicks (Patrick St. Esprit) is harmed during the theft.
Friday, Dec. 7
“RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular,” 8 p.m. on VH1 “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is bringing back fan favorites like Kim Chi, Shangela, Trixie Mattel, Latrice Royale, Eureka O’Hara, Jasmine Masters, Mayhem Miller, and Sonique, as they compete for the title of America’s first “Drag Race Xmas Queen.” The eight queens will return for a holiday-themed episode filled with jaw-dropping surprises, eye-popping fashions, and epic performances choreographed by Todrick Hall.
“Christmas Lost and Found,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime When Whitney accidentally throws out her family’s precious box of Christmas ornaments, it’s up to her Grandma Frances to stealthily devise a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about.
“Nailed It! Holiday,” on Netflix Hosted by Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres, this holiday-themed competition sees home bakers with a terrible track record take a shot at recreating edible holiday masterpieces for a $10,000 prize.
Saturday, Dec. 8
“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic,” 8 p.m. on Freeform The special returns with an all-new installment once again hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker. This year’s spectacular weddings at Walt Disney World Resort feature a special performance by country music superstar Martina McBride, and a wedding with a “Mary Poppins Returns” theme.
“Homegrown Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Maddie (Lori Loughlin) is forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school with her old high school sweetheart. They must put their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.
“Santa’s Boots,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Holly (Megan Hilty) fills in as Santa’s helper at her family’s department store. The chemistry between her and Nick, the handsome young man hired to play Santa, draws in big crowds. But when Nick disappears right before Christmas, Holly scrambles to find him with only one clue – his misplaced black boot.
“Rent-an-Elf,” 9 p.m. on ION In this holiday movie, Ava owns “Rent-an-Elf,” a business helping busy families have a memorable Christmas. Right as she’s falling for her client Liam, his ex-wife comes back and Ava has to figure out how to give Liam and his son an amazing holiday and put their needs above her own.
“Memories of Christmas,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Noelle (Christina Milian) comes home to put her late mother’s house on the market, and learns her mom had been hiring an electrician, Dave (Mark Taylor) who helps Noelle honor her mom’s legacy with the Christmas gala.
Sunday, Dec. 9
“A Nashville Christmas,” 1 and 11 p.m. on getTV Last year’s holiday special is returning with stars Wynonna, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan as part of a full day of holiday-themed films with country artists, the likes of which include Naomi Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Reba McEntire and John Denver.
“White House Christmas 2018,” 6 p.m. on HGTV The one-hour special will follow designer and home renovation star Alison Victoria as White House staff and volunteers take her on an exclusive room-by-room tour of the iconic home’s holiday transformation.
“Welcome to Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Resort developer Madison visits the town of Christmas, Colorado, to consider it as the location for a new resort. When a fender-bender strands her in the town, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout.
“A Christmas in Tennessee,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Allison helps her community fight against a charming real estate developer who wants to buy their small mountain town for a corporate ski resort.
“Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” Season Finale, 8 p.m. on ABC During this holiday-themed finale episode, the finalist couples will reprise their favorite dances of the season, which will also feature their dancing mentors. For their second dances, the couple will freestyle to holiday songs before the audience votes to crown the winners along with judges Mandy Moore, Val Chmerkovskiy and Adam Rippon.
“Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Cara (Megan Park), finds herself stranded in Tulsa with country musician Heath (Josh Henderson), and the pair must travel together to get home in time for the holidays.
“Christmas Rager” 8 p.m. on Oxygen The body of a young mother is found in a burning car in a Minneapolis suburb just before Christmas. Detectives soon become convinced that the killer was someone very close to her.
“A Snow White Christmas,” 9 p.m. on ION A diabolical stepmother, a love triangle, and a family inheritance are part of the intrigue of this holiday special. Blanca Snow’s stepmother wants to keep her late husband’s mansion for herself and has Blanca hypnotized out of jealousy. Can our protagonist regain her memory and stop her dastardly stepmother from stealing everything her father built? How can she choose between the house painter and designer who have both fallen for her?
Monday, Dec. 10
“CMA Country Christmas,” 8 p.m. on ABC The ninth annual holiday special will feature host and performer Reba McEntire, alongside fellow music stars Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs and Brett Young.
“Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Singer Amy Grant is joined by her husband, fellow Grammy winner Vince Gill, as well as musicians Kellie Pickler and Michael W. Smith. It will be an evening full of performances of holiday favorites, including “To Be Together,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Tennessee Christmas,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Grant will also share family Christmas memories and beloved traditions. Charities close to Grant’s heart will be spotlighted including Song for Veterans, Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, Appalachian Relief Fund, World Relief, and Barefoot Republic, Grant’s own camp for kids.
“No Sleep ‘Til Christmas,” 9 p.m. on Freeform Two stressed-out insomniacs, Lizzie and Billy, (Odette Annable and Dave Annable) meet and find that they can only fall asleep next to each other. What seems like an odd coincidence might be more meaningful than they’d admit.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
“NCIS,” 8 p.m. on CBS The team’s holiday plans are put on hold when the murder investigation of a Navy veteran includes the discovery of a newborn baby who has no identification and no apparent ties to a family.
“The Kids Are Alright,” 8:31 p.m. on ABC Peggy’s successful brother Tom drops by for Christmas in this holiday themed episode, leading to a competition between him and Mike. Also making an appearance is Timmy who mistakenly receives $100 from his great-aunt and Eddie, who forgets to get Wendi a Christmas present.
“Black-ish,” 9 p.m. on ABC The Johnson family struggles to agree on what movie to see for their annual Christmas tradition of going to the movies.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
“The Goldbergs,” 8 p.m. on ABC Barry is thrilled to spend his Christmas with his new fiancee Lainey while Murray’s brother Marvin makes a promise to Adam with a surprising outcome.
“American Housewife,” 8:30 p.m. on ABC Katie tries to keep her divorced parents apart after her father makes a surprise visit for Christmas while Anna-Kat does her best to help Trip win Taylor back.
“Modern Family,” 9 p.m. on ABC Hayley tries to give the family an extra special Christmas gift while Claire gets mad at Phil for using the family Christmas tree in another one of his real estate showings. Jay, Gloria and Joe also have to deal with unwelcome visitors over the holiday season.
“Single Parents,” 9:31 p.m. on ABC Owen’s unexpected Christmas appearance forces Angie to scrounge for a last minute gift while Douglas and Poppy compete in a series of Christmas-themed competitions to keep her mind off of the fact that it’s her first Christmas without Rory.
“A Million Little Things” Winter Finale, 10 p.m. on ABC Delilah struggles to tell Sophie and Danny about her pregnancy while friends and family gather to help the Dixon’s celebrate Christmas without Jon.
“Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas” on YouTube Buzzfeed, Sony and YouTube have teamed up for a YouTube Original special featuring Ken Jeong and friends in a comedic quest to uncover pop-culture myths surrounding the world’s most celebrated holiday.
Thursday, Dec. 13
“Prep & Landing,” 8 p.m. on ABC After working on the elite elf unit Prep & Landing for 227 years, Wayne gets upset when he doesn’t receive a promotion he was expecting. Instead, he’s partnered with Lanny, a much too enthusiastic rookie elf who he must work alongside during a special Christmas Eve mission.
“Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice,” 8:30 p.m. on ABC Wayne and Lanny return in this follow up to “Prep & Landing,” which sees the elf duo racing to recover classified north pole technology from a naughty computer hacker.
“Mom,” 9:01 p.m. on CBS Christy’s (Anna Faris) search for the perfect Secret Santa gift leads her to discover Adam (William Fichtner) has been hiding something from Bonnie (Allison Janney). Also, Tammy (Kristen Johnston) looks for a job in order to avoid being sent back to prison.
Friday, Dec. 14
“I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8 p.m. on CBS Catch a rebroadcast of two back-to-back, colorized episodes of “I Love Lucy” — “The Christmas Episode,” which originally aired on Christmas Eve 1956, and “Pioneer Women,” which aired March 31, 1952.
“Christmas Around the Corner,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Venture capitalist Claire escapes to a quaint Vermont town for the holidays and tries to help repair the local bookstore after a flood. She falls in love with the owner, but when she discovers he’s planning on selling the store, Claire wonders if the spirit of Christmas be enough to change his mind and encourage him to follow his heart.
“The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” 8 p.m. on The CW Watch Nancy O’Dell serve as Grand Marshall of the “Largest Christmas Celebration in America,” hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. The Hollywood Boulevard parade includes musical performances, character balloons, and celebrity-packed cars driving down the parade route.
“Fresh off the Boat,” 8 p.m. on ABC Eddie tries to convince his mother Jessica to allow him to spend Christmas with his friend Nicole in New York City while Louis and Evan help Emery decide which of his friends to invite over for the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.
“Speechless,” 8:30 p.m. on ABC Maya is forced to lie following a small Christmas tree fire while JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters.
“The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!” 9 p.m. on CBS Episodes of the classic “Dick Van Dyke Show” will also air back-to-back with newly colorized episodes, “Where Did I Come From,” first aired Jan. 3, 1961, and “Never Bathe on Saturday,” first aired March 31, 1965.
Saturday, Dec. 15
“Entertaining Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Candace (Jodie Sweetin) is poised to take over her perfect mother’s cooking and lifestyle brand. The only problem is, she can’t cook or do anything her mother was known for. When she’s sent to meet a young girl who wants her help welcoming her deployed father home for Christmas, Candace worries she may be in over her head in her quest to prove herself worthy.
“Christmas Pen Pals,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Hannah heads home for the holidays and signs up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. She’s smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives, but when Christmas Eve arrives and her pen pal’s true identity is revealed, Hannah could be in for a big shock.
“Northern Lights of Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Pilot Zoey Hathaway (Ashley Williams) comes to Alaska when she inherits her uncle’s ranch, but plans to sell it and leave town go out the window when she meets a handsome ranch hand named Alec Wynn (Corey Sevier).
“Country Christmas Album,” 9 p.m. on TNT Two middling musicians who seem to be polar opposites are forced to collaborate on a Christmas album. As the album shapes up, they find themselves growing closer, with the possibility of a new romance blooming just in time for Christmas.
Sunday, Dec. 16
“The Sound of Music,” 7 p.m. on ABC the Rodgers and Hammerstein cinematic classic is returning to television once again with musical favorites “Climb Every Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.”
“Silent Night” 7 p.m. on Oxygen When a mother and two daughters don’t show up for Christmas dinner, officers discover all three have been shot to death in their home. A family nightmare plays out as law enforcement searches for their killer.
“A Gingerbread Romance,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Architect Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) pairs up with baker and single dad Adam to make a life-sized gingerbread house for a contest.
“Hometown Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle (Beverly Mitchell) teams up with her high school sweetheart to resurrect the town’s live nativity. In the process they find themselves growing close, uncovering a hometown love for each other and the joy of Christmas that both never really faded away.
“iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018” 8 p.m. on the CW Tune in to the 90-minute holiday music event featuring performances by the year’s biggest recording artists: Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello and many more stars. An encore presentation will air on Christmas Day at 8 p.m. ET.
“A Christmas in Royal Fashion,” 9 p.m. on TNT A young royal becomes smitten with Kristin, the PR assistant helping with an event his family co-sponsors. He mistakes her for her boss Melanie, and Kristin can’t help but wonder if he would’ve fallen for her if he knew she was an assistant.
“Christmas at Grand Valley” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Kelly (Danica McKellar) returns home to Grand Valley just in time for Christmas and soon crosses paths with Leo (Brennan Elliott), who’s struggling to balance work and family during the holidays. Kelley re-experiences Christmas traditions with Leo and his children, finding her way back to her passion for art.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9:30 p.m. on CBS The NCIS team is joined by NCIS Special Agent Nicole DeChamps (Marsha Thomason) after a Marine reservist with a history of PTSD disappears following a drunk and disorderly altercation in a Christmas tree lot.
Monday, Dec. 17
“The Year in Memorium in 2018,” 8 p.m. on ABC Robin Wright and Jimmy Kimmel are joining forces to commemorate some of the biggest stars who passed away this year with a host of celebrity guests including Kelly Clarkson, Neil deGrasse Tysonand and Benedict Cumberbatch. Together they will commemorate Aretha Franklin, John McCain, Burt Reynolds Stephen Hawking and Barbara Bush.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
“The Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2018,” 8 p.m. on The CW Hosts Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight of “Entertainment Tonight” celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with a countdown of the 12 best holidays commercials ever.
“The Greatest Holiday Video Countdown,” 9 p.m. on The CW The Holderness Family of “Christmas Jammies” viral video internet fame will host a countdown featuring holiday video greetings from agencies, companies, families and friends from around the world.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
“Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m. on ABC Shrek’s plans for a cozy Christmas get together with Fiona and the rest of his family go haywire after Donkey, Puss In Boots and the Gingerbread Man all try to join in on the fun. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas will all reprise their original roles for the holiday special.
Thursday, Dec. 20
“Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas,” on Amazon A Christmas episode of children’s series “Pete the Cat” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the US and UK, featuring music from Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz.
Friday, Dec. 21
“General Hospital,” 3 p.m. on ABC Toys for Tots is returning for the sixth consecutive year to Port Charles with this holiday-themed episode supporting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The show ill feature a reading from “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” as well as a surprise visit from Santa who will pass out gifts to children at the General Hospital.
“A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary,” 8 p.m. on CBS Tune in to this annual star-studded special featuring heartwarming stories of adoption the foster care system to raise awareness of this social issue. Performances by musical artists to be announced in the coming weeks.
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m. on ABC Rerun, the older brother of Linus and Lucy, stars in this “Charlie Brown” spinoff involving his beagle companion, Snoopy and Snoopy’s canine brother Spike.
Saturday, Dec. 22
“Jingle Around the Clock,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Elle teams up with an advertising campaign “fixer” to spearhead a Christmas campaign and learn about each other’s holiday traditions in the process.
“Small Town Christmas” 9 p.m. on Hallmark When a young novelist (Ashley Newbrough) visits the hometown of the man who inspired her book, she finds an old flame (Kristoffer Polaha) and helps keep the town’s Christmas traditions alive.
Sunday, Dec. 23
“Bloody New Year’s” 7 p.m. on Oxygen A hockey mom is gunned down on her front steps just before New Years. Police discover a shocking connections after seven more bodies are discovered in another suburban home, linking the two crimes as they track down the killer.
“Christmas Made to Order,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark When architect Steven (Jonathan Bennett) finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (Alexa PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other.
“Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic,” 8 p.m. on The CW Tune into a holiday special featuring some of today’s most popular magicians: Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan, Greg Gleason, and Christmas Choir.
“Gingerbread Giants,” 9 p.m. on Food Network Five gingerbread artists will go head to head at the Annual National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, North Carolina in this hour-long special.
“The Year: 2018,” ABC News, 9 p.m. on ABC Robin Roberts is hosting this two hour look at the most iconic moments of 2018 alongside ABC News anchors George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan, Amy Robach and David Muir.
“Christmas Bells are Ringing,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Photographer Samantha (Emilie Ullerup) goes home to Cape Cod for Christmas and her father’s wedding. She revisits old memories, finds new passion for her photography, and falls in love in the process.
Monday, Dec. 24
“Beauty and the Beast,” 8 p.m. on ABC The 1991 classic film returns with all of your favorite characters including Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth.
Tuesday, Dec. 25
“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade,” 10 a.m. on ABC Musical performances include: Gwen Stefani doing “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas;” Brett Eldredge does “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Andrea Bocelli sings “Ave Maria”; then does a duet with son Matteo Bocelli of “White Christmas;” host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas;” Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his first holiday album, “Christmas Funk;” Freeform star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a surprise holiday jam; American Idol winner Maddie Poppe performs “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree;” Disney’s a cappella group DCappella sings “Last Christmas,” and Why Don’t We sings “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album, “A Why Don’t We Christmas.”
“When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark A group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, and the community works together to give them a memorable Christmas.
Thursday, Dec. 27
“Happy New Year Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m. on ABC The Peanut gang is ringing in the new year with a New Year’s bash hosted by Marcie and Peppermint Patty. The show ill be followed by “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown” starring Peppermint Patty as she heads to her first skating competition.
“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” 9 p.m. on ABC When the baby new year Happy goes missing, Father Time asks Rudolph to embark on a new quest to find the next baby new year before midnight on New Year’s Eve
Friday, Dec. 28
“Popstar’s Best of 2018,” 9 p.m. on The CW Host Elizabeth Stanton will count down the greatest and most memorable moments and trends based on polls from Popstar Magazine.
Saturday, Dec. 29
“A Midnight Kiss,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark When her family drops out in planning an important New Year’s Eve party for a tech entrepreneur, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother’s visiting college buddy. But what Lisa didn’t plan on was falling in love in the process.