Chances are that come Christmas Day, you’re going to be either stuck with your loved ones or wishing that you were. It’s a harsh reality but the good news is that both problems have an equally valid solution: television! Some of the biggest networks in the world will be running non-stop Christmas movie marathons for the next few days, so get into those pajamas you keep hoping Grandma will replace, grab a blanket, and act like a boring adult by sitting in front of the TV.
Check out some of the movie marathons on TV that will be running on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year.
A Christmas Story
The most famous and longest running cable Christmas marathon will be on TBS when they run their annual 24 Hours of A Christmas Story. It’s a chronic, back to back broadcast of the classic 1983 comedy movie based on the works of humorist Jean Shepherd about a young boy’s quest to get a BB-gun for Christmas and not be seen in public in the world’s most humiliating Christmas gift ever given by a distant aunt. It starts at 8 p.m. Eastern and runs back to back for the next 24 hours, all the way through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) also plans to air a ton of classic holiday movies during the holidays. The network airs movies around the clock without interruption so all you have to do is change the channel to TCM and you’re bound to find something with a Christmas tree or Santa Claus in it like Reginald Owen’s performance as Charles Dickens’ most famous character Ebeneezer Scrooge in the 1938 production of A Christmas Carol or the classic 1945 holiday comedy Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck.
ABC Family is also running a Christmas movie marathon but with a little more variety than TBS and more of them in color than TCM. Their 25 Days of Christmas concludes with a two-day movie marathon of every other Christmas movie that Ted Turner doesn’t own starting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 24 with Deck the Halls and ending at 9 p.m. on Christmas Day with the Chevy Chase classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
If you’re looking for something a little more grownup and of a higher quality than a forgettable Matthew Broderick movie, BBC America is airing a two-day Doctor Who marathon starting at 8 p.m. Eastern on Dec. 24th complete with the Doctor’s greatest Christmas adventures. It concludes at 9 p.m. on Christmas Day with the new Time of the Doctor special that will mark Matt Smith’s last performance as the 11th incarnation of the Time Lord. Merry Christmas everyone!