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Christmas TV: What's on when?

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From Frosty to Santa Clause

The holiday is almost here and with it comes a host of Christmas classics on TV! Here's the lowdown on what Christmas movies and specials are airing when each day until December 25.

From Frosty to Santa ClauseThe fun starts December 18 on CBS with a double feature of classics Frosty the Snowman and its '90s sequel Frosty Returns, starting at 8 pm.

Then December 19 our favorite Superman takes flight in the Hallmark Channel's original film The Three Gifts. Don't miss our exclusive interview with its star, Dean Cain, early December 19.

Also, it's time for A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa on NBC at 8 pm. When the Muppets accidentally intercept a few of Santa's letters, they set out on an adventure to the North Pole.

Along the way, they run into a cast of characters that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Uma Thurman, Jesse L Martin, Petra Nemcova, Nathan Lane, Paul Williams, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others.

On December 23, CBS will air The 11th Annual A Home for the Holidays, starting at 8:30 pm. Host Faith Hill is joined by Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Mary J Blige, Jenna Elfman and Nia Vardalos for this annual holiday special that offers musical performances, while also looking at the joys, rewards and success stories of adoption.

Christmas Eve is all about the classics. NBC is airing It's a Wonderful Life at 8 pm, while TBS kicks off A Christmas Story Marathon at 8 pm, with the movie replaying on rotation for 24-hours.

From Frosty to Santa ClauseWhen and where are the Christmas classics?

December 18
Frosty The Snowman on CBS at 8 pm
Frosty Returns on CBS at 8:30 pm

December 19
A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa on NBC at 8 pm
The Three Gifts on Hallmark Channel at 8 pm

December 23
The 11th Annual A Home For The Holidays on CBS at 8:30 pm

December 24
It's a Wonderful Life on NBC at 8 pm
A Christmas Story marathon on TBS at 8 pm repeating for 24 hours

The ABC Family Chrismathon schedule!

Meanwhile, ABC Family continues it's 25 Days of Christmas fest with a nonstop marathon of movies, continuing at 11 am on December 21 and concluding with a 3:30 pm showing of Miracle on 34th Street.

You'll find just about all your faves on the schedule, from I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus to A Very Brady Christmas, so check out the ABC Family lineup:

Monday, December 21
Sons of Mistletoe at 11 am
The Christmas List at 1 pm
Unlikely Angel at 3 pm
A Carol Christmas at 5 pm
Santa Baby at 7 pm
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe at 9 pm
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus at 11 am

Tuesday, December 22
A Very Brady Christmas at 1 pm
Once Upon A Christmas at 3 pm
Twice Upon A Christmas at 5 pm

Wednesday, December 23
Snowglobe at 11 am
Holiday in Handcuffs at 1 pm
Santa Baby at 3 pm
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe at 5 pm
Miracle On 34th Street at 7:30 pm
The Polar Express at 10 pm

Thursday, December 24
Mickey's Christmas Carol at 11 am
Winnie The Pooh & Christmas Too at 11:30 am
Pinocchio's Christmas at 12 pm
Twas The Night Before Christmas at 1 pm
Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas In July at 1:30 pm
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys at 3:30 pm
Jack Frost at 5 pm
Frosty's Winter Wonderland at 6 pm
Twas The Night Before Christmas at 6:30 pm
Rudolph's Shiny New Year at 7 pm
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town at 8 pm
The Year Without A Santa Claus at 9 pm
A Miser Brothers' Christmas at 10 pm

Friday, December 25
Jingle All The Way at 11 am
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 1 pm
Miracle on 34th Street at 3:30 pm

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