[For 2012 showtimes, see my page here.]
The more popular Christmas films and TV specials – with info on screening times and/or links to info on screening…
You can also look up times for these and other shows on the TV Guide website. (And you can read about, and possibly find times for, the cartoon/animated Christmas movies and specials at A Cartoon Christmas.)
I’ll update this if I find more times or remember movies I left out…
A Charlie Brown Christmas – ABC TV – Tuesday December 7 and Thursday December 16 from 8-9pm.
A Christmas Carol (1938) – TCM. Earliest sound version of the Dickens story, and still my favorite film version.
A Christmas Carol (2009). Animated version with Jim Carrey. Haven’t seen it.
The Bishop’s Wife (1947) – TCM. One of my favorite Christmas movies.
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol – BBC America – December 25, 2010 at 9pm/8c
Elf – USA TV channel – Dec 5, 6 and 10
Frosty the Snowman – CBS – Dec 11 and 17
Holiday Inn (1942) – AMC – showing 7 times, beginning December 12. Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby
Home Alone 1
Home Alone 2
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)- ABC TV – November 30. Original animated version – not the Carrey one.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – NBC – Saturday, December 11 8/7c, Friday, December 24 8/7c. Zuzu’s petals
Love, Actually (2003) – possibly, unaccountably not showing on TV – but available for “on demand” viewing
Merry Madagascar / Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special – NBC – Saturday, December 4 8/7c. Pair of holiday specials based on recent animated movies.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – AMC – showing 12 times from Dec 17 to Christmas. A department store Santa thinks he’s the real thing – the original version
The Polar Express – ABC Family and Disney. – Dec 3, 8, 10 and 11.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – CBS – Tuesday, November 30.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – ABC TV – Thursday, December 2.
The Santa Clause – ABC Family – Dec 2, 10 and 11. Tim Allen inherits the red suit.
The Santa Clause 2 – ABC Family – Dec 10 and 11.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause – ABC Family – Dec 11 and 12.
Scrooged (1988) – AMC – showing 18 times between November 30 and Boxing Day.
An updated version of the Dickens story, with Bill Murray basically being Bill Murray, playing a TV executive who is putting on a Christmas special, but is a real “bah humbug” guy – until he gets visited by three spirits.
The Shop Around The Corner (1940) – TCM.
Ernst Lubitsch directs, James Stewart stars. The movie on which the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film You’ve Got Mail was based, but so much better. A romantic comedy, set in Budapest during the holiday season.
Singin’ In The Rain (1952) – TCM.
The Sound of Music (1965) – apparently not showing, though available for “on demand” viewing online.
White Christmas (1954) – AMC – showing 11 times between December 11 and Christmas Day.
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a couple of song and dance men who end up at a ski lodge in Vermont, run by their old commander and about to go out of business because of the lack of snow. Isn’t that a weird way to synopsize the movie? Accurate though it is, it doesn’t exactly capture the point and the pleasures of the movie.