What to Watch Today

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


On TV this Christmas: Doctor Who‘s Christmas special doubles as Peter Capaldi’s swan song, American Dad gets in the holiday spirit and NBC serves up three hours of Grinchy goodness. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:

  • 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
    Tarantula

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