MAKE THE SEASON YOURS WITH CBC’S 2020 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

Classic favourites include A Christmas Story, Elf, Frosty the Snowman, Home Alone, Last Holiday, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Scrooge

Stay home, get cozy and make the season yours with CBC’s special holiday programming on CBC TV, CBC GemCBC Listen, CBC Radio One and CBC Music, as follows. Visit cbc.ca/holiday to download CBC’s holiday programming schedule and to read recipes, gift guides and helpful holiday advice from CBC Life.
Note: Schedules are subject to change.

 

NEW ORIGINAL HOLIDAY MOVIES:

CBC TV broadcast dates and times below;
all streaming on CBC Gem starting Friday, Nov. 20

 

  • 12 PUPS OF CHRISTMAS (1×120) – Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV *Canadian Premiere*
    A woman tasked with finding homes for 12 abandoned puppies before Christmas finds love with her co-worker just in time for the holidays.

 

  • A CHRISTMAS WINTER SONG (1×120) – Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV *Canadian Premiere*
    A woman strikes up a friendship with a homeless man and, through music, the two help each other reconcile with their families just in time for Christmas.

 

  • ROCK N’ ROLL CHRISTMAS (1×120) – Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT, 9 CT,  11 PT) on CBC TV *Canadian Premiere*
    A mother-daughter singing duo are given the opportunity to create a new album for Christmas but must overcome their differences before their music careers are over for good.

 

  • A CHRISTMAS MOVIE CHRISTMAS (1×120) – Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV *Canadian Premiere*
    When two sisters’ Christmas wishes land them in an actual Christmas movie, they learn to enjoy the spirit of the holiday and find love in the process.

 

  • CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER (1×120) – Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV *Canadian Premiere*
    When a woman returns home to celebrate the anniversary of the town’s Sugarcane Christmas Festival, she rediscovers the magic of the season.

 

NEW HOLIDAY THEMED EPISODES:

 

  • THE GREAT CHRISTMAS BAKE OFF (2019) – Sunday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) and Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. on CBC TV and CBC Gem
    Noel, Sandi, Prue and Paul gather for their traditional festive get-together, welcoming former contestants for Yule-themed challenges and Status Quo with Rockin’ All Over the World

 

  • THE GREAT FESTIVE BAKE OFF (2019) – Sunday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
    Noel, Sandi, Prue and Paul welcome the cast of Derry Girls to the festive tent as they compete for Star Baker and see in the New Year with the London Community Gospel Choir

 

  • DOWNTON ABBEY, Christmas Episode, Season 6 finale (1×120) – Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
    Mr. Carson faces a health issue; Thomas takes a new job; Denker informs the dowager of Sprat’s magazine column; Violet helps Isobel see Lord Merton, whose family is keeping them apart.

 

  • JAMIE’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS (1×60) – Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) on CBC TV and streaming on CBC Gem
    This year, Jamie Oliver is drawing inspiration from the snowy Alps of Northern Italy to help you create your most delicious Christmas Day yet.

 

  • PAUL O’GRADY FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS AT CHRISTMAS (2019) (1×60) – Friday, Dec. 25 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV
    Paul O’Grady visits Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to help give the animals residing there a fabulous festive season.

HOLIDAY MOVIES AND SPECIALS:

  • THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS (2017, drama) – Saturday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. (9 AT, 9:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • WINDOW WONDERLAND (2013, romance/comedy)  – Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. ET (11 AT, PT, 11:30 NT, 9 CT, 12 a.m. MT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • STARS ON ICE (2019) – Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. (8 AT, 8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • CHRISTMAS STARS (2019, drama) – Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. (9 AT, 9:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • COUNTRY CHRISTMAS ALBUM (2018, drama/romance) – Saturday, Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. ET (11 AT, PT 11:30 NT, 9 p.m. CT, 12 a.m. MT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • GOOSE ON THE LOOSE (2006) – Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m. (4 NT) on CBC TV
  • HOME ALONE (1990, comedy) – Sunday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (6 NT) and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • A CHRISTMAS FURY (2017, comedy) – Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. (10 AT, 10:30 NT) and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11:30 (12 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1994, family drama) – Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. (5 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • THE CHRISTMAS CONTRACT (2018, romance/comedy) – Friday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983, comedy) – Sunday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. (6 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989, comedy) – Monday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • SCROOGED (1988, comedy) -Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996, comedy) – Sunday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • ELF (2003, comedy) – Monday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000, comedy) – Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER (2014, family documentary) – Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1999) – Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (2011, comedy) – Thursday, Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947, family drama) – Thursday, Dec. 25 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • SCROOGE (1951, drama) – Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954, musical) – Thursday, Dec. 25 at 11 p.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • LAST HOLIDAY (2006, romance/comedy) – Friday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem

 

ANIMATED HOLIDAY CLASSICS:

  • FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (1969) – Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 (7 AT, 7:30 NT) and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 AT, 8 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND (1976) – Saturday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 AT, 8 NT) and Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. (2:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • FROSTY RETURNS (1992) – Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 AT, 8 NT) on CBC TV
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (1970) – Sunday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • MISTER MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1962) – Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • THE FIRST SNOW OF WINTER (1998) – Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • THE LEGEND OF FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (2005) – Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. (4 pm NT) on CBC TV
  • DR. SEUSS’: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! (1966) – Sunday, Dec. 13 at 5:00 p.m. (5:30 NT) and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT) on CBC TV
  • THE GREAT NORTHERN CANDY DROP (2017) – Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) and Thursday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. (12 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE (2015) – Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (8 NT) and Thursday, Dec. 25 at 11:30 a.m. (12 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • ELF: BUDDY’S MUSICAL CHRISTMAS (2014) – Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
  • KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY (2010) – Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • SHREK THE HALLS (2007) – Sunday, Dec 20 at 6:30 p.m. (7 NT) on CBC TV
  • RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964) – Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. AT, 8:30 NT) and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • SNOWTIME! (2015) – Thursday, Dec. 25 at 12 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem

 

TELEVISION HOLIDAY SPECIALS:

  • THE GREAT CHRISTMAS BAKING SHOW (Season 8) – Thursday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) and Friday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • THE GREAT FESTIVE BAKING SHOW (Season 8) – Friday, Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) and Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • JAMIE’S CHRISTMAS WITH BELLS ON (1 of 2)  – Monday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • JAMIE’S CHRISTMAS WITH BELLS ON (2 of 2)  – Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • THE GREAT CHRISTMAS BAKING SHOW (Season 9) – Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) and Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • THE GREAT FESTIVE BAKING SHOW (Season 9) – Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • DRAGON’S DEN HOLIDAY – Thursday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • ONCE UPON A MURDOCH CHRISTMAS (2016) – Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. AT, 8:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • A HEARTLAND CHRISTMAS – Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. (3 p.m. NT) and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. AT, 8:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • DOWNTON ABBEY (Christmas Episode, Season 5) – Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. (3:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • SCHITT’S CREEK: MERRY CHRISTMAS, JOHNNY ROSE – Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. BEAN – Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 p.m. (10 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • JAMIE’S CRACKING CHRISTMAS – Monday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • JAMIE’S FESTIVE FEAST – Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • BACK IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS (UK) – Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT), Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT),  and Friday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • MURDOCH MYSTERIES: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (2017) – Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • BACK IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS (CANADA) – Monday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • JAMIE OLIVER’S CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK – Monday, Dec. 21 at 5p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem
  • A MERRY MURDOCH CHRISTMAS (2015) – Thursday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. (1:30 NT) on CBC TV or stream now on CBC Gem

CBC KIDS HOLIDAY SPECIALS:

  • THE NEXT STEP “It’s a Wonderful Life, Piper” (Parts One and Two, 2×22) – Begins streaming Friday, Dec. 4 on CBC Gem 
    Piper learns what life would be like if she never joined The Next Step and discovers how many lives she’s touched through the years.

 

  • PADDINGTON HOLIDAY SPECIAL (1×22) – Saturday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 a.m. (8 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem 
    Paddington has accidentally sent Jonathan’s Santa letter to Peru, and a storm causes a power outage in Windsor Gardens, which means Christmas will be ruined for everyone – unless Mr. Curry can come to the rescue.

 

  • STUDIO K CHRISTMAS 2020: Mr. Orlando’s Musical Christmas Spectacular (1×11) – Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 a.m. (8:30 NT) and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 8:13 a.m. (8:43 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
    This year, the CBC Kids gang is taking Christmas online, for their first-ever Studio K Christmas together…apart!  Just because Christmas is a little different this year, doesn’t mean it can’t be a musical spectacular! Rising star and platinum-selling musical artist Ryland James joins the gang for a special performance of his new original holiday song “A Little Christmas.”

 

  • TRUE AND THE RAINBOW KINGDOM “Winter Wishes” (1×45) – Saturday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
    Everyone in Rainbow Kingdom is gathered to celebrate Winter Wishfest, but when Forever Frost escapes the Ice Kingdom, the day might be ruined. Can True and the Wishes set everything right?

 

  • MOLLY OF DENALI “Molly and the Great One” (1×60) – Saturday, Dec. 26 at 9:30 a.m. (10 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem
    When Molly learns about her Grandpa Nat’s dream to climb to the top of Denali, North America’s highest mountain, in honour of the first person to do so, real-life Indigenous Alaskan Walter Harper, she is inspired to join Grandpa and her father in climbing it – despite their misgivings.

 

HOLIDAY MARATHONS OF CBC FAVOURITES:

  • HIGH ARCTIC HAULERS  – Seven episodes begin Sunday, Dec. 27 at 12 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • ELIZABETH – Eight episodes begin Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • SCHITT’S CREEK – Ten episodes begin Thursday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. (1:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • KIM’S CONVENIENCE – 14 episodes begin Friday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC TV
  • HEARTLAND – Ten episodes begin Sunday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC TV

 

CBC RADIO ONE AND CBC MUSIC:

 

  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH SAROJA COELHO – Thursday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Friday, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • NOËL WITH FLORENCE K – Thursday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) and  Friday, Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. (1:30 NT) on CBC Radio One, Friday, Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • WINTER SOLSTICE WITH JARRETT MARTINEAU – Thursday, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH ANGELINE TETTEH-WAYOE – Friday, Dec. 25 at 6 a.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • HANDEL’S MESSIAH WITH JULIE NESRALLAH – Friday, Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and CBC Music
  • THE QUEEN’S MESSAGE – Friday, Dec. 25 at 11:50 a.m. on CBC Radio One and CBC Music
  • CHRISTMAS SING-IN WITH JULIE NESRALLAH – Friday, Dec. 25 at 12 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Friday, Dec. 25 at 8 a.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • GLOBAL CHRISTMAS WITH PAOLO PIETROPAOLO – Friday, Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Friday, Dec. 25 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • DEEP ROOTS CHRISTMAS WITH TOM POWER – Friday, Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. (2:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH LAILA BIALI – Friday, Dec. 25 at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • GOSPEL CHRISTMAS WITH ANGELINE TETTEH-WAYOE – Friday, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Friday, Dec. 25 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • MARVIN’S ROOM CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH AMANDA PARRIS – Friday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Friday, Dec. 25 at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC
  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH ODARIO WILLIAMS – Friday, Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One and Thursday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. on CBC Music
  • CRINGE-WORTHY CHRISTMAS WITH TOM ALLEN – Thursday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. (1:30 NT) on CBC Music and Friday, Dec. 25 at 12 a.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC Radio One
  • CHORAL CHRISTMAS WITH KATHERINE DUNCAN – Friday, Dec. 25 at 6 a.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH TOM ALLEN – Friday, Dec. 25 at 12 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC Music
  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH RICH TERFRY – Friday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Music

 

Back for another year, CBC Music will air the annual JOY TO THE WORLD event from the European Broadcast Union on Sunday, December 20 from 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) until 3 p.m. (3:30 NT). Hosted by Julie Nesrallah, this year’s radio special will feature traditional holiday music from Copenhagen, Barcelona, Montreal, Budapest and London, UK.
Thirteen holiday music playlists are also available to stream at CBC.ca/listen and on the CBC Listen app for free including SEASONAL FAVOURITES and CANADIAN HOLIDAYS.

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