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Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2021

Thanksgiving is here, and as the turkey cooks in the oven, we turn toward our annual Christmas television specials! You've had the nonstop Hallmark movies for over a month now, but it's time for the yearly classics that get us all in the festive Christmas spirit!

Here is a list of what I consider the best of the best of the holiday season.  Bookmark this page so you can come back time and time again to make sure your DVR is up to date!  If you don't bookmark it, you can find it on the right side of desktop browsers and below the articles on mobile.

Obviously, this schedule is subject to change, but as of writing, here is:

The YesterYear Retro Christmas Classics TV Schedule for 2021!

Items Of Note


After all of the hubbub last year that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was not on ABC for the first time in decades (it was available via Apple TV), this year, you can find the classic special on PBS on Sunday December 19, at 7:30PM ET.  

FreeForms "25 Days of Christmas" begins on December 1st!  

"The Wizard of Oz" airs on TBS on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 25 at 7:45PM and Nov 26 at 12:00PM.

"It's a Wonderful Life" airs on December 4 on NBC at 8PM and again on Christmas Eve on NBC at 8PM.

"A Christmas Story" marathon returns to both TBS *AND* TNT this year! It begins at 8 PM on TBS and 9 PM on TNT on Christmas Eve. Final showings air at 6 PM on Christmas Day on TBS and 7 PM on TNT.

All times listed are Eastern. 

I've highlighted the first showings of movies in RED that are some important "must watch" at least once this season.  Some are repeated so much that the whole list would be red, so I highlighted them on their first showing, reminding you to watch them at least once!  

I also BOLDED some absolutely can't miss, such as the once-a-year Wizard of Oz or It's a Wonderful Life.

I will delete the daily schedule after it's finished for ease of viewing.

Monday, December 27

Tuesday, December 28

Wednesday, December 29

Thursday, December 30

Friday, December 31

8:00pm Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (ABC)

SyFy New Year's Eve Twilight Zone Marathon - Schedule To Come
WPIX New York Ch 11 - Honeymooner's New Year's Eve Marathon - Schedule To Come