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How to watch holiday movies and specials on TV or streaming

Christmas might be just around the corner, but if you need an extra nudge to get into the holiday spirit, these holiday classics — old and new — should help. There are plenty of Christmas specials you can tune into over the weekend. Here's how to watch Christmas specials on TV or your streaming device.

How to watch "A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary"

  • The film: Host LL Cool J returns to this inspiring holiday special about children adopted from foster care. Gwen Stefani, Train and Lukas Graham are set to perform, and the show will also include highlights from the Grove's annual tree-lighting ceremony, including a performance by Andy Grammer.
  • Date: Friday, December 21, 2018 
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET  
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Stream: fuboTV - start a free trial and CBS All Access

How to watch "A Christmas Story"

  • The film: This Christmas favorite follows Ralphie, an 8-year-old who just wants a Red Ryder BB Rifle for Christmas. TBS and TNT will have their annual "24 Hours of 'A Christmas Story'" marathon on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
  • Date: Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • Time: Starts 8 p.m. ET Monday
  • TV Channel: TBS and TNT
  • Stream: fuboTV - start a free trial

How to watch "It's a Wonderful Life"

  • The film: James Stewart stars in this Christmas classic as George Bailey, a suicidal man who gains new perspective on his life from an angel named Clarence.
  • Date: Monday, December 24, 2018 
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET on NBC or any time on Amazon Prime  
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream: fuboTV - start a free trial and Amazon Prime

How to watch Disney's "A Christmas Carol"

  • The film: Jim Carrey stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel. 
  • Date: Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • Time: 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday and 12:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday
  • TV Channel: Freeform
  • Stream: fuboTV - start a free trial

How to watch "Rudolph's Shiny New Year"

  • The film: Spend the holidays watching the sequel to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." 
  • Date: Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. ET on Monday, 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday
  • TV Channel: AMC
  • Stream: fuboTV - start a free trial

How to watch "Elf"

  • The film: Will Ferrell stars as an oversized elf in this comedy that's sure to become a Christmas classic for generations to come.  
  • Date: Friday, December 21, 2018, Saturday, December 22, 2018, Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET on Friday, 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, 8:30 p.m. on Monday, 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday 
  • TV Channel: AMC
  • Stream: fuboTV - start a free trial

How to watch "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (the movie)

  • The film: Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch, who is determined to ruin Christmas for the people of Whoville. 
  • Date: Friday, December 21, 2018, Saturday, December 22, 2018, Sunday, December 23, 2018, Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • Time: 9:15 p.m. ET on Friday on Freeform, 5:05 p.m. ET on Saturday on Freeform, 9:15 p.m. ET on Sunday on Freeform, 6:15 p.m. ET on Monday on Freeform, 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday on NBC or any time on Netflix
  • TV Channel: Freeform and NBC
  • Stream: fuboTV - start a free trial and Netflix
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