All The Holiday Tv Specials You Need To Know About

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It’s Turkey time again, and the two quintessential holiday activities are, of course: eating and watching TV. And networks are well aware of it, with an over the top holiday special to get you in the mood.

So, don’t worry, we bring you the holiday specials to keep you busy, while you continue to eat turkey and cranberries.

Check out these TV holiday specials

By now, you probably stuffed yourself with turkey and cranberries and all kind of delicious family food, all you got to do now is occupied with some quality tv time. Good news, there are plenty of holiday specials airing on Thanksgiving to keep you busy until New Year’s, but for now, we’ll cover until the beginning of the most magical month of the year!

From a live performance of a Christmas classic to magical Disney celebrations, there’s a holiday special for everyone. Starting on November 24, you can burn all that extra Thanksgiving calories by laughing hard with a 10 hours special of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Thanksgiving Marathon’ in WGN America.

But if you’re more in a musical mood, then DreamWorks brings you the perfect fit with ‘Trolls Holiday.’ The half-hour musical special, airing on NBC at 8:30, it will follow Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick, and Branch, played by Justin Timberlake, as they try to teach Bridget, played by Zooey Deschanel and the Bergens about holiday cheer and celebration.

November 25 begins with the holiday spirit right on, with two episodes of ‘Robbie the Reindeer’ on CBS.

In the first, ‘Hooves of Fire’ Robbie competes in the Reindeer Races to get a spot pulling Santa’s sleigh. In the second, ‘Legend of the Lost Tribe,’ he has to stop Blitzen (Hugh Grant) from building a reindeer theme park.

Lifetime will feature a holiday love story titled ‘Wrapped Up in Christmas’ filled with magic and love; while Hallmark will feature ‘The Christmas Train’ a movie based on David Baldacci’s novel, which follows Dermot Mulroney as a journalist on a cross-country train trip at Christmas. Danny Glover, Joan Cusack, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley co-star.

Lifetime and Hallmark will carry on with the holiday love stories on November 26, with a pair twins featuring a  crazy story on Lifetime’s ‘Switched for Christmas.’

Hallmark brings together Mario Lopez and Melissa Joan Hart in ‘A Very Merry Toy Store,’ which follows two families overcoming their years-long rivalry for a good cause.


November 27 will bring on the music for the holidays, with ‘CMA Country Christmas.’  Reba McEntire hosts this country music tradition, with performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. McEntire will also perform a song from her new album ‘My Kind of Christmas.’

NBC will also get into the musical holiday spirit, and will air the hour-long musical event ‘A Very Pentatonix Christmas’.  Which will feature performances of classic holiday songs as well as a duet with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Other celebrity guest appearances include Jay Leno and 13-year-old America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer, and more.

On November 28, we’ll take a break from all the Christmas carols and will see the Angles landing in China for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where musicians like Harry Styles and Miguel will perform.

Then November 29 will bring a truly brightly New York Christmas with the special Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

The decades-old tradition will be followed by a display of holiday cheer and talent with performances from Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani, and the Tenors. Of course, the Today show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker will be there to talk you through the Christmas ceremony.

But November 29 will also be charged with A-list musician and performer, Bruno Mars. CBS will air ‘Bruno Mars: 24k Magic Live at the Apollo’ 

A special that kicks off with a daring performance atop the world-famous marquee of the theater. This is the singer’s first televised special, and it includes behind-the-scenes moments and fantastic footage of Mars and his band taking over the streets of New York with their funky sound.

Another holiday tradition will hit the screens with ABC airing ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ on November 30.

The hour-long animated special, created by Charles M. Schulz in 1965, will also feature a series of Christmas-themed short stories: Charlie Brown Christmas Tales.

And also, Disney will bring the magic with ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’, which will air on ABC.

The event will be host by Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey, and the two-hour event will close with Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell singing a duet from the upcoming Disney featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.’ 

And that’s not it, other performers involved in the holiday special include Lea Michele, Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, 98 Degrees, and the cast of the new ‘Club Mickey Mouse.’

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