Homo for the Holidays

A festive selection of TV favorites and specials: Dec. 3-9

Compiled by Mikey Rox

Dec. 3

The Polar Express (ABC Family; 8:30 p.m.)

Dec. 4

A Christmas Carol (1938) (TCM; 9 a.m.)

Surviving Christmas (TBS; 1:30 p.m.)

Celebrity Holiday Homes (HGTV; 8 p.m.)

Get a glimpse inside the homes of Brooke Burke, Sherri Shepherd and Trisha Yearwood as HGTV designers Brandon Branch, Mike Russo and Sandra Espinet turn them into seasonal sanctuaries.

Merry Madagascar (NBC; 8 p.m.)

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (NBC; 8:30 p.m.)

Po faces a daunting dilemma when, as Dragon Warrior, he may have to sacrifice family traditions to fulfill his formal duties at the Jade Palace.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABC Family; 11 p.m.)

Jack Skellington of Halloween Town plots to kidnap Santa Claus and become the overlord of Christmas - and the box office. This film has been repackaged and re-released in theaters seven separate times over the past 17 years.

Dec. 5

Harry Potter Marathon (ABC Family; 7 a.m.)

An entire morning, noon and night filled with magic and mayhem from everyone's favorite witches and wizards.

Holiday Affair (TCM; 12:30 p.m.)

The Christmas Child (Lifetime; 3 p.m.)

A Dad for Christmas (Lifetime; 5 p.m.)

A young dad steals his own child from the hospital when the boy's mother puts him up for adoption against the father's wishes. This just screams holiday cheer, doesn't it?

Dec. 6

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys (ABC Family; 7 p.m.)

Martha Stewart's Holiday Open House (Hallmark; 8 p.m.)

The Best Thing I Ever Made for the Holidays (Food Network; 9 p.m.)

Celebrity chefs Cat Cora, Aaron Sanchez, Ted Allen and others invite viewers inside their homes as they prepare their signature holiday dishes, including juicy prime rib, sweet butter tarts, and crispy rack of pork.

Dec. 7

Mickey's Christmas Special (ABC Family; 7 p.m.)

Cranberry Christmas (ABC Family; 7:30 p.m.)

This adaptation of a children's book series was commissioned by Ocean Spray. Yep, the juice makers. And wouldn't ya know it, a bunch of kids are fighting for the right to ice skate on a local cranberry bog. Pairs nicely with a shot of vodka.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC; 8 p.m.)

Frosty's Winter Wonderland (ABC Family; 8 p.m.)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABC Family; 8:30 p.m.)

Dec. 8

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) (ABC Family; 8:30 p.m.)

Dec. 9

Rudolph's Shiny New Year (ABC Family; 6 p.m.)

The Gruffalo (ABC Family; 7 p.m.)

IMDB says, "A cunning mouse goes for a walk in the forest and outwits a succession of predators." Maurice Sendak should sue. Watch it and you'll see why.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABC Family; 8 p.m.)

Shrek the Halls (ABC; 8 p.m.)

Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz reprise their roles as America's favorite ogre family in this fun-filled yuletide tale. Also featuring the voices of Eddie Murphy as Donkey and Antonio Banderas as Puss In Boots, this nouveau Christmas classic finds Shrek channeling the holiday spirit as only an ogre can. But as the putrid patriarch plans for a cozy family celebration, his friends make sure that it's one he won't easily forget.

The Santa Incident (Hallmark; 8 p.m.)

The Year Without Santa Claus (ABC Family; 9 p.m.)

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