2016 Holiday programming schedule for CBS

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The holidays are here! And that means it’s time to watch some of your favorite holiday specials, like Rudolph and Frosty. Check out the schedule below. We will continue to update this page with the latest schedule notes, including when some of your favorite CBS shows will have their own Christmas episodes, as soon as the information is released.

Thursday – 11/24

The Thanksgiving Day Parade: 8 am – 11 am

Friday – 11/25

Frosty The Snowman: 7 pm

Frosty, that “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle).

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CBS Television Network.
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Frosty Returns: 7:30 pm

The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season’s perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventure and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.

Saturday – 11/26

The Story of Santa Claus: 8 pm

This animated musical holiday special revolves around a gentle toymaker (voiced by Ed Asner) whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas. The voices of Betty White and Tim Curry are also featured.

(Special Program Note: Robbie the Reindeer will not be running at it’s original time of 7 pm and 7:30 pm. Both will run Saturday evening though at 10:35 pm and 11:05 pm. Make sure to adjust your DVR if you were planning to record these programs.

Robbie The Reindeer: Hooves of Fire: 10:35 pm

Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Britney Spears, Jim Belushi, Brad Garrett, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, James Woods, Dan Dierdorf and Dick Enberg lend their voices to two animated holiday specials. In Hooves of Fire, Robbie must train to compete in the Reindeer Races against reindeer-gone-bad Blitzen to become a part of Santa’s sleigh team.

Robbie The Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe: 11:05 pm

In the second special, Robbie, with the help of an elusive tribe of Vikings, battles Blitzen in an effort to stop his nemesis’ launch of a reindeer theme park.

Tuesday – 11/29

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: 12:35 a.m.

Narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, this favorite is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all of Christmasville.

(Due to severe weather coverage, Rudolph has been scheduled to re-air in full at 12:35 a.m.)

NCIS 2015 Christmas Episode “Spinning Wheel”: 8 pm

Friday – 12/2

I Love Lucy Christmas Special: 7 pm

Featuring two back-to-back episodes of the classic series, the colorized “Christmas Episode” (first presented in black and white in December 1956) is paired with the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” This episode (first presented on Feb. 21, 1955) is well known for the scene in which Lucy faces numerous mishaps as she attempts to descend a staircase while wearing an enormous feathered headdress for a role in a new motion picture.

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Sunday – 12/4

NCIS: Los Angeles 2015 Christmas Episode “Cancel Christmas”: 8 pm

Thursday – 12/8

Pure Genius Christmas Episode: 9 pm

Saturday – 12/10

Did you miss Rudolph or Frosty earlier in the month? No worries! You get another chance to watch these classics.

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Photo: © Classic Media

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: 7 pm

Frosty The Snowman: 8 pm

Frosty Returns: 8:30 pm

Sunday – 12/11

The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!: 7 pm

A new one-hour special featuring two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series. Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner personally supervised the colorization of the episodes. The special features the groundbreaking episode “That’s My Boy??” and “Coast to Coast Big Mouth,” which ranked #8 on TV Guide’s list of the “100 Greatest TV Episodes of All-Time.”

Monday – 12/12

Kevin Can Wait Christmas Episode: 7 pm

Thursday – 12/15

Life in Pieces Christmas Episode: 8:30 pm

Friday – 12/23

A Home for the Holidays: 7 pm

The special tells touching stories about adoption from foster care to raise awareness for this important social issue. Inspirational stories of families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists.

Tuesday – 12/27

The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: 8 pm – 10 pm

Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, rock band the Eagles, screen and stage actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and musician James Taylor will receive honors. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

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