Friday, Nov. 1
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Holiday in the Wild, Netflix — Sex And The City’s Kristin Davis joins Rob Lowe as characters who meet on a safari. Lowe plays Derek, the safari pilot, and Davis plays Kate, a recently-jilted divorcé. Together, they rescue and revive a baby elephant, which extends their adventures through Christmas. As Kate falls more in love with Africa, she realizes that’s not the only feelings she’s developing.
Into the Dark: Pilgrim, Hulu— November’s episode of the streamer’s monthly holiday-themed anthology movie series is called “Pilgrim,” and claims to be inspired by true events. The story follows a woman who invites a bunch of Pilgrim re-enactors over for Thanksgiving dinner. Things get spooky when the “actors” refuse to break character.
Two Turtle Doves, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Dr. Sharon Hayes (Nikki DeLoach) searches for a beloved family heirloom in a small Christmas town. When she unexpectedly discovers an adorable little girl and her disheartened father (Michael Rady), she realizes that Christmas miracles really do happen.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Merry & Bright, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — The story begins when Cate (Jodie Sweetin), CEO of the Merry & Bright Candy Cane Company, meets Gabe (Andrew Walker) during the busy Christmas season. She assumes Gabe is the suitor her well-meaning mother is trying to set her up with when in reality, he works for Empire Corporate Recovery, which has been hired to take a closer look at Merry & Bright’s operation and find ways to make the company more profitable. As Cate and Gabe begin to work together, they find ways to elevate the business and find that they have more in common than savvy business sense.
Christmas Reservations, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — It’s Christmas at the Treeline Ski Resort, where Holly (Melissa Joan Hart) is the event coordinator at her family lodge. She plans every event and keeps all the guests happy. But when her college sweetheart, (Ricardo Chavira) now widowed with two children, checks in, Holly discovers she has her own reservations about life and love.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Christmas Scavenger Hunt, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — When Belinda (Kim Shaw) heads back to her hometown for the holidays, things get complicated when she is forced to team up with her ex, Dustin (Kevin McGarry), at the town’s annual Christmas scavenger hunt.
Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, Food Network 9 p.m. — series airs Sundays from Nov. 3 through 24. Five top chefs face-off to create ultimate Thanksgiving dishes. Host Giada De Laurentiis puts the creative chefs to the test, challenging them to prepare the most delicious and innovative turkeys, side dishes and desserts to ever hit a dining room table. The winner goes home with holiday bragging rights and $25,000.
Monday, Nov. 4
Holiday Baking Championship, Food Network, 9 p.m. — Jesse Palmer hosts as eight bakers enter the Holiday Kitchen, where they show off their family traditions and superb baking skills. In order to survive the challenges week-to-week, they must prove their abilities in front of tough-love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. This baking championship is the sweetest way to celebrate the holiday season.
Christmas Cookie Challenge, Food Network, 11 p.m. — Each episode features five daring cookie makers proving their holiday skills through two rounds, as Eddie and Ree are joined by a rotating panel of guest judges, including Matt Adlard, Vivian Chan, Dwayne Ingraham, Dan Langan, Brandi Milloy, Gesine Prado and Aarti Sequeira to help determine which bakers will have the best Christmas ever, walking away with a $10,000 prize.
Thursday, Nov. 7
A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Hotel manager Willow (Rachael Leigh Cook) returns to her stunning Virginia hometown to help her sister plan a Christmas wedding at the inn her family once owned. She must work with current owner and single dad David (Benjamin Ayres), who wants to let go of the past.
Friday, Nov. 8
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 2, Netflix — Deck the halls with sugar, butter and chocolate as competitors from past seasons bake sweet Yuletide treats for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
Holiday for Heroes, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — After a year’s worth of letters exchanged between Audrey Brown (Melissa Claire Egan) and soldier Matt Evans (Marc Blucas), their worlds collide for the first time off the page. Will the spirit of the season bring Matt and Audrey’s love beyond their letters?
Saturday, Nov. 9
Radio Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — When her Philadelphia radio station is closed for repairs during the holidays, DJ Kara Porter (Keshia Knight Pulliam) is forced to broadcast from the small town of Bethlehem. Desperate to increase her numbers and get promoted outside of Radio Christmas – a year-round Christmas station, Kara seeks to uncover the identity of the town’s Secret Santa, an anonymous benefactor that saved all of Bethlehem’s Christmas festivities. Along the way, she discovers the true meaning of family, community, love and of course, Christmas.
Picture a Perfect Christmas, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — The movie centers around an extreme sports photographer (Merritt Patterson) who returns home for the holiday to look after her grandmother and ends up lending a helping hand to a neighbor (Jon Cor) who needs assistance watching his nephew.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Rock N’ Roll Christmas, UPtv, 7 p.m. — An estranged mother-daughter country music duo (Catherine Mary Stewart and Beverley Mitchell) reunite after 10 years apart to release a Christmas single after a video of them goes viral. Now, they’re going to need a lot of forgiveness and a little Christmas magic to write a song that perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas and brings their family back together.
A Sweet Christmas Romance, Lifetime 8 p.m. — When food stylist Holly (Adelaide Kane) returns home for Christmas, she learns that Loretta (Loretta Devine), the elderly owner of her favorite childhood bakery, is retiring and has started a contest to give the bakery away to whoever can recreate her famous 12 Days of Christmas recipes. Holly enters, despite not being much of cook. When a local baker named Brad (Greyston Holt) also enters the contest, the two adversaries end up cooking up something special together for the holidays
The Mistletoe Secret, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — When Aria Eubank (Kellie Pickler) convinces a famous travel writer to do a feature story on her beloved hometown, Midway, Utah, it looks like the town’s tourism drop is about to be reversed. However, when the travel guru and his ghostwriter both show up, Aria finds her heart torn between the charismatic but pompous Sterling Masters (Christopher Russell) and Alex Bartlett (Tyler Hynes), the real talent behind “Masters of Travel,” and the man who has genuinely fallen for her.
Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption, Food Network, 10 p.m. — Series airs Sundays. Chefs Anne Burrell and Scott Conant teach four returning recruits how to make a Thanksgiving meal to impress judges Jonathan Waxman, Esther Choi, and Cliff Crooks – and only the winning team wins kitchen appliances worth $10,000.
Monday, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving Grubdown, Cooking Channel, 6 p.m. PT/ 9 p.m. ET — Host Carla Hall discovers outrageous Turkey Day treats in the primetime special. She gobbles ‘til she wobbles on pumpkin pancakes piled high with a slice of cheesecake, reimagines Thanksgiving dinner as a giant sandwich and devours a 23-pound cake made with layers of holiday pies.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Noelle, Disney+ — Kris Kringle’s daughter (Anna Kendrick) is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick (Bill Hader), who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and getaway … but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
A Merry Christmas Match, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 7 p.m. — Corey (Ashley Newbrough) lives in a ski village where she works at a local antique shop. When recently named Christmas Catch Ryder (Kyle Dean Massey) comes into her shop, sparks fly and she starts to wonder what could be.
Nostalgic Christmas, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Anne Garrison’s (Brooke D’Orsay) annual holiday visit to the small town in Maine where she grew up is somewhat bittersweet this year. With her dad set to sell his toy store and retire from his wood-carving career, and the town’s lumber mill up for sale, this will probably be her last Christmas there. But when Anne is drafted and paired with handsome local widower Keith McClain (Trevor Donovan) to co-chair the town’s Christmas celebration, she begins to question what she really wants in life. Soon, Anne becomes torn between returning to her fast-paced career in New York and remaining in the small town to take over her dad’s hand-carved wooden toy business and seeing where a burgeoning romance with Keith might lead.
Thursday, Nov. 14
A Christmas Miracle, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Ever-optimistic single mom Emma Sanderson (Tamera Mowry-Howsley) is looking for a Christmas miracle to write about for the lifestyle magazine at which she has landed a temporary job. While following her lead on the story, Emma discovers unexpected romance with a supportive colleague (Brooks Darnell) and takes it upon herself to bring about a Christmas miracle for a lonely street musician.
Thanksgiving Pie Fight, Food Network, 9 p.m. — Four top pie bakers compete to create the most outrageously visual and edible pies. Hosted by Sunny Anderson, the bakers must utilize height-defying techniques, intricate designs, dyed doughs and more to blow away judges Nacho Aguirre, Jessica Clark-Bojin and Scott Conant. With a $10,000 prize at stake, the self-taught and professional bakers will stop at nothing to make the most elaborate pies.
Epic Meal Empire Thanksgiving, FYI, 10 p.m. — With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the Epic Meal Empire crew seeks culinary inspiration from history, hopping aboard a massive, somewhat Mayflower-ish boat for a crash course in all things Pilgrim. Later they drop by a farm to humbly thank their favorite animals for being so delicious and -following a rigorous screening process -welcome a select batch of Turkey Day strangers to their table for a most gracious feast of hogs. Also, twisted holiday mash-up ideas and a Fall-inspired firing of the meat cannon.
Friday, Nov. 15
Klaus, Netflix — When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (Oscar winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated holiday comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, KLAUS co-stars Joan Cusack, Will Sasso and Norm Macdonald.
Dollface, Hulu — The new comedy series follows Jules (Kat Dennings), a young woman who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.
Christmas A La Mode, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Since her father passed away, Emily (Katie Leclerc) has been running her family’s dairy farm with the help of her mother and best friend. But this Christmas, the farm has fallen on hard times so Emily’s sister, Dorothy (Jennifer Ellis) — who is part owner with Emily — and her handsome business partner, Charlie (Ryan Cooper) show up with a proposition to sell the farm. Emily comes up with an ingenious plan to buy out her sister’s shares and holds an online holiday ice cream flavor contest that goes viral with the help of a key ingredient, Charlie’s amazing apple pie. Christmas à la Mode ice cream is born. Still as the Christmas Eve deadline for the buyout approaches, Emily needs a Christmas miracle to save the farm and her father’s legacy in time for a happy Christmas.
One Fine Christmas, OWN, 9 p.m. — The families on Christmas Street have been busy with their day-to-day lives that they lose sight of the importance of family during the holiday season. Haley (Sasha Fox) comes home for the Christmas holiday, but home has not been the same since her family split up. Haley’s mother Susan (Vanessa Williams) is working on a new work deal with her client (Rick Fox), which causes her to hardly have time for Haley or her mother Alice (Marla Gibbs). Al (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is too preoccupied with work that he overlooks his wife Matty (June Carryl). Meanwhile, Bob (Rodney Van Johnson) and Diana’s (Eva La Dare) son Jesse (Alfonso Torres Caballero) comes home for Christmas with a very special surprise. This “slice of life” holiday tale shares the individual stories of these neighbors as they celebrate Christmas Eve and find themselves unexpectedly united for the holiday season.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Christmas in Louisiana, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — The Winter Family is Christmas royalty in New Iberia, Louisiana, and Sarah Winter (Jana Kramer), a successful lawyer and former Miss Christmas, is no exception. When she returns home to celebrate the anniversary of the town’s Sugarcane Christmas Festival with her mother (Moira Kelly) and her grandparents (Dee Wallace and Barry Bostwick), she rediscovers the magic of the season — and a little romance — with her former Mister Christmas, Luke (Percy Daggs III).
Christmas Under the Stars, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — When Nick (Jesse Metcalfe), a career-focused investment banker, is fired from his high-powered firm at Christmastime, he takes a job at a Christmas tree lot owned by a warmhearted widower. There, he meets Julie (Autumn Reeser), an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope. As the Christmas spirit washes over him — and he begins falling for Julie — the once self-centered Nick discovers the joy of helping others.
A Classic Christmas, PBS, 8 p.m. — Join hosts Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and Marion Ross (Happy Days) for this festive, all-star special of favorite carols and popular standards. Iconic performers include Bing Crosby, PerryComo, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters, and many more.
Sunday, Nov. 17
America’s Funniest Home Videos, ABC, 7 p.m. — “3008”
Kids Say the Darndest Things, ABC, 8 p.m. — “Turkey in Space”
Random Acts of Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — While uncovering who is behind the random acts of Christmas popping up around her city, investigative journalist, Sydney (Erin Cahill) meets a competing reporter, Cole (Kevin McGarry), who ignites her Christmas spirit and captures her heart, but may not be the man he claims to be.
Write Before Christmas, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — The movie centers around a recently single Jessica (Torrey DeVitto) who sends Christmas cards to people who have impacted her life — the aunt who raised her, her younger brother in the military, a popstar who was part of the soundtrack of her life, the music teacher who inspired her, and the best friend who always tells the truth.
Good Eats: Thanksgiving Special, Food Network, 8 p.m. — Alton Brown talks turkey in a one-hour show dedicated to the bird. Turkey may be the most versatile of the “New World” critters, but for some crazy reason we only roast it for the holidays, so Alton puts an end to that with three turkey recipes that should be made year-round.
A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — Multiple coincidences and a chance meeting bring Alice (Cindy Busby) and Jack (Benjamin Hollingsworth), two strangers from very different family backgrounds, together for a weekend wedding celebration. Encouraged by her family, led by mom Olga (Kathy Lee Gifford), Alice slowly lets go of her reservations about meeting someone new following a failed long-distance relationship. Meanwhile, more and more Godwinks – those coincidences that aren’t really coincidences at all – bring Alice and Jack closer as each attempt to balance the newfound attraction with their complicated professional lives.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular, Food Network, 10 p.m. — Hosted by Maureen McCormick, four of the country’s best bakers come together to design sweet masterpieces that pay tribute to the beloved Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and floats. Only the most successful cake artist will take home the grand prize of $10,000 and have their work featured in Macy’s flagship New York City store, plus receive tickets to the parade. Judges are Buddy Valastro, Susan Tercero and last season’s winner Timbo Sullivan.
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Tuesday, Nov. 19
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The Conners, ABC, 8:00 p.m. — “Slappy Holidays”
Wednesday, Nov. 20
The Goldbergs, ABC, 8 p.m. — “Angst-Giving”
Schooled, ABC, 8:30 p.m. — “Friendsgiving”
Modern Family, ABC, 9:00 p.m. — “The Last Thanksgiving”
Single Parents, ABC, 9:31 p.m. — “Every Thursday Should Be Like This”
Stumptown, ABC, 10:00 p.m. — “November Surprise”
Thursday, Nov. 21
The Unicorn, CBS, 8:31 p.m. — “Turkeys and Traditions”
Thanksgiving Unstuffed, FYI, 10 p.m. — Watch celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, food writer Gail Simmons and comedian Max Silvestri as they prepare an epic Thanksgiving meal for their friends and family. Learn how to make everything from Marcus’ ‘Corn and Cauliflower Soup’ to Gail’s ‘Asian Cornish Game Hens’ to Max’s ‘Stuffed Pork Roast Wrapped in Ribs’.
Friday, Nov. 22
Nailed It! Holiday!: Season 2, 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. Guest judges include Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, David Burkta, Bridget Everett, Jason Mantzoukas, and Ron-Ben Israel.
Cyberchase, “Giving Thanks Day,” PBS Kids — Giving Thanks Day is a day filled with family, friends, sharing meals and being thankful, but there’s a problem. The dastardly Hacker (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) has been hoarding all the pristine produce in Cyberspace for his own celebratory meal! With only unwanted, dented and bruised produce left, can the CyberSquad make a mountain of wasted food into a meal to remember?
Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 8 p.m. — “Ka lā‘au kumu ‘ole o Kahilikolo”
The Magical Christmas Shoes, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — A pair of magical shoes step into Kayla Hummel’s (Erin Karpluk) holiday season, allowing her to rediscover her Christmas spirit and find love too.
Carole’s Christmas, OWN, 9 p.m. — Carole Jordan (Kimberly Elise), an overworked businesswoman who learns the meaning of “be careful what you wish for” after she off-handedly wishes she had taken another path in life. When Carole’s wish is granted, her world is turned upside down and the only person she can confide in is Iris (Jackée Harry), a woman she recognizes from her “past life.” Carole no longer has time for the things that mattered most to her – family, friends and her annual Christmas party. She quickly learns how grateful she was for the previous life she was living.
Saturday, Nov. 23
The Kitchen: Thanksgiving Live, Food Network, 11 a.m. — This daytime special helps viewers successfully pull off the biggest culinary holiday of the year with interactive tips and recipes from Food Network stars themselves. In the two-hour live show, The Kitchen co-hosts Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian are joined by Alton Brown to offer their own takes on classic Thanksgiving dishes to make an amazing holiday feast.
Twinkle All the Way, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — To pull off a spectacular Christmas themed wedding at the exclusive Snowview Lodge, wedding planner, Cadence Clark (Sarah Drew), joins forces with Henry Harrison (Ryan McPartlin), co-owner of a family-run Christmas decoration and house-lighting company. Cadence and Henry, both single parents of young daughters, grow closer as they contribute to each others’ projects — Cadence with the wedding and Henry with his high-profile client, Mrs. Sutton (Lesley Ann Warren), and her annual VIP Christmas Eve party. However, a snowstorm threatens to wreak havoc on the wedding. But with help from Henry, family, and some holiday magic, Cadence may just be able to pull off the wedding and perhaps fall in love along the way.
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — World-traveler Harper (Kaitlin Doubleday) returns to Memphis for the holidays and nannies for wealthy widower Owen (Adrian Grenier) while awaiting news about a job overseas. As they grow close, Harper encourages Owen to break out of his routine and spend more time with his children, while Owen encourages Harper to have confidence. Harper and Owen prepare for a joint event at Graceland featuring a fundraiser for Owen’s company and an Elvis at Christmas exhibit Harper is producing. They develop feelings for each other, Harper realizes how much she enjoys living near family and must decide if her home for the holidays will be her forever home.
Holiday Hearts, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — While planning an annual Christmas party, Peyton (Ashley Williams) is forced together with Ben (Paul Campbell) to care for a friend’s daughter. While finding their Christmas spirit, will there be some romance along the way?
Turkey Drop, Freeform, 9 p.m. — Freeform’s first thanksgiving feature stars Olivia Holt as Lucy Jacobs and Cheryl Hines as Lucy’s mother, Nancy Jacobs. The holiday movie follows Lucy Jacobs, a small-town girl who has started her freshman year at a big-city university. When Lucy returns home for Thanksgiving break, she suspects she’s about to get turkey dropped — dumped by her high school sweetheart — during their holiday visit. To avoid a Turkey Day travesty, Lucy gets out of her comfort zone, proving she’s not the same play-it-safe girl she was with her high school boyfriend. As she takes control of her own life and makes choices that put herself first, she learns to let go of what’s been holding her back, helping achieve what she truly wants out of life.
Sunday, Nov. 24
A Christmas Recipe For Romance, UPtv, 7 p.m. — When a prestigious food festival and cooking competition comes to her small town, Abby (Madeline Leon) sees it as the perfect opportunity to book up her failing family-run inn and win some much-needed cash to save it from foreclosure. The only problem is: Abby is a terrible cook. But when a Christmas miracle drops a well-known and slightly disgraced celebrity chef named Jason Corwin (Sebastian Sacco) on her doorstep, Abby knows this is her chance to save her business, and help Jason regain his reputation. And with a little pinch of sugar and a dash of Christmas magic, they may just end up cooking up more than a winning recipe. Based on the best-selling Harlequin book “Recipe for Redemption.”
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The Simpsons, Fox, 8 p.m. — “Thanksgiving of Horror”
Christmas 9 to 5, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Jennifer (Tiya Sircar) is a tough crime beat reporter who gets the assignment of her life: to find the true meaning of Christmas. When she goes undercover in a department store as a 9-to-5 sales clerk from Black Friday to Christmas Eve, she finds her true calling and meets the man of her dreams. It’s a Christmas she will never forget.
Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — A year after Darcy (Ali Liebert) ran over Aiden (Peter Porte), his amnesia is gone but not their love. Now she’s gotten him a first edition signed copy of his favorite book, Patricia Highsmith’s Found in the Street, for Christmas, perfect since that’s where she found him – under her bicycle. Aiden’s also creating a wonderful gift for Darcy, a carved replica of her hometown, just like the one her dad carved for her mother. But Aiden’s gift, which includes a carving of Darcy’s beloved rec center, which is in jeopardy of closing, holds another big surprise, which might just sweep her off her feet.
Bless the Harts, Fox, 8:30 p.m. — Mega-Lo-Memories”
Bob’s Burgers, Fox, 9 p.m. — “Now We’re Not Cooking With Gas”
Our Christmas Love Song, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — When country star Melody Jones (Alicia Witt) is accused of plagiarizing her holiday single, she returns home to spend Christmas with her estranged family and old flame (Brendan Hines) and learns what is important in life.
Gilmore the Merrier, UPtv, 9 p.m. — Scott Patterson, who plays Luke Danes on Warner Bros. Television’s award-winning, fan-favorite family drama Gilmore Girls, is back for his second year as host of the network’s binge-a-thon of seasons one through seven of the series. UPtv will air Gilmore Girls 24 hours a day and will feature a watch-and-win sweepstakes containing one prize every hour during the marathon plus ten grand prizes. The ultimate viewing event will begin Sunday, Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. and will conclude Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.
Family Guy, 9:30 p.m. — “Shanksgiving”
Monday, Nov. 25
Best Christmas Ever, AMC, 7 p.m. — AMC’s holiday event returns this year with their largest slate of holiday programs to-date and expands to all five networks. Running through Christmas Day, the 31-day event will feature over 60 titles and offers more than 700 hours of holiday-themed movies, specials and family favorite films. AMC Networks will be the exclusive home to many holiday favorites including Elf, The Polar Express, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street (’94), Four Christmases, Fred Claus, and Rankin-Bass Christmas classics including The Year Without a Santa Claus, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack Frost, and Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, among many others.
A Christmas Duet, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — Well-loved music duo Averie (Chaley Rose Jackson) and Jesse (Rome Flynn), famous for their duet “Wouldn’t Be Christmas,” haven’t played together since they went their separate ways years ago. Averie gave up music and opened a beautiful lodge in a snowy Vermont town, while Jesse still tours, struggling to find the same kind of success they had as a duo. When fate brings them together over the holidays at Averie’s lodge just in time for the annual Yuletide Festival, can the magic of Christmas help reunite them once again?
Wrap Battle, Freeform, 9 p.m. — The six-episode series will follow nine contestants as they battle to become the ultimate wrapper and take home the coveted grand prize, valued at $50,000. The series will be hosted by comedian Sheryl Underwood, with Carson Kressley and Wanda Wen (founder of fine stationery and luxury paper brand Soolip) serving as judges.
Christmas Cookie Challenge, Food Network, 10 p.m. — The Christmas baking series returns to Mondays at 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
Super Monsters Save Christmas, Netflix — It’s Christmas Eve in Pitchfork Pines, and the Super Monsters are joining forces in the children’s series new special to deck the halls, find Santa’s missing reindeer, and save the holiday.
True: Winter Wishes, Netflix — Everyone in the Rainbow Kingdom is gathered to celebrate Winter Wishfest, but when Forever Frost escapes the Ice Kingdom, the day might be ruined. Can True set everything right?
Check Inn to Christmas, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — When New York City lawyer Julia Crawley (Rachel Boston) returns to her Rocky Mountain hometown and her family’s lovely inn for the holidays, she finds herself at the center of a generations-old feud with the family that runs the town’s other inn. As the ongoing competition between the two inns escalates, “forbidden” romance blossoms between Julia and Roger Mason (Wes Brown), whose family runs the inn that is her family’s big competitor.
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Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry, NBC, 9 p.m. — Country music legend Dolly Parton returns to NBC and will perform at one of the most iconic stages in the world.
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Ellen’s Game of Games, NBC, 8 p.m. — A special edition of the fun-filled series promises to bring more laughter and unpredictable twists, with fun games and surprises.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, ABC, 8 p.m. — It’s the animated classic you know and love.
A Very Vintage Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — The Christmas lights are up and shoppers are flooding the quaint town of Mountain View, including one special store, Very Vintage Antiques. The shop’s owner, Dodie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict), is a hopeless romantic and absolutely one of a kind, similar to the pieces in her shop. When Dodie finds a hidden box containing an eclectic collection of mementos chronicling a timeless romantic union, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. Dodie manages to persuade the handsome new tenant, Edward (Jesse Hutch), at the listed address to help her with her search. Will they find the true owner and true love on their adventure?
The Christmas Club, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — Two busy strangers, Olivia Bennett (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Edward Taylor (Cameron Matheson) meet when they help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings. Thanks to fate and Christmas magic, they also find something they were both missing: true love. Based on the novel by Barbara Hinske.
A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving, NBC, 9 p.m. — Many of the Thanksgiving-themed sketches over the course of “SNL’s” illustrious 45-season history will delight audiences.
The Great Food Truck Race: Holiday Hustle, Food Network, 10 p.m. — In the four-episode season, five aspiring food truck teams hit wintry New England locations in New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island for high-stakes food challenges that test their cooking chops, business skills and selling strategies. The last truck standing wins a holiday prize of $50,000, while the rest of the teams go home with coal in their stockings.
Thursday, Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving Day
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Holiday Rush, Netflix — Popular New York radio DJ Rush Williams (Romany Malco) has been spoiling his four children since they lost their mom (La La Anthony). Unfortunately, the kids share their pricey Christmas lists right when he loses his job. To keep Rush on the air, his producer Roxy Richardson (Sonequa Martin-Green) and his Aunt Jo (Darlene Love) plan to help him buy another station — if the Williams family can downsize fast and embrace a simpler life. In this heartwarming film, a loving father reconnects with his children and opens his heart to love when they all learn that true joy comes from not what you have but who you have around you.
Merry Happy Whatever, Netflix — Set during the happy but hectic days before and after Christmas, Merry Happy Whatever follows Don Quinn (Dennis Quaid), a strong-willed patriarch from Philadelphia doing his best to balance the stress of the holidays with the demands of his close-knit but eclectic family — and his family doing their best to manage him. But when youngest daughter Emmy (Bridgit Mendler) arrives home from L.A. with a new boyfriend, struggling musician Matt (Brent Morin), Don’s belief that “there’s the Quinn way… and the wrong way” is put to the test. From Emmy Award-winning creator Tucker Cawley (Everybody Loves Raymond), Merry Happy Whatever is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy that proves while family may not come wrapped up in a neat little bow, it sometimes can still be the greatest gift
Wizarding World Weekend, USA, 9 a.m. — This year, USA Network and SYFY will be hosting Harry Potter movie marathons. USA’s Thanksgiving marathon will include each movie in the Harry Potter franchise, including the prequel installment, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, NBC, 12 p.m. — Man’s best friend gets the spotlight as 193 breeds will compete in the annual canine competition.
Vetsgiving, Nat Geo Wild, 3 p.m. — The holiday marathon pays homage to the network’s exciting lineup of veterinarian-focused shows. Feast your eyes on this weekend-long event which features Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet, plus an oversized helping of The Incredible Dr. Pol and the season finale of Dr. T, Lone Star Vet.
The Kids Table Thanksgiving Marathon, SYFY, 6 p.m. — Forget the football; watch movies instead! E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Power Rangers will be featured in this family-friendly night of entertainment.
A Christmas Wish, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Every December in the small town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana a wooden wishing box is placed in the park as a Christmas tradition. People write down their true heart’s desire on a slip of paper and place it in the box in hopes that their wish will be granted. After a night out together, Maddie (Megan Park) encourages her sister Faith (Hilarie Burton) to put a wish in the box – a wish to experience true love for the first time. Faith and Maddie are surprised the next day when she meets the very handsome and eligible Andrew (Cristian de la Fuente). At first, Faith thinks that her Christmas wish has come true. But as Christmas nears, Faith begins to wonder if Andrew is really perfect for her, or if the wish is leading her to her best friend, Wyatt (Tyler Hilton).
Christmas at the Plaza, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — With Christmas approaching in New York City, Jessica (Elizabeth Henstridge), an archival historian enmeshed in a declining romantic relationship, is hired to create an exhibition honoring the history of Christmas at The Plaza Hotel. There, she meets Nick (Ryan Paevey), a handsome decorator who’s been commissioned to deck out the iconic landmark. When they’re paired together to prepare the exhibition, they wind up enjoying a host of holiday traditions together and find themselves falling for each other. Tensions soon rise as Jessica must figure out her romantic priorities and decide with whom she’ll ultimately spend Christmas at The Plaza.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, ABC, 8 p.m. — Join celebrity hosts as they present the two-hour prime-time special on Thanksgiving night from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. This magical celebration will feature musical performances with some of today’s top artists among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment. During the prime-time special, viewers will also be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into future attractions coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
Santa’s Baking Blizzard, Food Network, 9 p.m. — On each episode of this four-part holiday tournament, Casey Webb challenges three teams of the country’s most impressive ice sculptors and cake artists to create larger than life Christmas scenes for judges Jocelyn Delk Adams, Amanda Freitag and Zac Young. Teams must push their limit to bring festive holiday themes to life if they want to ice the competition and sleigh their way into the finale where they will compete for a stocking full of $25,000.
Friday, Nov. 29
Sugar Rush Christmas, Netflix — It’s the present worth waiting for – Sugar Rush Christmas is here. Hunter March, Candace Nelson, and Adriano Zumbo will be joined by guest judges Tiffani Thiessen, Liza Koshy, Donal Skehan, Jeanine Mason, Amirah Kassem and Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis to devour tasty Christmas treats over three rounds of competition. Over six Christmas-themed episodes, the judges help decide which teams should walk away with the $10,000 prize.
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The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, Amazon — Fred Armisen, Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, James Corden, Lana Del Rey, Zooey Deschanel, Kendall Jenner, Troye Sivan, and the Radio City Rockettes will join the singer for Amazon’s first ever holiday special. The show will feature classic and original holiday songs, including some from Musgraves’ 2016 disc “A Very Kacey Christmas.” The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show will be narrated by Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy.
Staging Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Lori (Soleil Moon Frye) stages homes for a living and her busiest season is Christmas. Though she normally only stages homes that are for sale, she’s intrigued when a wealthy widower named Elliot (George Stults) asks her to stage his home for the holidays to cheer up his daughter, Maddie. As Lori starts remaking Elliott’s home, she finds that Maddie isn’t the only one in desperate need of the Christmas spirit. As Lori spends more and more time with Elliot and Maddie, she starts to feel like part of the family. While she was initially hired to simply stage the perfect Christmas in their house, she ends up creating it for the father and daughter in every way imaginable.
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — As the town searches for a rumored Christmas Time Capsule, a skeptical writer arrives in Evergreen to get the story on the town’s “too-good-to-be-true” Christmas-fever.
Baking Christmas, OWN, 9 p.m. — When Patty (Aloma Wright), the founder of the town’s most popular and successful bakery, announces her plan to retire at the end of the year, her children step up to take over the family business. Patty and Phillip’s (Tim Reid) children, Jennifer (Khalilah Joi), Angela (Leigh-Ann Rose), and Anthony (Arnell Powell), are qualified — and eager — to run the enterprise, and each has their own ideas for writing the bakery’s next chapter. There is only one way to ensure the shop ends up in the right hands and that is a Christmas cake bake-off. The gloves come off and the frosting flies as the siblings vie for control of the bakery in an unforgettable competition to create the best-ever Christmas confection.
Penn & Teller: Merry Fool Us, The CW, 9 p.m. — The magical duo of Penn & Teller is joined by host Alyson Hannigan to help kick off the holiday season with this all-new special complete with magicians, costumes and a Christmas Trophy.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Merry Liddle Christmas, Lifetime, 8 p.m. — Inspired by her own recent Christmas catastrophe, Kelly Rowland plays Jacquie, a successful, super-together single tech entrepreneur whose messy family descends on her gleaming new dream home for the holidays. Christmas traditions collide and family drama ensues as she struggles to keep her house together in time for a glossy video shoot of “the perfect Christmas.” On top of that, the possibility of romance with a new neighbor has Jacquie questioning all her dating rules, so even though this isn’t the Christmas she envisioned, it might just be the most magical one yet.
Christmas in Rome, Hallmark Channel, 8 p.m. — Lacey Chabert plays an independent-minded American tour guide named Angela, who is fired from her job in Rome just before Christmas. She crosses paths with an American executive named Oliver (Sam Page), who wants to buy a high-end Italian ceramics company. Oliver hires Angela to be his tour guide around the Eternal City, as the owner of the ceramics company won’t sell it to him until he learns “the heart and soul of Rome.” But is there another heart and soul that he may win?
Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m. — The film centers on Christmas enthusiast party planners Ella (Erin Krakow) and her sister, Marianne, who clash with their client, Edward (Luke MacFarlane), who is a not-so-jolly toy company CEO.