TCM Classic Christmas Movies

Classic Christmas Movies

Every November and December, Turner Classic Movies (also known as TCM) airs classic Christmas movies and other holiday related programs. Movies typically include older versions of “A Christmas Carol” along with black-and-white holiday favorites like The Bishop’s Wife, and Christmas in Connecticut.

Christmas movies showing on Turner Classic Movies in 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Date/times are subject to change (all times shown in Eastern)
**Page last updated on 12/05/22

Check back in for schedule updates throughout the holidays.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

  • 12:00am – Christmas Past (1925)

Saturday, December 17, 2022

  • 2:00am – Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
  • 8:00am – The Captain’s Christmas (1938)
  • 10:00am – Mister and Mistletoe (1955)
  • 5:00pm – King of Kings (1961)
  • 8:00pm – The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Monday, December 19, 2022

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

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

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Thursday, December 22, 2022

  • 10:45am – Susan Slept Here (1954)
  • 5:30pm – The Lion in the Winter (1968)
  • 8:00pm – It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
  • 10:15pm – The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

Friday, December 23, 2022

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Sunday, December 25, 2022

  • 6:00am – Star in the Night (1945)
  • 2:15pm – The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
  • 4:15pm – Holiday Affair (1949)

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197 thoughts on “TCM Classic Christmas Movies

  • October 18, 2022 at 9:49 PM
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    Here’s my Christmas Wish List: Miracle on 45th St (1947), White Christmas (1954), Bishop’s Wife, Christmas in Connecticut, Shop Around the Corner (1940), Holiday Inn, Toyland, Little Women (1933), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), A Christmas Carol (1951). Please, TCM, bring back my holiday favorites!

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    • October 19, 2022 at 10:00 PM
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      Your list is just wonderful–especially “White Christmas”. This film reminds me of the days when my sister and & were a professional dancing sister act. I have watched this film many, many times & I will never tire of it. When the two sisters sing “Sisters”, I shed tears every time. She is now deceased & I miss her so very much. I also love “Holiday Inn”, but TCM has not shown this movie in a long time. Please bring back both of these movies this 2022 year.

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    • November 12, 2022 at 8:53 AM
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      You are 11 blocks off on the “Miracle on 34th Street”!

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    • November 13, 2022 at 7:35 AM
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      These are my favorites, too!!

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  • December 23, 2021 at 6:49 PM
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    Alistair Sim 1951 Scrooge is never on TCM. Why? The print shown on FX is horrible, and the colorized version on YouTube is an abomination. Please show this absolute best film version of A Christmas Carol in a decent, black and white print. The 1938 version is rubbish. It would be great to see It’s a Wonderful Life on TCM–no commercials. Get the rights back from NBC–fork over some $$$ to make your viewers happy. Same with the original Miracle on 34th St. Just spend the money TCM, and show actual, classic Christmas movies. Many like Holiday Inn and White Christmas, too. Don’t be like Mr. Potter or the Grinch–make viewer’s holidays merry again.

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    • August 14, 2022 at 8:40 AM
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      I agree with you all the way. Also Jack Lemon Grouchy Old Men, and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Please!

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      • November 6, 2022 at 10:42 PM
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        A Christmas Carol 1938 is the best Version ever made. I have been watching it at Christmas time every year since the 1960’s even when it was on channel 11 on Christmas Eve. TCM you do a marvelous job with your selections every year, thank you so much 🙏🏽

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    • October 4, 2022 at 3:45 PM
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      I would love to see TCM play some Christmas movies. Christmas Vacation, Grumpy Old Men, White Christmas a few times. Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Sophia Loren and Ann Margaret.

      I’d also love to see Female On The Beach, Joan Crawford. Detective with Kirk Douglas.

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  • December 13, 2021 at 2:48 PM
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    I have been waiting to see all your Christmas movies, I have only seen one Christmas in Connecticut. Where are the other wonderful movies like The Bishops Wife, It is a wonderful Life, Christmas Carol etc etc? Thank you

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    • December 21, 2021 at 11:49 AM
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      Maybe with all these negative comments about TcM (small classics) they will realize next year they will plan their Christmas lineup to better represent their audience desires. We can only hope and pray. Merry Christmas.

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  • December 12, 2021 at 4:28 AM
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    i agree. Miracle on 34th Street is definitely a Classic; along with Its A Wonderful Life is also a classic movie, they should be shown around this timeof the year. It would do alot of people good to see these movies. These movies give you a moral to the story, we need this at this time in our lives.

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    • October 17, 2022 at 7:59 PM
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      (Original) Miracle on 45th St, White Christmas, (Original) Bishop’s Wife, Christmas in Connecticut, Shop Around the Corner, all versions of A Christmas Carol. These are the Best Christmas Classics!

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  • December 11, 2021 at 12:13 AM
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    We’ve enjoyed the best of Christmas movies for years on TCM. What happened this year?! You’ve lined up a full slate of boring, time sucks! Glad we found this lousy list now, we’re checking TCM OFF of our viewing list.

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    • December 12, 2021 at 4:42 PM
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      What happened to playing, “ It’s a Wonderful Life” more than once?
      “Miracle on 34th. Street” is so popular & I don’t see it. I thought you would play more Christmas movies repeatedly in case we miss them. I will have to make sure I look up your schedule in November next year.
      I love your channel & hope you can
      play more Christmas movies over & over. We don’t get tired of them.

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      • December 12, 2021 at 11:21 PM
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        Miracle on 34th Street (1947) will be airing December 15th at 5:25pm on HBO Family.

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        • December 19, 2021 at 11:08 PM
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          how sad to have to recommend that TCM take the ‘C’ out of their title….Christmas classics are sorely missing, and it makes it obvious which direction the new order is going….I think Robert Osborne would be so disappointed….

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        • December 20, 2021 at 9:02 AM
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          So many movies not being showed any more. TCM has gone down hill. Rebecca, El Cid, Miracle on 42 St, it’s a wonderful life, the origal price and the pauper. Etc on and on

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    • November 10, 2022 at 6:46 PM
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      I agree! After coming off of October with all the spooky crap, and this is all we get?

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  • December 9, 2021 at 8:12 PM
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    Your Christmas 2021 offerings are pathetic and fairly representative of the new crowd running the channel… Too many Young Turks with political axes to grind… It’s pretty clear your agenda here…

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    • December 10, 2021 at 3:40 PM
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      You are correct. Where is Miracle on 34th Street? The channel is turning far left just like the media, it’s a shame.

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      • December 12, 2021 at 11:24 PM
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        Miracle on 34th Street (1947) will be airing December 15th at 5:25pm on HBO Family.

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        • December 16, 2021 at 1:41 PM
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          I for one do NOT have HBO. Play the classics the ones in black and white more than once or twice. Play them on TCM and at least ten times! ! I’m sure a lot of people including myself look forward to watching these movies all year. I’m very disappointed in your program schedule!

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          • December 19, 2021 at 11:10 PM
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            I agree….we can see Casablanca many times throughout the year, but not the classic Christmas movies…?

    • December 10, 2021 at 9:23 PM
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      Agree! And where is Toyland with Oliver and Stan! So disappointing!

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      • December 12, 2021 at 2:24 PM
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        When was the last time “Holiday Inn” w/Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire was shown on TCM??

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    • December 23, 2021 at 8:46 PM
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      I agree! I love the 1984 version of “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott as Scrooge, but cannot find any stations airing it this year. Many people, at least 150 on Facebook, agree with me…they miss it, too!

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    • December 24, 2021 at 12:50 PM
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      Oh yes finally even TCM has sold out to the politically correct (Lefts). Used to be you could depend on TCM, I suppose the Easter classics will go out too. Remember there was Independent Film Channel and Sundance was a good bet too. Agenda here is Lefties from California or New York City.

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  • December 5, 2021 at 11:24 AM
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    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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    • December 5, 2021 at 6:45 PM
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      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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      • December 7, 2021 at 2:04 PM
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        I am also extremely disappointed that TCM in not showing Alistair Sim in A Christmas Carol! No one plays the Scrooge roll better!

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        • December 11, 2021 at 10:03 AM
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          I agree. Alistair sim is the best Christmas Carol!! So disappointed its not on this year.

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        • November 7, 2022 at 5:41 PM
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          I agree…the 1938 version is the best.
          Joe

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      • December 7, 2021 at 8:10 PM
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        I like a christmas carol I like just about all the version but they don’t play them

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      • December 11, 2021 at 10:54 AM
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        I’ll buy A Christmas Carol 1951 if I have to. It’s magical!

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      • December 12, 2021 at 10:13 AM
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        Totally agree! I look forward to seeing this every year.

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    • December 8, 2021 at 2:51 PM
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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

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  • November 29, 2021 at 8:21 PM
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    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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    • December 5, 2021 at 5:27 AM
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      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.

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      • November 12, 2022 at 1:34 PM
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        Agree since the loss of Robert Osborne station has eroded — . What about the “The Man Who Came to Dinner”??????? Some of Christmas Movies are Good but there are so many more!

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        • November 15, 2022 at 6:40 AM
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          “Holiday Inn” is a wonderful movie….the great old talents ( when they were young) were the best! “Holiday Affair” is another great movie….a beautiful Christmas/love story with 2 great leading stars, Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum. I agree that Robert Osborne would be so disappointed in the current TCM management!
          Too bad that the probable cause for not playing “Holiday Inn” is the February skit about Lincoln’s birthday where Bing and Marjorie were dressed in blackface…….representing our history, and that is just what it is, OUR history! No one has a right to hide that or take it away from us. That was how things were in Lincoln’s day and no one did more to rectify that situation! The movie is wonderful……please TCM play it. Do not deny America it’s history….both that of wonderful actors, music 🎶 and the past which can not and should not be erased!

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    • December 5, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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      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.

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