If it’s one thing we can all count on, it’s the loads of holiday-themed programming available for viewing throughout this festive season. It can honestly get a bit overwhelming. Don’t fret, Rotten Tomatoes is here to help keep track of them. Below, is our 2022 guide to all the holiday shows and movies premiering on broadcast, cable, and streaming services in November and December.
Gearing up for the festive season in November are some highly-anticipated originals, including Tim Allen’s The Santa Clauses TV series, dropping on November 16 to Disney+, the long-awaited return of Peter Billingsley as Ralphie in A Christmas Story Christmas, coming to HBO Max on November 17, and Apple TV+’s Charles Dickens musical Spirited, starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, premiering on November 18. 24-hour marathons of Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will close out the month on TNT and TBS.
December is jam-packed with holiday goodies, including Freeform’s annual 25 Days of Christmas programming lineup, with holiday classics (like The Santa Clause trilogy, Home Alone, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more) slated for each night of the month. AMC’s “Best Christmas Ever” holiday lineup is offering up all sorts of themed-programming, including “A Murray Christmas,” featuring a selection of Bill Murray holiday flicks, “Candy Coated Christmas,” celebrating John Candy titles like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Uncle Buck, and a “Merry 80’s Marathon” that’ll present classics like The Karate Kid and Ghostbusters for some offbeat festive viewing. For all the Peanuts and Snoopy–themed goodness your heart desires, Apple TV+ is gifting the beloved animated characters in a collection of classic and new specials for the whole family. And, of course, a whole slew of new Lifetime original movies are dropping all season long. Last, but certainly not least, are The Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which will be releasing a bevy of new holiday original movies – and many of those titles will be made available to stream on Peacock as part of the platform’s “Best Of Hallmark” collection.
Josh Turner: King Size Manger, 7 p.m., UPtv – Showcasing his unmistakable baritone voice, multiplatinum-selling recording artist and Grand Ole Opry star Josh Turner heralds in the holiday season with his unique interpretation of nostalgic classics as well as four original songs.
Countdown to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 8-9 p.m. ET, NBC – On the eve of the iconic Thanksgiving Day parade, viewers get a behind-the-scenes peek at the incredible stories behind the floats, balloons, and bands on their journey to the streets of New York.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., NBC and Peacock – The 96th edition of the annual celebration will be hosted by Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9 a.m., CBS and Paramount+ – Anchored by Emmy Award-winning hosts, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Kevin Frazier and TV personality and author Keltie Knight, the special, a CBS Thanksgiving tradition, will feature portions of the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from N.Y.C., as well as special performances by the casts of the hit Broadway musicals Moulin Rouge and SIX the Musical. Dropping by the parade to talk with Frazier and Knight are actors from popular CBS series, including Jeremy Sisto from FBI, Liza Lapira from The Equalizer, and Louis Cato, bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Monday, Nov. 28
The Action Pack Saves Christmas, Netflix – The Action Pack teams up with Santa Claus to save the day when greedy Teddy Von Taker plots to steal all the Christmas cheer from Hope Springs.
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Love Actually: 20 Years Later – A Diane Sawyer/ABC News Special, 8 p.m., ABC – ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer will have a primetime special to mark the 20th anniversary of the making of the holiday classic Love Actually.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Christmas in Rockefeller Center, 8-10 p.m. ET, NBC – NBC heralds the arrival of the holidays with a dazzling display of musical talents, star-studded surprises and the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree for the 90th “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”
Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around, 10-11 p.m. ET, NBC – The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning talk show host Kelly Clarkson hosts a holiday special featuring music performances, exciting duets and special guests while she shares her traditions and gives back to those in need. (Originally aired in 2021)
Sesame Street The Nutcracker, HBO Max – The classic story is retold Sesame Street-style in an animated special that follows Elmo and his puppy Tango on a fantastical adventure filled with new music and friends, where Tango speaks for the first time. This 30-minute festive feature is a celebration of the greatest gift of all: friendship.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Christmas In Kentucky, 6 p.m., GAC Family [movie] – Actress, singer and philanthropist Jen Lilley (Days of Our Lives, General Hospital) will be the guest of honor at the annual Stanford Christmas Parade, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in downtown Stanford and will be featured in the upcoming holiday special Christmas In Kentucky.
Sunday, Dec. 4
Grace Notes, 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET, BYUtv – An unscripted series hosted by Elaine Bradley from Neon Trees that features performances and interviews with artists who are uplifted and changed by music. This Christmas it will feature the Grammy-winning Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee of Pentatonix singing “What Child Is This?” and Grammy-nominated musicians Cory Asbury with “Amazing Grace” and Matt Maher with “He Shall Reign Forevermore.” Other exclusive performances include Dante Bowe, Evan Craft, DOE, Anna Golden, Brandon Lake, Tasha Layton, Elle Limebear, Mali Music, Evvie McKinney, MORIAH, Naomi Raine, Rend Collective, Tye Tribbett, Rhett Walker, We Are Messengers, Phil Wickham and Zach Williams.
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: two back-to-back holiday episodes “Who’s Found Themselves In One Of Those Magical Christmas Life Swap Switcheroos?” at 8:30 p.m. and “Who’s Having A Merry Trashman” at 9 p.m., Fox.
TMZ’s Merry Elfin’ Christmas, 8:00 p.m., Fox – This Christmas, some of the biggest names in entertainment take over TMZ. Join Post Malone, Henry Winkler, Giada De Laurentiis, Kenya Moore, Smokey Robinson, Kenny G and Camille Vasquez on the all-new special TMZ’s Merry Elfin’ Christmas as they give their takes on the biggest stories that kept everyone talking in 2022.
Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2022, 9 p.m., The CW – The annual look back at advertising’s finest will count down 12 of the world’s best holiday commercials and take a look at other great commercials.
CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC and streams the following day on Hulu and Disney+ – Filmed in Nashville, the special features some of country music’s most beloved artists coming together for an intimate night full of holiday classics. Hosted by country music star Carly Pearce, “CMA Country Christmas” features performances by Steven Curtis Chapman, Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Pearce, Molly Tuttle and The War and Treaty.
All I Didn’t Want for Christmas, 8 p.m., VH1 [movie] – In a desperate attempt to improve her life and make this Christmas not totally suck, Emily Harris writes a letter to Santa. Fortunately, and unfortunately, her wine-soaked wishes start coming true. Starring Gabourey Sidibe, Loretta Devine, Kel Mitchell, Karen Knox, and Andrew Bushell.
8:00 p.m., Magnolia Network, HBO Max, discovery+, and the Magnolia app
A Recipe for Joy, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – When ambitious food correspondent, Carly Hayes, gets a shot at her own TV show, nothing goes as planned. She’s sent to Angel Heights to help Grant Quinn, a perfectionist, attention-shy chef, reopen his family’s beloved diner and film it as a holiday special pilot for her television show. Thanks to Carly, Grant will not only re-open his restaurant, but most probably his heart too. Stars Erin Agostino and Dillon Casey.
Aisle Be Home For Christmas, 8 p.m., GAC Family [movie] – Two exes finally reconnect when a snowstorm leaves them stranded in a superstore (without cell service or Wi-Fi) just before Christmas. Stars Jennifer Freeman and Garrett Watson.
Crown Prince of Christmas, 8 p.m., GAC Family [movie] – Madison, an aspiring musician, jokingly tells her overbearing family that she is dating the prince of a small European nation. The joke goes too far as her friend Sebastian is roped into impersonating the prince while visiting her family in New Jersey. Little does Madison know that Sebastian happens to be hiding a royal secret. Stars Cindy Busby and Jilon VanOver.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting: Celebrating 100 Years, 8 p.m., CBS and Paramount+ – GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, actor and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer LL COOL J will light up this holiday season as host of the annual ceremony. The star-studded lineup will feature musical performances by Gloria Estefan, Andy Grammer, Joss Stone and Shania Twain.
Single and Ready to Jingle, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Emma Warner feels like she lives Christmas year-round. As the SVP of a successful toy company in Chicago, she spends 12 months a year focusing on Christmas, leaving no time for dating…or much of anything else. By the time the actual holiday rolls around, she has had enough. She asks her assistant and friend Lucy to find a tropical singles resort – somewhere she can find a guy and not think of Christmas. But due to a booking mix-up, Emma ends up in her worst nightmare – a town devoted to everything Christmas. Will Emma be able to find her joy? Stars Natasha Wilson.
Monday, Dec. 12
Studio C, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET, BYUtv – Deck the halls with laughter as the cast of fan-favorite sketch comedy show Studio C (now in its 16th season) brings audiences Christmas cheer. The hour-long Christmas compilation from Studio C is here with a sledful of humor and holiday Santa-sized belly laughs, hosted by original cast member Stephen Meek and current cast member Megan Rico. Enjoy top sketches from past Christmas episodes and spot favorite characters of seasons past. The festivities never end in this fun episode for the whole family.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
A Very Backstreet Holiday, 8 p.m., ABC – The Backstreet Boys headline this new holiday special which will find them singing songs from their brand-new holiday album along with classic hits, while celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.
A New Diva’s Christmas Carol [movie], 8 p.m., VH1 – Aphrodite was made famous back in the day for performing the timeless love song of the era. It made her a ton of money, but unfortunately, Aphrodite hates the song. When Aphrodite reluctantly becomes her mentor of Brianna, an up-and-coming pop star, she does everything she can to steer her away from love, and love anthems. In true Christmas Carol fashion, Aphrodite is paid a visit by three spirits who take her on a journey through love (and Christmas) past, present and future. Stars Ashanti, Vivica A. Fox, Eva Marcille, Robin Givens, Mckenzie Small, and Mel B.
Finding Harmony, 10 p.m., ABC – John Legend and David Brown partner up to transform a fractured community into a powerhouse chorus.
Friday, Dec. 16
Snow Day, Paramount+ and Nickelodeon [movie] – A musical reimagining of the beloved comedy classic film, Snow Day follows a group of kids who are determined to achieve their dreams when their school closes for a snow day. Stars Ky Baldwin, Michaela Russell, Shelby Simmons, Fabi Aguirre, Jerry Trainor, Laura Bell Bundy, Rob Huebel, Logan Aultman, Dominic Mariche, Myles Erlick, Monique Jasmine Paul, Destiny Rettinger, Lilly Bartlam, and Viggo Hanvelt.
The 90th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, 8 p.m., The CW – Hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, and Montel Williams (with Special Co-Host Elizabeth Stanton), the parade features Hollywood celebrities and movie cars, award-wining bands from around the country, dazzling equestrians, large-than-life character balloons, colorful floats, and humorous specialty acts. Danny Trejo is this year’s Grand Marshal. The parade culminates with the appearance of the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus and his reindeer, ushering in the holiday season!
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball, 8 p.m., The CW – The season’s spectacular music event will feature performances by this year’s biggest artists including Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Jack Harlow, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Charlie Puth, Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato, The Kid LAROI, Khalid, Tate McRae, Lewis Capaldi, and more.
A Brush with Christmas Romance, 8 p.m., GAC Family [movie] – Over the week leading up to Christmas, Charlotte tries to capture her own unique style in the local art scene while also helping her mother run the family restaurant. Disheartened and struggling to find time for her art, Charlotte throws out her latest painting, only to discover that it has been anonymously submitted to the Christmas art festival. It turns out that Wyatt, a visiting artist, stumbled upon her discarded work and is now using the festival’s exposure to find its mysterious creator who has stolen his heart with her craft. Stars Jillian Murray and Joseph Cannata.
Sunday, Dec. 18
O Holy Night: Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, BYUtv – Tony Award-nominated performer Megan Hilty and actor Neal McDonough, who each share Irish heritage and traditions, join The Tabernacle Choir to deliver a deeply personal program that weaves together well-known holiday tunes and classic Christmas carols. This year’s program features traditional Irish musical numbers and storytelling about the role of family and celebrations at this time of year. With the music and musings intertwined, the result is an uplifting holiday and musical feast that inspires hope, stirs reflection, and invites the peace of the season for any viewer, regardless of background or belief.
A Vintage Christmas, 7 p.m., UPtv [movie] – When a small town vintage store owner leaves instructions in her will for inventory to be distributed as Christmas gifts, her out-of-town niece seeks help from a handsome local in identifying recipients from the clues provided. Stars Hannah Gallway and Jeremy Walmsley.
Wrapped Up in Love, 8 p.m., Lifetime [movie] – Ashley Mackenzie has always been the preeminent “Christmas Queen” in town. From making hand-crafted decorations for the office to hosting the town’s annual Christmas sweater competition, she loves everything about the holiday … that is, until she meets her match in Ben Williams. Ben is the devilishly handsome new guy in town who loves Christmas just as much as she does—and unwittingly begins to steal her thunder. But as Ashley begins to feel like Ben is taking Christmas away from her, she is reminded of the true spirit of the holiday, and she joins forces with him to make this Christmas even more meaningful. Stars Brittany Bristow and Olivier Renaud.
The Art of Christmas, 8 p.m., GAC Family [movie] – Struggling artist Liv James accepts a teaching job at a local elementary school after her latest art show goes up in flames — literally. This new career change helps her discover more about herself and a new romance. Stars Brigitte Kingsley and Joe Towne.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!, 8 p.m., CBS and Paramount+ – Filmed in New York City at Madison Square Garden, the concert special will feature a repertoire of Carey’s festive holiday hits, including, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Additional viewing opportunities of the special will be offered on MTV after the CBS broadcast.
Wednesday, Dec. 21
Fuhgeddabout Christmas [movie], 8 p.m. VH1 – When an Italian American superstar realizes her family is fed up with her workaholic ways, she gets help from her celebrity friends, Santa, and magical elves to give them the best Christmas ever. Stars Justina Valentine, DC Young Fly, Conceited, Vinny Guadagnino, Vincent Pastore, Renee Graziano, Perez Hilton, Teresa Giudice, Fetty Wap and Sway, with Nick Cannon.
Friday, Dec. 23
The 24th Annual A Home For The Holidays At The Grove, 8 p.m., CBS and Paramount+ – For the last two decades, the award-winning special has shined a light on the thousands of American children in foster care and has inspired tens of thousands of adoptions, moving these children into loving forever families. The special is hosted by Gloria Estefan, who will also perform live, and will feature performances by performances by Andy Grammer, Little Big Town, and David Foster & Kat McPhee.
Saturday, Dec. 24
Tracking Santa, A Hulu/ABC Holiday Special (Live Broadcast), 6 p.m. – 2 a.m., Hulu and ABC – In this live broadcast, ABC’s Owned Television Stations will track Santa sightings across America as only Disney properties can. Starting at WABC in New York, the event will jump from station to station following Santa, with anchors in the studio tossing to reporters in the field, meteorologists tracking atmospheric disturbances that can only be Santa himself, celebrity shout outs and holiday greetings, live chats with Santa, and much more.
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade, 7 p.m., ABC – Disney’s annual Christmas celebration returns Christmas morning with heartwarming stories, dazzling celebrity performances and of course, the Christmas Day Parade!
Monday, Dec. 26
The Kwanzaa Menu, 8 p.m., Food Network [series premiere] – Host Tonya Hopkins, aka aka “The Food Griot,” invites some of her favorite people to celebrate Kwanzaa and its traditions through food and conversation. In each of the seven episodes Tonya and a special guest prepare a recipe that is connected to the day’s celebration. Together they will commemorate each day of Kwanzaa by cooking meaningful dishes and discussing the Nguzu Saba, the seven principles, and history of the holiday. When presented together, the collective dishes create a meaningful and celebratory Kwanzaa Menu.
The Year: 2022, 9 p.m., ABC – Anchored by Robin Roberts and featuring many of ABC’s top news anchors, including David Muir, Michael Strahan, George Stephanopoulos, Juju Chang, Linsey Davis, Janai Norman and Ginger Zee, the 12th annual two-hour-long special, presented by ABC News, will retrace the top stories, trends and entertainment obsessions we couldn’t get enough of in 2022.
Thursday, Dec. 29
Popstar’s Best of 2022, 8 p.m., The CW – Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton, the special will count down the greatest and most memorable moments and trends of 2022 based on polls from Popstar Magazine.
Saturday, Dec. 31
Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023, 8 p.m., ABC – Hosted by Ryan Seacrest live from Times Square, who will be joined by co-hosts Liza Koshy and Jessie James Decker, the show celebrates the year’s very best in music featuring a night superstar performances. The nation’s most-watched New Year’s Eve celebration, which gives viewers a look at New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, will wrap up the holiday season and kick off Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder celebration. The Disneyland segments will be pre-taped prior to the New Year’s holiday and award-winning multi-platinum-selling artist Ciara will oversee New Year’s Eve magic from the Happiest Place on Earth! Billy Porter will be back in New Orleans as co-host and DJ D-Nice will return as this year’s LA co-host.
New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, 8 p.m., CBS and Paramount+ – The return of CBS’s New Year’s Eve special will feature performances by Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band among other country music stars helping to ring in 2023.