TCM (Turner Classic Movies)

Christmas movies showing on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel in 2017…

*date/times are subject to change -all times shown in Eastern*
Last Updated 10/09/17

Thursday, November 2, 2017

  • 6:00am – A Christmas Carol (1938)

Monday, November 13, 2017

  • 6:00am – Holiday Affair (1949)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

  • 3:30pm – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

  • 12:00am – Bush Christmas (1947)
  • 3:00am – Night at the Movies: A Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 8, 2017

  • 8:00pm – A Christmas Carol (1951)
  • 9:45pm – Scrooge (1935)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

  • 12:00pm – Holiday Affair (1949)
  • 1:45pm – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Monday, December 11, 2017

  • 6:45pm – Night at the Movies: A Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  • 6:00am – Ben-Hur (1959)

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • 10:00pm – Holiday Affair (1949)
  • 11:45pm – It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

  • 12:15pm – A Christmas Carol (1938)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

  • 8:45am – Night at the Movies: A Merry Christmas!
  • 12:15pm – Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  • 2:15pm – The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Friday, December 22, 2017

  • 8:00pm – Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  • 10:00pm – Remember the Night (1940)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

  • 12:00am – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  • 10:15am – Ben-Hur (1959)
  • 5:00pm – King of Kings (1961)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

  • 10:00am – It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
  • 2:15pm – Holiday Affair (1949)
  • 4:00pm – Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  • 6:00pm – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  • 8:00pm – The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
  • 10:00pm – The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

Monday, December 25, 2017

  • 2:00am – A Christmas Carol (1938)
  • 9:00am – Babes in Toyland (1934)
  • 10:30am – Scrooge (1935)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

  • 11:15am – Holiday (1938)

63 thoughts on “TCM (Turner Classic Movies)

    1. “Holiday Inn” hasn’t been shown for several years on any channel, including TCM. I agree that the TCM Christmas
      movie schedule has been disappointing for the last few years. The Christmas movies they DO show are not
      “classics” in many cases, and TCM pads its schedule by showing “Christmas in Connecticut” and others
      multiple times. Is TCM trying to make more money from SELLING the DVDS, instead of showing
      them on their TV channel? In that case, they are out of luck, because I can always buy the DVDs cheaper elsewhere and for less in shipping costs, too.

  1. TCM is working in conjunction with Amazon Prime, Hulu, Crackle and the others to make you pay for the once beautiful selection of Xmas movies. I am so outraged. I will not pay for those shows elsewhere. I will stream then if I can, or just do without. Everyone wants to cheat you out of your money. My internet company pays TCM and I feel their selection of movies are horrible. They once were the best thing going. Now , they are horrible.

  2. Hi. I agree with all the comments on disappointing TCM holiday schedule! What I find amazing is that Halloween there are quite a number of movies shown for that time.
    I don’t understand this at all.

  3. Once again, TCM has scheduled a disappointing selection of Christmas movies for 2016. With so many first-rate holiday films from which to choose, why does TCM repeat the same handful of movies each year? And to compound this disappointing selection, why is it necessary to show the same movie twice during the holiday schedule? Do we really need to see “Holiday Affair,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Christmas in Connecticut” THREE times each in December? Why isn’t “Holiday Inn” on the schedule? Or “Miracle on 34th Street”? Or “A Christmas Story”? What about “Elf” or some other, more modern Christmas movies? Surely, with a vault consisting of thousands of movies, TCM could make some better selections than what they’ve chosen this year. I’m a regular viewer of TCM who admires and appreciates the fine work done in preserving and presenting quality films in the interest of educating and entertaining its audience. But TCM could do so much better in its Christmas movie programming.

    1. What happened to all those old fashioned Christmas movies White Christmas holiday inn miracle on 34 st Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol

  4. Every year I look for the movie Scrooge with Albert Finney in it and for the past several years no one has shown it. When I saw that TCM was showing it I was thrilled, so I thank TCM for showing one of my favorite Christmas movies!


  6. In general, TCM has deteriorated immensely. The station that used to be the number one watched station in our household is now rarely viewed due the fact that many of the movies it considers “classic” are from the 1970’s through the 1990’s–and seem to be shown repeatedly. Movies from those decades can be viewed on any station on a regular basis. TCM stood above the fray–and apart from the aforementioned pedestrian stations–because in the past, it consistantly aired rarely seen movies and true classics from the pre-teens through the 50’s. Unfortunately , this is now the exception rather than the rule. In a prior post, a viewer opined/implied that the TCM Halloween fare was more than adequate. I strongly disagree. Such Boris Karloff classics as “Frankenstein”, ” The Mummy”, “The Bride of Frankenstein”, as well as a plethora of horror fare from the 30’s and 40’s were missing from the lineup.
    With regard to the holiday fare that is scheduled to be televised this year–I am in agreement with the general consensus that is demurred on this page. It is shameful that this station who WAS dedicated to showing classics has omitted “Holiday Inn”, “White Christmas”, varied versions of “A Christmas Carol/Scrooge” (30’s to 50’s) , “Miracle on 34th Street”, (40’s version) et al, from its holiday programming. Finally, what happened to the New Years Eve tradition of airing the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals? To say that TCM has become a dismal disappointment would be an understatement.

    1. I also echo my extreme disappoint in the selection of “Classic” Christmas movies that will be shown. I looked forward to the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th St each year, Holiday Inn, White Christmas and where is the Bishops Wife with Carey Grant and Loretta Young!! Come on people……please bring back the old classics! Also there were Christmas movies like Silent Night, Lonely Night with Shirley Jones, The Christmas Wife which are NEVER shown….they were great movies as well. Not everyone wants to see “newer” movies.

  7. Let me add my voice to the many complaints by viewers of TCM who are upset by TCM’s disappointing Christmas movie schedule for 2015. TCM is one of the few bright spots in cable TV, and I’m an avid viewer and aficionado of their programming content. So it’s really a major letdown to see how poorly TCM has decided on which Christmas movies it will show this year. Why is A Christmas Carol from 1951, starring Alistair Sim and considered to be the best of all screen adaptations of Dickens’ novel, missing from the schedule? Where is Miracle on 34th Street? And why is Holiday Inn missing from the schedule? With such an embarrassment of quality Christmas films from which to choose, it’s difficult to understand TCM’s rationale in putting together such a disappointing choice of movies this holiday season. Fortunately, I’ve tape-recorded enough of my favorite Christmas movies to enjoy this Christmas without having to depend on TCM. That said, I applaud and commend TCM for all its outstanding work in preserving and promoting public awareness in appreciating the art of successful film-making. And I think that Robert Osborne and Ben Mankewicz are extraordinarily genial and knowledgeable hosts. But, in regard to this year’s Christmas movie schedule, I can only shake my head in bewildered disappointment.

  8. It also seems when they are showing my favorite Christmas Movies it when I’m at work or late at night or very early in the morning. This is NOT right it means a lot to me to see the old Christmas Movies this time of year! TMC should be very ashamed!!!! Extremely disappointed!

  9. TCM is very dissapointing AGAIN this year..come on where’s the bishops in connecticut..white christmas and what a bout one maigical christams and prancer ???? wow very sad

  10. TCM AND AMC both so disappointing this season. i looked forward to the old traditional movies to watch in the evening. That was a tradition for many, many years over the holidays…this year was absolutely terrible. Hoping next year will be a lot better.

  11. This is by far the worst showing of Christmas movies by TCM to date!!!! No Bishop’s Wife which they normally show repeatedly throughout December. I know Hallmark has shown it only twice this Christmas Season but they have shown Christmas In Connecticut every darn Thursday since Thanksgiving. I know the dialogue by heart. They have also shown Angel Of 5th Avenue several times but TCM has shown it as well. Normally if TCM let’s another channel take a movie they themselves don’t show it. But TCM has been showing the movies they let Hallmark have Holiday Affair is one of them and is not my favorite movie at all! But where is the Bishops Wife and why not show White Christmas??? Ok so you loaned it out to AMC. You can still show it once and Mircle on 34th Street. As far as Its A Wonderful Life goes, I just don’t get it. TMC bought the entire MGM library which should mean they own It’s A Wonderful Life. But there are just dozens of great old holiday shows to be shown and this skimpy showing of Holiday shows this year by TMC only leaves me to believe that it’s a Ted Turner liberal thing. TMC is a liberal own network. And the lack of holiday shows this year just shows it is getting more and more so. And NO, I don’t think they could care less what we think! This is the fewest holiday shows they have ever aired. Look else where folks! Hallmark is a good place to start as well as AMC!!!

  12. Why is TCM showing the same movie multiple times? There are certain movies I look forward to every year and I watch them only on TCM and this year not one of them are showing. I’m rather disappointed.

  13. Once again TCM has a very poor showing of Christmas movies. On top of everything I have Time-Warner Cable and am disappointed in the way they show their TCM movies. I come from Comcast-land in Illinois and there seemed to be better showing of movies. Extremely disappointed in TCM not showing the old stand-by Christmas movies like “O’Henry’s Gift of the Magi” and “Come to the Stable” and the 1947 “Miracle on 34th Street” for the past 3 years. Shame on you Scrooges!!!

  14. I cannot believe that TCM does not show It’s A Wonderful LIfe during the Christmas season.. I don.t believe that NBC has a contract, so that other stations cannot show this wonderful movie. It was always shown before this political correction came in as Saying Happy Holidays. instead of Merry Christmas. Christmas is a Christian Holiday and I say Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas and to those who don’t I say nothing.

  15. I agree with the above comments regarding your december lineup- it seems you are skipping many classics and I am wondering why! Please reconsider your line up this Month.

  16. We are so lucky to still have TCM, and I am sure that yall are doing your very best to bring as many of the old cherished Christmas movies to us as possible. Again, thank all of you for your effort! We appreciate all of you so much, and hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Do not agree that TCM is doing their best to show Christmas movies. If they really cared about what their viewers wanted to watch they would ask what we want to see for the Holidays and revise their movies. Also, they are showing one Christmas movie a week until Christmas week. I say Humbug to TCM!!!

  17. The only Christmas movie that TCM is not showing is The Bishop’s Wife (Hallmark will be airing). But they are screening all their usuals – Holiday Affair, Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Christmas in Connecticut, The Shop Around the Corner, etc.). AMC will screen White Christmas. TCM cannot show certain movies due to rights (It’s A Wonderful Life).

  18. I would like to know who chooses the film’s each month. They go crazy for horror movies in October for Halloween but skimp on Christmas in December. It would b e prudent for someone to read these comments to know what t h e viewers would like. I understood about It’s a Wonderful Life, but there are so many ore Xmas films t h st can show.

  19. Also disappointed in TMC, bring back the classic Christmas movies, there are families that would like to show these old greats to our grandchildren to pass on the memories and make more! you should be ashamed!

    1. Hi Berta, yes Dish has dropped TCM for the time being along with a few other channels due to contract disputes. We have Dish too and are really hoping they bring TCM back before the holidays.

  20. We are so disappointed that TCM won’t be on the TV now. As of the 20th of October TCM has not been on TV. We have Dish network. Hopefully you can find out why. I know people that use and watch their TV all the time and TCM is a channel watched most of all. TCM is missed a lot. Computers are not a option here. DISH says TCM was taken off because of contract problems. Hope to see TCM back on TV because
    dish is not worth keeping if not.

  21. We are so so so disappointed with
    the holiday scheduling this year !
    It looks like we will NOT be watching
    TCM this season .
    White Christmas and
    Holiday Inn are two of our families’
    very favorite holiday shows !!
    What were you thinking ?
    If those shows aren’t classics ” ,
    Then I don’t know what is !!

  22. Very upset about the lack of Christmas movies from tcm. Your channel is the first one I check about the old movies. There is nothing like the old movies to bring so many memories of our childhood. There is still time, won’t you add them to your schedule? I like the Christmas movies that are about World War II. There are many that involve Christmas in them, too. The war movies are appearing less and less on tcm, too. Please reconsider. Thank-you for your time.

  23. Your Christmas movie schedule is very disappointing this year. What happened to the Bishop’s Wife and so many old classics?
    Shame on you TCM. You are alienating your good supporters.

  24. My family and I are very disappointed that you are not showing the classics as Miracle on Street , The Christmas Carol 1938. and so on, these are a tradition for us to watch together! Please consider showing these!

  25. Amc and TCm ,Why aren’t you showing the Christmas classics, The Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street and so on, my family and I look forward to these shows every year,it’s tradition for us, where is your Christmas spirit? We are very,very,very, very……….disappointed We love the older classic Christmas movies!

  26. It is there any way the schedule can be changed it’s not too late we want to see white Christmas,holiday inn, and shop around the corner, Christmas in Connecticut and so on…….very very very very disappointed and TCM

  27. Wondering why “Meet me in St. Louis” isnt being played on either Amc & Tcm. Kinda upset about not being able to watch it.

    1. Meet Me in St. Louis will be showing several times this season. Please check the schedule above for days/times. It is one of my Christmas traditions as well.

  28. So disappointed that your Christmas schedule does not include Scrooge with Alastair Sims. Please reconsider showing this version. Thank you.

      1. where is holiday inn miracle on 34th street the cheaters very disappointing holiday schedule TCM should be ashamed but they will show action movies on holidays shame on tcm

  29. I am looking for a very old movie, which I have seen around Christmas time. All I can remember about it is that A woman which was a Joan of Arch understudy dies and this was in a coal minning town, In which a reporter (ED McMurry?) convincd the churches to ring for so many days constantly. If anyone has anyidea of this show name please let me know.

  30. I too have long been disappointed re the dearth of Christmas movies on TCM. If it weren’t for Hallmark, there would be few Christmas movies, and the Season would be bleak indeed. Many of the traditional Christmas movies are never shown. “The Gathering,” “A Hobo’s Christmas,” “The Man in the Santa Claus Suit,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “The Night They Saved Christmas,” and many more have disappeared from TV. Especially tragic is the disappearance of the old black and white films like “Christmas Eve,” “Beyond Christmas,” and “A Christmas Carol.” I was overjoyed that AMC showed “Christmas Eve” this very morning. And thank God TCM finally showed “A Christmas Carol” (“Scrooge” in the US) last year and has condescended to air it once this year. I think this movie is the heart of Christmastime and without it Christmas is not the same. Alastair Sim, the great British actor, BECOMES Scrooge forever, so wonderful is his performance. I am very disappointed in Robert Osborne, whom I adore, that he dismissed this incomparable movie for so many years.Merry Christmas!

    1. I second that. I too am disappointed in the programming of TCM this Christmas season. It’s a good question — What did happen? Someone is not paying attention to the people who watch TCM. We like the tradional classics like Bishops Wife, Holiday Inn, White Christmas and Christmas in Connecticut.

      1. Hi Sharon, I’m a bit confused as to why White Christmas, and many of the other Christmas classics are not appearing. The Shop Around the Corner, and so many more are not airing. My sons(in their ages of 18-26) are also disappointed. Please give me a glimmer of sunshine and air them. Thank you, Lori Beth

      2. I’m with you Sharon! I am so disappointed in all the tv station programming schedule! Very few of the classics have been played and I for one have missed them! All these new “versions” don;’t have the same quality as the old reliable Christmas movies.
        Shame on you!

    2. @Athena, AMC is showing White Christmas 10 times btw Dec 13th and Dec 24th. TCM is showing Christmas in Connecticut once on Tuesday, Dec 24th at 8p.

    3. Christmas in Connecticut will be showing several times this season: Dec. 13, Dec. 18 and Dec. 24… Check local listings for times or the schedule above.

    1. Margo – TCM does not air It’s a Wonderful Life because NBC has a long-term exclusive broadcast contract to show it. Because it’s an exclusive contract, other channels aren’t able to broadcast the film. I am not sure when the NBC contract runs out, but I imagine it won’t be any time soon.

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