Start looking out for those TV shows and films that help you get into the holiday spirit.
It could be anything from a blockhead learning the real meaning of Christmas in an animated classic to a cooking show with tips for those holiday meals.
Keeping up with when and where those programs are airing can be as daunting as finding the right holiday gift for the person who has everything.
As a gift to you, here is a list of the time, date and channel where some of the more popular holiday shows can be found.
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“Christmas Through the Decades,” 10 p.m. Nov. 25, History: A look at Christmas celebrations through the years.
“A Muppet Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m. Nov. 26, Lifetime: The Muppets take on the Charles Dickens classic.
“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” 8 p.m. Nov. 27, KFRE59: Animated tale based on the novelty song.
“Frosty the Snowman,” 8 p.m. Nov. 28, CBS (Channel 47.1): Jimmy Durante narrates this holiday story about a special snowman.
“Frosty Returns,” 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28, CBS (Channel 47.1): There’s more magic to be found in that old silk hat.
“The Story of Santa Claus,” 9 p.m. Nov. 28, CBS (Channel 47.1): Toymaker’s only wish is to give every child a toy.
“Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas,” 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Fox (Channel 26.1): Scrat and the gang deal with holiday events.
“My One Christmas Wish,” 7 p.m. Nov. 29, UP: A young woman discovers she’s not alone in her loneliness at the holidays.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 9 p.m. Nov. 30, ABC (Channel 30.1): This is the 50th anniversary of the animated special starring the Peanuts gang.
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” 11 a.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is visited by three ghosts.
“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas,” 1 p.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: Kelsey Grammer narrates three Christmas tales.
“The Polar Express,” 7 p.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: A young boy takes a magical train to the North Pole.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, CBS (Channel 47.1): A young deer who is the brunt of jokes becomes a hero.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 1, ABC Family: Jim Carrey plays the green character who terrorizes Whoville.
“Building Off the Grid: North Pole,” 10 p.m. Dec. 1, DIY Network: Bryce Ward and his team build a remote family cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.
“The Santa Claus,” 8:45 p.m. Dec. 2, ABC Family: Divorced father takes over for Santa Claus. Tim Allen stars.
“Christmas at Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m. Dec. 2, NBC (Channel 24.1): NBC stars and musical guests attend the 83rd annual tree lighting from Rockefeller Plaza.
“Santas in the Barn,” 9 p.m. Dec. 2, truTV: Ten Santas compete in an array of over-the-top Christmas-themed challenges.
“The Wiz Live!” 8 p.m. Dec. 3, NBC (Channel 24.1): Shanice Williams and an all-star cast star in this stage production based on “The Wizard of Oz.”
“Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, ABC (Channel 30.1): The lovable ogre deals with the holidays.
“CMA Country Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 3, ABC (Channel 30.1): Jennifer Nettles hosts this holiday special taped at the Grand Ole Opry House.
“A Very Murray Christmas,” 12:01 a.m. Dec. 4, Netflix: Bill Murray hosts an homage to holiday variety shows.
“Disney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday,” 9 p.m. Dec. 4, Disney Channel: Sabrina Carpenter hosts performances by popular Radio Disney artists.
“Elf,” 9:30 p.m. Dec. 4, ABC Family: An elf travels to New York to meet the father he never knew.
“Just in Time for Christmas”: 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Hallmark: Christopher Lloyd and William Shatner star in this tale of love and life’s choices.
“Merry Kissmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 5, ION: Kayla is torn on which man she really loves.
“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 12:30 a.m. Dec. 5, ABC Family: Jack Skellington takes over Christmas.
“Ro’s Tasty Treats: Holiday,” 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Cooking Channel: YouTube baking sensation Rosanna Pansino rings in the holiday season with treats.
“Beverly Hills Christmas,” 7 p.m Dec. 6, UP: Dean Cain stars in this tale of a spoiled teen who gets help from a guardian angel.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 10 p.m. Dec. 6, ABC Family: The Griswold family celebrates the holidays in their special way.
“Daniel’s Winter Adventure/Neighborhood,” 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7, PBS (Channel 18.1): Daniel and Prince Wednesday face a big scare.
“Peg +Cat + Holidays,” 10 a.m. Dec. 7, PBS (Channel 18.1): When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel.
“Love Actually,” 1 p.m. Dec. 7, ABC Family: Several love stories play out against a holiday background.
“Arthur’s Perfect Christmas,” 3 p.m. Dec. 7, PBS (Channel 18.1): The famous aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions.
“Odd Squad,” 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, PBS (Channel 18.1): Olive and Otto assist Santa in tracking down his missing reindeer.
“The Great Christmas Light Fight,” 8 pm. Dec. 7, ABC (Channel 30.1): Taniya Nayak and Carter Oosterhouse will judge home decorations.
“Fred Claus,” 7 a.m. Dec. 8, ABC Family: Vince Vaughn plays the misfit son of Santa.
“Coat of Many Colors,” 9 p.m. Dec. 10, NBC (Channel 24.1): Special is based on the Dolly Parton song.
“Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays,” 9 p.m. Dec. 11, PBS (Channel 18.1): The renowned chef invites six guests with diverse ethnic backgrounds to her holiday table.
“Scrooge,” 10 p.m. Dec. 11, TCM: Albert Finney stars in this 1970 adaptation.
“The Bells of Fraggle Rock,” 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12, ABC Family: Gobo believes a holiday celebration is a waste of time.
“Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” 12:15 p.m. Dec. 12, ABC Family: Kermit the Frog narrates the story of Alice Otter and her son.
“Disney’s Prep & Landing,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, ABC Family: The story of an elite unit of elves.
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. Dec. 12, NBC (Channel 24.1): Jimmy Stewart stars in this 1946 film that has become a holiday tradition.
“The Flight Before Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 12, CBS (Channel 47.1): Young reindeer has the ambition to be an expert flier.
“A Baby for Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 13, UP: This is the third installment in the Chandler family Christmas movies. Malinda Williams stars.
“A Christmas Reunion,” 9 p.m. Dec. 13, ION: Madison Avenue executive gets an unusual Christmas surprise.
“A Home for the Holidays,” 9 p.m. Dec. 18, CBS (Channel 47.1): Special celebrates home and family through stories of adoption.
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!,” 8 p.m. Dec. 19, ABC (Channel 30.1): Snoopy invites his brother for a visit.
“Pit Bulls & Parolees: Holiday Special,” 9 p.m. Dec. 19, Animal Planet: Tia surprises her family with an extraordinary gift.
“Meet Me in St. Louis,” noon Dec. 20, TCM: This is the 1944 classic film starring Judy Garland.
“I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” 8 p.m. Dec. 23, CBS (Channel 47.1): Features two classic episodes of the 1950s series.
“How Murray Saved Christmas,” 9 p.m. Dec. 23, NBC (Channel 24.1): Animated story based on Mike Reiss’ best-selling children’s book.
“A Christmas Story,” 8 p.m. Dec. 24, TBS: This is the start of a marathon of screenings of the Peter Billingsley film.