2018 Holiday TV Calendar: A Guide to Every Special, Episode, Marathon and Movie of the Season

Doctor Who's annual tradition tweaked, a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina special, Netflix Originals holiday films, the One Tree Hill cast reunite, and more! Find out when to watch every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's TV and streaming offering.

by | December 5, 2018 | Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Time for you to utterly destroy any free space remaining on your DVR with holiday cheer of all sorts.

This year there are more than 65 original Christmas movies headed to Freeform, Lifetime, Hallmark, and Netflix — along with a cornucopia of other broadcast and cable holiday-themed fare. From one-off specials of your favorite reality competitions (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Nailed It!), comedies (Schitt’s Creek), and dramas (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), to cooking series of all types, there’s something on this list to please even the crankiest members of your family.

So pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and peruse 2018’s holiday marathons, specials, series, and movies — then crank up the TV and kill that awkward small talk with your Great Uncle Marty. Check back periodically throughout the season as we add more listings.

Just Added (12/5): Syfy’s Twilight Zone New Year’s Marathon, broadcast New Year’s Eve specials, The Simpsons first-ever full-length episode (airing Dec. 23)

ARCHIVE: November


Saturday, Dec. 1
25 Days of Christmas, Freeform — The annual nearly month-long programming event features family-friendly Christmas movies including The Santa Clause, Home Alone, and The Holiday; Disney movies including all three Toy Story films, The Incredibles, and Ice Age: Continental Drift, and original movies including Life Size 2 (with Tyra Banks) and No Sleep ’Til Christmas (with real-life couple Dave and Odette Annable). Special series airs through Tuesday, Dec. 25.

A Twist of Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Two single parents— busy working mom Abby (Vanessa Lachey) and her son, and overwhelmed lawyer Ryan (Brendon Zub) and his daughter, accidentally mix up their toys at a crowded department store.  As a result, both of their Christmases appear to be ruined. Although the two can’t stand each other, the only way to get things back on track is to help each other salvage their holiday plans – not realizing they’re falling for each other in the process.

Mingle All the Way, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Mingle All the Way founder Molly (Jen Lilley) is determined to prove to her family that her new networking app, designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events without long-term romance, is a success. So she joins the app and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Brant Daugherty), but they are horrified to realize that they’ve already had two disastrous previous encounters. They agree to stay matched for all their upcoming engagements, however, and as the pair gets closer over the holiday season, their business arrangement might turn into something more.

(Photo by Hallmark)

Christmas Wonderland, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Successful art gallery curator Heidi (Emily Osment), who left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold. A week before the gallery’s big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew and comes face to face with her high school love, Chris (Ryan Rottman), now a teacher. As Heidi spends more time in Pleasant Valley helping Chris plan the Christmas dance, she finds herself torn between life in the city and Pleasant Valley.

Love for Christmas, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — When Heather, a local theater director, and Bobby run into each other upon his return home after leaving for the Navy years prior, they quickly realize that their mutual childhood crush might lead to an unexpected romance.

Sunday, Dec. 2

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special, ABC, 10 p.m. — Supermodels showcase lingerie accompanied by performances from Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Leela James, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes, and The Struts.

The Christmas Pact, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — When next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) were 8 years old, they planted a scrawny three-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger, and so does their love.

A Majestic Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet for architect Nell (Jerrika Hinton) this year, when she returns to her hometown to turn the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town’s objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now come to an end. Even though the renovation is her first big promotion, Nell wishes she hadn’t been chosen for it, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Christian Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with her own. Connor hasn’t had much experience celebrating Christmas, so Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course during Briar Falls’ Twelve Day Festival and that he might just change his mind.

Life Size 2: A Christmas Eve, Freeform, 9 p.m. — Marathon Toys’ 20-something CEO Grace Manning (Francia Raisa) is having a quarter-life crisis and in over her head running her mother’s huge toy company that is most famous for its iconic Eve doll. Grace’s wild-child ways are even causing the company’s stock to plummet. With the help of her young next-door neighbor, Grace’s old Eve doll (Tyra Banks) magically awakens to help get Grace back on track and give her the confidence to be the woman and leader Eve knows Grace can be.

Once Upon a Christmas Miracle, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger’s (Aimee Teegarden) time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey (Brett Dalton), heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris’ journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved.

A Star for Christmas, Lifetime, 10 p.m. — Cupcakery owner Cassie (Briana Evigan) can’t help falling for her hunky new customer, but when he turns out to be action superstar Alex Gray, will their relationship survive Hollywood and the holidays?

Monday, Dec. 3
Movies that Sleigh, BBC America — From Dec. 3-5; 10-12; and 17-21; the network will air fan-favorite movies including Pulp Fiction, the Rambo films, The Departed, and more.

Pop Up Santa Holiday Special, Freeform, 9:30 p.m. — Hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker, the special follows celebrity guests including ballerina Misty Copeland, former NFL athlete DeMarco Murray, The Fosters’ Sherri Saum, Tommy Martinez from new Freeform drama Good Trouble, a special Marvel guest, and Freeform Santa as they team up with Freeform to spread holiday cheer.

Thursday, Dec. 6
Sci-Fi Binge, BBC America — Heading into the Doctor Who finale, watch other powerhouse sci-fi series including The X-Files, Star Trek: The Original Series, and more. Runs through Dec. 9.

Friday, Dec. 7
RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, VH1, 8 p.m — a special Drag Race holiday competition featuring returning franchise superstars.

Christmas Lost and Found, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — New York City event planner Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar) travels to Chicago to spend Christmas with Grandma Frances (Diane Ladd), who decides to bestow Whitney with the precious Kennison family Christmas ornaments. But when Whitney mistakenly throws out the box of ornaments, Grandma Frances devises a fun Christmas scavenger hunt to remind Whitney what the holiday is all about.

Super Monsters and the Wish Star, Netflix — It’s the Night Before Christmas and wishes are coming true! First for Lobo, whose favorite cousin, Vida, arrives for a surprise visit. Then for Glorb, who wishes he could be everywhere at the same time.

Nailed It! Holiday, Netflix — Hosted by Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres, this holiday-themed competition sees home bakers with a terrible track record take a shot at recreating edible holiday masterpieces for a $10,000 prize.

Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, Netflix — This anti-Christmas special has a star-studded cast (Jamie Foxx, Susan Sarandon, Rashida Jones, Jaden Smith).

Saturday, Dec. 8

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Santa’s Boots, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — When Holly (Megan Hilty) returns home for Christmas, she’s blindsided to learn her family’s department store is on the brink of foreclosure. To keep the business going, Holly fills in as Santa’s Helper and meets the surprisingly young and handsome Nick (Noah Mills), who’s playing Santa at the store this year. Their chemistry draws big crowds, until Nick suddenly disappears. Holly scrambles to find Nick as Christmas day approaches.

Homegrown Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — After stepping down from her CEO dream job, Maddie (Lori Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective and runs into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Victor Webster). Tensions quickly arise, and when forced to put on a Christmas dance for the local high school together, Carter and Maddie must put their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic, Freeform, 8 p.m. — This all-new installment is once again hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Allison Holker. This year’s weddings at Walt Disney World Resort will feature a Mary Poppins Returns theme and a special performance by country music superstar Martina McBride.

Memories of Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Noelle (Christina Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother’s house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave (Mark Taylor), who convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle’s defenses start to come down. She embraces the town’s Christmas gala that was her mother’s legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible.

Sunday, Dec. 9
The Simpsons: “Tis the 30th Season,” Fox, 8 p.m. — After failed Black Friday shopping, Marge is determined to fix Christmas but Homer and the kids decide to surprise her by going on vacation to a Floridian resort that turns out to be a knock-off Disney World.

Homicide for the Holidays, Oxygen, 8 p.m. — The third season of the true-crime limited series delves into three new horrific cases of holidays turned upside down.

A Christmas in Tennessee, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Allison Bennet (Rachel Boston), along with her daughter Olivia and mother Martha (Patricia Richardson), run a bakery in the small mountain town of White Pines, Tennessee. When Matthew (Andrew Walker), a charming real estate developer, tries to buy the town for a corporate ski resort, Allison and the townspeople must work together to prevent that from happening. And just when the Bennet ladies seem out of luck, an unexpected visitor — with a well-known sweet tooth for cookies and milk — comes to the bakery and may in fact be the key to solving everything.

Welcome to Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — Real estate developer Madison Lane (Jennifer Finnigan) must find a location for a new ski resort, and her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colorado, to consider the location and the incentive package they’re offering. When a fender-bender with the town’s welcome sign delays Madison, Sheriff Gage McBride (Eric Mabius) gives her a ride into town so she can make her meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know, the town is on a mission to convince her that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout, but is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?

Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries,  9 p.m. — It’s the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill (Megan Park) is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer (Josh Henderson) is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they’re both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn’t written a song since his father died, and Cara’s mother recently passed and her family’s jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love?

Monday, Dec. 10
CMA Country Christmas, ABC, 8 p.m. — Reba McEntire hosts this two-hour special filled with performances from Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs, and Brett Young.

No Sleep ‘Til Christmas, Freeform, 9 p.m. — High-end event planner Lizzie (Odette Annable) is preparing for her own life’s biggest event – her wedding. She lies awake nightly while her devoted fiancé Josh (Charles Michael Davis) rests peacefully. When a sleep-deprived incident causes her to run into Billy (Dave Annable), a low-key bartender who is just as sleepless and frustrated as she is, they discover that they can only fall asleep while next to each other. What seems like an odd coincidence and a disruption to their lives, might be more meaningful than they’d like to admit.

Pentatonix: A Not-So-Silent Night, NBC, 10 p.m. — The singers embark on an unforgettable journey throughout Las Vegas, making stops along the legendary Strip including the iconic Caesars Palace and the stunning Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, with appearances by Kelly Clarkson, The Backstreet Boys, and Maren Morris.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas, YouTube — Watch the comedian and special friends uncover pop culture myths surrounding the holiday in this new special, debuting on Buzzfeed’s YouTube channel.

Thursday, Dec. 13
Earth Binge, BBC America — Time for some Christmas counter-programming with Emmy-winning nature TV including Blue Planet II, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, and more. Runs through Dec. 16.

Ellen’s Game of Games: Holiday Spectacular, NBC, 8 p.m. — The comedian’s game show returns for a holiday-themed second season premiere.

Dr. Pimple Popper: The 12 Pops of Christmas, TLC, 9 p.m., TLC — Not for the squeamish.

Friday, Dec. 14

Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/Netflix
(Photo by Dean Buscher/Netflix)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale, Netflix— a special Christmas installment of the spooky series starring Kiernan Shipka.

Christmas Around the Corner, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Savvy New York City venture capitalist Claire (Alexandra Breckenridge) escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds the town has canceled Christmas celebrations following a flood, and the bookstore is in shambles. She takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), over her proposed improvements. Sparks eventually fly as Claire’s infectious optimism inspires Andrew to join her in reviving the yuletide spirit. But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Can the spirit of Christmas change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart?

Saturday, Dec. 15
Christmas Pen Pals, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Dating app creator Hannah (Sarah Drew), heads home for the holidays after an unexpected breakup and is challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. She also runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Niall Matter), who she has carefully avoided for years, and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Michael Gross) to sign up for the town’s anonymous holiday pen pal service Christmas Cupid. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. On Christmas Eve everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected.

(Photo by Hallmark)

Entertaining Christmas, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — The name of cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality Claire is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Jodie Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can’t cook, sew, or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire’s help to welcome home her deployed father for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl’s uncle (Brendan Fehr) turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.

Northern Lights of Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — The life of aspiring pilot Zoey Hathaway (Ashley Williams) is thrown off course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Corey Sevier). Zoey is now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities and isn’t sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two fall for each other.

Sunday, Dec. 16
Darts Binge, BBC America — Sunday mornings through Jan. 1 will bring 111 hours of darts action, including the best matches from the World Darts Championship.

Hometown Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Beverley Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Stephen Colletti), a rising baseball star back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even more when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When the live nativity plans begin to unravel, Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, rediscovering their love for each other and the joy of Christmas.

Gingerbread Romance Tia Mowry-Hardrict a (Hallmark)
(Photo by Hallmark)

A Gingerbread Romance, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam (Duane Henry), a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere “home” for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy house, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

Small Town Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Author Nell Phillips’ first book has become a surprise bestseller of the Christmas season. Nell’s last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett’s colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season.

Monday, Dec. 17
Home for the Holidays, WGN America — This all-day Christmas-themed marathon includes dramas and sitcoms.

The Price is Right, CBS — the syndicated game show will be in the holiday spirit with festive set decorations and pet adoption specials through Friday, Dec. 21.

America’s Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions, NBC, 10 p.m.. — Terry Crews, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and some of AGT’s most talented acts showcase their very best holiday performances.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
COPS “Ho Ho Ho Marathon,” WGN America — This Cops Christmas holiday tradition features ladies who don’t need mistletoe to get friendly.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

(Photo by Pop)

Schitt’s Creek, Pop, 10 p.m. — the comedy’s first-ever holiday special.

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents “Christmas on I.C.E.,” TBS, 10:30 p.m. — holiday special.

Friday, Dec. 21
Let’s Make a Deal, CBS — The countdown to Christmas begins on Friday when Wayne and Jonathan sing an improvised prize clue to the tune of “Deck the Halls,” and Traders can win $10,000 if they pick the correct chimney, and continues Monday, Dec. 24.

A Christmas Kiss, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — High-end interior designer Priscilla (Elisabeth Röhm) and her assistant Wendy (Laura Breckenridge) vie for the attention of Priscilla’s socialite boyfriend while decorating his home for the holidays.

Saturday, Dec. 22
Kaiju Christmas Marathon, El Rey Network, 6 a.m. — Running through Christmas Day, watch mayhem and destruction with 96 hours of Godzilla films.

A Few of Our Favorite Things, BBC America — Catch the network’s critically acclaimed original series Killing Eve, Sherlock, the National Lampoon movies, and more.

A Golden Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Several years ago, a very special dog brought together a little girl and boy. Now, through an incredible coincidence, these two long-lost friends will reconnect during Christmas.

Jingle Around the Clock, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — When Elle Bennet decides to reunite her college friends for a special Christmas celebration, her plans are thwarted by an opportunity at work she can’t pass up: spearheading a Christmas campaign relaunch to prove she’s ready for a career-altering promotion. She’s forced to team up with advertising campaign “fixer” Max, who has a completely different take on the holidays, but as Elle and Max work together and learn more about each other’s Christmas traditions, they unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other. Despite being pulled in so many directions and with the help of a little Christmas magic, will Elle pull off the perfect Christmas reunion, earn the promotion of her dreams, and ultimately find the love she’s been searching for?

(Photo by Hallmark)

Christmas at Grand Valley, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly (Danica McKellar) returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town’s shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo (Brennan Elliott), businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. When Kelly and Leo’s worlds collide, she re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children and begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

Sunday, Dec. 23
The Simpsons: “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” Fox, 8 p.m. — Revisit the first-ever full-length episode of the long-running animated series, which features Homer trying to earn extra money to buy Christmas presents for the family, only to be rescued by Santa’s Little Helper.

3 Holiday Tails, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — David and Lisa are meant to be together, but they haven’t quite figured that out yet. With help from family, friends, and four lovable dogs, this couple will truly have a Christmas to remember.

Christmas Made to Order, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (Alexa PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what’s really important in life.

Christmas Bells are Ringing, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Freelance photographer Samantha returns to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She’s going to celebrate her father’s Christmas Eve wedding to the lovely Helen, but is anxious to revisit past memories. Having never been to the Cape during winter, however, she finds that it is a whole new experience. On deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod with her dad, Helen, and Mike, she finds meaning in her creative pursuits, falls in love, and realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is.

Monday, Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Movie Marathon, WGN America — Watch animated movies for the whole family all day long — then get naughty when Bad Santa arrives right before midnight.

Doctor Who, BBC America, 12 p.m. — Watch all of the series’ Christmas specials beginning at noon, followed by a marathon of the Doctors, starting with Peter Capaldi and followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading into the new Doctor’s (Jodie Whittaker) New Year’s Day special on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill (Jack Wagner) to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail (Lori Loughlin) and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all.

Call the Midwife, PBS, 9 p.m. — See what happens when a new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos for the midwives. Meanwhile, Mother Superior falls ill, and it’s time for a new spiritual leader to be elected in the 2018 Christmas special.

New Year’s Marathons and Specials

Saturday, Dec. 29
American Gods Holy Day Binge, Starz, 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET — The cast of American Gods, including Ricky Whittle, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, and more, will live tweet their favorite moments during this all-day season 1 marathon

Starship Troopers Marathon, El Rey Network, 9 p.m. — A marathon featuring the original 1997 Starship Troopers movie, along with three of its sequel films.

A Midnight Kiss, Hallmark, 8 p.m. — With only one week to prepare, Lisa Patterson (Adelaide Kane) and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company’s history: a New Year’s Eve party for tech entrepreneur Megan Clark. But when her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother’s visiting college buddy, David Campos (Carlos PenaVega), to help her pull off the event. But what Lisa didn’t plan on was falling in love in the process. 

Sunday, Dec. 30
The Twilight Zone Marathon, Syfy, 11 p.m. — The network’s annual marathon will run through Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 6 a.m. and will include fan-favorite episodes “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” “A Quality of Mercy,” “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” “The Invaders,” and “The Encounter.”

Monday, Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve
Firefly New Year’s Marathon, El Rey Network, 6 a.m. — Watch the hit space Western series Firefly (and its movie, Serenity), beginning on Monday and running through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Fox’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square, Fox, 8 p.m. — Maria Menounos cohosts the network’s New Year’s Eve programming, which will feature performances by Sting, Robin Thicke, Florence + the Machine, Jason Aldean, Juanes, and Why Don’t We, along with appearances by Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, and the Fox NFL Sunday on-air team.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, ABC, 8 p.m. — The American Idol host once again helms the annual NYE program.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve, NBC, 10 p.m. — Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen host the special, which will feature appearances from Leslie Jones and Keith Urban.

Taylor Swift reuputation Stadium Tour, Netflix — Couldn’t get tickets to the pop superstar’s latest tour? Catch the filmed version from the comfort of your own home.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day
“Who Year’s Day” Doctor Who Marathon, BBC America — Instead of a traditional Christmas Day special, the eleventh season of the Doctor Who revival starring new Doctor Jodie Whittaker will air a New Year’s Day special.

HGTV All-Premiere New Year, HGTV, 2 p.m. — Watch brand-new episodes of Caribbean Life, Mediterranean Life, Bahamas Life, My Lottery Dream Home, Pool In My House, HGTV Dream Home 2019, and other lifestyle programming all afternoon and evening.

Great Performances – From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019, PBS, 9 p.m. — Hugh Bonneville hosts this special featuring the Vienna Philharmonic.

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