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All Christmas all the time on TV

December 13, 2011 |  7:44 pm

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Holiday movies, specials and very special holiday episodes of your favorite series fill the TV screens between now and Christmas Day. Here are many of the highlights.

“Movie: Once Upon a Christmas” ** (2000) 1 p.m., Thursday December 22, ABC Family: (G) John Dye, Kathy Ireland. The daughter of Santa Claus vows to transform a single father and his spoiled children to prove that the spirit of Christmas exists. 

“Giada's Family Christmas” 1 p.m., Thursday December 22, FOOD: Giada and her family have good cheer with amazing food; Italian struffoli, Italian pot roast, and french toast.

“Trinity Mucis City presents Christmas with John Berry” 1:30 p.m., Thursday December 22, KTBN:

“Movie: White Christmas” **** (1954) 2:45 p.m., Thursday December 22, AMC: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. Former Army buddies put on a show with a sister act to save their general's hotel in Vermont.

“Movie: Twice Upon a Christmas” ** (2001) 3 p.m., Thursday December 22, ABC Family: Kathy Ireland, John Dye. When a widower proposes to Santa's daughter, his children try to discover the truth about her past.

“Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 4:30 p.m., Thursday December 22, Toon Disney: Boris Karloff narrates an animated tale about a curmudgeon and merry Whoville.

“Movie: The Santa Clause 2” ** (2002) 4:40 p.m., Thursday December 22, Encore: (G) Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell. Santa must get married by Christmas Eve in order to save the holiday and keep his job.

“Movie: The Santa Clause” *** (1994) 5 p.m., Thursday December 22, ABC Family: (PG) Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold. An adman takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

“Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation” 5 p.m., Thursday December 22, DISNXD: The boys must save Christmas when the holiday is canceled after Dr. Doofenshmirtz covers Danville in a cloud of naughtiness.

“Movie: A Christmas Carol” ** (1984) 5:30 p.m., Thursday December 22, AMC: George C. Scott, Angela Pleasence. Dickens' London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come.

“The Penguins of Madagascar” 5:30 p.m., Thursday December 22, Nickelodeon: The All Nighter Before Christmas : When the zoo is closed for Christmas, the animals plan their own holiday celebration.

“Movie: Lucky Christmas” (2011) 6 p.m., Thursday December 22, Hallmark: Elizabeth Berkley, Jason Gray-Stanford. A woman must retrieve her winning lottery ticket from the glove compartment of her stolen car.

“Movie: All She Wants for Christmas” (2006) 6 p.m., Thursday December 22, Lifetime: Monica Keena. A woman uncovers secrets while evaluating a Christmas ornament company in her hometown.

“Movie: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” * (2006) 7 p.m., Thursday December 22, ABC Family: (G) Tim Allen, Martin Short. Scott Calvin, aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws and a scheme by mischievous Jack Frost to freeze him out of Christmas.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights” 7 p.m., Thursday December 22, TLC: A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home Christmas displays of lights and decorations.

“Larry the Cable Guy's Star Studded Christmas Extravaganza” 7:31 p.m., Thursday December 22, CMT: Larry's annual Christmas special with guests Terry Bradshaw, Lewis Black, Jeff Foxworthy and others; musical performances by Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins and Emily West.

“Disney Prep & Landing” 8 p.m., Thursday December 22, ABC: An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve.

“Movie: Christmas Magic” (2011) 8 p.m., Thursday December 22, Hallmark: Lindy Booth. To gain entry to heaven, a woman must help a man and his young daughter.

“My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas” 8 p.m., Thursday December 22, TLC: Travelers celebrate Christmas, extravagant weddings and First Communions.

“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” 9 p.m., Thursday December 22, ABC: Lucy and Linus' little brother, ReRun, turns to Snoopy and Spike for holiday cheer.

“Movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” ** (1989) 9 p.m., Thursday December 22, ABC Family: (PG-13) Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo. The Griswolds spend the holiday in a garish way, especially when a country cousin pulls up in an RV.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2” 9 p.m., Thursday December 22, TLC: A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations.

“Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau” 9:09 p.m., Thursday December 22, CMT: Larry the Cable Guy's holiday special featuring many comedic stars, sketches and musical performances.

“Keeping Up Appearances” 9:30 p.m., Thursday December 22, KOCE: Christmas Special 1991 : Hyacinth decides that Richard should play Father Christmas at the church and hand out presents to the senior citizens.

“Movie: A Princess for Christmas” (2011) 10 p.m., Thursday December 22, Hallmark: Katie McGrath, Roger Moore. A woman escorts her niece and nephew to spend the holidays with their grandfather, an English duke.

“Extreme Christmas Trees” 10 p.m., Thursday December 22, TLC: Christmas trees that are over the top.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2” 11 p.m., Thursday December 22, TLC: A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations.

“Movie: Gift of the Magi” (2010) Midnight, Thursday December 22, Hallmark: Marla Sokoloff, Mark Webber. Financially strapped newlyweds make sacrifices to find special Christmas gifts.

“Movie: What Would Jesus Buy?” (2007) 6 a.m., Friday December 23, Sundance: (PG) The Rev. Billy Tallen and his Stop Shopping Choir embark on a cross-country crusade against the commercialization of Christmas.

“Today” 7 a.m., Friday December 23, NBC: Jenna Bush Hager's trip to Africa; performance from “Jersey Boys”; real estate; spoiled kids; ambush makeovers; Kathie Lee and Hoda cook with their mothers; Christmas animals; Michael Feinstein performs. (N)

“Movie: A Christmas Carol” *** (1938) 8 a.m., Friday December 23, TCM: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart. Dickens' London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come.

“Live! With Kelly” 9 a.m., Friday December 23, ABC: Kelly and co-host Mark Consuelos remember special moments from holidays past: cutting down the Christmas Tree; Regis Philbin cooking with children; chefs Daniel Boulud and Lidia Bastianich. (N)

“The 700 Club” 9 a.m., Friday December 23, MyNet: Wintley Phipps; Munday Martin : Wintley Phipps performs; a Christmas vision wakes up an addict. (N)

“History's Mysteries” 10 a.m., Friday December 23, History: In Search of Christmas : Scholars attempt to uncover the historical truth of the birth of Jesus.

“Movie: What Would Jesus Buy?” (2007) 10:25 a.m., Friday December 23, Sundance: (PG) The Rev. Billy Tallen and his Stop Shopping Choir embark on a cross-country crusade against the commercialization of Christmas.

“What Christmas Really Means” 10:30 a.m., Friday December 23, KTBN:

“Movie: White Christmas” **** (1954) 11:15 a.m., Friday December 23, AMC: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. Former Army buddies put on a show with a sister act to save their general's hotel in Vermont.

“The Young and the Restless” 11:30 a.m., Friday December 23, CBS: Nikki's Special Christmas Episode : An angel takes Nikki on a journey through her past and present on Christmas Eve. (N)

“Movie: Santa Baby” (2006) Noon, Friday December 23, ABC Family: Jenny McCarthy, George Wendt. A business executive returns to the North Pole to help her father, Santa Claus, prepare for Christmas.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” 12:30 p.m., Friday December 23, CBS: The Logan sisters try to cook Christmas dinner; the Forresters get together to celebrate. (N)

“All Out American Christmas” 1 p.m., Friday December 23, HGTV: Homeowners across the country create over-the-top holiday displays. (N)

“Trinity Music City presents Christmas w/ Greater Vision” 1:30 p.m., Friday December 23, KTBN:

“Movie: Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe” (2009) 2 p.m., Friday December 23, ABC Family: Jenny McCarthy, Paul Sorvino. When Santa Claus decides to retire, his daughter must choose between taking over the reindeer reins or continuing with her fast-paced life in the outside world.

“Movie: Scrooge” *** (1970) 3 p.m., Friday December 23, TCM: (G) Albert Finney, Alec Guinness. Dickens' London miser Ebenezer Scrooge meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come.

“Movie: What Would Jesus Buy?” (2007) 3:15 p.m., Friday December 23, Sundance: (PG) The Rev. Billy Tallen and his Stop Shopping Choir embark on a cross-country crusade against the commercialization of Christmas.

“Anderson” 4 p.m., Friday December 23, Fox: Anderson's Holiday Show : Anderson's first holiday show is full of surprises; a big surprise for Santa; Anderson's big giveaway. (N)

“Movie: Christmas Comes Home to Canaan” (2011) 4 p.m., Friday December 23, Hallmark: Billy Ray Cyrus, Zak Ludwig. A man bonds with a woman who helps his son recover from surgery.

“History's Mysteries” 4 p.m., Friday December 23, History: In Search of Christmas : Scholars attempt to uncover the historical truth of the birth of Jesus.

“Movie: The Ultimate Christmas Present” (2000) 5 p.m., Friday December 23, DISNXD: Hallee Hirsh, Brenda Song. Two girls' plan to close school by making it snow in Los Angeles jeopardizes Christmas.

“Movie: Jingle All the Way” ** (1996) 5 p.m., Friday December 23, Encore: (PG) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad. A crazed postman, a tough policeman and a shady Santa impede a workaholic seeking a coveted toy for his son.

“Movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” ** (1989) 6 p.m., Friday December 23, ABC Family: (PG-13) Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo. The Griswolds spend the holiday in a garish way, especially when a country cousin pulls up in an RV.

“Chuck” 8 p.m., Friday December 23, NBC: Chuck Versus the Santa Suit : Chuck and Sarah learn who is trying to destroy Carmichael Industries; Ellie's Christmas plans come undone; a computer virus threatens to ruin Christmas at Buy More. (N)

“Olive, the Other Reindeer” 8 p.m., Friday December 23, KTLA: Based on the children's book. Learning that one of Santa's reindeer is injured, a determined dog tries to save Christmas. Voices of Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Peter MacNicol, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Ed Asner, Tim Meadows and Michael Stipe.

“Shrek the Halls” 8 p.m., Friday December 23, ABC: The ogre's plans for a cozy family Christmas go awry when Donkey, Puss in Boots and the rest of the fairy-tale gang try to join in the fun.

“Movie: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ** (2000) 8 p.m., Friday December 23, ABC Family: (PG) Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor. A curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

“Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special” 8 p.m., Friday December 23, Comedy Central: The comic performs.

“Movie: The Search for Santa Paws” (2010) 8 p.m., Friday December 23, Disney: (G) Voices of Kaitlyn Maher, Madison Pettis. A talking dog and an orphan must save Christmas after old Saint Nick loses his memory.

“Movie: Moonlight and Mistletoe” *** (2008) 8 p.m., Friday December 23, Hallmark: Candace Cameron Bure, Tom Arnold. Nick and his daughter Holly fight a real-estate developer to keep their Christmas theme park open.

“Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation” 8:30 p.m., Friday December 23, ABC: The boys must save Christmas when the holiday is canceled after Dr. Doofenshmirtz covers Danville in a cloud of naughtiness; including an additional winter-theme episode.

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” 9 p.m., Friday December 23, KTLA: A youth embarks on a journey to find his missing grandmother and prove that Santa Claus is real.

“Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York” 9 p.m., Friday December 23, KOCE: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York.

“Movie: A Christmas Carol” ** (1999) 9 p.m., Friday December 23, TNT: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant. Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge receives visits from three Christmas spirits who show him his past, present and future.

“The Gift of Christmas” 9:30 p.m., Friday December 23, KTBN:

“Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns” 9:30 p.m., Friday December 23, TBS: Meet the Christmas Spirit : Brown's family quits the hospital's Christmas show; Joaquin befriends a boy from the hospital.

“Movie: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” (2010) 10 p.m., Friday December 23, Hallmark: Jennifer Beals, Rick Roberts. A family must save Christmas when Santa Claus lands on the roof and loses his magic bundle.

“Movie: Bam Margera Presents: Where the ... Is Santa?” (2008) 10 p.m., Friday December 23, MTV: (R) Bam Margera, Brandon Novak. Margera and his friends cause trouble when they take a rowdy road trip.

“Movie: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ** (2000) 10:30 p.m., Friday December 23, ABC Family: (PG) Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor. A curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

“Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special” 10:32 p.m., Friday December 23, Comedy Central: The comic performs.

“A Christmas Snow” 11 p.m., Friday December 23, KTBN:

“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” 12:37 a.m., Fri/Sat December 23/24, CBS: Christmas emails. (N)

“Today” 5 a.m., Saturday December 24, NBC: Athletes without limits; Christmas cards; the Pihcintu choir of female refugees; authors Todd and Colton Burpo; last-minute gift ideas; Michael Bublé performs. (N)

“Movie: The Christmas Choir” (2008) 6 a.m., Saturday December 24, Hallmark: Jason Gedrick, Rhea Perlman. A homeless man inspires a workaholic accountant to start a choir at a shelter.

“Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Christmas Special: A Lost Claus” 9:30 a.m., Saturday December 24, Toon Disney: Mac and Bloo must regain their faith in Santa Claus to prevent a horrible holiday.

“Pinocchio's Christmas” 10 a.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: Pinocchio joins a puppet show to earn money for Geppetto's Christmas gift. Voices: Alan King, George S. Irving. Animated.

“Hercules Saves Christmas” 10 a.m., Saturday December 24, Animal Planet: Santa's pit bull, Hercules, challenges a mischievous young orphan to help spread Christmas spirit to a troubled soul.

“Movie: Deck the Halls” * (2006) 10 a.m., Saturday December 24, FX: (PG) Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick. Neighbors in a New England town go to war after one adorns his house with enough Christmas lights to make it visible from space.

“Movie: The Christmas Card” (2006) 10 a.m., Saturday December 24, Hallmark: Ed Asner, John Newton. Home on leave, a soldier visits a small town and falls for the woman who wrote a well-wishing card to the troops.

“Órla Fallon's Celtic Christmas” 11 a.m., Saturday December 24, KCET: The singer and harpist performs with special guests David Archuleta, Mark Wills, and Méav.

“'Twas the Night Before Christmas” 11 a.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: Joel Grey narrates an animated version of “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” 11 a.m., Saturday December 24, Toon Disney: A youth embarks on a journey to find his missing grandmother and prove that Santa Claus is real.

“Movie: Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July” ** (1980) 11:30 a.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: Voices of Red Buttons, Ethel Merman. Animated. Santa must save the day when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman encounter an evil wizard.

“Movie: Holiday Affair” *** (1949) 11:30 a.m., Saturday December 24, TCM: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh. A war widow has a 6-year-old son, and two men who want to marry her for Christmas.

“Movie: Christmas With the Kranks” ** (2004) Noon, Saturday December 24, FX: (PG) Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis. A Chicago couple scramble to put together a holiday celebration after their daughter decides to come home for Christmas.

“Movie: Moonlight and Mistletoe” *** (2008) Noon, Saturday December 24, Hallmark: Candace Cameron Bure, Tom Arnold. Nick and his daughter Holly fight a real-estate developer to keep their Christmas theme park open.

“Movie: Deck the Halls” (2011) Noon, Saturday December 24, TNT: Kathy Najimy, Scottie Thompson. An amateur sleuth helps a private eye investigate the kidnapping of her father.

“Powerpuff Girls: 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas” Noon, Saturday December 24, Toon Disney: Princess switches Santa's naughty and nice lists.

“A St. Thomas Christmas 2010” 1 p.m., Saturday December 24, KCET: Seven vocal and instrumental ensembles from the University of St. Thomas perform traditional and contemporary seasonal music.

“Movie: A Golden Christmas” ** (2009) 1 p.m., Saturday December 24, ION: Andrea Roth, Bruce Davison. A special dog helps a woman reunite with a friend that she met years earlier as a child.

“Movie: The Search for Santa Paws” (2010) 1 p.m., Saturday December 24, Disney: (G) Voices of Kaitlyn Maher, Madison Pettis. A talking dog and an orphan must save Christmas after old Saint Nick loses his memory.

“Straight No Chaser -- Live in New York: Holiday Edition” 1:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, KOCE: The a cappella group performs material from its new album, “Six Pack,” as well as songs from a holiday album, “Christmas Cheers.”

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys” 1:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: The famous reindeer and his friends must save Christmas when the evil Toy Taker steals all of Santa's toys.

“Movie: Call Me Claus” ** (2001) 1:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, TBS: Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne. Facing mandatory retirement after 200 years, Santa Claus asks a television producer to replace him.

“Billy & Mandy Save Christmas” 1:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, Toon Disney: Grim tries to prove to Billy and Mandy that Santa Claus exists.

“A Christmas Concert From Norway” 2 p.m., Saturday December 24, KCET: Popular classical and traditional holiday music; with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Vocale and Trondheim Soloists. Hosts Princess Martha Louise and Harald Zwart.

“My Ghost Story” 2 p.m., Saturday December 24, Biography: Holiday Hauntings : Haunted by a mother and her six children; the famous ghostly “man on the stairs”; ghost children appear as orbs in Christmas pictures; a dog follows his dead mistress's spirit.

“Movie: Annie Claus Is Coming to Town” (2011) 2 p.m., Saturday December 24, Hallmark: Maria Thayer, Vivica A. Fox. As part of his master plan, an elf hires an actor to woo the daughter of Santa Claus.

“Movie: The Christmas Hope” *** (2009) 2 p.m., Saturday December 24, Lifetime: Madeleine Stowe, James Remar. A grieving woman bonds with an orphaned girl after the death of her son.

“Movie: Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh” (2008) 2 p.m., Saturday December 24, Nickelodeon: Drake Bell, Josh Peck. To avoid trouble with the law, two brothers promise to provide the best Christmas possible for a girl and her family.

“A Johnny Bravo Christmas” 2:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, Toon Disney: Johnny goes on adventure to deliver his letter to Santa Claus in time for Christmas.

“Fish Hooks” 2:40 p.m., Saturday December 24, Disney: Merry Fishmas, Milo : Milo and Oscar send a holiday request to Fish Santa when they need help throwing a Christmas party.

“Movie: A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail” (2011) 3 p.m., Saturday December 24, ION: Julie Gonzalo, Bruce Davison. Puppies play matchmaker for a woman and her engaged ex-boyfriend.

“Mickey's Christmas Carol” 3 p.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: Animated. A re-telling of the classic Dickens tale with Disney's classic characters.

“Holiday Block Party 2011” 3 p.m., Saturday December 24, HGTV: Designers transform three homes on a cul-de-sac; a bold and shimmering design; a Hanukkah/Christmas hybrid design; a South American-inspired transformation.

“Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too!” 3:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: Fearing that Santa may not get it in time, Pooh carries his friends' wish list to the North Pole. Animated.

“Movie: Where God Left His Shoes” ** (2007) 3:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, IFC: John Leguizamo, Leonor Varela. One Christmas Eve, an unemployed boxer and his young stepson walk the streets in search of a job so that their family can have a home on Christmas morning.

“Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special” 3:54 p.m., Saturday December 24, Comedy Central: The comic performs.

“Lidia Celebrates America” 4 p.m., Saturday December 24, KOCE: Holiday Tables & Traditions : (Series Premiere) Four different holiday tables and traditions include an Italian Christmas Eve, Mexican-American Christmas, Chinese New Year and Jewish-American Passover. (N)

“Movie: Home by Christmas” ** (2006) 4 p.m., Saturday December 24, Lifetime: Linda Hamilton. A housewife must learn to make it on her own after her husband divorces her and she loses everything.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights” 4 p.m., Saturday December 24, TLC: A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home Christmas displays of lights and decorations.

“Michelle Obama: Christmas Decorations at the White House” 4:20 p.m., Saturday December 24, CSPN: The First Lady invites military families to view the decor.

“Capitol Christmas Tree Ceremony” 4:40 p.m., Saturday December 24, CSPN: House Speaker John Boehner presides over the lighting.

“Movie: 12 Wishes of Christmas” (2011) 5 p.m., Saturday December 24, ION: Elisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris. A woman must set things right when her wishes magically come true for Christmas.

“European Christmas Markets” 5 p.m., Saturday December 24, KOCE: Shops in Germany, France and Switzerland offer holiday treats and crafts.

“Disney Prep & Landing” 5 p.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve.

“Inside Story: Santa Clause” 5 p.m., Saturday December 24, Biography: A story that turned the Santa myth on its head becoming the surprise hit of the 1994 holiday season.

“All Out American Christmas” 5 p.m., Saturday December 24, HGTV: Homeowners across the country create over-the-top holiday displays.

“Movie: Miracle on 34th Street” **** (1947) 5 p.m., Saturday December 24, TCM: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne. An adwoman's lawyer boyfriend tries to prove that Macy's Santa Claus is the real thing.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2” 5 p.m., Saturday December 24, TLC: A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations.

“Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland” 5:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, KOCE: A Swiss-style Christmas includes a scenic train ride to Rochers-de-Naye, a ferris wheel ride in Montreux, hand-blown glass ornaments and a 600-year-old clock tower tradition in Lausanne.

“Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions” 5:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, KLCS: Christmas in Vienna, Austria : A tour of Vienna's Christmas markets; inside the castle of the Habsburg family; the foods of Christmas and their meanings.

“The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011” 6 p.m., Saturday December 24, KOCE: A holiday concert culminates with the lighting of the national Christmas tree in President's Park in Washington, D.C.; host Carson Daly. With performances by One Republic, Rodney Atkins and Marsha Ambrosius.

“A Piers Morgan Christmas” 6 p.m., Saturday December 24, CNN:

“White House Christmas 2011” 6 p.m., Saturday December 24, HGTV: The staff reveals design secrets in a program showing the decorating, volunteers and menu that go into creating a fun and festive holiday season in “the people's house.”

“Crazy Christmas Lights” 6 p.m., Saturday December 24, TLC: Holiday decorating taken to the next level.

“Movie: Beethoven's Christmas Adventure” (2011) 6:20 p.m., Saturday December 24, Disney: (PG) Kyle Massey, Munro Chambers. Lovable dog Beethoven must rescue a Christmas elf and retrieve Santa Claus' magic toy bag from crooks.

“Christmas With the King Family” 7 p.m., Saturday December 24, KVCR: Thirty nine members of the family perform a compilation of classic music from their Christmas specials.

“Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town” 7 p.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: A mailman (the voice of Fred Astaire) explains why Santa has whiskers, lives at the North Pole and brings presents once a year. Animated.

“Inside Story: The Santa Clause” 7 p.m., Saturday December 24, Biography:

“Movie: Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh” (2008) 7 p.m., Saturday December 24, Nickelodeon: Drake Bell, Josh Peck. To avoid trouble with the law, two brothers promise to provide the best Christmas possible for a girl and her family.

“Movie: It's a Wonderful Life” **** (1946) 8 p.m., Saturday December 24, NBC: James Stewart, Donna Reed. Ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel.

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” 8 p.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: Feeling sad and unwanted, Santa takes the day off before Christmas; voices: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth; animated.

“Movie: Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!” (2011) 8 p.m., Saturday December 24, Disney: Bridgit Mendler, Leigh-Allyn Baker. Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays.

“Movie: The Christmas Card” (2006) 8 p.m., Saturday December 24, Hallmark: Ed Asner, John Newton. Home on leave, a soldier visits a small town and falls for the woman who wrote a well-wishing card to the troops.

“Movie: Undercover Christmas” (2003) 8 p.m., Saturday December 24, Lifetime: Jami Gertz, Shawn Christian. Assigned to protect a waitress, a workaholic FBI agent brings her to his parents' home for the holidays.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 8 p.m., Saturday December 24, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Christmas Crazy” 8 p.m., Saturday December 24, Travel: A celebration of over-the-top Christmas displays from surfing Santa's to the largest Christmas trees. (N)

“Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland” 8:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, KVCR: A Swiss-style Christmas includes a scenic train ride to Rochers-de-Naye, a ferris wheel ride in Montreux, hand-blown glass ornaments and a 600-year-old clock tower tradition in Lausanne.

“Inside Story: Santa Clause” 9 p.m., Saturday December 24, Biography: A story that turned the Santa myth on its head becoming the surprise hit of the 1994 holiday season.

“A Piers Morgan Christmas” 9 p.m., Saturday December 24, CNN:

“My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas” 9 p.m., Saturday December 24, TLC: Travelers celebrate Christmas, extravagant weddings and First Communions.

“Christmas to the Extreme” 9 p.m., Saturday December 24, Travel: Visiting those who take Christmas to the extreme.

“Movie: A Diva's Christmas Carol” (2000) 10 p.m., Saturday December 24, Lifetime: (PG) Vanessa L. Williams, Kathy Griffin. When an ego-driven superstar loses her holiday spirit, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future visit her.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 10 p.m., Saturday December 24, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“A Christmas Concert From Norway” 11 p.m., Saturday December 24, KCET: Popular classical and traditional holiday music; with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Vocale and Trondheim Soloists. Hosts Princess Martha Louise and Harald Zwart.

“Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve” 11 p.m., Saturday December 24, KOCE: Ossie Davis and a young girl watch a Christmas story, with the accompaniment of performances by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jewel, and Michael Crawford.

“Inside Story: The Santa Clause” 11 p.m., Saturday December 24, Biography:

“Crazy for Christmas” 11 p.m., Saturday December 24, Travel: A 6-foot-tall gingerbread replica of the Transamerica building; Christmas museum.

“Christmas Eve Mass” 11:29 p.m., Saturday December 24, NBC: At St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

“Movie: The Santa Clause” *** (1994) 11:30 p.m., Saturday December 24, ABC Family: (PG) Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold. An adman takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

“Christmas in Chelsea Square” 11:35 p.m., Saturday December 24, CBS: Scripture readings, choral works and musical performances from the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in New York. (N)

“Yule Log” Midnight, Saturday December 24, KCAL: Seasonal music.

“Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York” Midnight, Saturday December 24, KOCE: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) Midnight, Saturday December 24, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas” Midnight, Saturday December 24, TLC: Travelers celebrate Christmas, extravagant weddings and First Communions.

“Christmas to the Extreme” Midnight, Saturday December 24, Travel: Visiting those who take Christmas to the extreme.

“'Twas the Night Before Christmas” 1:30 a.m., Sat/Sun December 24/25, ABC Family: Joel Grey narrates an animated version of “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

“Christmas Liturgical” 2 a.m., Sat/Sun December 24/25, NBC: Young people representing various religious denominations perform holiday songs.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 2 a.m., Sat/Sun December 24/25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Christmas Mass: Come All Ye Faithful” 2:30 a.m., Sat/Sun December 24/25, ABC: Midnight Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel in Buffalo, N.Y. (N)

“I Remember Television” 3 a.m., Sat/Sun December 24/25, KVCR: Christmas Eve at the Hollywood Palace 

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 4 a.m., Sat/Sun December 24/25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Yule Log” 4:30 a.m., Sat/Sun December 24/25, KTLA: Seasonal music.

“Christmas Liturgical” 5 a.m., Sunday December 25, NBC: Young people representing various religious denominations perform holiday songs.

“Beyond Today” 5:30 a.m., Sunday December 25, WGN A: The Day After Christmas : You may look forward to Christmas but what happens afterwards? Are you truly fulfilled and is the world a better place?

“Today” 6 a.m., Sunday December 25, NBC: Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir performs; Christmas Day politics; how the Royals spend Christmas; skater Nicole Bobek. (N)

“Yule Log” 6 a.m., Sunday December 25, KTLA: Seasonal music.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 6 a.m., Sunday December 25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“The Sunday Mass” 6:30 a.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: The Sunday Mass is celebrated weekly by The Passionists from NYC.

“Mickey's Christmas Carol” 7 a.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: Animated. A re-telling of the classic Dickens tale with Disney's classic characters.

“Smurfs' Christmas” 7 a.m., Sunday December 25, Toon Disney: From 1982. The Smurfs must battle a greater evil than Gargamel in their search for two lost children.

“Christmas Crazy” 7 a.m., Sunday December 25, Travel: A celebration of over-the-top Christmas displays from surfing Santa's to the largest Christmas trees.

“Michelle Obama: Christmas Decorations at the White House” 7:30 a.m., Sunday December 25, CSPN: The First Lady invites military families to view the decor.

“A Flintstones Christmas Carol” 7:30 a.m., Sunday December 25, Toon Disney: Fred assumes the character of Scrooge and Bamm-Bamm plays Tiny Tim in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens story.

“Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas” 8 a.m., Sunday December 25, KOCE: The Man With the Yellow Hat and George are excited about Christmas, but neither can decide what to give the other for presents.

“Movie: Annie Claus Is Coming to Town” (2011) 8 a.m., Sunday December 25, Hallmark: Maria Thayer, Vivica A. Fox. As part of his master plan, an elf hires an actor to woo the daughter of Santa Claus.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 8 a.m., Sunday December 25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Pinocchio's Christmas” 8:30 a.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: Pinocchio joins a puppet show to earn money for Geppetto's Christmas gift. Voices: Alan King, George S. Irving. Animated.

“A Gospel Christmas” 9 a.m., Sunday December 25, CBS: Kenny Lattimore, Chanté Moore, Howard Hewett, Sounds of Blackness, Jonathan Butler, Beverly Crawford, Daryl Coley, Norman Hutchins, Doc Powell, Shirley Murdoch, Lalah Hathaway, Desiree Coleman-Jackson and Shanice.

“Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” 9 a.m., Sunday December 25, ABC: Disney characters on parade celebrate the holiday; featuring performances by Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber and Christina Aguilera; hosted by Nick Cannon, Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos. (N)

“Catholic TV Mass” 9 a.m., Sunday December 25, KDOC:

“Crazy Christmas Lights” 9 a.m., Sunday December 25, TLC: Holiday decorating taken to the next level.

“The Dick Van Dyke Show” 9:18 a.m., Sunday December 25, TV Land: The Alan Brady Show Presents : The entire “Alan Brady” staff presents a Christmas show instead of the script turned in by the writers.

“Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Christmas Special: A Lost Claus” 9:30 a.m., Sunday December 25, Toon Disney: Mac and Bloo must regain their faith in Santa Claus to prevent a horrible holiday.

“Movie: Shadow Island Mysteries: The Last Christmas” (2010) 9:40 a.m., Sunday December 25, TMC: Jennifer Finnigan, Natalie Brown. A mystery writer must solve a puzzle that may explain the sudden death of her grandfather.

“Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland” 10 a.m., Sunday December 25, KOCE: A Swiss-style Christmas includes a scenic train ride to Rochers-de-Naye, a ferris wheel ride in Montreux, hand-blown glass ornaments and a 600-year-old clock tower tradition in Lausanne.

“'Twas the Night Before Christmas” 10 a.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: Joel Grey narrates an animated version of “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

“Movie: Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010) 10 a.m., Sunday December 25, Hallmark: Doris Roberts, Eric Johnson. A new employee saves a department store in trouble during the Christmas season.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 10 a.m., Sunday December 25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights 3: Europe” 10 a.m., Sunday December 25, TLC: Extreme Christmas lights across Europe.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2” 11 a.m., Sunday December 25, TLC: A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home displays of holiday lights and decorations.

“Movie: One Christmas” ** (1994) 11:15 a.m., Sunday December 25, TMC: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler. An Alabama boy meets a noblewoman and other characters on a visit to his father in 1930 New Orleans.

“Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town” 11:30 a.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: A mailman (the voice of Fred Astaire) explains why Santa has whiskers, lives at the North Pole and brings presents once a year. Animated.

“Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York” Noon, Sunday December 25, KOCE: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's holiday program combines dancing, musical performances and storytelling. With David Archuleta and Michael York.

“Movie: 'Twas the Night” ** (2001) Noon, Sunday December 25, DISNXD: Bryan Cranston, Josh Zuckerman. A 14-year-old boy and his uncle jeopardize Christmas when they take Santa's sleigh for a joy ride.

“Movie: Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas” (2011) Noon, Sunday December 25, Hallmark: Tom Cavanagh, Faith Ford. Holiday travel leads to cross-country romances when a man and a woman temporarily swap houses.

“Movie: A Boyfriend for Christmas” (2004) Noon, Sunday December 25, Lifetime: Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon. A strangely familiar man may be the answer to a 33-year-old woman's long-ago holiday wish for true love.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) Noon, Sunday December 25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“More Crazy Christmas Lights” Noon, Sunday December 25, TLC: A search for the best Christmas-light displays spans the country.

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” 12:30 p.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: Feeling sad and unwanted, Santa takes the day off before Christmas; voices: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth; animated.

“Movie: Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas” (2011) 1 p.m., Sunday December 25, ION: (G) Kelly Lynn Washington, Amanda Waters. During Christmastime, Mandie investigates the truth behind a mystery at a boarding school.

“Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing” 1 p.m., Sunday December 25, KOCE: The annual Christmas Festival from St. Olaf College in Minnesota marks its 100th anniversary. (N)

“Movie: The Santa Clause” *** (1994) 1:30 p.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: (PG) Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold. An adman takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.

“Christmas at Belmont 2011” 2 p.m., Sunday December 25, KOCE: The annual holiday concert of traditional carols, world music and seasonal favorites features students from Belmont University's music program. (N)

“Movie: Christmas Magic” (2011) 2 p.m., Sunday December 25, Hallmark: Lindy Booth. To gain entry to heaven, a woman must help a man and his young daughter.

“Movie: A Christmas Wedding” (2006) 2 p.m., Sunday December 25, Lifetime: Sarah Paulson, Eric Mabius. A real-estate developer embarks on a wild cross-country odyssey to get home in time for her wedding.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 2 p.m., Sunday December 25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“My Big Fat Gypsy Christmas” 2 p.m., Sunday December 25, TLC: Travelers celebrate Christmas, extravagant weddings and First Communions.

“Movie: Beethoven's Christmas Adventure” (2011) 2:50 p.m., Sunday December 25, Disney: (PG) Kyle Massey, Munro Chambers. Lovable dog Beethoven must rescue a Christmas elf and retrieve Santa Claus' magic toy bag from crooks.

“Movie: The Christmas Clause” ** (2008) 3 p.m., Sunday December 25, ION: Lea Thompson, Andrew Airlie. Stressed-out from work and family, a successful lawyer wishes that her vision of a new life would come true.

“Extreme Christmas Trees” 3 p.m., Sunday December 25, TLC: Christmas trees that are over the top.

“Movie: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” * (2006) 3:30 p.m., Sunday December 25, ABC Family: (G) Tim Allen, Martin Short. Scott Calvin, aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws and a scheme by mischievous Jack Frost to freeze him out of Christmas.

“Christmas With the King Family” 4 p.m., Sunday December 25, KVCR: Thirty nine members of the family perform a compilation of classic music from their Christmas specials.

“Movie: The Christmas Pageant” (2011) 4 p.m., Sunday December 25, Hallmark: Melissa Gilbert, Robert Mailhouse. An overbearing theater director gets a new outlook on life when she takes a small-town gig.

“Movie: A Nanny for Christmas” (2010) 4 p.m., Sunday December 25, Lifetime: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain. A career woman cares for the children of a Beverly Hills advertising executive during the holidays.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 4 p.m., Sunday December 25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Invasion of the Christmas Lights” 4 p.m., Sunday December 25, TLC: A crisscrossing of America chronicles elaborate home Christmas displays of lights and decorations.

“Movie: Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!” (2011) 4:30 p.m., Sunday December 25, Disney: Bridgit Mendler, Leigh-Allyn Baker. Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays.

“Movie: A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail” (2011) 5 p.m., Sunday December 25, ION: Julie Gonzalo, Bruce Davison. Puppies play matchmaker for a woman and her engaged ex-boyfriend.

“Nature” 5 p.m., Sunday December 25, KLCS: Christmas in Yellowstone : Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park adapts to cold conditions as winter approaches.

“Inside Story: The Santa Clause” 5 p.m., Sunday December 25, Biography:

“Movie: Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh” (2008) 5 p.m., Sunday December 25, Nickelodeon: Drake Bell, Josh Peck. To avoid trouble with the law, two brothers promise to provide the best Christmas possible for a girl and her family.

“Movie: The Perfect Gift” (2011) 6 p.m., Sunday December 25, BET: Ruben Studdard, Golden Brooks. A couple's parents show up for the holidays and show a father what Christmas is all about.

“Movie: A Dog Named Christmas” (2009) 6 p.m., Sunday December 25, Hallmark: Bruce Greenwood, Noel Fisher. A mentally challenged man embarks on a mission to find homes for dogs during the holidays.

“Movie: Nothing Like the Holidays” ** (2008) 6 p.m., Sunday December 25, Lifetime: (PG-13) John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez. Secret revelations, major life-changes and inevitable bickering mark a Chicago family's Christmas reunion.

“Movie: A Christmas Story” **** (1983) 6 p.m., Sunday December 25, TBS: (PG) Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin. In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by Jean Shepherd.

“Christmas With Daniel O'Donnell” 7 p.m., Sunday December 25, KVCR: Daniel O'Donnell sings holiday favorites, including “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” Filmed in Ireland.

“Movie: 12 Wishes of Christmas” (2011) 7 p.m., Sunday December 25, ION: Elisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris. A woman must set things right when her wishes magically come true for Christmas.

“A Piers Morgan Christmas” 7 p.m., Sunday December 25, CNN:

“Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8 p.m., Sunday December 25, ABC: Boris Karloff narrates an animated tale about a curmudgeon and merry Whoville.

“Movie: An All Dogs Christmas Carol” ** (1998) 8 p.m., Sunday December 25, KCAL: (G) Voices of Steven Weber, Dom DeLuise. Animated. Divine intervention is needed when a bulldog with a bad attitude makes plans to ruin the Christmas holiday.

“Movie: The Perfect Holiday” * (2007) 8 p.m., Sunday December 25, BET: (PG) Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut. Romance blooms when a little girl asks a department-store Santa to fulfill her divorced mother's fondest wish for Christmas.

“Movie: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas” ** (2000) 8:30 p.m., Sunday December 25, ABC: (PG) Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor. A curmudgeon living atop Mount Crumpit sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

“The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011” 10 p.m., Sunday December 25, KLCS: A holiday concert culminates with the lighting of the national Christmas tree in President's Park in Washington, D.C.; host Carson Daly. With performances by One Republic, Rodney Atkins and Marsha Ambrosius.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

 

Photo: Scene from "It's a Wonderful Life." Credit: Republic Pictures

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