What to Watch This Christmas: It's a Wonderful Life, TBS's Annual Christmas Story Marathon, and Doctor Who's Farewell to Matt Smith

By Andy Daglas

Dec 24, 2013

What to watch on Thursday, December 24...

12am, Netflix
Turbo FAST
The first Netflix original series—y’know, for kids—picks up where the DreamWorks film Turbo left off, featuring the voice talents of Grey DeLisle, Phil LaMarr, Ken Jeong, and more. Join the titular speedy snail and his friends for the first five 11-minute episodes today, with more than 50 additional episodes on tap for 2014.

A Christmas Story
Relive the saga of Ralphie and his quixotic quest for a Red Ryder BB gun at any point over the next 24 hours. Or, if you’re a true diehard, watch all 12 airings of the movie right in a row. Who am I to tell you how to live your life?

8pm, ABC
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The bad banana with a greasy black peel has one last chance this season to snatch the Christmas spirit away from those pesky Whos down in Whoville. Between you and me, I don’t think this is his year. That's followed at 8:30pm by the live-action film version, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey as the three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce.

8pm, NBC
It’s a Wonderful Life
Another angel gets its wings during the traditional Christmas Eve airing of Frank Capra’s 1946 classic.

8pm & 9pm, PBS
Christmas at Belmont 2013 / Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves leads the caroling and cheer from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, accompanied by students from the Belmont School of Music and the Nashville Children’s Choir. Then, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir welcomes guests including tenor Alfie Boe, Tom Brokaw, and Col. Gail Halvorsen (USAF Ret.), who rained candy from the skies during the 1948–49 Berlin airlift.

9pm, ESPN
E:60 2013 Stories of the Year
The newsmagazine recaps the year’s most noteworthy happenings from the world of sports.

SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, Esquire
White Collar Brawlers
Who needs Yuletide cheer when you have D-bags walloping one another? The freshman season concludes with two car-rental company employees hashing out a dispute over commissions through good old-fashioned pugilism.

11:35pm, CBS
A New York Christmas to Remember
Regis Philbin hosts the festivities at Manhattan’s St. Paul the Apostle Church, featuring choir performances, holiday parables, and puppet performances by Heather and Cheryl Henson.

11:35pm, NBC
Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome
Pope Francis leads the Midnight Mass ceremony from the Vatican.


What to watch on Wednesday, December 25...

10am, ABC
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
The holiday celebration turns 30 as Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, and more entertain the crowds at the Mouse’s various theme-park holdings. Nick Cannon and Neil Patrick Harris host.

8pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith
Cast, crew, and fans alike tip their bow ties to the departing Doctor, who is also interviewed.

9pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
In Matt Smith’s final adventure, the Eleventh Doctor is drawn by a cryptic signal to a one-horse planet, where he finds some of the universe’s nastiest buggers have also gathered. How far will he go to stave off the threat—and to pave the way for incoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi?

– Sara Bareilles on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E! 


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