Spend this holiday TV season with Paddington, Melissa McCarthy, Lori Loughlin and more

by Gabriel Martinez
Holiday TV Programming

This holiday season, you can expect a sleigh full of festive TV programming to keep you entertained. From classic favorites like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to new family-friendly films, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

On Disney+, “Dashing Through the Snow” promises a delightful holiday adventure, while Melissa McCarthy’s “Genie” on Peacock brings comedy and cheer to the screen. And if you’re a music enthusiast, don’t miss Hannah Waddingham’s special on Apple TV+ and the annual Tabernacle Choir concert on PBS.

For those who love heartwarming rom-coms, familiar faces like Lori Loughlin, Teri Hatcher, and Lacey Chabert will grace your screens with their holiday-themed movies. Loughlin returns in “A Christmas Blessing,” her first original holiday movie since her involvement in a college admissions scandal, while Hatcher stars in “How to Fall in Love by the Holidays,” a charming twist on a classic storyline.

If baking competitions are your thing, “The Great American Baking Show: Celebrity Holiday” on Roku Channel is a must-watch, featuring celebrity contestants and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

For a unique Christmas adventure, Disney+ offers “Dashing through the Snow,” where Chris “Ludacris” Bridges plays a dad who embarks on a magical journey with his daughter. And on the Roku Channel, “The Holiday Shift” brings young shopping mall workers together in a heartwarming series.

Leighton Meester and Robbie Amell inject fresh humor into the holiday genre with “EXmas” on Amazon Freevee, where they play former fiancées facing unexpected holiday challenges. Meanwhile, Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf reunite as siblings in “A Merry Scottish Christmas” on the Hallmark Channel.

Jenn Lilley and Matthew Morrison jet set in “A Paris Christmas Waltz,” and Teri Hatcher returns with “Christmas at the Chalet.” Additionally, Chabert stars in “Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up,” a sequel to a previous hit, sure to light up your holiday spirits.

If you’re looking for a time-traveling romance story, “A Biltmore Christmas” debuts on Hallmark, and “Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas” on Lifetime features iconic soap opera stars teaming up for a holiday special.

Hallmark regular Jonathan Bennett brings holiday cheer in “Christmas on Cherry Lane,” and “Christmas at the Amish Bakery” on UPtv promises heartwarming moments in an Amish community.

For a culinary twist, don’t miss “Yes, Chef!” on Lifetime, where Tia Mowry competes in a Kringle Cook-Off and discovers career challenges and a potential love interest, with a special appearance by Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss.

If you’re looking for family-friendly content, Nickelodeon’s “The Tiny Chef Show” presents a Thanksgiving-themed episode, and Melissa McCarthy plays a genie in the comedy “Genie” on Peacock.

Candace Cameron Bure and her daughter Natasha Bure have holiday movies on Great American Family, and “The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday” on Netflix promises a hilarious twist on Christmas villains.

Of course, you can’t forget the classics like “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Frosty Returns,” and the 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story” to get you in the holiday spirit.

For Hanukkah-themed programming, Nick Jr. offers a special “Paddington” episode, and Hallmark Channel presents “Round and Round,” a Hanukkah-themed movie.

Finally, to set the perfect holiday mood, check out “Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas” on Apple TV+ and “Season of Light: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir” on PBS. Fox’s “The Masked Singer” also joins the festive spirit with a holiday sing-along.

With this exciting lineup, you’re sure to have a joyful and entertaining holiday season.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Holiday TV Programming

What are some highlights of this year’s holiday TV programming?

You can look forward to classic holiday favorites like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “A Christmas Story.” Additionally, there are new family-friendly films such as “Dashing Through the Snow” and Melissa McCarthy’s “Genie.” There’s also a lineup of musical specials and Hanukkah-themed programming to enjoy.

Are there any notable celebrity appearances in the holiday TV lineup?

Yes, you can expect to see familiar faces like Lori Loughlin, Teri Hatcher, Lacey Chabert, and more in holiday rom-coms. Celebrities like Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Leighton Meester, Robbie Amell, and Tia Mowry are also part of the festive programming.

Where can I watch these holiday TV shows and movies?

You can catch these holiday programs on various streaming platforms and TV channels, including Disney+, Peacock, Roku Channel, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, UPtv, Netflix, and more. Be sure to check the specific release dates and times for each show or movie.

Are there any classic holiday films included in this year’s lineup?

Yes, classics like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Frosty Returns,” and “A Christmas Story” are part of the holiday TV programming. You can enjoy these timeless favorites during the festive season.

What’s unique about the Hanukkah-themed programming mentioned in the text?

Nick Jr. presents a special “Paddington” episode, and Hallmark Channel offers a Hanukkah-themed movie called “Round and Round.” These shows add diversity to the holiday programming by celebrating Hanukkah, providing options for viewers of different traditions.

When can I watch the musical specials mentioned in the text?

Hannah Waddingham’s “Home for Christmas” on Apple TV+ premieres on November 22, and the Tabernacle Choir concert airs on PBS on December 12. These musical specials offer a joyful way to celebrate the holiday season with music and performances.

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ClassicMovieFan November 18, 2023 - 12:52 pm

luv the classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas, always watch them

TVEnthusiast22 November 18, 2023 - 6:30 pm

so much great holiday stuff on tv, excited 4 it all!

MusicLover1 November 18, 2023 - 7:49 pm

Yay, music specials, gonna sing along!

HallmarkAddict November 18, 2023 - 8:57 pm

Hallmark Channel 4 life, can’t wait for the rom-coms

HolidayNostalgia November 18, 2023 - 10:10 pm

Rudolph and Frosty, the classics never get old

InfoSeeker2023 November 18, 2023 - 11:23 pm

Need more deets, where’s the schedule?

StreamingQueen November 19, 2023 - 4:55 am

Disney+ and Peacock got some cool movies, gonna binge-watch

CantSpell November 19, 2023 - 9:44 am

Hanukkah-themed shows add diversety, thats cool


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