The TVLine-Up: Your Guide to 81 Christmas Marathons and Specials

This Christmas, Santa isn’t just stuffing stockings, he’s filling DVRs — with more TV specials and marathons than you can shake a candy cane at! Among the offerings you’ll be able to tune into starting Friday are a full dose of Doctor Whos, a plethora of Season 1 catch-ups (Being Human, Awkward, Downton Abbey) and even a Chrismukkah miracle (or two or three or… ). Where should you start? TVLine’s handy roundup may be of some assistance. 

Hoarding: Buried Alive (TLC, 6 am – 4 pm) | As if Hoarding wasn’t bad enough, they’ve now added Buried Alive.

Top Gear (BBC America, 8 am – Tuesday, 5 am) | Get plenty of fuel (treats) for this lengthy road trip.

Wife Swap (Lifetime, 8 am – 9 pm) | Nothing like checking out the other side to make you appreciate your own crazy family. And just a glass or two of eggnog too late…

Band of Brothers (Spike TV, 9 am – Tuesday, 1:12 am) | Already missing Homeland? Check out Damian Lewis in this HBO mini from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which features a who’s who of top-notch actors: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Neal McDonough, Donnie Wahlberg, Kirk Acevedo, Colin Hanks… The list goes on and on.

Southern Fried Stings (truTV, 9 am – 3 pm) | Sadly, it’s about stings, not French fry strings.

Being Human (Syfy, noon – Tuesday, 1 am) | Before Season 2 of the US remake premieres Jan. 17, catch up on the first season.

Bad Girls Club (Oxygen, 1 pm – midnight) | The marathon also includes Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too and a Season 8 preview. What it does not include is a shot of penicillin.

Awkward (MTV, 5 – 11 pm) | We’ve talked about this funny and heartfelt teen comedy before, so you better have a really good excuse for not watching this Season 1 marathon.

Little Dorrit (TCM, 8 pm – Tuesday, 2:15 am) | Celebrate Charles Dickens’ bicentennial with parts one and two of the 1988 film.

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC, 8 – 9 pm) | ABC airs the classic Rankin/Boss stop-motion animated special featuring the voice of Red Skelton as Father Time.


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  1. Templar says:

    So, pretty much no reason to even turn the TV on then. With the exceptions of Downton Abbey and Little Dorrit, there isn’t much for me to DVR. Leaving for London tonight, so will set the DVR for those two shows.

  2. Chelsea says:

    The Disney Parade is 12-2 on the East coast. ABC

  3. David says:

    Doesn’t look like there’s any good marathons on Christmas Day. Bummer.

  4. Juliana says:

    Everyone should watch Awkward, seriously.

  5. No Buffy this holiday?? WTH?! :(

  6. Lisa says:

    I’ll have to watch Buffy I taped on LOGO this morning. Will catch the Doctor Who Christmas, Firefly and Merlin marathons.

  7. ggny says:

    Doctor Who, The Nerdist special and The OC i will be catching and maybe some Firefly

  8. ggny says:

    btw people that dont know The Nerdist special after Doctor Who Christmas special will have Will Weaton,Nathan Fillion,Simon Pegg and David Tennant as special guest…So if you a nerd like me you should probably check it out

  9. TJCrinc says:

    whatever happened to james bond films being played all month. i miss that.

  10. Amber says:

    I’m all over that “Noah’s Arc” marathon on logo. Love that show so much. It’s one of those that got cancelled way too soon.

  11. Bad Breaker says:

    Any news of a Sons of Ararchy, Justified and Vampire Diaries marathons?

  12. Sheila says:

    Being Human premieres on 1/16…not 1/17.

  13. Ali says:

    Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and The Nerdist…that’s a must. With some Top Gear on the side.

  14. Red Rider says:

    Is TBS not doing the 24 Hours of A Christmas Story like they have for the last decade? I didn’t see it on the list. That would really suck.

  15. Mike says:

    This list is correct the best OC Christmas episodes were Season’s 1 and 4

  16. Tia says:

    Science Channel it is.

  17. david says:

    Yes TBS is doing 24 hours of A Christmas Story from 8 pm on Christmas Eve to 8 pm on Christmas night. It has been doing that for 14 years now.

  18. dee says:

    There has to be a Criminal Minds marathon SOMEWHERE!

  19. Steve says:

    For a more complete list check out this huge schedule/viewing guide
    of CHRISTMAS ON TV: 2,320 Specials, Episodes, Movies & Marathons for December 2011.

    Happy Holidays!

  20. Caitlin says:


  21. John F. C. Taylor says:

    One Christmas marathon that I absolutely hate is A Christmas Story. Never cared for the movie and think 24 hours of it is a waste of TV time. I would suggest that if they want to have a Christmas marathon that they assemble as many versions of A Christmas Carol as will fit in 24 and run that.

  22. Dole says:

    UGH I WANT TO WATCH BAND OF BROTHERS SO BADLY. But I’m overseas with no DVRing capabilities or anything. Grrrrr I have been wanting to see that for ages. :(