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2018 Holiday TV Calendar: A Guide to Every Special, Episode, Marathon and Movie of the Season

New Year's TV and streaming offerings include Doctor Who's annual tradition tweaked, and more! Find out when and where to watch every holiday special.

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November


Thursday, Nov. 1
Christmas Cookie Challenge, Food Network — Christmas baking begins early this year! This special series airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on Food Network.

Friday, Nov. 2
The Holiday Calendar, Netflix — A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future, in this Netflix original film. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

Saturday, Nov. 3

Joy Holbrook is an intuitive market researcher in DC who has captured the attention of the account’s CEO and is about to get a sweet promotion, just in time for the holidays. She receives an urgent phone call from home and she rushes back to Crystal Falls, NC to help her Aunt recover from surgery and is reunited with her former crush, Ben. To keep her Aunt focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby’s place with the town’s legendary baking competition, the “Cookie Crawl,” much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has absolutely no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben’s attempts to “co-captain,” she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home. Photo: Danielle Panabaker Credit: Copyright 2018 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Eike Schroter
(Photo by Crown Media United States LLC/Eike Schroter)

Christmas Joy, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Career woman Joy Holbrook (Danielle Panabaker) is headed for a big promotion, but receives a call from that her Aunt Ruby (Beverley Elliott) needs surgery. The timing couldn’t be worse, but Joy rushes to her aunt’s bedside only to be reunited with former crush, hospital administrator Ben Andrew (Matt Long). To keep stubborn Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby’s place the town’s legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl.

Sunday, Nov. 4
Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, Food Network, 9 p.m. — series airs Sundays from Nov. 4 through 18.

Road to Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Jessy Schram) falls for Danny Wise (Chad Michael Murray), the son and former producer of his mother’s popular annual Christmas special. When her secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with their mother Julia in Vermont during the live broadcast goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, the love for family and friends makes Christmas merriest.

Marrying Father Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — When Miranda Chester (Erin Krakow) set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, her investigation led her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick (Niall Matter), and the family she had always longed for, including Margaret Whitcomb (Wendie Malick) and step-brother Peter Whitcomb. Miranda’s plans are complicated when a mysterious stranger appears as she prepares for a Christmas wedding.

Monday, Nov. 5
Holiday Baking Championship, Food Network, 9 p.m. — airs Mondays.

Saturday, Nov. 10

It’s Christmas, Eve, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Interim school superintendent Eve (LeAnn Rimes) trims budgets, but now she’s in her hometown where it’s personal and she’s eyeing the program of her handsome, music-teacher neighbor Liam (Tyler Hynes). A friend has set up a fundraising site to save the arts program that will launch during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam’s students will perform. Could the website provide the Christmas miracle the town needs?

Sunday, Nov. 11

Christmas in Love, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Ellie Hartman (Brooke D’Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Daniel Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. Ellie seems to get through to him, and when Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide not only if she should trust him, but whether to take the leap of faith required to make her own dreams come true.

A Veteran’s Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Captain Grace Garland (Eloise Mumford), a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River’s Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson (Sean Faris), offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing: Christmas, family, community, and love.

Friday, Nov. 16

THE COOL KIDS: L-R: Leslie Jordan, David Alan Grier, guest star Jamie Farr, Martin Mull and Vicki Lawrence in the "Thanksgiving at Murray's" episode of THE COOL KIDS airing Friday, Nov. 16 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX
(Photo by Kevin Estrada/FOX)

The Cool Kids, Fox, 8:30 p.m. — “Thanksgiving at Murray’s.”

Speechless, ABC, 8:30 p.m. — “C-E—CELEBRITY S-U—SUITE”

The Princess Switch, Netflix — When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be-princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places in this Netflix Originals film.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Barefoot Contessa, Food Network, 8 p.m. — “Cook Like a Pro: Thanksgiving Sides” special.

Christmas at Graceland, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Chicago-based business executive Laurel (Kellie Pickler) travels to Memphis to secure one of the city’s oldest family-owned banks. While there, she reunites with ambitious local music promoter and old flame Clay (Wes Brown). Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize, but Clay reminds her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom and  her focus turns to the home of the Blues and her dreams of making music again.

Return to Christmas Creek, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — As Christmas approaches, career-focused Chicago app developer Amelia Hughes (Tori Anderson) returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek, where she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike (Stephen Huszar) and her estranged uncle Harry (Steven Weber). As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit.

It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special, Lifetime — Melissa Joan Hart hosts this special previewing the network’s original holiday (mostly Christmas-themed) movie offerings for 2018. Airs at 10 p.m. on Lifetime

Sunday, Nov. 18
Macy’s Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular, Food Network — Series airs at 8 p.m.

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa, Hallmark,  8 p.m. — When Lisa (Jill Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Mark Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved “Mailbox to Santa” for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

Bob’s Burgers, Fox,  8:30 p.m. — “I Bob Your Pardon.”

A Godwink Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — As Christmas approaches, St. Louis antique appraiser Paula (Kimberley Sustad), reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel (Giles Panton), a career-focused attorney. Her Aunt Jane (Kathie Lee Gifford) senses Paula has mixed emotions over the engagement and invites Paula to her Nantucket home. While there, Paula visits the nearby island of Martha’s Vineyard where she meets charming inn owner Gery (Paul Campbell). Bad weather intervenes, and Paula winds up staying at Gery’s inn and enjoying local holiday festivities with him. Aunt Jane later tells Paula that their meeting was God’s way of “winking” at her to help her determine which direction her life should take.

Monday, Nov. 19
The Neighborhood, CBS — “Welcome to Thanksgiving” premieres at 9 p.m.

Last Vermont Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Megan (Erin Cahill), Bethany, and Mary are three sisters who return to their childhood home every year to celebrate Christmas. This year’s reunion will be bittersweet, however, since their parents have put the house up for sale, and the buyer happens to be Nash (Justin Bruening), Megan’s former childhood sweetheart.

Tuesday, Nov. 20
This Is Us, NBC, 9 p.m. — “Six Thanksgivings.”

Hope at Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Recently divorced, Sydney Ragsdale (Scottie Thompson) decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As she begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, Sydney meets a teacher, Mac (Ryan Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his “nice” list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.

Wednesday, Nov. 21
The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal, CBS — the game shows will air Thanksgiving specials (with special Turkey Day-related challenges and prizes).

My Christmas Inn, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy Alaska inn. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that the small-town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions. Jen soon wonders if the inn might just be the place she belongs and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for.

Reunited at Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Frazzled and struggling with writer’s block, novelist Samantha (Nikki Deloach) and her boyfriend head to her late grandmother’s home to spend Christmas. While with family, her grandmother’s wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas to Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement.

A Christmas Arrangement, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize, but Garrett (Miles Fisher), the underappreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga), stands in the way of her victory. 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 — Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Movie Feast, HDNet Movies — Marc Summers presents a series of classics in the two-day event, airing Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23. Movies include MoonstruckChocolatSideways, and many others.

The Christmas Chronicles, Netflix — Two siblings team up with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) for a high-flying holiday adventure in this Netflix Originals film.

Last Man Standing, WGN, 7 p.m. — Outdoor lifestyle influencer Eva Shockey hosts a six-hour marathon of the sitcom on Thanksgiving Day.

Christmas at the Palace, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Katie, a former professional ice skater (Merritt Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

(Photo by Lifetime)

The Christmas Contract, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — One Tree Hill alums Hilarie BurtonRobert BuckleyDanneel Ackles, and Antwon Tanner reunite in this movie about a woman who returns to Louisiana after a devastating breakup, only to discover her ex is bringing home a new girlfriend. Jolie decides to bring her BFF’s brother to act as a buffer, but the Christmas contract proves more than they signed up for.

‘Tis the Season: A One Tree Hill Cast Reunion, Lifetime — One Tree Hill alums Hilarie BurtonRobert BuckleyDanneel Ackles, and Antwon Tanner of Lifetime’s The Christmas Contract and Stephen Colletti of Hometown Christmas reunite for a special evening with surprise guests. Premieres at 10 p.m.

Murphy Brown, CBS, 9:30 p.m. — “Thanksgiving and Taking.”

Friday, Nov. 23
Poinsettias for Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — With just weeks before Christmas, Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade, but the poinsettias have yet to turn red. As Ellie searches for the solution, she falls in love both with her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner).

Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Hard-working self-starter Darcy (Lacey Chabert) wants to live on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning home for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Brendan Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. Darcy starts to realize what matters most in life as she spends time with her family and Luke and sets out to mend her relationship with her father — and possibly fall in love.

Every Other Holiday, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers), spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists: to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true.

Saturday, Nov. 24
Every Day Is Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart.

Christmas Everlasting, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — New York corporate lawyer Lucy Toomey (Tatyana Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. But when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy must return home to Wisconsin to attend the funeral and handle her sister’s estate. Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, but also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take Alice’s last call. Once back in Nilson’s Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Dondre T. Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice’s former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice’s eccentric will: In order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.

Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. —  Emma (Alicia Witt) returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents’ recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While Emma’s mother’s collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays.

Christmas Harmony, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — Soft-spoken Harmony (Kelley Jakle), is accustomed to living in the shadow of her pop-star boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her right before the holiday season, she returns to her quaint hometown to discover the heart and music that her big city life has been missing.

Sunday, Nov. 25
Jingle Belle, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Julliard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet? 

Identical twins Kate and Chris Lockhart plot to be the other sister -- at Kate’s office and Chris’ school – and take on planning their sister’s Christmas events. One rule, though: no romance. Chris as Kate is making her mark in the office, but co-worker Greg Turner grows curious about her sudden style. Kate as Chris, warming to her sudden family life, is introduced to a wealthy donor to help out the festival. Her jaw drops when she realizes that Tom Kinder is a teenage crush she met at that very festival 20 years ago. Can the sisters pull off their big events? And what about no romance? Will their little game of deceit take two hearts with it – Greg’s and Tom’s? Photo: Candace Cameron Bure Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: jeremy lee
(Photo by Hallmark)

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Noelle (Candace Cameron Bure) is at a crossroads, in which it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. Staying late at her job in a department store on snowy Christmas Eve, Noelle accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn’t too concerned about spending the night in the store — until a quirky woman appears, claiming to be her guardian angel. Noelle soon finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future, as she must work with her new neighbor — a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter — to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas?

Christmas Perfection, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — As a kid, Darcy (Caitlin Thompson) had no control over her family’s holidays and thus, has grown up to be a Christmas control freak – so much so that she loses sight of what the holidays actually mean. Suddenly, she 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 Price Is Right, CBS — Drew Carey hosts a special Cyber Monday episode honoring one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

AMC Best Christmas Ever — The network’s largest-ever slate of seasonal  programming features 35 classic holiday films, including ElfGremlins, and The Polar Express, and 18 specials, including the TV premiere of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017), Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), and much, much more. Programming airs through Tuesday, Dec. 25.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Returning the Favor, Facebook Watch — This new series, hosted by Mike Rowe, is focused on giving back to hometown heroes as recognition for the selfless and heartfelt work they do every day for others.

Wednesday, Nov. 28
Christmas in Rockefeller Center, NBC, 8 p.m. — The annual special will feature celebrity guests including Diana Ross and John Legend help light the giant, iconic tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

Thursday, Nov. 29
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, ABC, 9 p.m. — Singer, songwriter and Dancing with the Stars: Juniors host Jordan Fisher and Modern Family star Sarah Hyland host the two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Joined by Disneyland host Jesse Palmer, Disney Parks and ABC kick off the holiday season with a star-studded prime-time celebration with musical performances, special appearances, and Disney moments. Guests include: Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldredge, Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli, Becky G, Aloe Blacc, and Maddie Poppe.

Friday, Nov. 30
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, Netflix — A year after helping Richard secure the crown, Amber’s getting ready to walk down the aisle with him in this Netflix Originals film. But she’s not sure she’s cut out to be queen.

(Photo by Lifetime)

A Very Nutty Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Bakery owner Kate Holiday (Melissa Joan Hart), has more cookie orders than she has time to fill this holiday season, and when her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, any shred of Christmas joy she was hanging onto immediately disappears. After Kate hangs the last ornament on the tree and goes to bed, she awakens the next morning to a little bit of Christmas magic. She gets the surprise of her life when Chip (Barry Watson), a handsome soldier who may or may not be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, appears in her living room.

 


December


Saturday, Dec. 1
25 Days of Christmas, Freeform — The annual nearly month-long programming event features family-friendly Christmas movies including The Santa Clause, Home Alone, and The Holiday; Disney movies including all three Toy Story films, The Incredibles, and Ice Age: Continental Drift, and original movies including Life Size 2 (with Tyra Banks) and No Sleep ’Til Christmas (with real-life couple Dave and Odette Annable). Special series airs through Tuesday, Dec. 25.

A Twist of Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store.  As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process.

Mingle All the Way, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Mingle All the Way founder Molly (Jen Lilley) is determined to prove to her family that her new networking app, designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events without long-term romance, is a success. So she joins the app and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Brant Daugherty), but they are horrified to realize that they’ve already had two disastrous previous encounters. They agree to stay matched for all their upcoming engagements, however, and as the pair gets closer over the holiday season, their business arrangement might turn into something more.

(Photo by Hallmark)

Christmas Wonderland, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Successful art gallery curator Heidi (Emily Osment), who left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold. A week before the gallery’s big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew and comes face to face with her high school love, Chris (Ryan Rottman), now a teacher. As Heidi spends more time in Pleasant Valley helping Chris plan the Christmas dance, she finds herself torn between life in the city and Pleasant Valley.

Love for Christmas, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — When Heather, a local theater director, and Bobby run into each other upon his return home after leaving for the Navy years prior, they quickly realize that their mutual childhood crush might lead to an unexpected romance.

Sunday, Dec. 2

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special, ABC, 10 p.m. — Supermodels showcase lingerie accompanied by performances from Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Leela James, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes, and The Struts.

The Christmas Pact, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — When next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) were 8 years old, they planted a scrawny three-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger, and so does their love.

A Majestic Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet for architect Nell (Jerrika Hinton) this year, when she returns to her hometown to turn the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town’s objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now come to an end. Even though the renovation is her first big promotion, Nell wishes she hadn’t been chosen for it, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Christian Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with her own. Connor hasn’t had much experience celebrating Christmas, so Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course during Briar Falls’ Twelve Day Festival and that he might just change his mind.

Life Size 2: A Christmas Eve, Freeform, 9 p.m. — Marathon Toys’ 20-something CEO Grace Manning (Francia Raisa) is having a quarter-life crisis and in over her head running her mother’s huge toy company that is most famous for its iconic Eve doll. Grace’s wild-child ways are even causing the company’s stock to plummet. With the help of her young next-door neighbor, Grace’s old Eve doll (Tyra Banks) magically awakens to help get Grace back on track and give her the confidence to be the woman and leader Eve knows Grace can be.

Once Upon a Christmas Miracle, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger’s (Aimee Teegarden) time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey (Brett Dalton), heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris’ journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved.

A Star for Christmas, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — Cupcakery owner Cassie (Briana Evigan) can’t help falling for her hunky new customer, but when he turns out to be action superstar Alex Gray, will their relationship survive Hollywood and the holidays?

Monday, Dec. 3
Movies that Sleigh, BBC America — From Dec. 3-5; 10-12; and 17-21; the network will air fan-favorite movies including Pulp Fiction, the Rambo films, The Departed, and more.

Pop Up Santa Holiday Special, Freeform, 9:30 p.m. — 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.

Thursday, Dec. 6
Sci-Fi Binge, BBC America — Heading into the Doctor Who finale, watch other powerhouse sci-fi series including The X-Files, Star Trek: The Original Series, and more. Runs through Dec. 9.

Friday, Dec. 7
RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, VH1, 8 p.m — a special Drag Race holiday competition featuring returning franchise superstars.

Christmas Lost and Found, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) travels to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd), who decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws out the box of ornaments, Grandma Frances devises a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about.

Super Monsters and the Wish Star, Netflix — It’s the Night Before Christmas and wishes are coming true! First for Lobo, whose favorite cousin, Vida, arrives for a surprise visit. Then for Glorb, who wishes he could be everywhere at the same time.

Nailed It! Holiday, 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.

Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, Netflix — This anti-Christmas special has a star-studded cast (Jamie Foxx, Susan Sarandon, Rashida Jones, Jaden Smith).

Saturday, Dec. 8

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Santa’s Boots, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Nick (Noah Mills), who’s playing Santa at the store this year. Their chemistry draws big crowds, until Nick suddenly disappears. Holly scrambles to find Nick as Christmas day approaches.

Homegrown Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — After stepping down from her CEO dream job, Maddie (Lori Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective and runs into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Victor Webster). Tensions quickly arise, and when forced to put on a Christmas dance for the local high school together, Carter and Maddie must put their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic, Freeform, 8 p.m. — This all-new installment is once again hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker. This year’s weddings at Walt Disney World Resort will feature a Mary Poppins Returns theme and a special performance by country music superstar Martina McBride.

Memories of Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Noelle (Christina Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother’s house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave (Mark Taylor), who convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle’s defenses start to come down. She embraces the town’s Christmas gala that was her mother’s legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible.

Sunday, Dec. 9
The Simpsons: “Tis the 30th Season,” Fox, 8 p.m. — After failed Black Friday shopping, Marge is determined to fix Christmas but Homer and the kids decide to surprise her by going on vacation to a Floridian resort that turns out to be a knock-off Disney World.

Homicide for the Holidays, Oxygen, 8 p.m. — The third season of the true-crime limited series delves into three new horrific cases of holidays turned upside down.

A Christmas in Tennessee, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor — with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk — comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything.

Welcome to Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Real estate developer Madison Lane (Jennifer Finnigan) must find a location for a new ski resort, and her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colorado, to consider the location and the incentive package they’re offering. When a fender-bender with the town’s welcome sign delays Madison, Sheriff Gage McBride (Eric Mabius) gives her a ride into town so she can make her meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know, the town is on a mission to convince her that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout, but is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?

Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries,  9 p.m. — It’s the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill (Megan Park) is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer (Josh Henderson) is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they’re both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn’t written a song since his father died, and Cara’s mother recently passed and her family’s jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love?

Monday, Dec. 10
CMA Country Christmas, ABC, 8 p.m. — Reba McEntire hosts this two-hour special filled with performances from 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.

No Sleep ‘Til Christmas, Freeform, 9 p.m. — High-end event planner Lizzie (Odette Annable) is preparing for her own life’s biggest event – her wedding. She lies awake nightly while her devoted fiancé Josh (Charles Michael Davis) rests peacefully. When a sleep-deprived incident causes her to run into Billy (Dave Annable), a low-key bartender who is just as sleepless and frustrated as she is, they discover that they can only fall asleep while next to each other. What seems like an odd coincidence and a disruption to their lives, might be more meaningful than they’d like to admit.

Pentatonix: A Not-So-Silent Night, NBC, 10 p.m. — The singers embark on an unforgettable journey throughout Las Vegas, making stops along the legendary Strip including the iconic Caesars Palace and the stunning Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, with appearances by Kelly Clarkson, The Backstreet Boys, and Maren Morris.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas, YouTube — Watch the comedian and special friends uncover pop culture myths surrounding the holiday in this new special, debuting on Buzzfeed’s YouTube channel.

Thursday, Dec. 13
Earth Binge, BBC America — Time for some Christmas counter-programming with Emmy-winning nature TV including Blue Planet II, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, and more. Runs through Dec. 16.

Ellen’s Game of Games: Holiday Spectacular, NBC, 8 p.m. — The comedian’s game show returns for a holiday-themed second season premiere.

Dr. Pimple Popper: The 12 Pops of Christmas, TLC, 9 p.m., TLC — Not for the squeamish.

Friday, Dec. 14

Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/Netflix
(Photo by Dean Buscher/Netflix)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale, Netflix— a special Christmas installment of the spooky series starring Kiernan Shipka.

Christmas Around the Corner, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Savvy New York City venture capitalist Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge) escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds the town has canceled Christmas celebrations following a flood, and the bookstore is in shambles. She takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), over her proposed improvements. Sparks eventually fly as Claire’s infectious optimism inspires Andrew to join her in reviving the yuletide spirit. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Can the spirit of Christmas change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart?

Saturday, Dec. 15
Christmas Pen Pals, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Dating app creator Hannah (Sarah Drew), heads home for the holidays after an unexpected breakup and is challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. She also runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Niall Matter), who she has carefully avoided for years, and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s anonymous holiday pen pal service Christmas Cupid. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. On Christmas Eve everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected.

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Entertaining Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — The name of cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality Claire is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Jodie Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can’t cook, sew, or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire’s help to welcome home her deployed father for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl’s uncle (Brendan Fehr) turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.

Northern Lights of Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — The life of aspiring pilot Zoey Hathaway (Ashley Williams) is thrown off course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Corey Sevier). Zoey is now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities and isn’t sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two fall for each other.

Sunday, Dec. 16
Darts Binge, BBC America — Sunday mornings through Jan. 1 will bring 111 hours of darts action, including the best matches from the World Darts Championship.

Hometown Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Stephen Colletti), a rising baseball star back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even more when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When the live nativity plans begin to unravel, Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, rediscovering their love for each other and the joy of Christmas.

Gingerbread Romance Tia Mowry-Hardrict a (Hallmark)
(Photo by Hallmark)

A Gingerbread Romance, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam (Duane Henry), a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere “home” for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy house, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

Small Town Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Author Nell Phillips’ first book has become a surprise bestseller of the Christmas season. Nell’s last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett’s colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season.

Monday, Dec. 17
Home for the Holidays, WGN America — This all-day Christmas-themed marathon includes dramas and sitcoms.

The Price is Right, CBS — the syndicated game show will be in the holiday spirit with festive set decorations and pet adoption specials through Friday, Dec. 21.

America’s Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions, NBC, 10 p.m.. — Terry Crews, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and some of AGT’s most talented acts showcase their very best holiday performances.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
COPS “Ho Ho Ho Marathon,” WGN America — This Cops Christmas holiday tradition features ladies who don’t need mistletoe to get friendly.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

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Schitt’s Creek, Pop, 10 p.m. — the comedy’s first-ever holiday special.

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents “Christmas on I.C.E.,” TBS, 10:30 p.m. — holiday special.

Friday, Dec. 21
Let’s Make a Deal, CBS — The countdown to Christmas begins on Friday when Wayne and Jonathan sing an improvised prize clue to the tune of “Deck the Halls,” and Traders can win $10,000 if they pick the correct chimney, and continues Monday, Dec. 24.

A Christmas Kiss, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — High-end interior designer Priscilla (Elisabeth Röhm) and her assistant Wendy (Laura Breckenridge) vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend while decorating his home for the holidays.

Saturday, Dec. 22
Kaiju Christmas Marathon, El Rey Network, 6 a.m. — Running through Christmas Day, watch mayhem and destruction with 96 hours of Godzilla films.

A Few of Our Favorite Things, BBC America — Catch the network’s critically acclaimed original series Killing Eve, Sherlock, the National Lampoon movies, and more.

A Golden Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Several years ago, a very special dog brought together a little girl and boy. Now, through an incredible coincidence, these two long-lost friends will reconnect during Christmas.

Jingle Around the Clock, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — When Elle Bennet decides to reunite her college friends for a special Christmas celebration, her plans are thwarted by an opportunity at work she can’t pass up: spearheading a Christmas campaign relaunch to prove she’s ready for a career-altering promotion. She’s forced to team up with advertising campaign “fixer” Max, who has a completely different take on the holidays, but as Elle and Max work together and learn more about each other’s Christmas traditions, they unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other. Despite being pulled in so many directions and with the help of a little Christmas magic, will Elle pull off the perfect Christmas reunion, earn the promotion of her dreams, and ultimately find the love she’s been searching for?

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Christmas at Grand Valley, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly (Danica McKellar) returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town’s shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo (Brennan Elliott), businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. When Kelly and Leo’s worlds collide, she re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children and begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

Sunday, Dec. 23
The Simpsons: “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” Fox, 8 p.m. — Revisit the first-ever full-length episode of the long-running animated series, which features Homer trying to earn extra money to buy Christmas presents for the family, only to be rescued by Santa’s Little Helper.

3 Holiday Tails, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and four lovable dogs, this couple will truly have a Christmas to remember.

Christmas Made to Order, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — When architect and Christmas amateur Steven 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. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what’s really important in life.

Christmas Bells are Ringing, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Freelance photographer Samantha returns to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She’s going to celebrate her father’s Christmas Eve wedding to the lovely Helen, but is anxious to revisit past memories. Having never been to the Cape during winter, however, she finds that it is a whole new experience. On deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod with her dad, Helen, and Mike, she finds meaning in her creative pursuits, falls in love, and realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is.

Monday, Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Movie Marathon, WGN America — Watch animated movies for the whole family all day long — then get naughty when Bad Santa arrives right before midnight.

Doctor Who, BBC America, 12 p.m. — Watch all of the series’ Christmas specials beginning at noon, followed by a marathon of the Doctors, starting with Peter Capaldi and followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading into the new Doctor’s (Jodie Whittaker) New Year’s Day special on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill (Jack Wagner) to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail (Lori Loughlin) and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all.

Call the Midwife, PBS, 9 p.m. — See what happens when a new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos for the midwives. Meanwhile, Mother Superior falls ill, and it’s time for a new spiritual leader to be elected in the 2018 Christmas special.

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