Christmas Movies & TV Specials – Including Local Holiday Movie Showings

Lakeland Christmas Movies

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!

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.


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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Cobb Lakeside 18 at Lakeside Village runs Flashback movies – classic movies on the big screen. Holiday movies are included, for 2019 The Polar Express is scheduled with the possibility of others. Visit the Cobb Website for details.


Saturday, November 23
7:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon) (TBS)
7:30pm – The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story (TBS)
8:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon) (TBS)
8:30pm – The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story (TBS)

Wednesday, November 27
8:00pm – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC)
8:00pm – Ellen’s Game of Games: Holiday Edition (NBC)
9:00pm – A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving (NBC)

Thursday, November 28
8:00pm – The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (ABC)
9:00am – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (on TV – NBC & CBS)
Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade beginning at 9am on Thanksgiving morning. Followed by the National Dog Show!
11:00pm – Outrageous Holiday Houses with Lance Bass (HGTV)

Friday, November 29
8:00pm – Frosty The Snowman (CBS)
8:30pm – Frosty Returns (CBS)

Saturday, November 30
8:00pm – Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire (CBS)
8:00pm – It’s a Wonderful Life (NBC)
8:30pm – Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe (CBS)

Sunday, December 1
8:00pm – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (ABC)
8:00pm – A Christmas Carol (TCM)

Monday, December 2
8:00pm – The Great Christmas Light Fight (Premiere) (ABC)
8:00pm – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)

Tuesday, December 3
8:00pm – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NBC)
9:00pm – CMA Country Christmas hosted by Tricia Yearwood (ABC)
Some of the biggest stars in music come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special.

Wednesday, December 4
8:00pm – 87th 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.

Thursday, December 5
8:00pm – A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC)
9:00pm – A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special (NBC)

Lakeland Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 5 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.

Sunday, December 8
8:00pm – Christmas at Dollywood (Hallmark)

Thursday, December 12
8:00pm – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (ABC)
Beloved “Frozen” sidekicks Olaf and Sven set out on a wintry adventure to find the perfect holiday tradition for Elsa and Anna.
8:30pm – Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC)
9:00pm – The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (ABC)
10:00pm – A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy (NBC)
NBC will re-air the 2018 special that features John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, with performances from Legend’s 2018 Christmas album.

Saturday, December 14
8:00pm – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
8:30pm – DreamWorks Trolls Holiday (NBC)
9:00pm – Frosty The Snowman (CBS)
9:30pm – Frosty Returns (CBS)

Sunday, December 15
7:00pm – The Sound of Music (ABC)

Monday, December 16
8:00pm – The Great Christmas Light Fight (Finale) (ABC)
10:00pm – Holidays with the Houghs – Derek and Julianne Hough (NBC)

Tuesday, December 17
9:30pm – Shrek the Halls (ABC)

Thursday, December 19
8:00pm – Disney’s Prep & Landing (ABC)
8:30pm – Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice (ABC)
9:00pm – The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (ABC)

Sunday, December 22
7:00pm – I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC)
8:00pm – Kids Say the Darndest Things (ABC)
9:00pm – A Home for the Holidays with Idina Menzel (CBS)
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.

Tuesday, December 24
8:00pm – A Christmas Story Live! (2017 with Matthew Broderick) (FOX)
8:00pm – It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC)
11:30pm – Christmas Eve Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica (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.

Wednesday, December 25
10:00am – Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (ABC)

Tuesday, December 31
8:00pm – Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (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.
8:00pm – A Toast to 2019 (NBC)
10:00pm – NBC New Year’s Eve Special (NBC)

Wednesday, January 1
11:30am – 131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (NBC)
Airing live from Pasadena, California, ABC’s presentation of the “Rose Parade®”


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! The schedule below shows the highlights, click here for the full schedule.

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.

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 December 2.

Hallmark Channel’s 2019 Original Holiday Movies
October 26 – January 1 on the Hallmark Channel
Click Here for the Hallmark Movie Schedule

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including:
🎄  Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays
🎄  Santa Photos and Breakfast with Santa
🎄  Christmas Parades in Polk County
🎄  Holiday Concerts & Live Performances
🎄  Christmas Movies & TV Specials
🎄 Ice Skating
🎄  Christmas Giving Opportunities & Toy Donation Needs
🎄 Holiday Markets and Christmas Craft Fairs
🎄  Holiday Day Trips in Central Florida
🎄 Experience Gift Ideas (that don’t take up space!)
and more!