What to Watch Today

Doctor Who Farewell, Grinch, Frozen Midwife, American Dad Pits Christmas vs. Hanukkah and More

  • ABC
    Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration

    Two hours: Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jason Derulo and Lea Michele perform; Julianne Hough, Nick Lachey and Jesse Palmer host.

  • Freeform
    Christmas Movie Marathon

    The basic cabler’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” winds down with The Nightmare Before Christmas (11 am), The Polar Express (12:35 pm), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (2:35 pm and 8:50 pm), The Santa Clause (4:45 pm) and Elf (6:45 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).

  • TBS
    American Dad

    After converting to Judaism, Roger ties to make Hanukkah more popular than Christmas by stealing all of Santa Claus’ power.

  • Hallmark
    When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree

    90 minutes: The holiday spirit is overflowing for the residents of Hope Valley, who are delighted by the return of a loved one.

  • The CW
    The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

    Encore presentation: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello and Niall Horan perform.

  • Fox
    Showtime at the Apollo: Christmas

    Encore presentation: Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Fifth Harmony and DMX perform.

  • BBC America
    Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

    Two hours: In Peter Capaldi’s swan song, The Doctor, refusing to regenerate, teams up with his former self (Game of Thrones‘ David Bradley), a British army captain (Sherlock‘s Mark Gatiss) and Bill for an epic adventure.

  • PBS
    Call the Midwife Holiday Special

    90 minutes: The midwives tend to patients during the coldest winter in more than 300 years; Valerie helps a couple through a traumatic childbirth.

  • TBS

    Season 1 finale (two episodes): Echo tries to rid himself of a fancy gift, and later reckons with his past.