News

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

New Year's TV and streaming offerings include Doctor Who's annual tradition tweaked, and more! Find out when and where to watch every holiday special.

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 | December

 


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

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: Taylor Swift performs at Optus Stadium on October 19, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
(Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


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 reputation 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.

ID’s Premiere New Year, Investigation Discovery, 4 p.m. — The network will debut new series, including Deadly Secrets, Killing Time, American Nightmare, and Hometown Homicide; season premieres of Your Worst Nightmare and Evil Lives Here; and new episodes of Deadly Deception and Body Cam.

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

Pages: 1 2 Next

Tag Cloud

animated LGBTQ police drama Premiere Dates TruTV Vudu dc Hulu teaser supernatural Biopics facebook Nickelodeon zombies aliens Reality Competition E! Infographic E3 disaster Superheroes Reality Awards BBC America singing competition Freeform Christmas WGN Lucasfilm discovery politics Photos casting Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2017 Trailer DC Universe Sneak Peek TLC Mindy Kaling witnail Chernobyl Awards Tour dragons streaming Marvel Interview Rock Spectrum Originals Comedy Central sports cults Quiz SDCC period drama talk show Horror true crime Superheroe Sundance Now Paramount Acorn TV Tumblr Winter TV psychological thriller Cosplay cinemax VH1 boxoffice adventure sitcom Film Festival Black Mirror The CW Esquire thriller game show Columbia Pictures Action Disney Channel See It Skip It 20th Century Fox crime drama Trophy Talk PBS Disney streaming service DirecTV Schedule Spike strong female leads cats Starz Logo Spring TV spy thriller Emmy Nominations Opinion Britbox LGBT anthology Nat Geo CBS TCM Bravo cars Anna Paquin transformers Emmys mutant festivals The Arrangement MTV HBO Max Podcast SXSW Film ghosts adaptation Thanksgiving political drama Star Trek YouTube Premium ITV Rom-Com Crackle Rocketman Writers Guild of America 007 kids Walt Disney Pictures HBO medical drama zero dark thirty comiccon Calendar series Mary Tyler Moore Winners TV Land WarnerMedia Sony Pictures Dark Horse Comics Captain marvel ABC Family 24 frames jamie lee curtis cops Extras green book CMT RT21 Toys quibi Western APB theme song Pixar Red Carpet Election what to watch IFC spinoff psycho Grammys sequel PaleyFest Pet Sematary National Geographic vampires El Rey hist Music toy story Brie Larson Martial Arts CW Seed based on movie Musicals TBS DGA miniseries Lionsgate Sundance Netflix Countdown award winner DC streaming service RT History harry potter ratings Shondaland Binge Guide biography Food Network Super Bowl revenge Ellie Kemper MCU Comics on TV Holidays First Look unscripted Pride Month President space Showtime New York Comic Con Apple blaxploitation History Fantasy Amazon Prime Pirates Elton John Ovation USA Network cooking serial killer docudrama comic CNN Trivia mockumentary anime Mary poppins war Mary Poppins Returns AMC Teen Valentine's Day robots Summer Marathons elevated horror TV TNT doctor who Universal nature crossover Kids & Family X-Men zombie Nominations television science fiction Mudbound Stephen King Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pop SundanceTV dramedy Character Guide Family YouTube Red FXX DC Comics crime thriller 2015 USA Cannes Amazon Prime Video GIFs diversity MSNBC dceu 2019 Fall TV TCA binge OWN Warner Bros. GLAAD Disney IFC Films Shudder The Witch Year in Review spider-man Song of Ice and Fire technology A&E BBC Heroines Best and Worst Country children's TV Creative Arts Emmys FX romance FOX Syfy Oscars crime Box Office BET Watching Series ABC Epix Ghostbusters ESPN TIFF TCA 2017 natural history Sci-Fi tv talk Cartoon Network Animation Adult Swim Video Games golden globes Set visit Polls and Games travel Tomatazos Lifetime 45 Star Wars American Society of Cinematographers Rocky 21st Century Fox GoT Comic Book movies 2018 Amazon CBS All Access Paramount Network Musical Comedy 2016 YA Masterpiece Women's History Month Tarantino richard e. Grant finale social media composers Drama NBC justice league Mystery Certified Fresh VICE NYCC historical drama book Fox News San Diego Comic-Con