From admiring talented marching bands and festive balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to catching Rudolph and Frosty’s seasonal antics, holiday traditions often include watching a seasonal television show or two. Don’t miss watching your family’s favorite TV Christmas specials together. Check out our rundown of what’s showing when during the 2015 holiday season.
Sure you could record the specials or watch online another time, but for the “old-fashioned” experience, where you have to tune in at a certain time along with everyone else, check the list below. And if you just can’t go along with the idea of arranging an evening around a TV show, catch something festive almost any time during the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family with programming starting at 7 a.m. every day, Dec. 1-25.
NBC Holiday Specials
Thursday, Nov. 26
9 a.m.-noon – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Join Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie for the annual parade through Manhattan.
More than 8,000 participants in the parade include clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands.
Of course the Radio City Rockettes will help kick off the show. Stars joining the festivities this year include Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Mariah Carey, Cirque du Soleil, Daughtry, Panic! At the Disco Plain White T’s and the Muppets of “Sesame Street.”
Wednesday, Dec. 2
8 p.m. – Christmas in Rockefeller Center
NBC stars and musical guests in the annual tree lighting from Rockefeller Plaza.
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Other special NBC holiday season shows include a special “The Wiz Live!” Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Grammy Award-winner Michael Buble’s Christmas Special Dec. 10, 8 p.m., with Celine Dion, Eva Langoria, Blake Shelton and others.
CBS Holiday Specials
CBS kicks off its holiday lineup with a broadcast of parts of the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 26, hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and The Insiders’ Keltie Knight.
The holiday schedule includes traditional television classics with Frosty and Rudolph along with “I Love Lucy.”
Saturday, Nov. 28
8-8:30 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”
8:30-9 p.m. – “Frosty Returns”
9-10 p.m. – “The Story of Santa Claus”
Tuesday, Dec. 1
8-9 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Saturday, Dec. 12
9-10 p.m. – “The Flight Before Christmas”
Friday, Dec. 18
9-10 p.m. – “A Home for the Holidays”
Wednesday, Dec. 23
8-9 p.m. – “I Love Lucy Christmas Special”
Featuring two back-to-back classic episodes of the 1950s series, this year the “Christmas Episode” (first presented in December 1956), now colorized in its entirety, is paired with the newly colorized “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” (aka “Vitameatavegamin,” first broadcast on April 5, 1952). Both were colorized with a nod to the decade in which the shows were filmed.
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