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Holiday TV specials to watch over Thanksgiving

There’s plenty of holiday TV specials to watch with the family over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving morning wouldn’t be complete without the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. See which stars are scheduled to perform at this year’s Macy’s parade.



‘Idol’ Scotty McCreery will perform at both the Macy’s Parade and at the Macy’s Great Tree lighting at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta. If you can’t make it down to Lenox Square, you can watch the local event on Channel 2 Action news beginning at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving night.

One of the more unusual offerings is “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” featuring none other than the eccentric pop star Lady Gaga.

Charlie Brown fans can rejoice, as two specials will run Thanksgiving night. The traditional, “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will air on ABC and FOX debuts a new special.

And don’t forget to support a local production. “Elf on the Shelf” will air on CBS Friday night.

Tell us which holiday TV specials you enjoy watching the most with your family.

9 comments Add your comment

Nichole Thomas

November 22nd, 2011
2:10 pm

My daughters and I love to watch The Grinch that stole Christmas, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials and our new favorite is Polar Express.


November 22nd, 2011
3:04 pm

My son and I always make sure we watch the A Christmas Story marathon on TBS as well as National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and all of the Charlie Brown specials. I am looking forward to the Lady Gaga special this year.


November 22nd, 2011
3:40 pm

I love all of the original Charlie Brown specials but I don’t really care for the new ones (I think it’s just me be stubborn to change). The only exception that I can think of is that in addition to the regular Charlie Brown Thanksgiving where Snoopy served popcorn and toast, there is another one where the kids reenact the Mayflower voyage. I like watching both of those every year. When I was growing up, The Waltons Christmas Special called The Homecoming came on every year on Thanksgiving night and we always watched it. I haven’t seen it in years but I would love to see it again.

I pretty much love all Christmas cartoons and movies but the “must see” specials are Rudolph, Charlie Brown, Frosty the Snowman (the original), The Grinch (cartoon, not movie) and The Year Without A Santa Claus. My husband also has to see Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Burnt Weenie Sandwich

November 22nd, 2011
4:00 pm

Really? This is good TV?

This is what I hate about the holidays. There is this false assumption we all celebrate, that we all have family and we all want to watch this garbage programming. I am stuck at home with nothing on TV on Thursday. Friday I don’t dare venture out with all the brain dead shopping zombies…..The same for Saturday too. By the time Sunday rolls around, I can finally venture out.

If I could go in to work these days, I would, but there is nothing to be done when we are closed.

Does anyone think about those who don’t or can’t celebrate the holidays?

keepin it real

November 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

@Burnt Weenie
By all means, please stay home. Those of us who DO celebrate certainly don’t want to come in contact with your negative attitude and energy. Can’t you at least be thankful that you have a job and a tv?


November 23rd, 2011
9:04 am

Nothing says Christmas like the Grinch, Charlie Brown Christmas, and my new favorite is Polar Express. It keeps the child in us alive as long as we believe…


November 23rd, 2011
10:17 am

Burnt Weenie Sandwich it is people like you that try to bring everyone else down. Be thankful you have a job (as I do not this year for the only time in 30 years). Be thankful you have a place to live and tv to watch. Also be thankful that you are able to get out. As a cancer survivor I am very thankful everyday that I am still here. So if all you can do is feel sorry for yourself by all means have at it.


November 23rd, 2011
3:45 pm

In addition to the specials mentioned above, I really enjoy the black and white version of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”.


November 24th, 2011
6:49 pm

Burnt Weenie Sandwich you are an idiot moron asshole, I hope you have to work 24 hrs on christmas.