Holiday TV for Dec. 15: ‘Wonderful Life,’ ‘Christmas Vacation’

Looking for something on TV to get you into the holiday spirit? This is an incomplete list of shows/movies with holiday themes or special episodes and only offers some of my favorites, some traditional favorites or some new things! As always, as they say, check your local listings.

  • 6 p.m. — “Christmas With the Kranks,” FX; “Nine Lives of Christmas,” Hallmark; “Little House on the Prairie,” INSP
  • 7 p.m. — “The Magical Christmas Ornaments” (2017) with Tim Matheson, Hallmark M&M; “Married by Christmas,” UP; “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (7:10 p.m. start), Freeform
  • 8 p.m. — “The Santa Clause 2,” FX; “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940) with Jimmy Stewart, TCM; “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946) with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed; USA
  • 9 p.m. — “A Bramble House Christmas” (2017), Hallmark Movies
  • 9:20 p.m. — “Elf,” Freeform
  • 10 p.m. — “The Santa Clause 2,” FX; “Coming Home for Christmas” (2017) with Danica McKellar, Hallmark; “Holiday Affair” (1949) with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh, TCM
  • 11 p.m. — “Christmas Encore” (2017), Hallmark M&M
  • 11:30 p.m. — “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” (2006) with Tim Allen, Freeform
  • 11:45 p.m. — “It Happened on 5th Avenue” (1947), TCM
  • Midnight — “Love You Like Christmas” (2016), Hallmark
  • 1 a.m. — “A Christmas to Remember” (2016) with Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison, Hallmark M&M
  • 1:30 a.m. — “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983), Freeform

A peek at what’s on Dec. 16 that’s holiday related:

  • 11 a.m. — “Extreme Christmas Trees,” TLC;
  • 11:24 a.m. — “Roseanne,” TV Land
  • Noon — “Christmas Incorporated,” Hallmark; “My Crazy Obsession,” TLC
  • 12:15 p.m. — “A Christmas Carol” (1938) with Reginald Owen, TCM
  • 1:30 p.m. — “My Music (The Carpenters: Christmas Memories),” PBS (*note: this does not air on all PBS channels — it will not air on WQED, oddly and sadly)
  • 2:30 p.m. — “Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas,” PBS (*note: this does not air on all PBS channels — it will not air on WQED, oddly and sadly)
  • 8 p.m. — “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), AMC; “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” ABC
  • 10:15 p.m. — “White Christmas,” AMC

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