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All the Star-Studded Holiday Specials on TV This Year — Here’s How to Watch

Okay, we’ll admit it: the holiday season is our absolute favorite time of year. Luckily, it looks like we’re in good company on that front, with Idina Menzel, Taylor Swift, and more celebs airing holiday specials in 2019. And the way we actually watch these specials feels more high-tech than ever. While traditional cable is still an option for those feeling nostalgic, there are also online streaming options for shows like Tiffany Haddish’s Kids Say the Darndest Things or Netflix’s Christmas With My Father from comedian Jack Whitehall.

So, let’s start by telling you about the star-studded show we look forward to every year: Z100’s Jingle Ball, which this year features an impressive line-up including Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Camila Cabello, Halsey, and the Jonas Brothers. Then there’s the annual CBS “A Home For the Holidays,” headlined by Idina Menzel — but featuring performances by Adam Lambert and Kelly Rowland too.

2019 sure is serving up a ton of star-studded holiday specials we can’t wait to watch. Find out when and where to stream these celebs’ holiday specials right now.

Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways

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Release Date: December 10, 8 p.m.

Ellen DeGeneres’s Greatest Night of Giveaways is a three-night holiday extravaganza airing from Dec. 10 – 12 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Joined by celebrity friends Jennifer Aniston, Chrissy Teigen, Robert Downey Jr., Justin Timberlake, and more, DeGeneres gives out an incredible array of gifts to unsuspecting people who deserve it (sometimes even audience members!). What is it about seeing good people get extravagant gifts that feel so dang good?!

Watch early clips here.

A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy

Release Date: December 12, 10 p.m.

This is the only re-run we’re including on our list — the others are all 100% original 2019 content, we swear. But come on: Who wouldn’t want to rewatch Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s holiday special, packed with appearances from celebs like Kim Kardashian West, Kenan Thompson, Zach Galifianakis, and the true stars, their kids Miles and Luna?

Watch Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Jack Whitehall: Christmas With My Father (Netflix) 

Release Date: December 12

A followup to Jack Whitehall’s Travels with my Father series on Netflix, we now have Christmas with my Father, a “comedy extravaganza” featuring Jack, his father Michael, and celebrity guests Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, and Tan France from Queer Eye, plus Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey, and more. The beloved English comedian will get a wardrobe revamp from the Queer Eye crew, stage a Christmas nativity scene, and — well, you’ll see Dec. 12!

Watch here.

Z100’s Jingle Ball with Taylor Swift, Lizzo, & More

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Release Date: December 13, 7 p.m.

We’ll start with the good news: If you miss the live showing of this (available on the CW or CW app), you can catch it on Dec. 19 instead, when the CW will re-broadcast the entire concert. As we mentioned, there’s a rather spectacular line-up this year — Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, the Jonas Brothers and more. And seriously: does anything say Christmas more than the Jingle Ball?!

Watch Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. on The CW.

A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition

Release Date: December 16, 10 p.m.

HGTV is giving us a Brady Bunch holiday special to celebrate the merriest time of year. The Brady Bunch cast, along with HGTV star Jasmine Roth and Food Network star Ree Drummond, will cook up 70s-style dishes like gelatin fruit salad and spruce up the home with retro Christmas decorations.

Watch Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. on HGTV — or catch the second show on Dec. 22 on Food Network.

Holidays With the Houghs (NBC) 

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Release Date: December 16, 10 p.m.

Fans of Dancing with the Starsthis one’s for you! Emmy-winning choreographers (and pro dancers) Julianne and Derek Hough are hosting an hourlong Christmas special full of dance numbers and musical performances — plus a dash of sibling rivalry. Find out all about the Hough’s yearly holiday traditions (and see who has the better moves, once and for all) on Dec. 16, airing on NBC.

Watch NBC live here.

A Home For the Holidays with Idina Menzel

Release Date: December 22, 9 p.m.

Every year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption partners with the Children’s Action Network and CBS to put on “A Home For The Holidays,” a night of musical performances and storytelling to raise awareness for children everywhere waiting to be adopted from foster care. Families who have adopted children from foster care share their stories between musical acts, which this year will be performed by Idina Menzel, Adam Lambert, NE-YO, and Kelly Rowland.

Watch Dec. 22 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Kids Say the Darndest Things Holiday Edition (Tiffany Haddish)

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Release Date: December 22, 8 p.m.

This holiday special of Tiffany Haddish’s Kids Say the Darndest Things is called “Santa’s Got a Six Pack,” and features more shenanigans from Haddish and a boisterous group of kids. After chatting about favorite holiday traditions, Haddish goes on a mission as Santa’s helper and meets an 8-year-old magician. It’ll be a night full of magic — but more importantly, full of laughs.

Watch on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC, or catch it the next day on the ABC website or Hulu.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Release Date: December 31, 8 p.m.

And to mark the end of the holiday season, we have, of course, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, who this year will be co-hosting alongside Ciara and Jenny McCarthy. Lucy Hale will be joining Seacrest for the countdown to midnight, and Pose‘s Billy Porter will be hosting the Central Time Zone celebration in New Orleans. Performers include Ciara, Paula Abdul, Blanco Brown, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, and more — in other words, don’t miss it.

Watch Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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