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Start your festive flipping with our guide to these holly jolly seasonal specials

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The old festive ditty says that It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, but the fact of the matter is that this is Winnipeg, so it actually started looking like Christmas a couple of weeks ago when the already-overdue first dump of shovelable snow arrived. In terms of outdoor yuletide atmosphere, we've got it (literally) covered.

Indoors, on the ol' teevee set, the atmosphere has become rather seasonally specific, as well, with more than enough holiday programming to keep your spirits brightened right through till Dec. 25. And in what has become something of a tradition in these pages, we're offering up our handy (though, given the volume of yule-TV fare these days, hardly definitive) clip-and-save guide to what's on the tube this Christmas season. Please check up-to-date listings for airtimes.

And then... grab the scissors, free up a few fridge magnets, uncap the highlighter... and start your festive flipping!

Saturday, Nov. 30:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ABC

The Flight Before Christmas, CBS

Shrek the Halls, ABC

The Story of Santa Claus, CBS

Christmas With the Kranks, W

 

Sunday, Dec. 1:

Mike the Knight: The Christmas Castle, Treehouse

Christmas in Conway, ABC

Saving Santa (holiday movie), Lifetime

A Bride for Christmas, (holiday movie), W

Keeping Up With the Kardashians: A Very Merry Christmas, E!

 

Monday, Dec. 2:

A Charlie Brown Christmas, ABC

Jamie's Best Christmas Ever, Part 1, Food

CMA Country Christmas, ABC

My Santa (holiday movie), Showcase

Pegga Pig Christmas, Treehouse

 

Tuesday, Dec. 3:

Il Volo Buon Natale, PBS

Jamie's Best Christmas Ever, Part 2, Food

Chopped Holiday: Chopping in a Winter Wonderland, Food

 

Wednesday, Dec. 4:

Christmas in Rockefeller Center, NBC

Saturday Night Live: SNL Christmas, NBC

Food Network Challenge: Christmas Classics, Food

Celtic Thunder Christmas, PBS

Arthur Christmas (holiday movie), Movie Central

 

Thursday, Dec. 5:

Glee: Previously Unaired Christmas, Fox/Global

The Sound of Music Live!, NBC/Citytv

Gordon Ramsay's Christmas Cookalong Special, Food

Toopy & Binoo Vroom Vroom Zoon Holiday, Treehouse

It's a SpongeBob Christmas!, YTV

 

Friday, Dec. 6:

Yes, Virginia, CBS

Frosty the Snowman, CBS

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, Comedy

A Russell Peters Christmas, CTV

 

Saturday, Dec. 7:

A Very Merry Mix-Up (holiday movie, starring Alicia Witt), CTV

A Dog Named Christmas (holiday movie), W

Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, Encore Avenue

 

Sunday, Dec. 8:

My Santa (holiday movie), Lifetime

The Flight Before Christmas, YTV

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse, Disney Junior

Lawrence Welk Holiday Special: Great Moments and Memories, PBS

 

Monday, Dec. 9:

The Great Christmas Light Fight, ABC

Elf, CBC

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, ABC

iCarly: iChristmas, YTV

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10:

This Hour Has 22 Minutes Holiday Special, CBC

Abominable Christmas, YTV

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11:

Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, NBC

Dragons' Den Holiday Special, CBC

Duck Dynasty Christmas Special, A&E

Cedar Cove Christmas Special, W

A Charlie Brown Christmas, YTV

 

Thursday, Dec. 12:

The Happy Elf, YTV

 

Friday, Dec. 13:

Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas, Comedy

The Dog Who Saved Christmas, YTV

äWhite Christmas, AMC

 

Saturday, Dec. 14:

Frosty Returns, CBS

It's a Wonderful Life, NBC

Christmas With Tucker (holiday movie, starring James Brolin), CTV

A Russell Peters Christmas, Comedy

Christmas On the Bayou (holiday movie), Lifetime

The Holiday, W

 

Sunday, Dec. 15:

The Santa Clause, CBC

The Simpsons: White Christmas Blues, Fox/Global

Rachael Ray's Easy Holiday Feast, Food

A Snow Globe Christmas (holiday movie), Lifetime

The Naughty List, YTV

The Bishop's Wife, TCM

 

Monday, Dec. 16:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, CBC

Christmas Ornament (holiday movie, starring Kellie Martin), CTV

The Magic Hockey Skates, CBC

Disney's Prep & Landing, ABC

Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice, ABC

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, Fox

Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, Fox

 

Tuesday, Dec. 17:

Canadian Country Music Association: Home for the Holidays, CBC

 

Wednesday, Dec. 18:

Michael Bublé's 3rd Annual Christmas Special, NBC/CTV

A Home for the Holidays with Céline Dion, CBS

The Santa Clause 2, CBC

 

Thursday, Dec. 19:

The Santa Clause 3, CBC

Giada's Christmas Dinner, Food

A Christmas Carol, TCM

The Santa Claus Brothers, YTV

Pawn Stars Christmas Special, History

 

Friday, Dec. 20:

Catch a Christmas Star (holiday movie, starring Shannon Elizabeth), CTV

I Love Lucy Christmas Special, CBS

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, Fox

 

Saturday, Dec. 21:

Finding Christmas (holiday movie, starring Tricia Helfer), CTV

 

Sunday, Dec. 22:

The Snowman and the Snowdog, CBC

Mickey's Christmas Carol, CBC

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, CBC

 

Monday, Dec. 23:

'Tis the Red Green Season (all-day Red Green festive marathon), Comedy

The Twelve Trees of Christmas (holiday movie, starring Melanie Brown), CTV

A Christmas Story, CBC

The Spirit of Giving with Jane Seymour, Vision

12 Men of Christmas, Lifetime

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, Vision

 

Tuesday, Dec. 24:

Season of Song: Canadian Tenors and Friends, CBC

It's a Wonderful Life, NBC

The Carols of Christmas, Vision

A Child's Christmas in Wales, Vision

 

CHRISTMAS DAY:

No TV today -- just shortbread, tinsel, turkey, hugs, laughter and festive-patterned Band-Aids applied to wrapping-paper cuts. Happy Holidays!

 

brad.oswald@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @BradOswald

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2013 G1

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