On TV this Saturday: Jimmy Stewart realizes he has a Wonderful Life, TBS hosts its annual Christmas Story marathon and Tim Allen’s Disney+ series The Santa Clauses airs on ABC. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern. (Also check out our weekly TVLine-Up of premieres and finales, plus our monthly streaming guide.)
What to Watch Today
It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas Story Marathon and More
Tracking Santa: A Holiday Special Livestream
ABC-owned stations track Santa sightings across America; the Man in Red himself appears for a live Q&A.
The Santa Clauses
The first two episodes of the recently renewed Disney+ series air back-to-back, as Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) tries to keep up with the demands of the holiday.
Premium cable premiere: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays an ancient superhuman released from magic imprisonment; Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Sarah Shahi (The L Word) and Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye) co-star.
A Christmas Story Marathon
Through Sunday at 8 pm | Ralphie may or may not grow up to be an advocate for gun control after nearly shooting his eye out. Watch him do it — 12x in a row! (A Christmas Story Christmas, the sequel which follows an adult Ralphie returning home after the death of his dad, is available to stream on HBO Max; watch Peter Billingsley Q&A.)
EasyPost Hawai'i Bowl
Middle Tennessee State takes on San Diego State, live from University of Hawaii’s Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.
Gospel Superfest Holiday 22
Two hours: Donnie McClurkin, Sounds of Blackness, Shirley Caesar and more perform; Rocsi Diaz hosts.
Revisit this holiday classic where eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) takes on two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) after being left [see title] by his family; Catherine O’Hara co-stars.
It's a Wonderful Life
Settle in with your loved ones and relive this 1946 classic, which stars Jimmy Stewart as a banker who learns what life would have been like without him.
Christmas Eve Mass
90 minutes: Pope Francis leads Christmas Eve mass, live from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.