What to Watch Today

Christmas Story-thon, It's a Wonderful Life, MNF and More


On TV this Monday: TBS hosts its annual Christmas Story marathon, Jimmy Stewart has a Wonderful Life and Buddy the Elf just wants to know your favorite color. Here are 13 programs to keep on Santas your radar; all times are Eastern:

  • Sundance TV
    White Christmas Marathon

    Through Tuesday at 6 am | Watch the beloved holiday musical starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen — eight times in a row-ho-ho!

  • Freeform, AMC
    The Santa Clause Trilogy

    You’ll have to DVR these Tim Allen flicks if you want to watch them in order: Cable rights for The Santa Clause (8:55 pm, Freeform), The Santa Clause 2 (6 pm, AMC) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (12 am, Freeform) are currently split among two networks!

  • FXM
    A Christmas Carol (1951) Marathon

    Through Tuesday at 4 am | Many consider this Alastair Sim-led adaptation the finest of them all.  

  • BritBox
    Click & Collect

    Stateside premiere: A family man (Hello Ladies’ Stephen Merchant) embarks on a 300-mile journey with his annoying neighbor to get his 6-year-old daughter the perfect Christmas gift. 

  • TNT/TBS
    A Christmas Story Marathon

    Through Tuesday at 8 pm | Ralphie may or may not grow up to be an advocate for gun control after he nearly shoots his eye out. Watch him to do it — 12 times in a row!

  • NBC
    It's a Wonderful Life

    Stop playing that lousy piano, Janie! It’s time for this 1946 classic, which stars Jimmy Stewart as a banker who learns what life would have been like without him.

  • ABC
    Beauty and the Beast

    Gather the kids for Disney’s beloved 1991 feature, which made history when it become the first animated film to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

  • ESPN
    Monday Night Football

    Season 49 finale: The Oakland Raiders host the Denver Broncos, live from the Oakland Coliseum.

  • AMC
    Elf

    After you finish up a traditional Christmas feast of spaghetti and maple syrup, gather ’round the TV for Will Ferrell’s modern-day classic.

  • TCM
    A Christmas Carol (1938)

    Bah humbug! This adaptation stars Reginald Owen as crotchety miser Ebenezer Scrooge. 

  • AMC
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Before Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis shacked up on The Conners, they played teenage siblings Russ and Audrey Griswold in this 1989 Vacation sequel.

  • NBC
    Christmas Eve Mass

    Pope Francis leads a mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

  • AMC
    Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    Waiting up for Santa, are we? Then allow this Christmas classic — starring Maureen O’Hara and Kris Kring– er, Edmund Gwenn — to keep you company.