Movies And Specials
Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Now through Dec. 25, Freeform
The network formerly known as ABC Family continues its holiday tradition with a marathon of Yuletide movies and specials through December. Highlights include everything from stop-motion classic The Little Drummer Boy to seasonal comedies like Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
The Great Christmas Light Fight Season premiere Dec. 5, 8/7c, ABC
The brightest competition on TV returns for its fourth season with families from across the country turning their homes into blinding winter wonderlands. The winning clan pockets $50,000—which is a lot of cash for stocking stuffers.
Taraji’s White Hot Holidays Dec. 8, 8/7c, Fox
Empire’s tough Cookie Taraji P. Henson hosts her second annual music and variety special with guests Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys and others.
A Christmas Wedding Date Dec. 10, 8/7c, Lifetime
Lifetime is airing a slew of beloved Christmas movies this holiday season, including this 2012 romantic comedy about a career woman (Marla Sokoloff) who must attend a Christmas Eve wedding in her hometown right after she is fired from her high-powered job.
A Nutcracker Christmas Dec. 10, 8/7c, Hallmark
Person of Interest vet Amy Acker stars in this film about a former ballerina who gets a second chance at love—and dance!—when her niece (Dance Moms’ Sophia Lucia) is cast in The Nutcracker.
White House Christmas Special Dec. 11, 6/5c, HGTV
Volunteers and staffers give the inside scoop on the months of preparation that go into decorating America’s First Home, from the first lady’s choosing a theme to the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Holiday Baking Championship Dec. 18, 9/8c, Food Network
Bobby Deen hosts this festive cooking competition series in which nine renowned bakers face off for the chance to win a cool $50,000—plus all the glory that comes with knowing you made the best holiday fruitcake in the country.
Terry Crews Saves Christmas Dec. 20, 8/7c, The CW
Scrooges, begone—it’s Terry Crews to the rescue with a Yuletide intervention! In this new five-part series, the beefy Brooklyn Nine-Nine star helps hapless Christmas enthusiasts up their game. With input from top food, beverage and design experts, he’ll turn their hot messes into a holiday they’ll never forget.
Doctor Who Christmas Special Dec. 25, 9/8c, BBC America
He’s the biggest December 25 tradition we’ve stolen from Britain since figgy pudding! The Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) annual Christmas outing finds him teaming up with a superhero (Justin Chatwin) for the first time to combat an alien corporation hell-bent on taking over New York.