Did you notice that it's Christmas? No? Well, this weekend's TV scheduling will certainly let you know. Here's the best of the Christmas-themed shows on Aussie free TV and pay TV this weekend!
Thursday, 22 December, 7pm - 9pm, Seven (G)
Jack Frost tries to take over the role of Santa.
FYI, the first Santa Clause movie is on FMC on Saturday, and Santa Clause 2 is on FMC on Sunday, so maybe you want to DVR this one...?
Thursday, 22 December, 7.30pm - 8pm, The Comedy Channel (M)
The Ghost of Christmas Past tries to teach Stan the true meaning of Christmas (getting presents) in a parody of A Christmas Carol.
Thursday, 22 December, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Eleven (PG)
Homer fights Flanders to get the best do-gooder reputation, and then retells several special Christmas tales in church. Bart stars as baby Jesus (because they share so many of the same qualities).
Thursday, 22 December, 8.33pm - 9.25pm, ABC1 (G)
The cooking genius shows how to create some festive foods. He's not as good as Heston, though, who is on tomorrow night.
Friday, 23 December, 7pm - 8pm, Fox Classics (PG)
The gang are determined not to let a fatally wounded soldier die on Christmas Eve (can't really make a joke about that, now, can we?); then the officers and men change places for the day on Boxing Day.
Friday 23 December, 7pm - 8.30pm, FMC (G)
The Muppets take on all the best Christmas stories, including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and A Christmas Carol in order to save Muppet Theatre from being demolished on Christmas Eve. No one ever catches a break prior to Christmas Eve, do they?
Friday, 23 December, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, LifeStyle Food Channel (M)
An M-rated cooking show? Starring the ingenious Heston Blumenthal? Yes please.
This time he cooks up a non-traditional Christmas feast worthy of the Kings and Queens of old, including ambergris (whale vomit), a dormouse lollypop, venison and snow for his celebrity guests.
Friday, 23 December, 7.50pm - 8.17pm, Disney Channel (G)
The old be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale is back, with Wishy-Washy granting Christmas wishes.
Friday, 23 December, 8.33pm - 10.08pm, ABC1 (M)
Barnaby solves murders during the Christmas season. 'Tis the season to be murdered?
Friday, 23 December, 8.30pm - 10.50pm, Nine (PG)
Santa's grouchy older brother Fred/Vince Vaughn comes to stay with him for the Christmas holidays. They mostly just hang out on the couch being funny, from what we can make out from the trailer below.
Friday, 23 December, 9.12pm - 9.38pm, Disney Channel (G)
Saturday, 24 December, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, The History Channel (G)
The History Channel looks at the real story behind Christmas, including the origins of carolling (it actually originated after inebriated, disorderly people in the streets went door knocking to find more alcohol and food) and Santa Claus (who was apparently originally a demon called Krampus who kidnapped kids who were on the naughty list). Lock your doors, windows and chimneys!
Saturday, 24 December, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, SBS1/SBS HD (G)
SBS takes over the true story of Christmas, with this special look at the legend of Kris Kringle himself.
Saturday, 24 December, 6pm - 6.30pm, Eleven (PG)
Sabrina has to offset her selfish and demanding nature around Christmastime by filling in for Santa and giving out Christmas gifts. Also, Santa breaks his ankle. And Mrs Claus apparently works for UPS?
Saturday, 24 December, 6.30pm - 7pm, 111 Hits (PG)
Tim the Yule-Man Taylor has his son Randy home for Christmas, but Randy feels out of place since moving out, because his brothers are suddenly getting along with each other. Which is pretty frightening.
Saturday, 24 December, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Go (PG)
The boys make the traditional Christmas pilgrimage to Bethlehem ... in sports cars. That's how Mary and Joseph got there, right?
Saturday, 24 December, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Fox8 (PG)
Self-proclaimed (and everyone-else-proclaimed) idiot Brittany still believes in Santa Claus; and Sue Sylvester rigs the Secret Santa so that everyone gets her a gift. So they should! She's the only decent one in the show.
Saturday, 24 December, 7pm - 7.30pm, Eleven (PG)
All Ray wants for Christmas is a little "alone time" with Debra. You know, so they can hang out. In the bedroom. Oh, go ask your parents.
Saturday, 24 December, 7pm - 8.40pm, FMC (G)
When Santa knocks himself out by falling off Scott's (Time Allen) roof on Christmas Eve, Scott puts on the Santa Claus suit to fill in for the night -- but filling in is tantamount to taking over according to a Santa Clause, and Scott thus becomes the new Santa Claus.
Catch the sequel to this movie on Sunday on FMC, and the threequel on Seven ... yesterday! Yep, good luck with that.
Saturday, 24 December, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, One (PG)
The contestants do gross, weird, Christmas-related stuff, we suppose. Maybe they'll have to eat marzipan or your grandma's orange-peel candies? Great show for the little boys in the family who love gross things! Make sure they try everything at home.
Saturday, 24 December, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Nat Geo HD (G)
The behind-the-scenes preparations for Christmas go on worldwide, from the turkey farms in Malaysia to the toy factories in China. No one does behind the scenes better than Nat Geo!
Saturday, 24 December, 8pm - 8.30pm, 111 Hits (PG)
The stores run out of Santa costumes, so Ross dresses up as the Holiday Armadillo to teach Ben about Hanukkah.
Saturday, 24 December, 8pm - 11pm, Nine (G)
Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson host Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight. Will Dorothy the Dinosaur be there? Nope, but Hi-5 will be! They're still cool, right?
Saturday, 24 December, 8.30pm - 9.30pm, SBS1/SBS HD (PG)
What better time to watch the Mythbusters bust alcohol myths than during the biggest party season of the year? None, that's what.
Saturday, 24 December, 9pm - 9.30pm, One (M)
Will Santa get arrested for breaking and entering houses? Get that reckless sleigh-driver off the roads!
Saturday, 24 December, 9.30pm - 10.30pm, Discovery Home & Health (PG)
This special follows the families who have nothing better to do than ensure that they have the best Christmas lights in the neighbourhood.
Saturday, 24 December, 9.30pm - 10.30pm, 111 Hits (M)
Melinda is haunted by the ghost of a man who thinks he's Santa Claus, but does not, ironically, understand the real meaning of Christmas. She'll probably cry when she sends him back over the other side, too. Just for something different.
Saturday, 24 December, 10pm - 10.35pm, UKTV (M)
Host Stephen Fry, plus guests Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, David Tennant and Alan Davies star in this hilarious Christmas special of comedy-panel quiz show QI, in which contestants score points by giving creative and funny answers to the questions.
Saturday, 24 December, 10.30pm - 11.30pm, Fox8 (MA)
Lots of murder and Santa Clauses and Kris Kringles.
Plus, Booth and Bones kiss under the mistletoe! Squeal.
Saturday, 24 December, 10.30pm - 11.30pm, 111 Hits (M)
This show has Johnny Depp in it. That is all.
Saturday, 24 December, 10.30pm - 11.30pm, The History Channel (G)
The History Channel looks to biblical scholars, scientists, astrologists and astronomers to discover the origins of the Christmas star. We're pretty sure they come to the conclusion that it was a great king of the past, like Mufasa.
Saturday, 24 December, 11pm - 11.40pm, Nine (M)
The village celebrates Christmas, and Dafydd considers going to London so he can celebrate with other gays. You should definitely take some Christmas-decorating tips from the video below!
Sunday, 25 December, 12pm - 1pm, [V] Hits (M)
The Christmas top 12 songs ... Christmas-themed songs. Expect lots of Mariah. And Bieber. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Sunday, 25 December, 4.45pm - 6.30pm, 7Two (G)
A live-action version of the beloved Eloise at the Plaza, in which six-year-old Eloise spends most of the movie breaking up an engagement and hunting for her Christmas presents.
Sunday, 25 December, 4.50pm - 6.30pm, Go (PG)
Dennis wreaks havoc and irritates his neighbour, Mr Wilson, just for a change.
Sunday, 25 December, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Gem (PG)
A Christmas Carol: Blackadder style! In case you hadn't seen enough iterations of this Dickens story this weekend. But this one does have Hagrid as one of the spirits of Christmas.
Sunday, 25 December, 6.30pm - 7.40pm, Seven (PG)
Geraldine celebrates 10 years as the vicar, and is presented on Christmas Eve with a chocolate fountain. There's also a foul plot afoot to have a stripper at the party -- which the Archbishop of Canterbury will also be attending ... awkward!
Sunday, 25 December, 6.30pm - 7.50pm, Ten (PG)
Don't get too excited; it's a repeat. But you still get to see Shaun Micallef's hilarious quips and facial expressions!
Sunday, 25 December, 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Nine (PG)
Two suburban dads compete for the best Christmas lights.
Tenuous celebrity link number two: the mum in this movie is played by Kristin Davis, who also plays Charlotte York Goldenblatt in Sex and the City; her husband in this movie is played by Matthew Broderick who is, in real life, married to Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. There you go! Fascinating!
Sunday, 25 December, 7pm - 8.45pm, FMC (G)
Tim Allen's Santa Claus finds out that there is another clause that he has to fulfil: he must have a wife by next Christmas, or Christmas will cease to exist.
OK, now you can watch that DVRed episode of Santa Clause 3 from Thursday night!
Sunday, 25 December, 7.20pm - 7.31pm, ABC1 (G)
HRH Queen Lizzie says Merry Christmas to the Commonwealth. Riveting stuff!
Sunday, 25 December, 7.30pm - 8pm, The Comedy Channel (PG)
Mr Bean spends the festive season ruining a department store's Christmas lights, conducting a Salvation Army band and cooking for his girlfriend (and Teddy, of course). This is the first original TV appearance of the old putting-a-turkey-on-one's-head gag (don't be fooled into thinking that Friends is original).
Sunday, 25 December, 8pm - 8.30pm, Eleven (PG)
Christmas (or Xmas as it's now known) is a little different in the year 3000; for one thing, Santa is a murderous robot who tries to kill everyone on the naughty list. Hint: there is no nice list.
Sunday, 25 December, 8pm - 9.10pm, UKTV (PG)
On Christmas Eve, Rory and Amy are trapped in a spaceliner crash. The Doctor can only save them by rescuing a rich old miser's soul; cue A Christmas Carol references. Are there no original ideas left for Christmas episodes?
Sunday, 25 December, 8.30pm - 9.30pm, Arena (PG)
Since Rory was away for the Christmas holidays, Lorelai and Christopher celebrate Chistmas with her after the fact. Well, the Christmas trees and decorations would certainly be cheaper then!
Sunday, 25 December, 8.30pm - 10.30pm, Nine (PG)
The Griswold family's big Christmas plans go smoothly and without a single hitch. Right?? Right?!?
Sunday, 25 December, 9pm - 9.30pm, Fox8 (M)
Stewie plays Baby Jesus so he can get access to Santa's plutonium; Peter accidentally donates all of their family gifts to charity; and KISS saves Santa in their own TV special.
Sunday, 25 December, 9.30pm - 10.30pm, LifeStyle You (M)
A spin-off from the show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, this special looks at the celebration of Christmas within the gypsy community in Ireland, including the weddings and communions that take place during December. So ... many ... sparkly ... dresses ...
Sunday, 25 December, 10.05pm - 12.45am, FMC (PG)
Harry, Ron and Hermione spend Christmas Day of their second year turning into Goyle, Crabbe and Millicent Bullstrode's cat, respectively.
...What? It's an important part of the movie!
Sunday, 25 December, 10.07pm - 11.58pm, ABC1 (M)
A movie looking at the WWI Christmas truce of 1914.
Sunday, 25 December, 10.30pm - 12.20am, Nine (MA)
Billy Bob Thornton takes a job as a department store Santa Claus so that he can rob said department store. Merry Christmas!