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Your Guide to This Year’s Holiday Movies, Specials and TV Episodes

​Our critics pull the best watch lists for all your holiday cheer​

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All through December, our TVs overflow with fun holiday movies, specials and TV shows. There’s a sleighful of programming out there. Use these lists from our critics to find out what to watch — where and when.​

Catherine O'Hara and Macaulay Culkin star in the film Home Alone

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The Best Family Christmas Movies to Watch

Get some Yuletide cheer (and a tear or two) from classics starring Whitney Houston, Tim Allen, Hugh Grant, big elf Will Ferrell and everyone’s favorite angel, Dolly Parton.​

Kurt Russell starring in The Christmas Chronicles and Phylicia Rashad in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

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12 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix

To woo holiday viewers, Netflix has some terrific movies — if you could only find them on Netflix. We’ve done the work for you with the best films, the plots and the particular reason to watch each one.​

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Rukiya Bernard stars in Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing

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​​10 Can’t-Miss Hallmark Christmas Movies

Countdown to Christmas with the channel that popularized the phrase. Our Hallmark expert picks the best of the bunch.​

Brandon Quinn and Jana Kramer star in the film A Welcome Home Christmas


10 Best Lifetime Holiday Movies to Watch

There are 35 — count 'em! — NEW Lifetime holiday movies airing this season. Which are the best to catch? Our experts weigh in.

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How Well Do You Know Your Christmas Carols?

Test your holiday knowledge of songs you know by heart — like the Christmas hit inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Take the trivia quiz, then fill the air with the AARP Classic Holiday Songs list on Spotify.​

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10 Old-Fashioned Christmas Specials to Watch With Your Grandkids

Some of these shows have been around since the '60s — and every season they warm us like a Yule log.

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10 Best Christmas Movies on Hulu

From A Christmas Carol to Happiest Season tA Nasty Piece of Work, we rate Hulu's holiday movies — some naughty, some nice, all very merry.

Matthew Perry is dressed as Santa Claus, David Schwimmer is dressed as the Holiday Armadillo with Courteney Cox standing between them

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10 Classic Holiday Sitcom Episodes

Some are hilarious. Some are heartwarming. All are guaranteed mood boosters, from The Andy Griffith Show to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Side by side images of Tim Allen in The Santa Clause and Kermit the Frog and Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol

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The 12 Best Christmas Movies on Disney+ This Year

Watch a parade of Disney classics, plus a charming new Home Alone spinoff and hits starring Helen Mirren, Shirley MacLaine, and the Muppets.