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Deck the halls and rev up your DVR. The blizzard of holiday-themed TV fare has begun.

As usual, programmers are making merry with a lineup full of specials, gooey movies and animated treats that mark the so-called most wonderful time of the year.

To help you keep up, we’ve made a list — and checked it twice — of some notable shows airing through New Year’s Eve.


These are parades, celebrations, countdowns and tune-filled variety specials:

Dec. 10: “CMA Country Christmas” — Get your twang on as Reba McEntire hosts a special that includes performances by Tony Bennett, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs and Brett Young. (8 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 22).

Dec. 10: “Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas” — The pop star gets festive with her husband Vince Gill and others. (8 p.m., Hallmark).

Dec. 11: “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” — Darci Lynne Farmer, the 2017 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” celebrates the holidays Oklahoma style with her puppets and guests Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling. (9 p.m., NBC).

Dec. 14: “The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” — It’s a massive procession down Hollywood Boulevard, with fancy floats, marching bands, celebrities and balloons. (8 p.m., The CW).

Dec. 16: “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018” — Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello and others celebrate the season with musical performances. (8 p.m., The CW; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25).

Dec. 17: “Christmas at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir”— Sutton Foster joins the choir on an array of holiday tunes. (9 p.m., PBS; re-airs 9 p.m. Dec. 22 and 24).

Dec. 21: “A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary” — Musical artists and other celebrities gather to raise awareness of adoption from foster care. (8 p.m., CBS).

Dec. 25: “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” — A holly jolly celebration through the streets of the Disney theme parks. (9 a.m. PT/ 10 a.m., ET, ABC).

Dec. 25: “Call the Midwife Holiday Special”—A new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos. (9 p.m., PBS).

FESTIVE FLICK We can’t list every holiday TV movie — Hallmark alone has produced 37 this year. But here’s one that caught our eye:

Dec. 15: “A Gingerbread Romance” — Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Duane Henry get all sweet on each other as they build life-size gingerbread houses. (8 p.m., Hallmark).


Food and home decor:

Dec. 18: “A Heartland Holiday Feast” — Chef Lidia Bastianich journeys to small-town America to learn food traditions and celebrations. (9 p.m., PBS).


Specials that recall the year that was and celebrate the one to come:

Dec. 23: “The Year: 2018” — Robin Roberts and others review the most unforgettable moments of the year. (9 p.m., ABC).

Dec. 31: “A Toast to 2018!” — A rundown of the year’s highlights and newsmakers. (8 p.m., NBC).

Dec. 31: “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” — The show with the longest title returns to ring in the new year. (8 p.m., ABC).

Dec. 31: “NBC’s New Year’s Eve” — The party is on from Times Square in New York. (10 p.m., NBC)


Here’s a list of returning favorites —the gifts that keep on giving:

Dec. 13: “Disney Prep & Landing” (8 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 23)

Dec. 13: “Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice” (8:30 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23)

Dec. 14: “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” (8 p.m., CBS)

Dec. 19: “Shrek the Halls” (8:30 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 21: “I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown” (8 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 23: “A Christmas Carol,” 1951 version (9 p.m., TCM)

Dec. 24: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (8 p.m., NBC)

Dec. 24: “A Christmas Story” marathon (Begins at 8 p.m. and runs for 24 hours, TBS)

Dec. 25: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the 2000 movie (8:30 p.m., NBC)

Dec. 27: “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (8 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 27: “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (9 p.m., ABC)

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