CBS just released its schedule of classic Christmas specials

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While a significant number of people are planning to cut back on some of their traditional holiday activities this year, such as hitting the stores in person to purchase gifts, meaningful time with loved ones sounds more compelling than ever.

One way to stay home and still experience some Christmas magic is to cuddle up on the couch with some popcorn and cocoa to watch all of the wonderful movies that are broadcast on TV at this time of year. Many channels are releasing their holiday programming schedules, and CBS recently announced what viewers can expect from its lineup in November and December.

The longstanding broadcast television network only announced about a half-dozen holiday shows. But what the list lacks in quantity, it makes up for in content that you probably won’t see anywhere else (and might not have seen before now), as well as some tried-and-true classics that truly signify the coming of Christmas.

Check out the network’s full holiday schedule below.


Friday, Nov. 27

  • 8 p.m. — “Frosty the Snowman”
  • 8:30 p.m. — “Frosty Returns”

Saturday, Nov. 28

  • 8 p.m. — “Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire”
  • 8:30 p.m. — “Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe”
  • 9 p.m. — “The Story of Santa Claus”

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • 8 p.m. — “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

When “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” airs on CBS this year it will mark the 56th consecutive year it has been broadcast, making it the longest continuously running Christmas special in TV history.


In addition to the beloved 1960s holiday specials, like “Rudolph” and “Frosty the Snowman,” the network is showing a few more recent ones that you might not have seen before.

The “Robbie the Reindeer” movies first debuted in 1999 in Britain and tell the funny story of Rudolph’s son, Robbie, who is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps and join Santa’s reindeer team. The American versions include the voices of Ben Stiller, Jim Belushi, Hugh Grant and Britney Spears. “The Story of Santa Claus” is a cartoon musical that debuted in 1996 and includes the voices of Betty White, Ed Asner and Tim Curry.

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Couldn’t we all use some comforting tradition this year?