What to Watch Today

Die Hard Marathon, When Calls the Heart, Midwife and More

Die Hard

On TV this Tuesday: When Calls the Heart and Call the Midwife debut holiday specials, Freeform’s month of merriment winds down and Die Hard‘s Reginald VelJohnson hosts a marathon of the quintessential Christmas movie. Here are 10 programs to keep on Santas your radar; all times are Eastern: 

  • Netflix
    Watership Down

    Limited series premiere (all four episodes): This animated adaptation boasts a voice ensemble that includes John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Ben Kingsley, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult.

  • AMC
    AMC Christmas Marathon

    Highlights include Jack Frost (7 am), Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (8:15 am), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (8:45 am), Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (10:30 am), The Year Without a Santa Claus (11:45 am), The Polar Express (1 pm), Elf (5:30 pm) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (7:30 pm).

  • IFC
    Die Hard Marathon
    die hard christmas marathon

    The Notorious RVJ

    Through Wednesday at 6 am | We know what Jake Peralta’s watching today! Sequels Die Hard With a Vengeance (6:30 am and 12:15 pm) and Live Free or Die Hard (9:15 am) lead into four consecutive airings of the original 1988 film (beginning at 3 pm); Reginald “Al” VelJohnson hosts.

  • Freeform
    25 Days of Christmas

    The month-long event winds down with Disney’s Prep & Landing (7 am), Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (8 am), The Nightmare Before Christmas (11 am), Disney’s A Christmas Carol (12:40 pm), The Santa Clause (4:45 pm) and The Santa Clause 3 (6:50 pm). 

  • ABC
    Disney Parks Magical Christmas Parade

    Two hours: Gwen Stefani, Brett Eldredge, Andrea and Matteo Bocelli, Aloe Blacc, Olivia Holt, Maddie Poppe, DCappella and Why Don’t We perform; Sarah Hyland, Jordan Fisher and Jesse Palmer host.

  • ABC
    NBA Basketball

    Three games: The Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Houston Rockets (3 pm); the Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Boston Celtics (5:30 pm); the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Golden State Warriors (8 pm).

  • NBC
    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    Spend Christmas night in Whoville, first with the classic Boris Karloff cartoon (at 8 pm) and then the live-action film starring Jim Carrey (at 8:30 pm).

  • Hallmark Channel
    When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing

    90 minutes: When a group of orphans are stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, Bill investigates the circumstances behind their arrival. 

  • The CW
    iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

    Encore presentation: Shawn Mendes, Cardi B and Camila Cabello perform. 

  • PBS
    Call the Midwife Holiday Special

    90 minutes: Sister Mildred arrives at Nonnatus House with four Chinese orphans.