Sometimes we all need to take a break from the hustle & bustle and get lost in the joy of a Christmas Movie. We’ve tracked all the places you can catch a local Holiday movie showing to make it easy for you to plan a night out with your family, including outdoor Christmas movie options where you can social distance.
Prefer to enjoy Christmas Movies from your own couch? Fix a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket, and settle in for a Christmas movie or TV Special at home. While you can always find something to stream these days, there are also some fun Holiday Specials on TV for one night only including a live production of the Grinch, a new Minions Holiday Special, and a Disney Holiday Sing Along. See below for a list of can’t miss TV Shows and Christmas Movies in November and December.
Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.
2020 LOCAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE SHOWINGS
Silver Moon Drive In
The Silver Moon Drive-In has two screens with double features seven nights a week. Listen to the movie through your FM car radio. Admission is $6/person for ages 10+ and $2 for ages 4 – 9.
They have Christmas Movie Marathons planned in December, plus Christmas movies on weeknights.
Check the Silver Moon Website for their December schedule and more Christmas movies at the Drive In!
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2020 CHRISTMAS TV SPECIALS
While you can find Christmas movies streaming 24/7 these days, below you’ll find a list of TV Specials and brand new Christmas Shows you don’t want to miss!
Sunday, November 22
6:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) (TBS)
6:30pm – The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story (TBS)
7:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) (TBS)
7:30pm – The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story (TBS)
Wednesday, November 25
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Available to stream for free on Apple TV+ Nov 25 through Nov 27.
Thursday, November 26
9am – 12pm – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (exclusively on NBC this year)
Although spectators won’t line the streets of NYC this year, the tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade continues with a reimagined celebration that will bring you giant floats and Broadway performers as you watch from the comfort of home.
9am – 12pm – CBS Thanksgiving Day Celebration (CBS) – This celebration will feature a lineup packed with new musical performances and celebrity interviews.
12:00pm – National Dog Show
8:00pm – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (ABC)
8:30pm – Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC)
9:00pm – World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (ABC)
Friday, November 27
8:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) (NBC)
8:30pm – A Minions Holiday Special (NBC) – BRAND NEW!
9:00pm – The All-Star Nickmas Spectacular (Nickelodeon) – Hosted by Nickelodeon’s Lex Lumpkin, the hour-long variety show will include musical performances by JoJo Siwa, That Girl Lay Lay and Ne-Yo, appearances by Gabriel Iglesias, Jay Pharoah, Tisha Campbell, Trevor Noah and Young Dylan, plus comedy sketches and special messages from animated stars.
Sunday, November 29
8:00pm – Disney’s Prep & Landing (ABC)
8:30pm – Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice (ABC)
Monday, November 30
8:00pm – The Disney Holiday Singalong (ABC) – BRAND NEW!
9:00pm – CMA Country Christmas hosted by Thomas Rhett (ABC)
Wednesday, December 2
8:00pm – 88th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC)
NBC once again heralds the arrival of the holidays with a dazzling display of musical talents, star-studded surprises and the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree for the annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast.
Wednesday, December 9
8:00pm – “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical” – BRAND NEW Show – Matthew Morrison will star as the Grinch in a stage production from London’s Troubadour Theatre. (NBC)
8:00pm – The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) – **One of the houses featured in 2020 is located here in Polk County!! Find out which one in our Christmas Light Guide. We are sure yet which night they will be on.**
Monday, December 14
9:00pm – Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir (PBS)
Wednesday, December 16
8:00pm – The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC)
9:00pm – Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us (CW)
Friday, December 18
8:30pm – Shrek the Halls (ABC)
Thursday, December 24
8:00pm – It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC)
A Christmas Story – December 24 at 8pm through December 25 at 8pm on TBS
TBS will show A Christmas Story for 24 hours straight, with new showings starting every two hours – 8PM, 10PM, 12AM, 2AM, 4AM, 6AM, 8AM, 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, and the last show at 6PM on Christmas night.
Friday, December 25
10:00am – Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration (ABC)
CHANNELS WITH HOLIDAY MOVIES & TV SHOWS
Freeform’s Kickoff to Christmas
November 1 – 30 on the Freeform Channel
Enjoy a full 30 days of Movies on Freeform before we even get to December!
Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule
December 1 – 25 on the Freeform Channel (click to find the channel number)
Catch Christmas favorites like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, Polar Express, Scrooged, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, and MANY more.
AMC’s Best Christmas Ever
November 1 – December 25
AMC’s annual “Best Christmas Ever” programming event returns this holiday season with a slate of 835 hours of holiday classic films and family favorites airing all day, every day on AMC beginning November 2 through December 25. AMC will be the exclusive home to such holiday favorites as Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, Love Actually, Four Christmases, among many others. A majority of titles will also be available on-demand on AMC.com and the AMC app.
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Wednesdays in December at 8pm on ABC
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes of winning a cash prize and the coveted Light Fight trophy. The series will air on Wednesdays in December starting December 9.
You can also find plenty of Christmas movies streaming on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, and more.
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including:
🎄 Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays
🎄 FREE Christmas Events
🎄 Outdoor Events + Walk Thru Light Displays
🎄 Santa Photos and Breakfast with Santa
🎄 Christmas Parades
🎄 Holiday Concerts + Live Performances
🎄 Christmas Movies + TV Specials
🎄 Ice Skating
🎄 Christmas Giving + Toy Donations
🎄 Holiday Markets and Christmas Craft Fairs
🎄 Holiday Day Trips in Central Florida
🎄 25 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness