2016 Christmas TV Schedule: When And Where To Watch Holiday Classics

With Christmas quickly approaching, many families are hoping to catch their favorite classic holiday movies on television. Movies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and Miracle on 34th Street can bring the holiday spirit to your home. However, it can be difficult to track down your favorite movie in your local TV guide. Therefore, the Inquisitr has compiled a list of some of the most beloved holiday classics and their scheduled showtimes across a variety of networks.

Note: All times are provided in EST unless otherwise noted.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Holiday Guide notes the 1966 classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas as a timeless gem. The movie has been remade into a live-action film with the Grinch having been played by Jim Carrey, but the classic animation is one that many families hope to catch for the holiday season. The animated version of the movie will air on TNT, Cartoon Network, and NBC.

December 14, 2016:

  • 8 p.m. on TNT
  • 8:30 p.m. on TNT

December 17, 2016:

  • 12 p.m. on Cartoon Network

December 18, 2016:

  • 1 p.m. on Cartoon Network

December 23, 2016:

  • 8 p.m. on NBC

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

The 1970 classic Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town tells the story of Kris Kringle, who begins his career as a serial gift-giver after coming across a town that has outlawed toys. The Christmas classic will air numerous times throughout the holiday season on Freeform.

December 20, 2016:

  • 4:30 p.m. on Freeform

December 21, 2016:

  • 1:10 p.m. on Freeform

December 23, 2016:

  • 4:35 p.m. on Freeform

December 24, 2016:

  • 11:15 a.m. on Freeform

December 25, 2016:

  • 3:30 p.m. on Freeform

It’s A Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life
James Stewart is photographed during filming of It’s A Wonderful Life. (Image by AP Images archive)

It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 Christmas classic. It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most acclaimed films ever made, and was nominated for five Academy Awards, which included the prestigious Best Picture nomination. Similarly, the film was recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made.

The movie will air on USA and NBC.

December 16, 2016:

  • 8 p.m. on USA

December 24, 2016:

  • 8 p.m. on NBC

A Christmas Story

If you are looking for a Christmas comedy classic, A Christmas Story is sure to bring a smile to your face. The movie was shot in 1983 and will return in the annual Christmas marathon on TBS.

December 24, 2016:

  • Marathon begins at 8 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. on Christmas day. In total, the movie will air 12 times on TBS.

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street
Celeste Holm and George Seaton hold their Oscar statuettes for “Miracle on 34th Street” at the 1947 Academy Awards ceremony. (Image by AP Images archive)

Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 classic (or the 1994 remake) that takes place at Macy’s flagship store in New York City and follows a man named Kris Kringle who is hired to be Santa at the department store. Unfortunately, those hoping to catch this Christmas classic will have to stream the movie on Amazon or Netflix, as it is not slated to air on television this year.

Frosty the Snowman

In a fate similar to Miracle on 34th Street, the 1969 animated classic will not appear again this holiday season. The classic, however, is available for streaming on Amazon.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Good grief! Like Frosty and Miracle on 34th Street, Charlie Brown won’t be featured on any network’s upcoming schedules. The special did air earlier this month but is not expected to return before Christmas. Viewers hoping to catch the film can stream it via Amazon.

Is your favorite show not airing and you need alternatives? For a full line-up of Christmas specials, visit ChristmasTvSchedule.com or Mostly Christmas.

What do you think about this year’s Christmas classic television lineup? What is your favorite holiday classic? Let us know in the comments section below.

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