2018 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!

LOCAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE SHOWINGS

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.

Free Family Movie Night in Davenport – The Polar Express

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Davenport – Wilson Park
County Rd 547 W Orange St
Davenport, FL 33837 US
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Holiday Movies at the Polk Theatre

Polk Theatre Lakeland Holiday Movies
December 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 1, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on December 15, 2018 at 11:30am

One event on December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on December 23, 2018 at 11:30am

The Polk Theatre
139 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33801 US

Dinner and a Movie: A Christmas Story

December 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Polk Theatre
139 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33801 US
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Howard Johnson by Wyndham and The Y Host “Poolside Movie Nights”

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Saturday, repeating until December 22, 2018

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Lakeland
939 West Robson Street
Lakeland, 33805
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Holiday Movies at the Polk Theatre

Polk Theatre Lakeland Holiday Movies
December 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 1, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on December 15, 2018 at 11:30am

One event on December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on December 23, 2018 at 11:30am

The Polk Theatre
139 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33801 US

Howard Johnson by Wyndham and The Y Host “Poolside Movie Nights”

December 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Saturday, repeating until December 22, 2018

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Lakeland
939 West Robson Street
Lakeland, 33805
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Holiday Movies at the Polk Theatre

Polk Theatre Lakeland Holiday Movies
December 23 @ 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 1, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on December 15, 2018 at 11:30am

One event on December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

One event on December 23, 2018 at 11:30am

The Polk Theatre
139 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33801 US

SINGLE NIGHT HOLIDAY TV SPECIALS

Charlie Brown Thanskgiving
Wednesday, November 21 at 8pm on ABC

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (on TV)
Thursday, November 22 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 23 at 8:00pm on ABC 

Frosty the Snowman
Friday, November 23 at 8:00pm on CBS

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated)
Friday, November 23 at 8:00pm on NBC

DreamWorks Trolls Holiday
Friday, November 23 at 8:30pm on NBC
In this animated holiday special, Poppy and the Trolls bring the joy of celebrating to Bergen Town.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Tuesday, November 27 at 8pm on CBS

Christmas in Rockefeller Center – Tree Lighting
Wednesday, November 28 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.

A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy
Wednesday, November 28 at 10pm on NBC
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrate with friends, family and song. Featuring songs from John Legend’s brand new Christmas album. **We saw him in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall earlier this month and this promises to be a GREAT show**

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Thursday, November 29 at 8pm on ABC
Beloved “Frozen” sidekicks Olaf and Sven set out on a wintry adventure to find the perfect holiday tradition for Elsa and Anna.

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
Thursday, November 29 at 9pm on ABC

Join singer, songwriter and “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” host Jordan Fisher and “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland as they host the magical two-hour event from Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Joined by Disneyland host Jesse Palmer, Disney Parks and ABC will kick off the holiday season with a star-studded prime-time celebration showcasing incredible musical performances, special appearances and Disney magical moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the world – traveling the globe from Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Anaheim, California, to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.(PRE-TAPED)

2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 2 at 10:00pm on Ovation/REELZ
Watch the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, DC.

Lakeland Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 6 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.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Thursday, December 6 at 8pm on ABC 

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated)
Thursday, December 6 at 8pm on TBS

Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf
Thursday, December 6 at 8:30pm on TBS

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Saturday, December 8 at 8pm on CBS

Frosty the Snowman
Saturday, December 8 at 9pm on CBS

CMA Country Christmas hosted by Reba McEntire
Monday, December 10 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.

Disney’s Prep & Landing
Thursday, December 13 at 8pm on ABC

Disney’s Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice
Thursday, December 13 at 8:30pm on ABC

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Wednesday, December 19 at 8pm on ABC
Beloved “Frozen” sidekicks Olaf and Sven set out on a wintry adventure to find the perfect holiday tradition for Elsa and Anna.

Shrek the Halls
Wednesday, December 19 at 8pm on ABC

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Thursday, December 20 at 8pm on ABC 

A Home For The Holidays: The 20th Anniversary
Friday, December 21 at 8pm
This two-hour, star-studded holiday special features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care to raise awareness of this important social issue. For two decades, the special has told inspirational stories of adoptive families, enhanced by performances by popular musical artists. This year’s performers will be announced at a later date.

CMA Country Christmas hosted by Reba McEntire
Saturday, December 22 at 8pm on ABC

Some of the biggest stars in music come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special.

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
December 25 from 9-11am on ABC 

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

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®”

 CHANNELS WITH HOLIDAY MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Freeform’s Kickoff to Christmas
November 1 – 30 on the Freeform Channel
New this year – a full 30 days of Movies on Freeform before we even get to December! The schedule below shows the highlights, click here for the full schedule.

Christmas Movies on TV Freeform

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, 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 starting November 26.

Hallmark Channel’s 2018 Original Holiday Movies
October 26 – January 1 on the Hallmark Channel
Click Here for the Hallmark Movie Schedule

Lakeland Christmas Events Activities for Kids

Looking for Christmas Light Displays, Special Events, Concerts & Live Performances, Parades, Santa Sightings, Holiday Movies & more?  For the ultimate list of Christmas activities in Lakeland check out Lakeland’s BEST Holiday & Christmas Event Guide.

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