We all need to keep our dates open for our favorite Holiday TV Specials, now don’t we?
So, we here at TheTwoCents are more than happy to spread the holiday love! Here’s what we have so far! If you don’t see a favorite of your here, shoot us an email and we’ll try to find when it’s on for you!
[Updated: November 26th]
Thursday, November 22nd
“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”
America’s favorite Thanksgiving Day parade features all the spectacular pageantry, fun and surprises that have made this annual New York City extravaganza a perennial favorite. Heralding the start of the Christmas season, this beloved holiday features colorful grand floats, lively marching bands, amazing character balloons and special performances by some of today’s hottest stars and Broadway performers. This year’s special guests include Ashley Tisdale, Bindi and Terri Irwin, Corbin Bleu, Dolly Parton, Good Charlotte, Grandma from the Big Apple Circus, Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks, Kay Hanley, Lifehouse, Menudo, Michael Feinstein, Miss U.S.A. 2007 – Rachel Smith, Ne-Yo, Nikki Blonsky, Sarah Brightman, and Wynonna Judd — plus an appearance by Santa Claus.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
NBC continues its tradition of bringing home the holiday classics with this Academy Award-winning feature. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn)–the real Santa Claus–is hired to play himself at Macy’s Department Store in New York City. His gentle, joyous spirit and magical powers soon transform those around him including a little girl (Natalie Wood) and her cynical mother Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara). However, Kris’ attempts to spread the true meaning of Christmas in a cynical world land him in the psychology ward with only lawyer (John Payne) on his side.
Friday, November 23rd
8:00PM (ABC Family)
After leaving the Army after W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General. Starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby.
Tuesday, November 27th
7:00PM (ABC Family)
Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. She hides the reindeer in her barn and feeds it cookies, until she can return it to Santa. Her father finds the reindeer an decides to sell it to the butcher, not for venison chops, but as an advertising display.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”/”Charlie Brown Christmas Tales”
In the digitally-remastered 1965 special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT; OAD on ABC: 12/6/01). The hour will also include a series of Christmas-themed animated stories entitled “Charlie Brown Christmas Tales,” based on Schulz’s work, in which each of the beloved PEANUTS characters – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Sally – star in his or her own charming animated vignette.
Wednesday, November 28th
“Shrek the Halls”
Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer — except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.
“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
Based on the classic children’s book by the legendary Dr. Seuss, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” takes viewers inside an animated snowflake to Whoville, the magical land of the Whos. But high above this holiday-loving town resides the Grinch, a hateful creature with a heart three sizes too small, who despises Christmas and plots to steal it from the Whos.
Friday, November 30th
7:00PM (ABC Family)
“Frosty’s Winter Wonderland”
Frosty’s kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?
“THE POLAR EXPRESS”
Can children still believe in Santa Clause? In the Academy and Golden Globe Award-nominated “The Polar Express,” one doubting child gets the surprise of his life when, while lying in bed wishing he could hear reindeer bells from Santa’s sleigh in the final hours of Christmas Eve, an incredible event occurs: A roaring locomotive grinds and hisses to a halt outside his bedroom window. The mysterious conductor (voice of Tom Hanks) invites him to join the other children already aboard on a fantastical journey to the North Pole. It is an adventure filled with wonder and learning, at the end of which lies a gift that only those who believe can still experience.
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center”
NBC heralds the arrival of the holidays on Wednesday, Nov. 28 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) with a dazzling display of musical talent and the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree during the 10th annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast. Co-Hosted by Nick Lachey, Al Roker (“Today”), and Ashley Tisdale the star-studded annual tree lighting extravaganza will feature Natasha Bedingfield, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Sean Kingston, Taylor Swift, Ashley Tisdale and Carrie Underwood performing current hits and holiday classics from Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Saturday, December 1st
“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”
For the first time ever, NBC will televise the 75th celebration of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” in a one-hour exclusive special from the great stages at Radio City Music Hall. Hosted by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira (“Today”), the show will feature brand new glamorous costumes, state-of-the-art special effects and new eye-popping numbers performed by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, as well as traditional favorites including the famed “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”
Monday, December 3rd
7:00PM (ABC Family)
“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”
Father Time sends Santa a message telling him that the baby new year, Happy, is missing! And without the baby new year, it’ll remain the old year forever. But it’s foggy and snowing, so Rudolph’s the only reindeer for the job. Rudolph learns that Eon (ugly buzzard) is also searching for Happy, so that eon life will never end. With the help of 1 Million B.C. and Sir 1023, and 1776, Rudolph searches through the islands of the Archipelago of Last Year and races against eon to ensure a Happy New Year.
8:00PM (ABC Family)
“The Year Without A Santa Claus”
Mrs. Claus tells us about the time Santa had a bad cold and decided to take a vacation from Christmas. Two of his elves, Jingle Bells and Jangle Bells decided to go out (with Vixen) to find children to convince Santa that the Christmas spirit is still important to everybody else. But they have to get past Heat Miser and Snow Miser, first, before they land in Southtown, USA, where it never snows for Christmas. But the Miser Brothers can’t agree to let it snow in Southtown. But Mrs. Santa knows their mom–Mother Nature.
9:00PM (ABC FAMILY)
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys”
When the Evil Toy Taker takes all of Santa’s toys, it’s up to Rudolph and his friends Hermey, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman “Bumbles” to stop him and bring Christmas to the children of the world.
Tuesday, December 4th
“Rudolph: The Red Nosed Reindeer”
The longest running holiday special in television history celebrates its 43rd anniversary in this digitally re-mastered version. Since 1964, millions of families have watched Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Misfit Toys, save Christmas. The classic “Animagic” special features a world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives.
“Sants Claus is Coming To Town”
In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,”) Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. In his home village of Sombertown, Kris has started a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children. But when the evil ruler, Burgermeister Meisterburger (Paul Frees), bans toys from the land, Kris is forced to go directly to Mother Nature and ask her for assistance. With the help of magical elves and several special reindeer, Kris overcomes the Burgermeister and delivers toys to children all over the world, earning him the name Santa Claus.
Wednesday, December 5th
7:00PM (ABC Family)
“‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”
One Christmas season, the citizens of a small town, both human and mouse, find their letters to Santa Claus have been unceremoniously returned. Furthermore, there is a message that says the entire town has been removed from Santa’s delivery itinerary due to being insulted by a letter from that town dismissing his existance. While Father Mouse confronts his cynical son, Albert, who wrote the letter; their human companions, a clockmaker and his family work to find a way to regain Mr. Claus’ favour.
Saturday, December 8th
7:00PM (ABC Family)
“Santa Clause 2”
Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa’s got problems (he’s even mysteriously losing weight) and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son, Charlie, has landed on this year’s “naughty” list. Desperate to help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole. But when the substitute institutes some strange redefinitions of naughty and nice, putting Christmas at risk, it’s up to Scott to return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas.
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch in this 2000 live-action film based on the classic Dr. Seuss book. Also starring are Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor, Molly Shannon and Taylor Momsen.
Monday, December 10th
“I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown!”
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It’s Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun’s big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother Spike for a visit. When Spike shows up, it looks like ReRun will have a dog for Christmas after all… but then the real trouble begins
Tuesday, December 11th
7:00PM (ABC Family)
The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.
“Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too!”
Nominated for a 1992 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Children’s Program category, the primetime special was honored by TV Guide as the “most lushly animated” holiday program of all time. Pooh and Piglet retrieve a letter to Santa, but while trying to add some forgotten Christmas wishes, their plans go amiss. Realizing the letter won’t find its way to the North Pole in time, Pooh and Piglet decide to play Santa, with some decidedly comic results!
Thursday, December 13th
7:00PM (ABC Family)
“The Little Drummer Boy”
When Aaron’s family is killed, he hates all people and his only friends are the lamb Baabaa, the donkey Samson and the camel Joshua. But an unscrupulous travelling performer convinces them to join his troupe, and then sells Joshua to a trio of kings. Aaron follows the star to find Joshua, but then Baabaa is badly injured, and Aaron must overcome his hatred of mankind and find a gift with which to approach the babe in the manger and ask for help.
“Saturday Night Live Christmas Special”
‘Saturday Night Live’ presents a compilation of holiday themed sketches from its over 30-year history. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, highlights run the gamut from Dan Aykroyd’s “Irwin Mainway” selling dangerous Christmas toys to Eddie Murphy’s “Gumby Christmas Special” and Alec Baldwin’s “Schweddy Balls” and much more star-studded holiday fun.
Friday, December 14th
“It’s A Wonderful Life”
NBC marks a milestone for the nation’s visually impaired as the network presents this exclusive and special telecast of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Through a process of Descriptive TheatreVision, the special presentation will be described for the blind and visually impaired by former President George Bush. Bush’s description will inform the viewer of what is occurring on the screen, filling the blanks where no dialogue or other sounds tell a visually impaired person what is happening during a television presentation. The film follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart) from childhood to maturity in the town of Bedford Falls. On what might be his last Christmas Eve, a discouraged Bailey wants to throw his life away. Fortunately, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second-class angel, is sent to show him the value of life. After Clarence gives Bailey a view of Bedford Falls without him, Bailey realizes how precious his life is and gets a second chance. He comes to learn that Clarence was right when he said, “No man is a failure who has friends.”
Monday, December 17th
7:00PM (ABC Family)
It’s Pinocchio’s first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette show to make present money. He steals a girl puppet when he leaves, and the gendarmes chase him into the Forest of Enchantment. There, he meets Azora, a fairy with a cricket who try to fix Pinocchio’s lying and set him on the right track. But then he’s sold to a Duke, whom Pinocchio convinces to spend time with his children. And only Santa’s reindeer can get Pinocchio home in time for Christmas.
8:00PM (ABC Family)
“Jingle All The Way”
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Howard Langston, a father who has promised his son that he will get anything he wants for christmas. Unfortunately for Howard, his son wants an immensely popular “Turbo Man” action figure. Howard forgets to get it, and since it’s Christmas Eve, it’s sold out everywhere. Since Howard knows he has let his son down in the past, he goes on a quest to track down a “Turbo Man” action figure, and will stop at nothing to get his son the gift that he wants.
“Clash of the Choirs”
In an exciting four-night event series, “Clash of the Choirs,” has tapped five musical superstars — Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton to embark on a musical challenge as they return to their hometowns to assemble an amateur choir and prepare them to compete live in studio for the title of America’s best choir. From December 17-20 the show will feature music genres ranging from current pop hits to holiday classics and the choir hopefuls will be judged each night by viewers watching at home. Jason Raff and Suzy Lamb will executive produce this BBC Worldwide Production based on a series format acquired from Scandinavian based Friday TV.
Wednesday, December 19th
“Frosty The Snowman”
Comedian Jackie Vernon provides the voice of Frosty in the Christmas fable, originally broadcast Dec. 7, 1969 on the Network. The special, based on the popular song of the same title by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson about the happy-go-lucky snowman with the “corncob pipe, a button nose and two eyes made out of coal,” features Billy De Wolfe as the voice of the villainous Professor Hinkle, a magician whose stovepipe hat transforms the lifeless snow figure into an enchanting song-and-dance man.
The first winter storm of the season brings the magical Frosty to the snow-covered town of Beansborough just as a new invention, a snow-removal spray called Summer Wheeze, is being introduced on the market. Not only does Summer Wheeze de-ice the town’s annual Winter Carnival, it also threatens Frosty’s very existence.
Friday, December 21st
9TH ANNUAL A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
WITH SHERYL CROW — Inspirational stories about adoption will be enhanced by performances by Crow, James Blunt, Carol King, Reba McEntire and others. Rene Russo will be among the celebrities telling touching stories about adoption to raise awareness for this important social issue.
Saturday, December 22nd
Will Ferrell, James Caan and Mary Steenburgen star in this comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who is sent to New York in search of his true identity.
Sunday, December 23rd
“Elmo’s Christmas Countdown”
Uh-oh, Christmas is in trouble! When the ten numbered boxes to Stiller the Elf’s magical Christmas Counter-Downer become lost, the arrival of Christmas is impeded. Can Elmo and Abby find the missing boxes and restore the big countdown to everyone’s favorite holiday? It just might take a Christmas miracle! In a world where reindeers report the news, Elves do yoga and Santa is issued speeding tickets, you never quite know what’s going to happen. That’s why it’s good to have your friends around!
Monday, December 24th
“A Christmas Story” – 24 Hour Marathon
TBS celebrates the holiday with an all-day marathon of one of the most enduring Christmas classics of all time. Peter Billingsley stars as young Ralphie, whose desire for a Red Ryder BB gun leads to hilarious complications. Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin play his parents in this nostalgic comedy based on the writings of Jean Shepherd, who also narrates.
Monday, December 25th
“Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade”
The Emmy-Award winning show is once again scheduled to be hosted by Regis and Kelly at Walt Disney World and Ryan Seacrest at Disneyland. This year’s program promises to be bigger and better than ever with new floats, characters, and performances — such as the show-stopping “Dancing with the Stars” number in which Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, the cast of professional dancers from “Dancing with the Stars” and over 200 additional dancers perform a spectacular number in front of Cinderella Castle. Other celebrities scheduled to appear include Miley Cyrus (from Disney Channel’s hit show “Hannah Montana”), Josh Groban, Jonas Brothers, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more.
Monday, December 31st
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”
For the 36th consecutive year, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” will lead America into the New Year when Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host. The American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight will once again take place during the three-and-a-half hours of specials from Times Square in New York City. This year will include special performances from both New York and Hollywood. Additionally Marysol Castro, “Good Morning America Weekend’s” weather and features correspondent, will return to report on other happenings in and around New York City.
“New Year’s Eve Live”
Join the celebration live from New York City’s Times Square as Cat Deeley counts down to 2008 on FOX. Deeley, reprising her role as host, will take a look back at the year’s most memorable moments in pop culture and introduce live performances by some of the year’s hottest musical artists. During the broadcast, TALKSHOW host Spike Feresten will report from the heart of Times Square to conduct his signature “man-on-the-street” interviews with partygoers. As 2007 comes to a close, Deeley and Feresten will bring in the New Year as the world-famous New Year’s Eve ball makes its descent into Times Square .
“NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly”
Carson Daly will be on the east coast this holiday season when he and “Last Call” executive producer David Friedman produce “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” live from Times Square in New York City. Expanding on the success of last year’s music-filled event, this year’s celebration will begin at 11:35 pm (EST) and ring in 2008 with performances by Grammy winning artist Lenny Kravitz, among others.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
“Tournament of Roses Parade”
The other networks carry the parade too, but only the Home and Garden Network shows it commercial free!