Originally published Monday, November 28, 2011 at 5:33 AM

Get set for 'Rudolph' and more holiday-TV fare

Holiday TV: a list of classic and new films, plus specials.

Seattle Times staff

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While there may still be turkey leftovers at your house, your TV has moved on and is already aglow with yuletide cheer. The onslaught of holiday programming is here, so settle in to that comfy chair and get ready for a month full of Santas, Scrooges and holiday music.

A list of highlights follows, though it's far from exhaustive. All dates and times are subject to change, so double-check local listings.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 8 p.m. Monday on ABC: Boris Karloff narrates the one and only original (sorry, Jim Carrey).

"Shrek the Halls," 8:30 p.m. Monday on ABC: Shrek, Donkey and the gang celebrate the holidays.

"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 8 p.m. Tuesday on CBS: The classic about that reindeer, Santa and the Island of Misfit Toys.

"Christmas in Rockefeller Center," 8 p.m. Wednesday on NBC: Annual celebration from New York City.

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC: An animated classic about the origins of Santa.

"CMA Country Christmas," 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC: Performances by Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley and more. Hosted by Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.

"Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas," 3:30 p.m. Saturday on KCTS, with repeats through December: "Great Performances" holiday special.

"It's a Wonderful Life," 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC: Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in the 1946 Frank Capra classic about a fateful Christmas Eve in small-town Bedford Falls.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas," 8 p.m. Dec. 5 on ABC: The Peanuts gang discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

"Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice," 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 on ABC: A new special about an "elite unit of elves."

"A Christmas Carol," 6:45 p.m. Dec. 5 with repeats through December on TCM: This 1938 version stars Reginald Owen as Scrooge.

"A Christmas Story" (1983), 6 p.m. Dec. 6 on TCM, and then 24-hour marathon beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 24 on TBS: In the 1940s, Ralphie goes on a Christmas quest for a Red Ryder air rifle and ... oh, you know the rest ("It's a major award!").

"Miracle on 34th Street" (1947), 9 p.m. Dec. 6 on TCM: The original version of the holiday tale stars Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood.

"Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), 11 p.m. Dec. 6 on TCM: The Christmas scenes in this set-in-1904 Judy Garland musical are heart-tuggers.

"Frosty the Snowman" and "Frosty Returns," 8 p.m. Dec. 9 on CBS: More holiday animation about everyone's favorite snowman.

"Yes, Virginia," 9 p.m. Dec. 9 on CBS: An animated holiday special based on the story of a child's letter.

"The Flight Before Christmas," 9 p.m. Dec. 10 on CBS: Animated holiday special.

"White Christmas" (1954), 8 and 10:45 p.m. Dec. 12 on AMC: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and some wonderful music.

"Holiday Inn" (1942), 12:30 a.m. Dec. 16 on AMC: Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in the movie that introduced the song "White Christmas."

"Christmas in Washington," 8 p.m. Dec. 16 on TNT: Performances by Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson. Hosted by Conan O'Brien.

"National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011," 8 p.m. Dec. 20 on KCTS: The lighting of the National Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., features musical guests.

"George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," 8 p.m. Dec. 20 on KCTS: A "Live from Lincoln Center" special featuring the New York City Ballet.

"Christmas in Yellowstone," 8 p.m. Dec. 21 on KCTS: This "Nature" special looks at the winter wonders of one of our national parks.

"Christmas with Mormon Tabernacle Choir," 8 p.m. Dec. 22 on KCTS: Music special featuring David Archuleta and Michael York, from Salt Lake City.

"Sting: A Winter's Night," 9 p.m. Dec. 22 on KCTS: Music special featuring the pop star.

"Christmas at Belmont 2011," 8 p.m. Dec. 24 on KCTS: Music special from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

"Christmas at St. Olaf," 10 p.m. Dec. 24 on KCTS: The annual "Christmas Festival" from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

"Coldplay New Year's Eve," 11 p.m. Dec. 31 on KCTS: An "Austin City Limits" music special.

Doug Knoop: or on Twitter @dougknoop


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