My List of Must-watch Christmas Specials

I know its a bit late, but I thought I’d post a list of my must-watch Christmas specials. I have two reasons for doing this, the first is in case anyone is looking for something to watch tonight. The second is to remind me in a year. I’ve divided my list into 3 sections: movies, family specials and Christmas-themed episodes of regular TV shows. These are in some sort of order of best-to-worst, but I love them all.


  • The Santa Clause (I grew up with this one; I don’t like II or III)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947/colourized, I don’t like the ’94 version)
  • Elf (Will Farrell and Zooey Deschanel are both funny)
  • Bad Santa (probably one of the dirtiest, funniest Christmas movies ever)
  • Joyeux Noël (about WWI Christmas Truce; English, French and German)

Family Specials

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol (my favourite version of Scrooge)
  • A Garfield Christmas Special

Christmas-themed Episodes

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean
  • The Simpsons “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
  • The Simpsons “Simpsons Christmas Stories
  • A Trailer Park Boys Christmas
  • A Wonderful Red Green Christmas
  • A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas
  • Two and a Half Men “Walnuts & Demerol
  • That ’70s Show “The Best Christmas Ever

Enjoy your Christmas everyone. If anyone has any they watch every year, leave a comment.

Christmas Programming on US Nets


Sunday 11/28, 9-11pm – November Christmas
Tuesday 11/30, 8-9pm – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Saturday 12/11, 8-8:30pm – Frosty the Snowman
Saturday 12/11, 8:30-9pm – Frosty Returns
Saturday 12/11, 9-10pm – The Flight Before Christmas
Friday 12/17, 8-8:30pm – Yes, Virginia
Wednesday 12/22, 8-9pm – A Home for the Holidays


Thursday 11/25, 2-4pm – Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Tuesday 11/30, 8-9pm – Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Saturday 12/4, 8-8:30pm – Merry Madagascar
Saturday 12/4, 8:30-9pm – Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special
Friday 12/24, 8-11pm – It’s a Wonderful Life


Monday 11/29, 9:30-11pm – CMA Country Christmas
Tuesday 11/30, 8-8:30pm – How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Tuesday 11/30, 8:30-9pm – Shrek the Halls
Thursday 12/2, 8-9pm – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Tuesday 12/7, 8-9pm – A Charlie Brown Christmas
Thursday 12/9, 8-8:30pm – Shrek the Halls
Thursday 12/9, 8:30-9pm – Prep & Landing
Monday 12/13, 9-10pm – Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You
Tuesday 12/14, 8-9pm – I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown
Thursday 12/16, 8-9pm – A Charlie Brown Christmas
Saturday 12/18, 8-9pm – I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown
Sunday 12/19, 7-9pm – The Santa Clause 2
Sunday 12/19, 9-11pm – The Santa Clause 3
Thursday 12/23, 8-8:30pm – How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Thursday 12/23, 8:30-11pm – How The Grinch Stole Christmas (movie version)
Friday 12/24, 8-8:30pm – Prep & Landing
Friday 12/24, 8:30-9pm – Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation
Friday 12/24, 9-11pm – The Santa Clause II

CTV Christmas Programming 2010

Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET – SHREK THE HALLS (simulcast with ABC)
Friday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. ET – CSI: NY (simulcast with CBS) *NEW*
Saturday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. ET – THE SANTA CLAUSE PARADE (1-hr version)
Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET – BORROWED HEARTS
Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. ET – CORNER GAS: NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENTS
Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m. ET – CORNER GAS: MERRY GASMAS
Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (simulcast with NBC)
Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET – BORROWED HEARTS
Saturday, Dec. 18 at 12:05 a.m. ET– CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT
Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET – ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS *NEW TO CTV*
Sunday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET – UNCLE BUCK *NEW TO CTV*
Monday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET – ETALK: HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE *NEW*
Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET – STOLEN MIRACLE
Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. ET – ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS
Thursday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. ET – A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Friday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET – ETALK HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE
Friday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET – SHREK THE HALLS
Friday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (simulcast with NBC)
Friday, Dec. 24 at 12:05 a.m. ET – A CHRISTMAS CAROL

CBC Christmas Programming Schedule (2010)

Editors Note: This schedule is from 2010. Please check back over the weekend when I’ll post CBC’s 2011 Christmas programming schedule.

CBC has announced its Christmas programming schedule for this season. You can see it here. I’ll also be posting the schedules for the US nets and hopefully CTV and Global over the next couple weeks. Most times are local (i.e. the same in all time zones), some are eastern and are marked with an *.

Sunday November 28
5:00pm – The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
6:30pm – The Forgotton Toys
8:00pm – Happy Feet

Saturday December 4
2:00pm – HNIC: San Jose @ Montreal*
6:30pm – HNIC Hockey Tonight*
7:00pm – HNIC: Boston @ Toronto*
7:00pm – HNIC: Buffalo @ Ottawa (Ottawa only)*
10:00pm – HNIC: St. Louis @ Edmonton*

Sunday December 5
5:00pm – I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Monday December 6
9:00pm – Little Mosque on the Prairie: Christmas Special
9:30pm – Vinyl Cafe Christmas Pageant

Tuesday December 7
9:00pm – Stars on Ice

Wednesday December 8
8:00pm – Dragon’s Den Holiday Special

Friday December 10
7:00pm – HNIC: Montreal @ Detroit*

Saturday December 11
6:30pm – HNIC Hockey Tonight*
7:00pm – HNIC: Montreal @ Toronto*
10:00pm – HNIC: Tampa Bay @ Vancouver*

Sunday December 12
5:00pm – The Santa Clause
7:00pm – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
8:00pm – Heartland: Christmas Special

Monday December 13
8:00pm – How The Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)
9:00pm – Season of Song: Canadian Tenors & Friends (BTW this is “featuring Justin Bieber”, which is as good a reason as any for me to not watch it)

Tuesday December 14
9:00pm – Holiday Festival on Ice

Wednesday December 15
8:00pm – Frosty the Snowman
8:30pm – Mickey’s Christmas Carol
9:00pm – Being Erica: Christmas Special

Thursday December 16
7:00pm – HNIC: Montreal @ Boston*

Friday December 17
8:00pm – Home Alone

Saturday December 18
6:30pm – HNIC Hockey Tonight*
7:00pm – HNIC: Toronto @ Vancouver*
10:00pm – HNIC: Minnesota @ Calgary*

Sunday December 19
5:00pm – The Santa Clause 2
7:00pm – Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town
8:00pm – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (one of my personal favourites)

Monday December 20
8:00pm – Elf

Tuesday December 21
8:00pm – The Santa Clause 3

Wednesday December 22
8:00pm – The Polar Express

Thursday December 23
8:00pm – The Nativity (don’t ask what it is because I have no clue)

Christmas Eve
8:00pm – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
11:05pm – George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight Holiday Special
Midnight – Handel’s Messiah

BTW, anyone else miss when CBC aired BBC World News on Christmas eve because they let their newspeople have the day off? One of those odd things I remember from years past.

Christmas Day
12:00pm – Disney Christmas Day Parade
2:00pm – Olive the Other Reindeer
3:00pm – Booky & The Secret Santa
5:00pm – Holiday Festival on Ice
6:30pm – Vinyl Cafe Christmas Pageant
7:00pm – Joy to the World: Holiday Concert
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Season of Song: Canadian Tenors & Friends (BTW this is “featuring Justin Bieber”, once again, I won’t be watching)
9:00pm – Heartland: Christmas Special
11:00pm – Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – easily my favourite Christmas movie ever, also on NBC on US Thanksgiving afternoon

BTW New Year’s Eve comedy lineup is
7:00pm – Just For Laughs 2010
8:00pm – Air Farce New Year’s Eve
9:00pm – Ron James Show New Year’s Eve
11:05pm – George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight NYE Special

And on New Year’s Day CBC has the Winter Classic from Heinz Field between Washington and Pittsburgh at 12:30pm ET, then an all-Canadian doubleheader in primetime with Toronto-Ottawa at 7pm and Calgary-Edmonton at 10pm. I know January 1 is a college football day, but it should be an amazing day of hockey too with 3 very good rivalry games.