‘Tis the season for Holiday Specials: when to watch

The Christmas season is upon us and that means holiday specials galore!
You'll see the holiday classics and a few special programs on KFVS and the Heartland's CW this year.
Mark your calendar or set your DVR so you don't miss a minute of the magic.

Holiday specials
Santa is a major highlight of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Source: Macy's)

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

When to watch: Thursday, November 22 from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

Join millions of people around the country for the 92nd edition of this iconic holiday parade. It will include giant character balloons, floats, marching bands from around the country, and, of course, Santa Claus!

Frosty the Snowman

When to watch: Friday, November 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 at 8 p.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

In this classic from 1969, Frosty is brought to life by a discarded magic top hat. Follow along as the magician, Professor Hinkle, tries to get it back. Frosty will melt if the kids cannot get him away from Hinkle and warm weather, so he hops a train to the North Pole with young Karen.

Frosty Returns

When to watch: Friday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 at 8:30 p.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

In this sequel to the much-loved “Frosty the Snowman” cartoon special, Frosty reappears to befriend a girl named Holly and help save Christmas from the invention of an evil snow-exterminating chemical.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

When to watch: Friday, November 23 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, December 19 at 7 p.m.

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)

As if young Jake Spankenheimer doesn’t have enough problems on Christmas Eve, he has to help his mom and dad prevent his mean-spirited cousin from taking ownership of the family store. When his grandmother gets lost in the cold in the midst of the confusion, Jake is sent out to find her, only to discover that she’s become the victim of a rather unusual hit-and run. He also learns that Santa is real, but not quite the sort of guy he was expecting.

Robbie the Reindeer

When to watch: Saturday, November 24 starting at 7 p.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

You can watch two half-hour specials featuring Robbie the Reindeer. In Hooves of Fire, Robbie arrives at the North Pole in hopes of finding work on Santa’s sleigh team. He hopes to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. He’ll compete against the other reindeer in the Reindeer Games.

In Legend of the Lost Tribe, Robbie and the other reindeer now run a bankrupt holiday resort. Follow along as they get into trouble.

The Story of Santa Claus

When to watch: Saturday, November 24 at 8 p.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

This animated musical explains how a toymaker named Nicholas Claus started the tradition of delivering a toy to every child on Christmas. You’ll hear the recognizable voices of Ed Asner, Betty White, and Tim Curry.

Holiday Greetings from the Ed Sullivan Show

When to watch: Sunday, November 25 from 5-7 p.m.

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)

A comical and musical collection of yuletide appearances on the Ed Sullivan show.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

When to watch: Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

Rudolph, the little reindeer with the bright red nose, gets teased by the other reindeer. So, he runs away with another misfit, Hermey, the youthful elf who really wants to be a dentist. They meet Yukon Cornelius and the trio travels to the Island of Misfit Toys. There, they meet the terrifying Abominable Snowman . . . but all turns out well. Burl Ives narrates as Sam the Snowman and sings several of the songs, including “Silver and Gold,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and the famous carol that inspired this story.

I Love Lucy Christmas Special

When to watch: Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

The special includes “The Christmas Episode” (first broadcast in Dec. 1956) and the newly colorized “The Fashion Show” (Feb. 1955). Both were colorized with a nod to the series’ 1950s period. The episodes have also been seamlessly combined into one special, with no interruption between the two.

Hollywood Christmas Parade

When to watch: Friday, December 14 from 7-9 p.m.

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)

The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will feature large balloons, musical acts, and marching bands. It’s hosted by Laura McKenzie, Erik Estrada, Dean Cain, Montel Williams, Elizabeth Stanton, and Garrett Clayton. Nancy O’Dell will serve as Grand Marshal this year.

Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown

When to watch: Tuesday, December 18 from 7-8 p.m.

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)

This holiday celebration will countdown some of the best holiday commercials of all time.

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CW Special: Greatest Holiday Video Countdown

When to watch: Tuesday, December 18 from 8-9 p.m.

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)

This special is hosted by the Holderness Family, the viral video family that rose to internet fame with their viral hit “Christmas Jammies.” The family will guide the audience through this special showcasing video greeting cards from around the world. From agencies and companies, to families and friends, and everything in between, this special will feature some of the most memorable holiday videos from around the globe.

A Home for the Holidays

When to watch: Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m.

Where to watch: KFVS

The annual special will feature inspirational stories of adoption from foster care, give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of children still waiting to find their forever homes, and feature powerful performances. Presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network, the hour-long special will also feature the “Children Waiting” segment, a powerful portrait of more than 420,000 foster children’s hopes and dreams of finding their forever families.

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Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic

When to watch: Sunday, December 23 from 7-8 p.m.

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018

When to watch: Tuesday, December 25 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)

iHeartRadio Music Festival

When to watch: Sunday, December 30 & Monday, December 31 from 7-9 p.m. each night

Where to watch: The Heartland’s CW (WQWQ)