Holiday Specials 2008

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Hey, do you hear what we hear? That's right, folks, it's sleigh bells--and whether you're ready or not, the holiday season is here! So gather your friends and family around that HD hearth for another winter's worth of holiday television. Check out our schedule here, and use the comments box to share your own holiday traditions with the rest of us. Happy holidays from all of us here at TV.com!

Keep returning to this feature--we'll update it as more information becomes available!

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
CBS
Tuesday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m.
This 1970 Rankin & Bass special, narrated by Fred Astaire, tells the tale of the young Kris Kringle and his battle against the evil Burgermeister Meisterburger, whose one wish is to ban toys and fun for all the children of the land.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
CBS
Wednesday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate the season with the longest-running special in TV history! This 1964 Rankin & Bass classic features narration by Burl Ives, a score by Johnny Marks, and a story we all know and love.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center
NBC
Wednesday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Watch the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree in a joyous event hosted by Al Roker and featuring performances by Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Harry Conick Jr., Rosie O'Donnell, and more!

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
CBS
Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00 p.m.
Somewhere along the line, the ogling of barely-clad supermodels became a media-sanctioned holiday tradition. Sweet! This year's models include Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio, Selita Ebanks, Doetzen Kroes, Adriana Lima, Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr, and many more. Grammy Award winner Usher will perform.

Frosty the Snowman
CBS
Friday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.
When a magic silk hat brings a snowman to exuberant life, the stuff of Christmas legend is born. This classic special is narrated by Jimmy Durante and voiced by Jackie Vernon and Billy De Wolfe.

Frosty's Winter Wonderland
ABC Family
Friday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Frosty visits his beloved children once again, but the kids notice something different about him this year: he's lonely. The only solution is to build him a beautiful snow wife, but that evil Jack Frost is still waiting to ruin it all.

Frosty Returns
CBS
Friday, December 7 at 8:30 p.m.
Everyone's favorite talking snowman is back in town--but this time he's got to defend himself from the deadly machinations of an evil inventor who would see our hero melt away to nothing.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
ABC Family
Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.
"'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse..." This 1974 holiday classic tells the tale of how the Trundle and Mouse families set out to save Christmas for their town.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
ABC
Monday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m.
In this digitally remastered classic, our young hero Charlie Brown is fed up with the materialism of the holiday season--until his failed attempts to restore the town's Christmas spirit end up teaching him a lesson of his own.

Worst Week
CBS
Monday, December 8 at 9:30 p.m.
Sam finds out that Dick gives Angela the same Christmas gift every year, and decides to remedy this sad situation by helping Dick find the perfect present. Of course, things do not go exactly as planned.

House: Joy to the World
Fox
Tuesday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m.
House and his team deal with a bullied girl who collapses during her school's Christmas program. Meanwhile, Foreman and Thirteen grow closer during the Huntington's disease drug trials, House gives a patient a gift, the staff wonder who gave House a special gift, and Cuddy gets an unexpected gift.

Little Spirit: Christmas in New York
NBC
Wednesday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Danny DeVito, Lucy Liu, Freddy Rodriguez, Brian Williams, and Brenda Song lend their voices to this new animated special, which tells the story of a boy, his dog, and a Christmas miracle.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys
ABC Family
Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
This modern-day installment in the tale of Rudolph sees our reindeer hero banding together with his loyal friends to save Christmas from the evil Toy Taker.

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Fox
Thursday, December 11 at 9:00 p.m.
Tune in tonight for a special holiday edition of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, in which a rabbi with a fancy college education competes for a $1 million Hanukkah prize!

Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates New Year's Eve
The CW
Friday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Chris is desperate to spend New Year's Eve in Time's Square, but he's got to find a "responsible adult" to be his chaperone--and the only available adults are a pair of ex-cons.

Don't Forget the Lyrics
Fox
Friday, December 12 at 9:00 p.m.
Tune in tonight for a special holiday edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics, in which three former Miss Americas sing their hearts out for the Miss America Scholarships Fund.

The Year Without a Santa Claus
ABC Family
Saturday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.
An underappreciated Santa is sick of Christmas and plans to skip the whole thing this year--but Mrs. Claus is determined to show him the error of his ways.

A Miser Brothers Christmas
ABC Family
Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.
ABC Family presents an all-new animated holiday special that is sure to be a classic. When things go wrong for Santa and his sleigh, the Miser brothers must come together and--you guessed it--save Christmas.

COPS
Fox
Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Don't miss the sixth installation of COPS' infamous holiday special, "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Can you guess what type of criminal will be featured tonight?

MADtv
Fox
Saturday, December 13 at 11:00 p.m.
Tonight's MADtv episode is called "Best of Christmas Sketches Spectacularly Special Spectacular." We think that tells you just about all you need to know.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
ABC
Monday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.
When ReRun experiences some holiday stress, Snoopy suggests inviting his beagle brother Spike to town for a Christmas visit--but things don't work out quite as expected!

NCIS: Silent Night
CBS
Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m.
It's Christmas week, but nobody's celebrating when the NCIS team discovers that their prime suspect has been dead for 17 years. Peter Coyote of The 4400 guest stars.

According to Jim: Two for the Money
ABC
Tuesday, December 16 at 9:00 p.m.
Jim's having trouble raising the cash to buy presents for all five kids, so he goes behind Cheryl's back to find the twins a job acting in a Steve Guttenberg movie.

Christmas in Washington
TNT
Wednesday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
In this annual holiday special, some of the nation's most popular musical acts head to Washington, D.C. to perform for the President, First Lady, and assorted governmental bigwigs.

Letters to Santa: a Muppets Christmas
NBC
Wednesday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m.
The Muppets are back in an all-new holiday special! Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, and their friends accidentally prevent three letters from reaching Santa--and must do everything in their power to fix their mistake before Christmas!

Top Chef: 12 Days of Christmas
Bravo
Wednesday, December 17 at 10:00 p.m.
The chefs cater a holiday cocktail party for Natasha Richardson, and Martha Stewart drops by for the QuickFire challenge!

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Fox
Thursday, December 18 at 9:00 p.m.
The holiday festivities continue tonight on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader! Will tonight's reverend contestant win it big or head back to his congregation with a stocking full of coal?

America's Funniest Home Videos
ABC
Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Get ready for a bumpy night with tonight's holiday-themed episode, which features comedic morsels like a Santa-fall montage, a present-munching little boy, and more.

The 10th Annual A Home for the Holidays with Faith Hill
CBS
Tuesday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Country superstar Faith Hill hosts a night of inspirational stories about adoption, enhanced by performances from Hill, Melissa Etheridge, Gavin Rossdale, Jamie Foxx, and more.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
ABC Family
Wednesday, December 24 at 8:00 p.m.
The grumpy Grinch, who lives in a dark cave above the merry town of Whoville, hates Christmas so much that he decides to ruin it--but ends up learning a big lesson about love.

24 Hours of A Christmas Story
TBS
Wednesday, December 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Okay, so it's not a TV show, but it's on TV and it's pretty cool so we're letting you know anyway. Tune in for a 24-hour marathon of the ultimate Christmas movie!

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors
CBS
Tuesday, December 30 at 9:00 p.m.
This year's Kennedy Center Honors will go to the talented likes of Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, Pete Townshend, and Roger Daltrey. And of course, the night wouldn't be complete without fabulous performances and celebrity guests!

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2009
ABC
Wednesday, December 31 at 9:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with a party that stretches from coast to coast! Tonight, Fergie takes charge of the Hollywood festivities while Kellie Pickler does Times Square duty--and once again, Dick Clark will lead the big countdown to midnight.

New Year's Eve Live
Fox
Wednesday, December 31 at 11:00 p.m.
Celebrate the turning of the year with Fox tonight! Look for celebrity guests, musical performances, and more.

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