Deck the halls and rev up the DVR. Television programmers are once again making merry by unleashing a veritable blizzard of holiday-themed fare.
The lineup includes a vast array of variety specials, festive movies and animated treats that celebrate the so-called most wonderful time of the year.
To help you get with the program, we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of the highlights arriving from now until New Year’s Eve. Please note that many programs re-air multiple times. With a few exceptions, we have listed only the initial telecasts that occur in evening hours.
If you don’t spot a favorite here, consult your listings. Our rundown starts with new programming and is followed by a list of air dates for the perennials.
Music, comedy and good cheer
“The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration” — Julianne and Derek Hough host a two-hour, music-filled special from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (8 p.m., ABC).
“CMA Country Christmas” — Jennifer Nettles and pals celebrate the holiday from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. (8 p.m., ABC)
“Christmas in Rockefeller Square” — The big tree in the Big Apple gets its shine on with performances by Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and others. (8 p.m., NBC).
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” —Watch contestants get all amped up as they compete in this crazy home-decorating contest. (8 p.m., ABC).
“Taraji’s White Hot Holidays” — The “Empire” star spreads some cheer and goodwill. Guests include Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg and more. (8 p.m., Fox).
“A Pentatonix Christmas” — The vocal group stars in its first holiday special, along with guests Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson. (8 p.m., NBC).
“The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time” — Dean Cain
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment