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2011's must-see holiday TV specials

Krystal Clark is a Los Angeles based entertainment writer who loves all things sci-fi, comic book and fantasy. When she's not consuming other worldly genres, she likes to soak up classic cinema. Krystal has a real soft spot for Frank Cap...

Christmas TV Guide

Get ready to spend your holiday with family, friends and great entertainment. SheKnows is your one-stop spot for holiday specials including Jack Frost, Merry Madagascar and A Christmas Carol. Check out our easy to read guide to find the best TV has to offer.

It's a Wonderful Life

During the holiday season, television is flooded with festive programming. The entire month of December is dedicated to Christmas specials, which makes it hard to figure out what to watch and when.

This year, SheKnows is making your viewing experience a little less complicated. We've created a schedule dedicated to the best holiday-infused shows.

Below, we've featured the most popular specials leading up to the big day.

The following lists are organized by date and highlight both classic and contemporary favorites.

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Holiday Specials:

  • Dec. 19 -- Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special -- 11:00 a.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 20 -- Merry Madagascar -- 11:00 a.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 20 -- Mickey's Christmas Special -- 6:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 20 -- SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas -- 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (NBC)
  • Dec. 21 -- A Flintstone Christmas -- 12:00 a.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 23 -- Olive, the Other Reindeer -- 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (The CW)
  • Dec. 23 -- Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer -- 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (The CW)
  • Dec. 24 -- The Little Drummer Boy -- 7:00 a.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 24 -- Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too -- 3:30 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 24 -- Jack Frost (1979) -- 4:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 24 -- Disney Prep & Landing -- 5:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 24 -- Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice -- 5:30 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 25 -- Pinocchio's Christmas -- 8:30 a.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 25 -- Frosty's Winter Wonderland -- 9:30 a.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 25 -- Disney Christmas Parade -- 12:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC)

Top Pick: Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is perfect viewing for families with small children. The special centers on Winnie the Pooh and his gang as they anxiously wait for gifts from Santa. Unfortunately, the group becomes so obsessed with presents that they forget the true meaning of the holiday. Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is entertaining and helps kids realize what's really important. 'Tis the season for giving.

A Christmas Carol

Holiday Movies:

  • Dec. 20 -- Ernest Saves Christmas -- 7:00 a.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 20 -- Deck the Halls -- 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (FX)
  • Dec. 20 -- The Polar Express -- 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 21 -- The Santa Clause -- 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 21 -- Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause -- 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 22 -- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation -- 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 23 -- A Christmas Carol (1938) --11:00 a.m. ET/PT (TCM)
  • Dec. 23 -- Scrooge (1970) -- 6:00 p.m. ET/PT (TCM)
  • Dec. 23 -- Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas -- 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 24 -- Holiday Affair -- 2:00 p.m. ET/PT (TCM)
  • Dec. 24 -- A Christmas Story -- 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (TBS)
  • Dec. 24 -- It's a Wonderful Life -- 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (NBC)
  • Dec. 24 -- Miracle On 34th Street (1947) -- 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (TCM)
  • Dec. 24 -- Home Alone 2: Lost in New York -- 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (ABC Family)
  • Dec. 25 -- King of Kings -- 5:00 p.m. ET/PT (TCM)

Top Pick: Most people tune in to It's a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street, but we've chosen an even older classic -- A Christmas Carol. The 1938 version was one of the first big screen adaptations of the Charles Dickens' tale. The story has been remade so many times, that viewers often forget about this early incarnation. The film stars Reginald Owen as the cold Ebenezer Scrooge and Gene Lockhart as Bob Cratchit. It's a necessary and worthy addition to your TV schedule.

Happy Holidays!

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