TCM Classic Christmas Movies

Classic Christmas Movies

Every November and December, Turner Classic Movies (aka TCM) airs classic Christmas movies and other holiday related programs. Movies typically include multiple older versions of A Christmas Carol and Scrooge, and The Bishop’s Wife.

Christmas movies showing on Turner Classic Movies in 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Date/times are subject to change (all times shown in Eastern)
**Page last updated on 11/30/21

Check back in for schedule updates later in the year

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021

  • 2:00am – Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021

  • 10:15pm – The Holly & the Ivy (1952)

Monday, December 20, 2021

  • 12:00am – Christmas Past (1925)

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

  • 12:00pm – A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

Friday, December 24, 2021

Saturday, December 25, 2021

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87 Comments

  • Diane Spaulding says:

    I just went through the whole month of December schedule and I was so disappointed to see you’re not playing “Miracle on 34th St.”such a classic! I don’t understand why that would not be playing in the month of December yet you have other movies that you’re playing several other times !Just wanting to point it out because it’s disappointing!

    Sincerely,
    A disappointed TCM watcher

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Linda says:

      A pitiful offering of Christmas movies on TCM this year. Very disappointed. Really looked forward to seeing Alastair Sim’s classic “Scrooge”, among others.

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    • Is it possible to view THE FARMERS DAUGHTER with Loretta Young and Joseph Cotton it is my favorite and have not been able to see it for a while.

      I watch TCM quite a lot and always check to see what is on. Movies relax me and I love your selection.

      Linda

  • Lexi says:

    TCM can play all the Halloween “junk” for a month plus, but shortchange us on the Christmas movies?!!!
    The way my husband and I solved the problem several years ago, was by buying a favorite Christmas DVD each year for the past several years. So, with a bowl of popcorn or a cup of tea or cocoa, we can watch our favorites any time we want without being dependent on TCM or any other channel. They make good stocking stuffers. It’s the gift that keeps on giving..

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    • M Willis says:

      Totally agree regarding TCM. Very disappointed! Come on TCM. Every year I look forward to TCM’s supplying us fans with a whole month of delightful Christmas movies in December. When Robert Osborne was there,TCM did just that. He understood the TCM fans. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. People are nice to each other. We celebrate giving in many ways, and I wish that TCM would go back and look at what Robert did to give us fans the gift of joy by filling the month with lots and lots of Christmas movies.

    • Kristina says:

      TCM has been a disappointment for years. Ted Turner (no relation) did such a great thing 40 years ago creating a commercial free Movie Channel. My Mom loved it so much. She watched films she had not seen since her childhood in the 1930s-40s.
      That TCM will NOT show White Christmas-1954, Wonderful Life-1947, Shop Around the Corner-1940 and THE Christmas Carol-1951 is appalling. I too now am slowly buying all my favorites. TCM obviously is now run by Gen-Xers!
      Thank goodness for Amazon DVDs.

  • Chistmas says:

    Why is White Christmas part of your December Christmas lineup? Very disappointed!!!

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  • Tamara says:

    Robert Osborn would be so ashamed of what TCM has done with our Christmas Classics – where are they??? It’s pretty funny that NBC is playing It’s a Wonderful Life 2 times in the month of December at 8pm but TCM Can’t play it once! And seems to think we all want to watch Holiday Affair. Plus the times you have scheduled for A Christmas Carol 1938 are terrible (although I do at least have to say thank you for at least showing it) And I’m with everyone else – Where is the 1951 version with Alistair Sims? We have all year to watch everything else – Please give us back our Christmas Classics that we wait all year for!!!

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    • Dee says:

      I’d love to see Penny Arcade with Cary Grant. A sweet movie about adoption, loss,, adoption again with a beautiful Christmas ending.

      • Joey says:

        Where is A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sims??? There’s so much taken out this year that’s normally on your December schedule in general. The “C” in TCM is “classic” but some of the best are missing!

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    • Roy Z. says:

      I agree whole heartedly and Robert Osborn must be, and has been turning in his grave ever since this new group has taken over. Every time I look for any of my favorite movies, holiday or not, I’m so disappointed I could spit nails. I should have seen it coming and started recording long ago. I will now, but they’ve not left us with much.

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  • Sheila says:

    Turner Classic Movies…
    I’m 72 years old. I don’t know how many more Christmas’s I have and I’m tired of Christmas without 1951’s Christmas Carol with Alistar Sim and Miracle on 34th Street. I don’t know about this “woke” crap nor do I care at my age. I’m trying to live my life the best way I know how and you’ve managed to take away some of the things I look forward to and care about. How can you continue to call yourself “classic” when you’ve eliminated some of the most watched and loved holiday movies. That’s not caring about your viewers. It leaves us to have to pay to watch the movies elsewhere which some of us can’t afford, especially this year. Get off your selfish corporate butt and put these most requested movies back in circulation. It’s the right and caring thing to do.

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  • Kelly says:

    What happened to Miracle on 34th Street? It would be perfect to show it on Thanksgiving Day or the day after. I agree about Holiday Inn and White Christmas, they need to be aired.

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  • Jen says:

    TCM should play classic Christmas movies all day long on Christmas Day. Are there not enough Christmas movies to play them all day? Yes, of course there are. Just because Hollywood is full of atheist woke liberals does not mean the rest of us should be without these treasures on Christmas Day. Seriously, TCM should consider their audience when making the schedule.

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  • SusanB says:

    Instead of countless reruns of “Meet Me in St. Louis”, what about “Holiday Inn” – at least once? Love Robert Osborne intro of The Shop Around the Corner” but that is also being aired a few times. Sadly not seeing some that are perennial favorites in favor of multiple showings of the same flicks…who is programming this anyway?

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  • Maurice says:

    I was so saddest to see that The Christmas Carol with Sims was not shown this year! The 1938 film is so inferior to the Sims film.! With the current lockdown I looked forward to Tge 1951 film! Where is Holiday Inn!!!I watched the Christmas carol and laughed no heart or depth of feeling! Get rid of it! Mr Barrymore could have saved it!

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  • LINDAL says:

    TCM, ROBERT OSBORNE WOULD BE SO DISAPPOINTED IF HE WITNESSED WHAT IS GOING ON AT TCM. THERE’S AN ENTIRE GENERATION MISSING “CLASSIC” CHRISTMAS MOVIES. WHAT HAPPENED TO TURNER “CLASSIC” MOVIES? DON’T YOU FEEL AN OBLIGATION TO LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME?
    I PAY AN EXTRA FEE FROM MY CABLE COMPANY FOR TCM, I’ M CANCELLING TURNER. IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO GET YOUR ATTENTION, IN YOUR GREEDY POCKET

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    • Fred Argent says:

      The entire Baby Boomer generation grew up watching the 1951 Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol. All my old friends are complaining it’s not on TMC again this year. This film has been deemed the best and most authentic version yet it’s not on TMC but they continue to air the inferior 1938 film. Agree that TMC is no longer worth the extra money. There were so many movies that regularly aired in the 50’s and 60’s that are never on TMC either. No wonder so people are dumping cable and satellite then changing over to Amazon,Hulu,Disney and Netflix.

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      • Teri says:

        This is why I came on here as I just saw part of the Christmas schedule
        for 2021. Again, the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol. So disappointed
        again, in TCM. But have to say I’m seeing it in other Christmas TV schedules
        no oldies, just the new, sappy, broken record, shows that really have
        nothing to do with Christmas, just another “love story”. I’ll watch
        the soap operas if that’s what I want.

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      • CJ says:

        It’s possible that TCM no longer has the rights to the 1951 “A Christmas Carol.” I have seen it on FXM for the past few years. They may have the exclusive rights to it–at least recently.

  • Winnie Huprich says:

    Since I’m a deranged old lady, I love Bad Santa. Not the sequel though.

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  • Susan Thomas says:

    Where is Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim? You have repeats of an earlier version, but not showing this classic? Why? It is poor judgment and Robert Osborne would be ashamed of you.

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  • lynda s says:

    when will miracle on 34th street be broadcast. been waiting all tear all year to see it. thank you

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  • Sue W says:

    The 2019 Christmas schedule was the best! Unfortunately, TCM has gone away from that schedule. If we ever needed great Christmas movies it is 2020! All networks have let us down. You would think only 6-8 movies ever were made and they play them back to back.

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  • Grace says:

    Where is “Holiday Inn’ from 1942 with Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire where Bing introduces the song ” White Christmas ” ?????? A real classic !!!!!

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    • Joanie Hine says:

      I totally agree.
      So many people think White Christmas would Danny Kaye is the first time White Christmas was introduced a little do they know.

      White Christmas is a joke compared to Holiday inn it’s where Bing first introduces Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and the interaction between Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby is fabulous.

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      • Cathy says:

        I don’t know how many years now you’ve left out the REAL Christmas shows!!!! Just stop that! It doesn’t matter what year this is! Kids of all ages have grown up with the best top Christmas movies: Holiday Inn, White Christmas, and the one that hasn’t been on in YEEEAASRS!!!! – Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! Basically what soooo many of us are saying is this: PLAY ALL THE GOOD OLD CHRISTMAS MOVIES DURING ONE WEEK OR MORE TIL CHRISTMAS DAY. PERFECT, RIGHT? THE ONLY REASON I HAVE DISH IS TO WATCH TCM!!! IF IT IS GOING TO NOT SHOW THE GREAT, SPECIAL MOVIES,WED GET RID OF DISH AND TCM WHICH WOULD MAKE ME AND MY FAMILY, AND OTHER FAMILIES, SOOOOO SAD!!! WE BOOMERS MATTER TOO, YOU KNOW.SO, WERE EXPECTING THIS FROM YOU AND I THANK YOU VERRRY MUCH, AHEAD IF TIME! ALSO, WE REALLY DON’T THINK MUCH OF UGLY AND STUPID MOVIES, OF “WOMEN DOING FILM” , ETCETCETC! TCM… IS FOR OLDER CLASSIC MOVIES!!!

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    • Amanda Beens says:

      I agree! I just saw that Holiday Inn is not on the schedule, NOT OK! PLEASE TCM add this classic!

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    • Rose Morris says:

      I too am so disappointed Holiday Inn is not on the Christmas schedule.(it is one of my fav Xmas movies)! And also Its a Wonderful Life is missing from the schedule! And White Christmas is nowhere to be found.I mean c’mon TCM! You’ve got only 3 requirements to be met here…1) Classic, 2) Movie, and 3) Christmas! I’ve been noticing, especially in the last few months, things sure are changing around there. Sadly to me, not for the better. And I am one who usually keeps the channel turned to TCM 24 -7. But lately, not so much. 😕

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    • Tana says:

      I agree! Holiday Inn is a Classic Christmas Movie! Where is it this year! Where is it!!

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  • Pat Straub says:

    Please play Young at Heart with Doris Day . I don’t understand why you don’t ever play that one . Play it during the Holidays. Thank you.

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  • Dorothy says:

    Can you please please please show “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” with Mickey Rooney. I can’t find this playing anywhere. Your channel plays some movie’s more than once in a month, hoping maybe you could replace one of the repeats with one that isn’t already scheduled, like the one I’m requesting.

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  • Cindy says:

    I have been hoping you would show The Lemon Drop Kid for the last few years, finally found it on YouTube. I’m so disappointed that you are showing so few Christmas movies🥲!

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  • Denise says:

    Scrooge with Albert finney

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  • lillian bradley-gares says:

    when will a christmas carol 1951 version wiyh alstair slim be shown on tcm

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  • Sylvia in Texas says:

    I do not like the new format TCM has taken. Why call it a
    classic channel when less and less actual classics are being
    televised.

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    • Jamie says:

      I totally agree with you! It’s not technically “classic” if they are from 1970 and above. It’s gotten worse!

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    • Rose Morris says:

      I agree! Recently one night it seemed all the movies were from 2000 and newer. I think they’re changing a lot! I don’t care for the new program format either.

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  • Elizabeth Rivera says:

    Why does Turner Classic Movies not show White Christmas? Its one of my favorites.

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    • cteddiesgirl says:

      TCM doesn’t play White Christmas because it’s usually shown on AMC. AMC has a contract with Paramount Pictures, which is the company that owns White Christmas. TCM shows relatively few Paramount movies overall.

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    • Ginny says:

      White Christmas is playing on AMC Sunday 12/13 @ 11:30 ET

  • bumble bee says:

    PLEASE!!! TCM has to air all the Christmas movies and more than once.
    Especially It’s a Wonderful Life which ABC(?) has masticated into a shredded mess of a film with all the commercials it cuts into it. For the love of all that is right and just, can TCM please rectify this injustice done to such a Christmas classic!

    What about airing classic christmas cartoon shorts as well. Merry Melodies, looney tunes, and all the other holiday cartoons from days gone by. We need this so much this year!!

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  • Laurie says:

    1953 or 1954 a Christmas Carol

    It’s a wonderful life too please play

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  • D. Aaron says:

    Hoping to see The Bishop’s Wife

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  • Deborah Price says:

    Why are you not showing White Christmas???

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  • Debbie D. says:

    Come on, TCM, please up your Classic Christmas movies game in 2020. We all need it!

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    • Anonymous says:

      It is a Classic movie channel, I wish it won’t show anything made after 1970

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      • cteddiesgirl says:

        Actually, TCM shows movies all the time that were made after 1970.
        Just today (11/19), they showed The Sea Wolves (1980). Yesterday
        they had Shag: The Movie (1989), The Day I Became A Woman (2000), Lourdes (2009) and Yentl (1983). On 11/21 they’re showing Earth Girls Are Easy (1988).
        I don’t know why they don’t update their Holiday showings. It’s disappointing since I love that channel so much.

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      • Linda says:

        I so agree with you . TCM had totally changed. Why nit start showing the Christmas classic early like on Thanksgiving day or the day after ??

  • Pickles says:

    Turner Classic Movies needs to get on the ball and post the schedule of all Christmas Classic Movies. What does “classics” mean anyhow? The poeple want to see “all” christmas classic movies in 2020!

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  • William says:

    Why no Christmas movies before 11/27?

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    • Christmas TV Admin says:

      Hi William, the last few years TCM has not aired Christmas movies in November (except once in 2018). Each year the number they show dwindles 🙁

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      • JOHN says:

        Turner hates Christmas.
        Can’t even show Thanksgiving classic Trains,planes and automobiles of Thanksgiving day.
        Pitiful TCM is just a shadow of its once greatness.

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  • Shari says:

    2020 Schedule please!!!
    I have waited long enough!!

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  • BELINDA JACKSON says:

    Waiting on 2020 Christmas Movie Schedule.

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  • lillian bradley-gares says:

    when will a christmas carol staring alstair slim be on tcm this year 2020

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