2021 Holiday TV Calendar

Find out when all of the Thanksgiving and Christmas movies, animated specials, holiday episodes, and themed baking competitions will premiere this holiday season..

by | November 11, 2021 | Comments


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Holiday programming is the gift that keeps on giving. Literally, with all the additional streaming options, there are now more hours of holiday programming than anyone could watch before the new year. Rotten Tomatoes is here to help keep track of them. Here’s a guide to all the holiday shows and movies premiering on broadcast, cable, and streaming services in November and December.

TNT premieres Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 and airs all the Star Wars films on Star Wars Weekend Nov. 5-8. Then it’s holiday movies on TNT and TBS all November except Thanksgiving weekend when it’s superhero movies on TNT. Freeform will begin its 25 Days of Christmas with holiday movies every night, including the Santa Clause trilogy, Home Alone, Jingle All the Way and more. Disney+ has also added those movie titles and more holiday favorites. Jingle also appears on Amazon Prime along with It’s a Wonderful Life and Die Hard. Look for Die Hard and other Christmas titles on IMDB TV too. Check AMC+ for more holiday movies in December.

Bookmark this page to check back on titles coming through New Year’s Day. 


Monday, Nov. 1

Thursday, Nov. 4

Friday, Nov. 5

Saturday, Nov. 6

Royal Christmas Engagement, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A prince undercover falls for an advertising executive.

Sunday, Nov. 7

Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – Prince Alexander (Nick Hounslow) and Dr. Tasha (Kaitlyn Leeb) are expecting.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Friday, Nov. 12

Saturday, Nov. 13
A Snowy Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A lawyer tries to find love and save her family home at Christmas.

Sunday, Nov. 14
Snowed in for Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – An au pair makes Christmas for her clients’ children when snow cancels her holiday plans.

Adele One Night Only, 8:30 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. PT, CBS – Adele will perform new songs and her hits, and speak to Oprah Winfrey.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Thursday, Nov. 18

Chrisley Knows Thanksgiving, Peacock – Julie Chrisley teaches her children Thanksgiving recipes.

Friday, Nov. 19

Saturday, Nov. 20
Mistletoe & Molly, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A customer meddles with a waitress’s life over the holidays.

Sunday, Nov. 21
Christmas on 5th Avenue, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A decorator tries to get her client back in the Christmas spirit.

Monday, Nov. 22

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Mary McCartney Serves It Up, Discovery+ – Photographer and cookbook author welcomes Sir Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey for vegetarian holiday meals.

Wednesday, Nov. 24

Thursday, Nov. 25

The Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., CBS – Live from Sixth Avenue, hosted by Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., NBC, Telemundo and Peacock – Live coverage of the 95th annual parade.
National Dog Show, 12 p.m., NBC and Peacock – John O’Hurley and David Frei host.
National Dog Show Junior, 2 p.m., Peacock – Kid reporter Anna Laible joins Matt Iseman and Laurie Hernandez.

Sunday Night Football, 8 p.m., Peacock

Friday, Nov. 26

Saturday, Nov. 27
Minnie’s Bow-Toons “Clarabelle’s Christmas Sweater”, 8:25 a.m. on Disney Channel, 11:55 a.m. on Disney Junior – Christmas episode of Minnie Mouse’s series.
Muppet Babies “It’s a Wonderful Elf-Bot/A Merry Litter Christmas”, 9 a.m., Disney Junior – Christmas episodes of the animated Muppet series

The Chicken Squad “Merry Chickmas/Feed the Brrrds,” 10:30 a.m., Disney Junior – Christmas episodes of The Chicken Squad.

Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe, 8:30 p.m., CBS – Robbie tries to stop Blitzen from opening a reindeer theme park.
The Story of Santa Claus, 9 p.m., CBS – Animated musical about the origin of Santa.

Sunday, Nov. 28

Muppet Babies “Mitzvah for Miss Nanny/Winter Sport-a-thon,” 9 a.m., Disney Junior – more holiday episodes of Muppet Babies

Monday, Nov. 29

Tuesday, Nov. 30


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Wednesday, Dec. 1

Beebo Saves Christmas, 8 p.m., The CW

Thursday, Dec. 2

Cape Cod Christmas, AMC+ [movie] – Siblings reunite for one last Christmas before they sell the family home.
The Advent Calendar, Shudder [movie] – Each window in the advent calendar causes real life horror in this holiday thriller.

Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, 7 p.m. Disney Junior – Mickey, Minnie and friends try to use a Wishing Star to reunite for Christmas Eve.

Friday, Dec. 3

The Royal Beat – Christmas Special – True Royalty TV – Inside the Christmas traditions of the royal family.

A Christmas Dance Reunion, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A mother and daughter attend a hotel’s final Christmas Dance.
Eight Gifts of Hannukah, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A woman seeks her secret admirer during Hannukah.

Saturday, Dec. 4
The Art Of: Holidays, 6 a.m., Ovation and repeats

Christmas Under the Stars, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A photographer visits Christmas World, Alaksa to photograph the Northern Lights.

Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A new pastor must prepare the choir for the Christmas Jamboree.
A Very Merry Bridesmaid, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A 30-year-old (Emily Osment) reconnects with her childhood crush at her brother’s Christmas Eve wedding.

Sunday, Dec. 5
A Lot Like Christmas, IMDB TV [movie] – A Christmas tree lot owner (Maggie Lawson) battles the marketing employee (Christopher Russell) of a big box store.
A Merry Murdoch Christmas, 1 a.m. and repeats, Ovation – Murdoch Mysteries‘ 2015 Christmas episode.

A Furry Little Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A big city veterinarian meets a small town Vermont doctor at Christmas.
My Favorite Christmas Melody, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A jingle writer (Mya) helps her old high school save their arts program.
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – The Swift sisters reunite to save their hometown theater.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting, 8:30 p.m., CBS – L.L. Cool J hosts with musical performances by H.E.R, Billy Porter, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LaBelle and more.
Small Town Christmas: Branson, Mo.: Season 1, 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander explores Branson, Mo.’s Christmas traditions.
The 23rd Annual Home for the Holidays At the Grove, 9:30 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, CBS – Musical artists perform between stories of adoption from foster care.

Monday, Dec. 6
David and the Elves, Netflix [movie] -With the help of a renegade elf, David sets off on a quest to remind his parents of the meaning of Christmas (from Poland).
Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets: Mary Berry’s Country House Christmas, Acorn TV – Harewood House in Yorkshire prepares for Christmas.
Secretly Santa, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Business rivals fall in love while both dressed as Santa.
Hip Hop Family Christmas, 9 p.m., VH1 [movie] – Ne-Yo, MC Lyte, Redman and more artists play a hip hop family who puts on a live Christmas special.

Tuesday, Dec. 7
Christmas Movie Magic, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A journalist uncovers the secrets of a famous Christmas movie in the town where it was filmed.

Wednesday, Dec. 8
Christmas With a Crown, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – An undercover prince helps a woman with her town’s Christmas festival.

Thursday, Dec. 9
A Fiancé for Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A single woman makes a wedding registry, then hires a fake fiance to cover up her ruse.

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Friday, Dec. 10
For Auld Lang Syne, Apple TV+
Squished, IMDB TV – Sarah Hyland hosts a Play-doh competition for kids and grown-ups.

Holiday in Santa Fe, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A family ornament business struggles to find the holiday spirit while mourning their mother.
A Dickens of a Holiday, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A Hollywood action hero (Kristoffer Paloha) returns home to play Scrooge.

Saturday, Dec. 11
Christmas in the Rockies, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A woman takes her father’s place in a lumberjack competition and goes up against the paramedic who saved her father in an accident.
The Holiday Fix Up, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A home renovator must work with her ex on a local inn.
A Royal Queens Christmas, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – A prince visiting Queens helps with a kids Christmas show.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Snow Queen, 10 a.m., Ovation – Redondo Ballet’s production
The Nutcracker by Kader Belarbi, 10 a.m., Ovation- Belarbi directs the ballet.
Fixing Up Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A party planner helps a CEO plan a Christmas party to impress the Mayor.
People Presents: Blending Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Family drama threatens a man (Aaron O’Connell)’s proposal to his girlfriend (Haylie Duff).
Sister Swap: Christmas in the City, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – The Swift sisters enter a restaurant contest.

Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2021, 9 p.m., The CW – The best seasonal commercials air between commercial breaks.
Small Town Christmas: Bethlehem, Pa.: Season 1, 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander visits Bethlehem, Pa.

Monday, Dec. 13
Maps and Mistletoe, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A cartographer must design a treasure map of the North Pole.
20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir, 8 p.m. ET, PBS – Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and more join the choir for their 20th anniversary.
Let’s Get Merried, 9 p.m., VH1 [movie] – A grinch decides to marry someone she meets on a bachelorette weekend.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Ghosts of Christmas Past, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A woman tries to make amends with all the men she’s ghosted before Christmas.
Gordon Ramsay’s Road Trip: Christmas Vacation, 9 p.m., Fox – Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sireix look for Santa Claus’s home.

Wednesday, Dec. 15
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2021, 8 p.m., The CW – Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Little Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, the Jonas Brothers and more perform.
The Enchanted Christmas Cake, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A baker (Erica Durance) seeks her late grandmother’s Christmas cake recipe.

Thursday, Dec. 16
A California Christmas: City Lights, Netflix – Callie (Lauren Swickard) and Joseph (Josh Swickard) run a dairy farm now.
Dogs of the Year 2021, 8 p.m., The CW – Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight host the year’s most amazing dog stories.
Christmas by Chance, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A gift shop owner falls for his client’s fiance.

Friday, Dec. 17
With Love, Amazon Prime – A family celebrates Christmas, New Years and all the holidays together, from One Day at a Time creator Gloria Calderón Kellett.

Mistletoe in Montana, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A ranch owner (Melissa Joan Hart) falls for the single father who brings his kids to her ranch for Christmas.
Joe Bob Ruins Christmas, 9 p.m., Shudder and on demand Dec. 19 – Joe Bob Briggs gets his own Christmas special.

Saturday, Dec. 18
When Hope Calls Christmas, IMDB TV [movie] – Brookfield celebrates Christmas to try to get named America’s #1 Country Christmas Town.

Toying With The Holidays, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A designer tries to save her town’s model train exhibit.
The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – The Mitchell Brothers compete to decorate their houses for Christmas.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Christmas Together, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – A woman falls in love with the owner of the guest house she’s renting for the holidays.
Under the Christmas Tree, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Two women fall for each other while battling over a Christmas tree.
Small Town Christmas: Natchitoches, La., 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander visits Natchitoches, La.
‘Tis the Season to Be Merry, 8 p.m., Hallmark [movie] – An author (Rachael Leigh Cook) falls for an aid worker (Travis Van Winkle).

Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas, 8 p.m., PBS – Worsley explores the Tudor origins of Christmas traditions.

Monday, Dec. 20

Tuesday, Dec. 21
The Christmas Ball, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A visiting ballerina tries to hold a Christmas Regency Ball in her aunt’s English manor.

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Grumpy Christmas, Netflix
The Masked Singer: Christmas Singalong, 8 p.m., Fox – Holiday performances from celebrity contestants!
It Takes a Christmas Village, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A mayor tries to convince a recluse to loan the town his family’s mill for a Christmas market.
The Price Is Right At Night, 8 p.m., CBS – A Christmas themed edition of the daytime game show.
The 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 9 p.m., CBS – Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell to be honored.

Thursday, Dec. 23
Rebuilding a Dream Christmas, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A real estate broker falls for the single dad she hired to repair her grandmother’s house.

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Friday, Dec. 24
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1000 Miles From Christmas, Netflix
Hot Chocolate Holiday, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Two coffee shop owners battle over their secret hot chocolate recipes.
A Holly Dolly Christmas, 8 p.m., CBS – Dolly Parton’s 2020 Christmas special
Small Town Christmas: Summerville, S.C.: Season 1, 9 p.m., UPtv – Host Megan Alexander visits Summerville, S.C,
Kenny Rogers: All In for the Gambler, 9 p.m., CBS – Kenny Rogers tribute concert from September

Saturday, Dec. 25
Writing Around the Christmas Tree, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – A romance novelist meets another writer at a bed and breakfast.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special, 9 p.m. ET, PBS – Christmas 1966 adds wedding plans to the normal holiday festivities.

Sunday, Dec. 26

Home for the Holidays (2005), 10 a.m., Ovation [movie] – An aunt tries to adopt her niece and nephews after their parents die. Starring Sean Young.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special (2019), 7:30 p.m. ET, PBS – Encore of the 2019 holiday special.

Friday, Dec. 31
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022, 8 p.m., ABC – Countdown to 2022
New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, 8 p.m., CBS – A country music New Year’s Eve live from Nashville, Tn. including Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Darius Rucker and more.
United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream, 9 p.m. ET, PBS – Independence Hall concert hosted by Chita Rivera, with performances by David Archuleta, Midori, Brandee Younger and more.

December TBD
Yearly Departed, Amazon Prime Video – Stand-up comedy to say goodbye to 2021.
A Naija Christmas, Netflix
How to Ruin Christmas: Season 2, Netflix – Tumi (Busise Lurayi) is back after her sister’s disastrous Christmas wedding.

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