On TV this Christmas Day: Doctor Who calls upon a fellow globe-trotter, WE tv serves up a fetch Mean Girls marathon, Mad man Jon Hamm stares into the Black Mirror and Clark Griswold wouldn’t be more surprised if he woke up with his head sewn to the carpet. Our gift to you: 12 programs to keep on your radar.
What to Watch Tonight
Doctor Who's Last Christmas, Mean Girls-athon and More
A Christmas Story Marathon
Through 8 pm | The annual 24-hour marathon continues, for those who have yet to get their fill of leg lamps, bunny costumes and BB-gun advisories.
Through 5 pm | Today’s batch kicks off with a pair of King Tut capers, and closes with a double-pump of Clock King.
Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration
Performers for this pinnacle of corporate synergy include Ariana Grande (of course), Prince Royce, Gavin DeGraw, Austin & Ally‘s Laura Marano and Trey Songz.
Mean Girls Marathon
Through 1 am | On Christmas Day, we wear red. Or green. (I’ve actually never seen this in its entirety, so maybe today is the day!..?)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
I know, we’ve already watched it twice this month. (Or is that just me?) But the squirrel on Clark’s back never stops being funny.
Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Rehearsals for the Sunday School Christmas concert inconvenience the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House; Chummy takes over York Lodge after an outbreak of chicken pox; and Dr. Turner treats two former residents of a now-closed mental hospital.
Repeat to Revisit: This is an encore of the season premiere, so… yeah. In case you care to “go there” again on this holly-jolly day.
How Murray Saved Christmas
TVLine readers gave this new holiday special a rather kosher grade of “B-“ when it bowed this month. (Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas encores at 8:30.)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Here is the Boris Karloff-narrated classic, as always presented without ribbons, tags, packages, boxes or bags. (Just keep the remote handy, because the bombastic Jim Carrey version follows at 8:30!)
Doctor Who: Last Christmas
The Doctor and Clara face their last Christmas, trapped on an arctic base and under attack from terrifying creatures. Who you gonna call? Santa Claus, of course!
Black Mirror: White Christmas
Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm stars in the 90-minute holiday installment of the sci-fi/anthology series, playing a man who makes his living coaching people in unorthodox (OK, disturbing) ways.
Vicious Holiday Special
Join Freddie and Stuart for a holiday soiree with neighbor Ash and feisty friend Violet.