As the holiday season gets underway, we tend to explore the outside world less and look for ways to stay entertained at home. We snuggle up in front of the fireplace with a good book or bundle up on the couch in front of the television to watch a good show.
This year is no different. The weather in Central Oregon has been frightfully cold and snowy, a reminder that it’s time to get into the holiday mode.
It’s also a great time to revisit your favorite holiday movies. Thanks to a wide selection of TV networks dedicated to showcasing the best holiday fare, you will have no problem finding exactly what you want.
We have selected a surefire list of networks, TV specials and movies On Demand offering plenty of holiday programming.
ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” starts up Dec. 1. The network offers a solid selection of new and classic movies, including “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo; “Elf,” with Will Ferrell; and “The Santa Clause,” with Tim Allen.
But as they say on TV commercials, “Wait, there’s more!” ABC Family is also presenting such favorites as “The Polar Express,” “Home Alone” and, of course, “Miracle on 34th Street.” Check out the movie schedule here.
Leading up to Christmas, the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries are offering a nonstop lineup of favorites. The two channels will feature more than 2,600 hours of holiday programming. Each channel will present its own set of shows rather than duplicating offerings of its sibling channel.
In addition to the classic Hallmark Channel library of holiday movies, “Countdown to Christmas” features 12 new holiday-themed movies. The movies will premiere Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.
The newly renamed Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel is poised to make a splash with its “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” lineup. The network features classics such as “It Happened on Fifth Avenue,” with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert; “The Bishop’s Wife,” with Cary Grant and Loretta Young; and “Babes in Toyland,” with Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello. And that’s just a small sampling.
The holiday celebrations don’t end there. CBS is airing “Grammy Holiday Special: A Very Grammy Christmas” on Dec. 5. The one-hour show will feature an unprecedented lineup of Grammy Award-winning artists, including Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Tim McGraw. Singer-songwriter Ariana Grande also will perform.
BendBroadband’s Movies on Demand holiday selection is gathered under “Holidays Classics.” The collection includes such favorites as “Christmas with the Kranks,” “About a Boy,” “Definitely, Maybe” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Select Channel 999 or press the “On Demand” key on your remote and then navigate to “Holiday Classics.” The movies are priced from $2.99 to $3.99.
Finally, Concert TV features three specially selected concerts with a holiday twist.
Lady Antebellum’s “On This Winter’s Night” showcases a live performance of Christmas songs taped in Nashville in 2013. The concert brings your favorite holiday songs to life with the help of the famed Schermerhorn Symphony Orchestra.
If you favor classical music, check out “The Nutcracker.” This all-time favorite features the Royal Ballet under the direction of Peter Wright. Tchaikovsky’s ballet tells the story of young Clara, who is swept into a fantasy adventure as one of her Christmas presents comes to life.
Finally, Concert TV also will present one of Tchaikovsky’s other famed ballets, “Swan Lake.” Estonian conductor Vello Pähn directs the Paris Opera Orchestra in this Rudolph Nureyev-choreographed dream version of “Swan Lake.” The ballet features Agnès Letestu as the warm and feminine Odette and José Martinez as the pale and vulnerable Siegfried.
To access Concert TV, select Channel 999 or press the “On Demand” key on your remote. The three shows are available in either SD or HD. They are priced at $2.99 for SD and $3.99 for HD.