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  • CBS “Frosty the Snowman” can be seen later this month on CBS.

  • Freeform Santa is stuck in bed with a cold in “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” which can be seen this month on Freeform. 

  • NBC “It’s a Wonderful Life” will air Christmas Eve on NBC.

  • Freeform Chevy Chase stars in “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,” which is showing this month on Freeform.

Sunday, December 03, 2017 1:00 am

Holly jolly TV calendar

Daily highlights include classics, new additions

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

It's the most wonderful time of the year – if you're looking for Christmas programming, at least.

Thanks in part to the never-ending supply of romantic holiday stories on the Hallmark networks and family-friendly efforts like Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas schedule, there's always something to watch to get you in the holly jolly spirit. There are new specials and series to check out, and don't miss the annual classics featuring Rudolph, Frosty and George Bailey.

Many of the programs listed in this calendar will air repeatedly during the month ahead, but this list of at least one program each day through Christmas will help you get started with your viewing schedule. Not every new program is listed, but information has been included for a few of them on the date of their first broadcast.

Times listed here are subject to change, so check the listings from your TV provider to see what's on at any given moment.

Dec. 3

• “Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever,” 10 a.m. on Lifetime

• “Christmas at Holly Lodge,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark – A woman inherits a ski lodge filled with people who can't make it home for the holidays.

• “My Christmas Prince,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime – While at home for Christmas, a teacher discovers her boyfriend is a prince for Christmas.

• “Magical Christmas Ornaments,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – A publishing executive's mother starts sending her the family's Christmas ornaments to awaken her holiday spirit.

Dec. 4

• “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 8 p.m. on ABC – The fifth season premieres.

Dec. 5

• “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,” 6:45 p.m. on Freeform

Dec. 6

• “The Polar Express,” 6:45 p.m. on Freeform

Dec. 7

• “Shrek the Halls,” 8 p.m. on ABC

Dec. 8

• “Toy Story That Time Forgot,” 11:30 p.m. on Freeform – Preceded by all three “Toy Story” movies, beginning at 4:50 p.m.

• “A Christmas Carol” (1951), 8 p.m. on TCM

Dec. 9

• “Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July,” 7 a.m. on Freeform

• “Christmas in Mississippi,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime – A photographer returns to her hometown to help with the town light show and finds it is run by her high school sweetheart.

• “The Christmas Cottage,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark – A woman who has given up on love prepares a cottage for her best friend's honeymoon.

• “Christmas Encore,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – A struggling actress and her cast are in need of a Christmas miracle.

• “It's a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. on USA Network

• “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m. on CBS

• “Frosty the Snowman,” 9 p.m. on CBS

• “Frosty Returns,” 9:30 p.m. on CBS

Dec. 10

• “Miracle on 34th Street,” 3 p.m. on Sundance – Replays all day.

• “Sharing Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark – A Christmas shop owner is the lone hold-out standing in the way of a big development.

• “Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – A single mother reconnects with a boy from her teen years.

Dec. 11

• “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town,” 1:35 p.m. on Freeform

Dec. 12

• “Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey,” 7 p.m. on Freeform

• “Greatest Holiday Commericals Countdown 2017,” 8 p.m. on The CW – The 12 best holiday commercials.

• “Scrooged,” 8 p.m. on AMC

• “Gwen Stefani Christmas Special,” 9 p.m. on NBC – The singer is joined by special guests for holiday classics and comedy.

Dec. 13

• “'Twas the Night Before Christmas,” 7 a.m. on Freeform

• “Rudolph's Shiny New Year,” 11 a.m. on Freeform

• “A Christmas Carol” (1999), 9 p.m. on TNT

• “A Christmas Carol” (1984), 10:30 p.m. on AMC

Dec. 14

• “Mickey's Christmas Carol,” 11 a.m. on Freeform

• “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017,” 8 p.m. on The CW

• “Disney's Prep & Landing,” 8:30 p.m. on ABC

Dec. 15

• “The Little Drummer Boy,” 11 a.m. on Freeform

• “The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade,” 8 p.m. on The CW

Dec. 16

• “Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas,” 10:05 a.m. on Freeform

• “Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas,” 11:35 a.m. on Freeform

• “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m. on ABC

• “Christmas Next Door,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark – A bachelor uncle seeks help taking care of his niece and nephew at the holidays.

• “Snowed-Inn Christmas,” 8 p.m. on Lifetime – A pair of polar-opposite journalists travel to Santa Claus, Indiana, for a special assignment.

• “Rocky Mountain Christmas,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – An Oregon ranch operator and a Hollywood actor connect on a horseback ride.

Dec. 17

• “Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 10:40 a.m. on Freeform

• “The Sound of Music,” 7 p.m. on ABC

• “A Christmas Story Live,” 7 p.m. on Fox – The network stages the Broadway musical adaptation of the holiday classic live, leg lamp included.

• “Romance at Reindeer House,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark – A group of people who have sworn off the holidays wind up at a Christmas-themed ranch.

• “Christmas Connection,” 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – A boy tries to fix up his father and a flight attendant.

Dec. 18

• “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic,” 8 p.m. on Freeform – An inside look at decorating Disney destinations for the holidays.

Dec. 19

• “Frosty's Winter Wonderland,” 7 a.m. on Freeform

Dec. 20

• “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” 2:30 p.m. on Freeform

• “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” 8 p.m. on The CW

• “The 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time,” 9 p.m. on The CW

Dec. 21

• “Jack Frost,” 8:30 a.m. on Freeform

Dec. 22

• “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8 p.m. on CBS – The “Christmas Episode” from 1956 is joined by the newly colorized “The Fashion Show” from 1955. Followed by two newly colorized episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

• “Christmas in Connecticut,” 8 p.m. on TCM

Dec. 23

• “Christmas Getaway,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark – A travel writer looks for relaxation at the holidays and instead must share her perfect cabin.

Dec. 24

• “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 6:35 p.m. on Freeform

• “A Christmas Story,” midnight on TCM – Runs until 8 p.m. Christmas night.

• “It's a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. on NBC

Dec. 25

• “Scrooge” (1935), 10:30 a.m. on TCM

• “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration,” 10 a.m. on ABC

• “The Santa Clause,” 4:45 p.m. on Freeform

• “When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree,” 8 p.m. on Hallmark – The series' Christmas movie includes a young Mountie searching for holiday inspiration.

cmcmaken@jg.net