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Holiday TV Schedule: Which Special Is the Best?

Here's when and where to find your favorite holiday specials and movies on TV this week. Which does your family like best?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer won't replay on television again this holiday season, but it's not too late to catch some other favorite holiday specials.

Whether you sit down and watch the programs live or set your DVR so the grandkids can tune in when they're in town, Patch has you covered. Check out our list of holiday-specific programming below (we checked it twice), and be sure to vote for your favorite holiday special in our poll. 

Looking for something else on TV? You can find a complete schedule of college bowl games at SportingNews, or full local listings of everything that's playing this week at TVListings.aol.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

5 p.m. 

  • The Polar Express, ABC Family. Tom Hanks. Animated.

7 p.m.

  • Disney's Prep & Landing, ABC Family. Animated.

7:30 p.m.

  • Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, ABC Family. Animated.

8 p.m.

  • A Home for the Holidays with Martina McBride, CBS. Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Gavin DeGraw, OneRepublic and Christina Perri.
  • The Santa Clause, ABC Family. Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd.

9 p.m.

  • A Michael Buble Christmas, NBC. Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters, Naturally 7, Tracy Morgan and Ed Helms.
  • Elf, USA. Will Ferrell, James Caan.

10 p.m.

  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, ABC Family. Tim Allen, Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin, Martin Short.

Thursday, Dec. 22

5 p.m.

  • The Santa Clause, ABC Family. Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd.

5:30 p.m.

  • A Christmas Carol, AMC. George C. Scott. 

7 p.m. 

  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, ABC Family. Tim Allen, Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin, Martin Short.

7:30 p.m.

  • Larry the Cable Guy's Star Studded Christmas Extravaganza, CMT. Terry Bradshaw, Lewis Black, Jeff Foxworthy, Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins and Emily West.

8 p.m.

  • Disney Prep & Landing, ABC. Animated.

8:30 p.m.

  • Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, ABC. Animated.

9 p.m.

  • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!, ABC. Animated.
  • Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau, CMT. 
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, ABC Family. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid.

Friday, Dec. 23

6 p.m.

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, ABC Family. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid.
  • Scrooge, TCM. Albert Finney, David Collings, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More.

8 p.m.

  • Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ABC Family. Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen. Live-action. Repeats at 10:30 p.m.
  • Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special, Comedy Central. Repeats at 10:30 p.m.
  • Shrek the Halls, ABC. Animated.
  • The Search for Santa Paws, Disney Channel. Kaitlyn Maher, Richard Riehle.

8:30 p.m.

  • Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation, ABC. Animated.

9 p.m.

  • A Christmas Carol, TNT. Patrick Stewart.
  • Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York, PBS. 
  • Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, ABC. Animated.

9:30 p.m.

  • Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special, ABC. Animated.

10 p.m.

  • Bam Margera Presents: Where the ... Is Santa?, MTV. 
  • Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing, PBS. 

Saturday, Dec. 24

6 p.m.

  • Rudolph's Shiny New Year, ABC Family. Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam. Animated.

6:20 p.m.

  • Beethoven's Christmas Adventure, Disney Channel. Tom Arnold.

7 p.m.

  • Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, Nick. Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Bailee Madison.
  • Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, ABC Family. Fred Astaire. Animated.
  • The Lawrence Welk Show, PBS. 

8 p.m.

  • A Christmas Story, TBS. Peter Billingsley, Zack Ward, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon. Repeats for 24 hours.
  • Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York, WUSF. 
  • Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!, Disney Channel. Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bridgit Mendler.
  • It's a Wonderful Life, NBC. James Stewart, Henry Travers.
  • Miracle on 34th Street, TCM. Edmund Gwenn.
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus, ABC Family. Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth. Animated.

9 p.m.

  • A Bucknell Candlelight Christmas, WUSF. 
  • A Piers Morgan Christmas, CNN. 
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, ABC Family. Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern.

10 p.m.

  • Tonic Sol-Fa Christmas, WUSF. 

10:30 p.m.

  • Solemn Mass of Christmas Eve, Global Cathlic Television Network. 

Sunday, Dec. 25

5 p.m.

  • King of Kings, TCM. Siobhan McKenna, Jeffrey Hunter, Rip Torn.

5:30 p.m.

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, ABC Family. Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern.

6 p.m. 

  • Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing, PBS. 

7 p.m. 

  • Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, PBS. Natalie Cole, David McCullough.

8 p.m.

  • Bad Santa, Comedy Central. Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Bernie Mac.Starts at 7:57 p.m.
  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ABC. Boris Karloff. Animated.
  • Elf, USA. Will Ferrell, James Caan. Repeats at 9:28 p.m.
  • Going My Way, TCM. Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens.
  • The Polar Express, ABC Family. Tom Hanks. Animated.

8:30 p.m.

  • Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ABC. Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen. Live-action.

10 p.m.

  • A Piers Morgan Christmas, CNN. 
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, ABC Family. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid.
Katie Dolac December 22, 2011 at 03:55 AM
I have to admit, I'm a fan of a more recent classic: "Elf," starring Will Farrell. "I like smiling. Smiling's my favorite!"
Alex Tiegen December 22, 2011 at 02:54 PM
It's "Muppet Christmas Carol" for me. "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" is a close second, followed by "Die Hard."

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