Your guide to movies and TV shows to watch on Christmas Day


Christmas Day is a good time to curl up on your couch and watch some TV.

From family-friendly movies to marathons of your favorite shows, there’s a lot on the tube. Here’s a smattering of programming awaiting you as the day unfolds.

“A Christmas Prince” (Netflix)

An American journalist wins the heart of a royal in this original Netflix movie — provoking amused reactions on social media due to its similarities to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance and engagement.

“The Polar Express” (Freeform, 12:35 p.m.)

The animated, family-friendly 2004 adaptation of the classic 1985 children’s novel stars Tom Hanks and centers on a young boy’s train journey to the North Pole.

“The Simpsons” (FX, 6 p.m.)

A marathon of Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie et al. Even if you haven’t seen the show in years, no context is needed. Dive right in.

“Elf” (Freeform, 6:45 p.m.)

The 2003 Will Ferrell fish-out-of-water classic follows a human who grew up among elves and embarks on a journey from the North Pole to New York to search for his father.

Will Ferrell and Ed Asner in 2003’s “Elf”Everett Collection

“Home Alone” (Starz Encore, 7 p.m.)

The 1990 family-friendly movie about Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) defending his home from robbers (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern).

“The Holiday” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.)

The 2006 rom-com stars Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz as two women who swap homes, leading to surprising results for their love lives. Jude Law and Jack Black co-star.

“Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time” (BBC America, 9 p.m.)

The “Doctor Who” holiday special marks the finale of the Peter Capaldi era of the show.

“Call The Midwife” holiday special (PBS, 9 p.m.)

In this 90-minute special, the midwives struggle to help patients during the most frigid winter in 300 years.

“Holiday Baking Championship: Runners up redemption” (Food Network, 9 p.m.)

In the Christmas special, runner-up teams from previous seasons of “Holiday Baking Championship” compete for a second chance.

“Young Sheldon” (CBS, 9 p.m.)

If you missed the “The Big Bang Theory” spinoff when it premiered in the fall, CBS is re-airing the pilot — and it’s never to late to hop on board one of the fall’s new hit shows. Iain Armitage stars as Sheldon Cooper (below).


“Black-ish” (ABC, 10 p.m.)

A repeat of the 2016 Christmas-themed episode, “Just Christmas, Baby” follows Dre (Anthony Anderson) as he attempts to plan the best Christmas ever.

“House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.)

This episode follows an LA couple trying to start a retreat in Costa Rica.

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