2017 Christmas Movies & TV Specials – Including Local Holiday Movie Showings

Sometimes we all need to take a break from the hustle & bustle, grab a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket, and settle in for a Christmas movie at home. Wondering what’s on tonight? Or want to plan ahead so you don’t miss your holiday favorites? See below for a comprehensive guide to whats on TV in December!


Find Indoor & Outdoor Holiday Movies Showings in Lakeland, Bartow, Haines City, Winter Haven. Upcoming events with holiday movies are shown below. This feeds from our master calendar, past events will not be shown.


Charlie Brown Thanskgiving
Wednesday, November 22 at 8pm on ABC

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (on TV)
Thursday, November 23 at 9am on NBC and CBS
Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade beginning at 9am on Thanksgiving morning. Followed by the National Dog Show!

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
Friday, November 24 at 8:00pm on ABC

Frosty the Snowman
Friday, November 24 at 8:00pm on CBS

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated)
Friday, November 24 at 8:00pm on NBC

DreamWorks Trolls Holiday
Friday, November 24 at 8:30pm on NBC
In this animated holiday special, Poppy and the Trolls bring the joy of celebrating to Bergen Town.

Trolls Holiday

CMA Country Christmas hosted by Reba McEntire
Monday, November 27 from 8-10pm on ABC
Some of the biggest stars in music come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special.

A Very Pentatonix Christmas
Monday, November 27 at 10pm on NBC
Catch the amazing holiday music of Pentatonix along with Jennifer Hudson, Jay Leno, Darci Lynne Farmer, and other celebrity guests.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Tuesday, November 28 at 8pm on CBS

Christmas in Rockefeller Center – Tree Lighting
Wednesday, November 29 at 8pm on 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. The evening includes festive performances by Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani and The Tenors, with additional acts to be announced.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Thursday, November 30 at 8pm on ABC

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
Thursday, November 30 from 9-11pm on ABC

Follow Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey as they host the exciting two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host Jesse Palmer to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can – showcasing incredible music performances by Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele and more. (PRE-TAPED)

2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Monday, December 4 at 7:00pm on the Hallmark Channel.
The Beach Boys, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell, Manheim Steamroller, the U.S. Navy Band, and others all perform at the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, DC.

Lakeland Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 7 beginning at 7pm
You can find the Lakeland Christmas Parade live on TV. Spectrum Channel 643 / FiOS Channel 43 OR click here to watch live online.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
Monday, December 11 at 8pm on Freeform
The new series won’t debut until 2018, but viewers can get a sneak peek with this special holiday edition. Watch as Disney’s cameras get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to pull off a winter wonderland wedding at Disney World and a proposal in Hawaii.

Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Tuesday, December 12 at 9pm on NBC
The Voice judge and No Doubt singer hosts her first Christmas special, featuring holiday-themed sketches, music performances and a guest appearance by her boyfriend and fellow Voice judge, Blake Shelton.

Taraji’s White Hot Holidays
Thursday, December 14 at 8pm on FOX
Empire star Taraji P. Henson hosts a one-hour special that features renditions of classic holiday songs by entertainment superstars,  including Chaka Khan, Ciara, Faith Evans, Fergie, Jussie Smollett, Leslie Odom Jr., Salt-N-Pepa and the Ying Yang Twins. The holiday extravaganza will also feature appearances by DJ Khaled, Taye Diggs, Jay Pharoah, Method Man, Tituss Burgess and Niecy Nash, among other surprise guests and performances.

A Christmas Story: The Musical LIVE
Sunday, December 17 from 7-10pm on FOX
Featuring Matthew Broderick and Maya Rudolph, the classic Christmas Movie comes to life in a three-hour live musical production.

Christmas Story Fox

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.

The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration and Parade
Sunday, December 25 from 9-11am on ABC

See your favorite Disney characters and performances by Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele, 98°, Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs from Broadway’s Aladdin and more. (PRE-TAPED)

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017
Saturday, December 31 beginning at 8pm on ABC

A stellar line-up of the year’s top musical artists perform during the biggest live-music celebration of the year. The bi-coastal celebration will include hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe.

The 128th Rose Parade
Monday, January 1 at 11am (EST) on ABC
Airing live from Pasadena, California, ABC’s presentation of the “Rose Parade®”


Freeform’s Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas
November 18 – 20 on the Freeform Channel
Movies to get you in the holiday spirit featuring favorites like Elf, Home Alone, and Four Christmases. The schedule below shows the highlights, click here for the full schedule.

Christmas Movies on TV Freeform

Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule (formerly ABC Family)
December 1 – 25 on the Freeform Channel (click to find the channel number)
Catch Christmas favorites like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, Polar Express, Elf, Scrooged, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Snow Buddies, Santa Paws and MANY more. The image below shows the highlights, click here for the full schedule.

Christmas Movies on TV Freeform

The Great Christmas Light Fight
Mondays 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 Mondays in December with back-to-back episodes at 8pm & 9pm each week.

Hallmark Channel’s 2017 Original Holiday Movies
October 29 – January 1 on the Hallmark Channel
Click Here for the Hallmark Movie Schedule

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