Christmas on TV 2013

by RecceR | created - 17 Nov 2013 | updated - 26 Nov 2014 | Public

All the new Christmas-themed TV show episodes, movies and specials for 2013. Times & dates will be added asap. If I missed any, let me know. Thanks.

note: some annual specials will be included

Chronological Order//Eastern Times

other holiday lists: Christmas 2014, Halloween 2014, Thanksgiving 2012, Thanksgiving 2013, Thanksgiving 2014

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1. Pete's Christmas (2013 TV Movie)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A put-upon teen finds himself reliving the same miserable Christmas day over and over again.

Director: Nisha Ganatra | Stars: Zachary Gordon, Molly Parker, Rick Roberts, Wesley Morgan

Votes: 1,742

airs Fri. Nov. 8th @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

2. The Christmas Ornament (2013 TV Movie)

TV-G | 83 min | Romance

A widow plans to give Christmas festivities a miss, as they bring back too many memories of her late husband.

Director: Mark Jean | Stars: Kellie Martin, Cameron Mathison, Jewel Staite, Brendan Meyer

Votes: 1,768

airs Sat. Nov. 16th @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

3. The Twelve Trees of Christmas (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Cheri Jamison rallies the residents of her beloved Manhattan neighborhood to participate in a Christmas tree contest when her cherished local library is abruptly set for demolition. Cheri ... See full summary »

Director: Michael DeCarlo | Stars: Lindy Booth, Robin Dunne, Mel B, Casper Van Dien

Votes: 826

airs Sat. Nov. 16th @8pm on Lifetime.

4. Kristin's Christmas Past (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Given the opportunity to visit her estranged family on Christmas Eve 1996, Kristin Cartwright hopes to change her past in order to improve her current life in 2013.

Director: Jim Fall | Stars: Shiri Appleby, Will Kemp, Courtney Henggeler, Esperanza America

Votes: 1,069

airs Sat. Nov. 23rd @8pm on Lifetime.

5. Window Wonderland (2013 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A department-store window decorator learns there is a vacancy for her dream job in the run-up to Christmas, only to find a professional rival has his eye on it too.

Director: Michael M. Scott | Stars: Chyler Leigh, Paul Campbell, Naomi Judd, Terence Kelly

Votes: 1,879

airs Sat. Nov. 23rd @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

6. Oh Christmas Tree (2013 TV Movie)

TV-G | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

After a woman unexpectedly loses her job, she must work at her family's Christmas tree lot to make ends meet during the holiday season.

Director: Craig Pryce | Stars: Sarah Lancaster, Eric Johnson, Colin Mochrie, Gregory Ambrose Calderone

Votes: 2,126

airs Sun. Nov. 24th @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

7. Christmas Bounty (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Comedy

An NYC schoolteacher is threatened by a man, she caught as bounty hunter 6 years ago. She's kept her past a secret, so she returns to her parents in NJ to catch him again.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Francia Raisa, Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin, Will Greenberg, Michael Hanus

Votes: 997

airs Tue. Nov. 26th @7pm on ABC Family.

8. Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A Thanksgiving television special featuring Lady Gaga and The Muppets.

Director: Gregg Gelfand | Stars: Lady Gaga, The Muppets, Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 603

airs Thur. Nov. 28th @9:30pm on ABC.

9. Good Luck Charlie (2010–2014)
Episode: Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas (2013)

TV-G | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

When Teddy gets accepted into a college in New York City, she goes to New York, alongside P.J. P.J stays at a hot dog cart and gets back together with Skyler. Meanwhile Teddy misses her ... See full summary »

Director: Phill Lewis | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bradley Steven Perry, Mia Talerico

Votes: 102

airs Fri. Nov. 29th @8pm on Disney Channel.

10. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000 Video)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A youth embarks on a journey to find his missing grandmother and prove that Santa Claus is real.

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Elmo Shropshire, Michele Lee, Susan Blu, Alex Doduk

Votes: 1,669

airs Fri. Nov. 29th @8pm on The CW.

11. hoops&yoyo Ruin Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation

Hoops and Yoyo wait up to see Santa, and inadvertently end up in his sleigh, traveling with him through the time-space continuum that allows Santa to visit everyone in the world in one ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Craig | Stars: Bob Holt, Mike Adair, Bev Carlson, Michael Monken

Votes: 105

airs Fri. Nov. 29th @8pm on CBS.

12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 46,311

airs Fri. Nov. 29th @8pm on ABC.

13. An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf (2011 TV Movie)

23 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

An elf attempts to help a boy believe.

Director: Chad Eikhoff | Stars: Leslie Bellair, Brendan Dooling, Evie Eikhoff, Emma Greene

Votes: 418

airs Fri. Nov. 29th @8:30pm on CBS.

14. Shrek the Halls (2007 TV Short)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

This half-hour animated TV special features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions.

Director: Gary Trousdale | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 13,163

airs Fri. Nov. 29th @8:30pm on ABC.

15. My Santa (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 84 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Single mother Jen starts to rediscover the magic of Christmas after meeting a mall Santa, Chris, not knowing he is the son of the real Santa.

Director: Sam Irvin | Stars: Samaire Armstrong, Matthew Lawrence, Julie Brown, Jim O'Heir

Votes: 949

airs Fri. Nov. 29th @9pm on ION.

16. Dear Secret Santa (2013 TV Movie)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Jennifer begins exchanging letters with a secret admirer from her past. Now that she has a second chance at love, will she be able to take it?

Director: Peter Sullivan | Stars: Tatyana Ali, Bill Cobbs, Jordin Sparks Thomas, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 643

airs Sat. Nov. 30th @8pm on Lifetime.

17. Let It Snow (2013 TV Movie)

TV-G | 82 min | Drama, Family, Romance

An executive examines her company's new property and prepares a presentation to transform the rustic lodge into a new hot spot.

Director: Harvey Frost | Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Jesse Hutch, Alan Thicke, Gabrielle Rose

Votes: 2,556

airs Sat. Nov. 30th @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

18. The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear, takes flying lessons from a clumsy flying squirrel and heads to the North pole to save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.

Directors: Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen | Stars: Olli Jantunen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Vuokko Hovatta, Vesa Vierikko

Votes: 3,291

airs Sat. Nov. 30th @8pm on CBSl.

19. The Story of Santa Claus (1996 TV Movie)

47 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

The special presents an origin story for Santa Claus, who is depicted as a man named Nicholas Claus who wishes to give every child in the world a gift for Christmas. The elves of the North ... See full summary »

Directors: Toby Bluth, Debbie Baber, Dave Brain, Tommy Isumi, Juli Murphy, Michael Polcino, Chuck Sheetz | Stars: Edward Asner, Jim Cummings, Tim Curry, Miko Hughes

Votes: 248

airs Sat. Nov. 30th @9pm on CBSl.

20. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2006–2021)
Episode: A Very Merry Christmas (2013)

TV-14 | 63 min | Drama, Family, Reality-TV

In this special episode, the entire Kardashian family gears up for the holidays as they shoot their annual famous Christmas card photo. Plus, Kris, Bruce, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Rob, Kendall... See full summary »

Stars: Caitlyn Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner

Votes: 58

airs Sun. Dec. 1st @8:30pm on E!

21. The Christmas Spirit (2013 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A women lands in a coma but realizes her spirit is awake, so she tries to communicate with people in her town and convinces them to change their minds about pending real-estate development in their community.

Director: Jack Angelo | Stars: Nicollette Sheridan, Bart Johnson, Amanda Foreman, Sammi Hanratty

Votes: 924

airs Sun. Dec. 1st @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

22. Christmas in Conway (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Drama, Romance

To the folks in Conway, South Carolina, Duncan Mayor is a very cranky guy. To "my sweet girl" - his wife, Suzy - he's a doting pussycat. But Suzy is just home from the hospital and cared ... See full summary »

Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Andy Garcia, Mandy Moore, Cheri Oteri, Riley Smith

Votes: 1,646

airs Sun. Dec. 1st @9pm on ABC.

23. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 33,731

airs Mon. Dec. 2nd @8pm on ABC.

24. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–2022)
Episode: Christmas (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Crime

When Holt receives death threats, he surprisingly puts Jake in charge of his security. Meanwhile, Terry undergoes a psych evaluation, and Amy tries to make the perfect holiday card for Holt.

Director: Jake Szymanski | Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

Votes: 2,795

airs Tue. Dec. 3rd @8:30pm on FOX.

25. The Mindy Project (2012–2017)
Episode: Christmas Party Sex Trap (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Mindy plans a Christmas party for the entire building so she can spend more time with Cliff, however, Brendan's date Maria Menounos steals Mindy's thunder by performing a seductive "Santa ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Spiller | Stars: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz

Votes: 342

airs Tue. Dec. 3rd @9:30pm on FOX.

26. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: The Saturday Night Live Band, Don Pardo, Darrell Hammond, Lenny Pickett

Votes: 44,761

airs Wed. Dec. 4th @10pm on NBC.

27. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003–2021)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

A mix of celebrity interviews, musical performers, audience participation games, and segments spotlighting real people with extraordinary stories and talents.

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Andy Lassner, Kym Douglas

Votes: 16,094

12 Days of Giveaways begins Thur. Dec. 5th

(check your local listings)

28. Glee (2009–2015)
Episode: Previously Unaired Christmas (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Jane Lynch introduces the episode as a Christmas special that FOX did not allow to air from last year. The New Directions audition for roles in McKinley's living Nativity Scene. Meanwhile ... See full summary »

Director: Wendey Stanzler | Stars: Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss

Votes: 996

airs Thur. Dec. 5th @9pm on FOX.

29. Santa Switch (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Family

Hoping to reconnect with his family, a man takes over Christmas duties for Santa Claus.

Director: David Cass Jr. | Stars: Ethan Erickson, Anne Dudek, Annie Thurman, Griffin Cleveland

Votes: 421

airs Sat. Dec. 7th @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

30. Holidaze (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A corporate workaholic wakes up in an alternate universe, married to her childhood sweetheart.

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti | Stars: Jennie Garth, Cameron Mathison, Kristin Booth, Maria del Mar

Votes: 1,595

airs Sun. Dec. 8th @8pm on ABC Family.

31. The Goldbergs (2013– )
Episode: Kara-Te (2013)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

On the eve of the annual high school talent show, Beverly and Murray square off over Barry's plan to perform his karate routine, while Pops encourages Erica to sing.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia

Votes: 393

airs Tue. Dec. 10th @9pm on ABC.

32. Trophy Wife (2013–2014)
Episode: Twas the Night Before Christmas... Or Twas It? (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Kate, Pete, Jackie and Diane try to piece together the events of Christmas Eve when they wake up, hung over, with the house in a disastrous state.

Director: John Fortenberry | Stars: Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales

Votes: 108

airs Tue. Dec. 10th @9:30pm on ABC.

33. Melissa & Joey (2010–2015)
Episode: A New Kind of Family Christmas (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

After Joe's flight is cancelled, he ends up spending Christmas with Ryder and Lennox's mother Meredith, who destroyed his career.

Director: Rob Schiller | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler, Nick Robinson

Votes: 97

airs Wed. Dec. 11th @8pm on ABC Family.

34. The Middle (2009–2018)
Episode: The Christmas Tree (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Mike is ecstatic knowing his in-laws are not visiting for Christmas. Frankie looks forward to Axl being home, but he has plans to spend all the time with friends. Brick has to sell fund-raiser items. Sue is allergic to the Christmas tree.

Director: Lee Shallat Chemel | Stars: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher

Votes: 231

airs Wed. Dec. 11th @8pm on ABC.

35. Back in the Game (2013–2014)
Episode: I'll Slide Home for Christmas (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

When Terry tries to plan a special family Christmas, The Cannon opts to spend the holiday with his old war buddies, causing a major divide in the household. Meanwhile, Danny rallies the ... See full summary »

Director: Lev L. Spiro | Stars: James Caan, Maggie Lawson, Benjamin Koldyke, Griffin Gluck

Votes: 59

airs Wed. Dec. 11th @8:30pm on ABC.

36. Modern Family (2009–2020)
Episode: The Old Man & the Tree (2013)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Luke helps Phil try to reach Canada on his elliptical machine, Jay and Manny try to get a Christmas tree in the wild, Gloria is jealous of Claire and her mom, and a mix-up lands Cam and Lily with the homeless at Christmas.

Director: Bryan Cranston | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 1,551

airs Wed. Dec. 11th @9pm on ABC.

37. Super Fun Night (2013–2014)
Episode: Merry Super Fun Christmas (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Richard reluctantly drives Kimmie, Marika and Helen-Alice to a remote cut-your-own Christmas tree lot upstate, but the trip over the river and through the woods goes terribly wrong when ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Gernon | Stars: Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash, Kate Jenkinson

Votes: 59

airs Wed. Dec. 11th @9:30pm on ABC.

38. Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (2013 TV Special)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale is a Christmas television special produced by Done and Dusted for NBC. Directed by Hamish Hamilton, it stars Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, ... See full summary »

Directors: Hamish Hamilton, Liz Plonka | Stars: Kelly Clarkson, Morgan Bastin, Ken Jeong, Jai Rodriguez

Votes: 107

airs Wed. Dec. 11th @10pm on NBC.

39. The Michael J. Fox Show (2013–2014)
Episode: Christmas (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Ian offers to bake cookies with Graham, but Graham is uninterested. Ian decides to instill holiday cheer in Graham. Mike has to work on Christmas Eve when he and Annie already had plans for the night. Eve wants to celebrate Hanukkah.

Director: Todd Holland | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Katie Finneran

Votes: 71

airs Thur. Dec. 12th @9pm on NBC.

40. Grimm (2011–2017)
Episode: Twelve Days of Krampus (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

After a string of delinquent teens go missing, an old Wesen tale of an evil Santa who brings more than just a lump of coal may be the prime suspect. The investigation intensifies as Nick ... See full summary »

Director: Tawnia McKiernan | Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Elizabeth Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell

Votes: 877

airs Wed. Dec. 13th @10pm on NBC.

(another new episode on before it @9pm)

41. Raising Hope (2010–2014)
Episode: The Chance Who Stole Christmas (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Family

Burt wants to be elected the interim Mayor of Natesville so that Virginia will have the honor of plugging in the town Christmas tree. But being mayor turns Burt into a Grinch.

Director: Mike Mariano | Stars: Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward

Votes: 180

airs Wed. Dec. 13th @9pm on FOX.

(another new episode after it @9:30pm)

42. Hats Off to Christmas! (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama, Romance

After ten years, Mia hopes for a promotion to upper management in the store when the boss/owner wants to see her. But he wants her to show his son, Nick, the ropes. Mia's a widowed mom and Nick is single.

Director: Terry Ingram | Stars: Haylie Duff, Antonio Cupo, Jay Brazeau, Sean Michael Kyer

Votes: 1,610

airs Sat. Dec. 14th @8pm on Hallmark Channel.

43. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: White Christmas Blues (2013)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

When a sudden tourist spike means that the family cannot afford Christmas, the Simpsons open up their house to boarders.

Directors: Steven Dean Moore, Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 908

airs Sun. Dec. 15th @8pm on FOX.

44. Bob's Burgers (2011– )
Episode: Christmas in the Car (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

After spending Christmas Eve outrunning a candy cane truck with their last-minute tree, the Belchers find that Bob's friend gets caught in the kids' Santa trap.

Directors: Jennifer Coyle, Bernard Derriman | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy

Votes: 703

airs Sun. Dec. 15th @8:30pm on FOX.

45. Family Guy (1999–2022)
Episode: Christmas Guy (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Peter fills Carter with the spirit of Christmas. Meanwhile, Stewie goes back in time to save Brian.

Directors: Greg Colton, Dominic Bianchi, James Purdum | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 1,594

airs Sun. Dec. 15th @9pm on FOX.

46. American Dad! (2005– )
Episode: Minstrel Krampus (2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

7.8